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General Rules

The Wasteland Weekend Film Festival will be a venue for highlighting short films with especially post-apocalyptic subject matter and, in addition, alternative films displaying a certain character right at home in the post nuke society. Films meeting certain criteria will be screened as part of the competition; others will simply be for exhibition.

1. Post-apocalyptic films that meet eligibility requirements (outlined below).
2. Alternative films that meet eligibility requirements.
The alternative category would cover such films as cool weird/cult films: Think Videodrome, think H.P. Lovecraft, think Alejandro Jodorowsky, Takashi Miike, or even something you could see playing in a Fallout Game (some over-the-top 50s parody). This does not mean bad films that are so bad they’re good, like Troll 2. This means quality films that are offbeat, but have a sort of weird charm to them.

1. Post-apocalyptic and alternative films that don’t otherwise comply with competition guidelines (too long, for example).
2. Films in OTHER categories (horror, science-fiction, edgy drama, etc.) if there is room left in the schedule and enough on-theme films are not available.

Please note: Zombie-related films will usually be considered horror (even if they take place in a post-apocalyptic world) and would therefore fall into the “other” category.

Filmmakers should include a short description of their film (100 words or less, including year produced and other places it has been exhibited). You may also include some information about the filmmakers (also 100 words or less). Please be sure to list the category your film best fits when you submit. However, the Wasteland Film Festival reserves the right to categorize your film as we see fit. Submissions are made via our online submission form (to be updated for 2015).  The deadline for all submissions is TO BE ANNOUNCED.

We accept dvd, blu-ray, and select digital formats (AVI, Mov – H.264, or high quality divx/xvid). We do not accept tapes under any condition. We reserve the right to discard any dvd or blu-ray that doesn’t outright play without further notice, so please make sure it plays on multiple players if you choose to go with that format and that there aren’t any errors.

To be eligible for award consideration, films must be under 20 minutes in length. Films that have previously appeared online (youtube, etc.) or in film festivals are eligible for prizes, but must have been made after Jan 1st, 2007. Films made prior to 2007, but after 2000 are also eligible, but ONLY if they have never before been publicly shown online, on DVD/video, or in a film festival. Basically, you made it a long time ago, but this is the first time it’s been shown anywhere.
Films longer than 20 minutes or that otherwise don’t fit eligibility requirements may still be submitted for screening as exhibitions only (assuming the submitter controls exhibition rights to the film as outlined below).

Filmmakers do not need to be present during the screenings at Wasteland Weekend in order to be eligible for awards. However, certain awards, such as physical trophies – should there be any – may require the filmmaker pay a shipping fee to the festival should the filmmaker not be able to collect the award in person.

By submitting a film (hereafter “Material), you attest that you have read and understand all the rules, terms, and conditions of Wasteland Film Festival (hereafter “Festival”) and are declaring that you are the sole owner(s) of the legal right and title and have absolute authority to submit the film to this Festival.

Festival will have full control as to when, how, and if the film is exhibited at the Festival.  You understand that by submitting, you authorize the Festival full exhibition rights during the 2015 Festival dates, if the Material is selected for exhibition by the Festival.

You will indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on Material submitted to the Festival.

You understand that the Festival is not responsible for any damage or loss of the Material while it is in the possession of the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, or while in route to or from the Festival and release the Festival and its members from any liabilities along those lines.

Festival finalists & winners will permit the Festival to use their name, contact information and/or likeness & publicity stills, film or video footage, title, and logline of Material, in pre & post-competition publicity & promotional efforts.

The Festival may, at its own discretion, transfer the submitted Material to a compilation DVD or other exhibition medium for Festival screening and the resulting DVD or other exhibition medium may be used for Festival promotional purposes. However, said compilations are not sold or distributed by the Festival.

Last, you do not have to be present to win any awards, but you must provide valid contact information to allow the Festival to get you any awards won. If you aren’t present and you don’t provide such information, any award will be automatically forfeit, and another winner will be chosen.