1. The Festival is open to persons living in Canada with Type 1 Diabetes between the ages of 14-28 years, as of July 1st, 2017.
  2. The theme of the summer 2017 Festival is “Living with Diabetes”. But regarding this summer’s festival ‘theme’, it’s important to note that submissions need not be a literal reflection of the theme. That is to say, creative interpretations of Living with Diabetes are more than welcome. So long as any video submission includes a story that authentically touches on the life of its ‘submitter’ (submitter= key member of the video team living with Type 1 Diabetes), that video may be considered in the competition by the jury. The Festival organizers reserve the right to make decisions regarding any video’s validity in terms of theme.
  3. The video should have been substantially ‘created’ on a cell phone. That is to say, any visual content of the video initiated on a cell phone. However, the post-production and/or other elements of the video (audio, visual effects, editing, etc.) can be done on a device or devices other than a cell phone. N.B. If you start your movie on a device other than a cell/smart phone, the jury may deduct points from your submission in the festival competition.
  4. Ideally, the video would be 2 minutes. Videos up to a maximum of 3 minutes in length (including credits) will be considered.
  5. The prize for first place video is $500 CDN. There will also be runner-up prizes (to be announced). All prizes must be accepted as awarded with no substitutions. Prize winning videos will be determined by a combination of two factors: i) highest number of views on YouTube and ii) the decisions of The Festival jury. The jury’s decisions are based on criteria such as creativity, technical quality, emotional impact, how well the film fits the theme, etc. The decision of the jury is final.
  6. There is no limit to the number of (or qualifications of) people involved with the production of the video. But there must be at least one person, aged 14-28 and living with Type 1 Diabetes in a key creative role (director, writer, performer, etc). That person must be the official ‘submitter’ of the video.
  7. The videos must not contain any inappropriate sexual or language content or use any unlicensed music or visual content. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any video from competition for any reason at its sole discretion if it judges the video unsuitable for the festival (e.g. distasteful jokes about living with diabetes, etc.). Videos must also be acceptable within YouTube’s content guidelines.
  8. Submitters may make more than one submission to a maximum number of 3 videos per submitter. The video can be one that was made prior to July 1, 2017, but extra jury points may be awarded to videos newly created for the festival.
  9. There is no entry fee to submit to the festival. Submitters must complete the online entry form to qualify. All videos must be submitted to YouTube, and set for public viewing. By submitting your video you grant the festival a non-exclusive license in perpetuity to copy and distribute your video for screening within the context of The Festival and to use portions for promotional purposes
  10. There is a consideration for Early Bird submitters (between July 1st and July 21st). Those submitters will get special consideration from the festival in terms of technical support and video making mentoring.
  11. There is no number eleven in rules and regulations. But it’s cool that you read this far – thanks. We went to a lot of trouble to write this all out.