The Festival

Regulations

BANG – International Film Animation Festival
"LOVE"

1. INTRODUCTION

The 4th edition of the BANG AWARDS – International Animation Film Festival (BANG), with "LOVE" as its main theme, it is promoted by the Municipality of Torres Vedras in Portugal and organised by Nau Identidade – Comunicação e Promoção Turística, Ltd. and produced by Slingshot – Comunicação e Multimédia, Ltd.

2. AIMS

BANG aims to:

Energise the Animation Film sector, as well as create an exhibition and promotional space for work of this genre;
Create an environment where authors at the Festival can share knowledge and friendship;
Consolidate the status of the Festival as a reference point, nationally, internationally and in Portuguese-speaking countries;
Promote Torres Vedras;
Involve the Animation community;
Promote the cultural and tourist resources of Portugal;
Contribute to the promulgation of the work of animators from Portuguese-speaking countries in an international context;
Promote, through the BANG website, interaction between participants in the area of film animation and so motivate them to produce more material.

3. TARGET AUDIENCE

BANG is aimed at anyone interested in the area of film animation who fulfils the conditions and requirements for entry, at a national or international level, and who has work to present based on the competition themes. There is no restriction as to academic qualifications or the professional profile of the entrants.

4. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Entries may be submitted in one of two categories: ONLINE or OFFLINE.
Entries submitted and accepted in the OFFLINE category will only be exhibited at the Festival and will neither be shown nor exhibited on the website. Entries made in the OFFLINE category will not be eligible for the Online Prize.
Entries submitted and accepted in the ONLINE category will be exhibited at the Festival and on the website.
All entries, regardless of their category, will be in competition with each other.

The current edition of the Bang Awards Festival has chosen "LOVE" as its inspirational theme.
Use of or reference to the Festival theme is not obligatory, but rather meant to serve as inspiration to prospective entrants. It does not limit or interfere with the Participants' entry or competition submission of films that do not relate to this theme.

Why LOVE?

This is the feeling that inspires the 4th edition of Bang Awards and that we challenge all participants to consider: LOVE as our inate ability and as a human force, that encourages us to bond and share.

Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a group.
Participants should send original work, authored by them, created since 2015. This includes entries in the Open category.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. If not, their entries will be disqualified.

5. SPECIFICATIONS FOR ENTRIES

Entries must be inserted in animation video genre (failure to do so will result in disqualification) and presented in digital format.
There are no restrictions as to the length of the animation videos.
Technical specifications:

File types: WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, up to 2 GB;
Resolution: 1280x720 (HD)

6. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry will be considered valid if all of the following requirements are met:

The Entry Form, available from the BANG website, has been completed by the participant;
The participant agrees to and accepts the Festival Rules and Regulations, as well as the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry). This agreement and acceptance is assumed from the moment he or she clicks on "Agree". This action is an obligatory pre-condition for admission to BANG and it is assumed, when submitting his or her entry, that the participant has read and understood the Festival Rules and Regulations and the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry) of BANG;
On submission of the Entry Form, the participant authorises his or her electronic address or other data contained therein be made available to the sponsors or other partners of Nau Identidade, so that the prizes may be decided / attributed. Nau Identidade will not sell, rent, lend, transfer, grant access to or surrender the participant's personal details to third parties, except to the sponsors and / or partners who have directly contributed to BANG or the website of same;
The participant guarantees and affirms that all information supplied is true;
The participant can request anonymity or use a pseudonym, as long as he or she provides the organisers with the correct details for the author of the entry.

6.1. ONLINE ENTRY FORM

Name:
Address:
Postcode (Zipcode):
Town / City:
Country:
Nationality:
Date of birth:
Identity Card / Passport Number:
(Please upload a copy of the entrant's identification document)
Photo:
(Please upload a recent photo of the entrant)
Email:

6.2. UPLOAD VIDEO

Author (individual or group):
Title:
Synopsis (this must be in English; additional synopsis in Portuguese is optional):
Screenshot (180 x 100px);
English subtitles (optional)
* I have read and I accept the Festival Rules and Regulations, as well as the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry).

6.3. CONDITIONS PRECLUDING PARTICIPATION (NON-ACCEPTANCE OF ENTRY)

Non-fulfilment of the above;
Entries and / or participants do not meet the required conditions;
Entries whose e-mail reception date is after the closing date;
Entries sent by means other than those stated in the Competition Rules and Regulations;
Inclusion in the competition entry of any element likely to, amongst others, encourage discrimination against persons or people based on race, nationality, gender, profession, opinion, political or ideological beliefs, religion, incitement to crime or illegal activities.

7. DELIVERY AND DISPATCH OF THE ENTRY

The entry is formalised by completion of the entry form on the website. Upon reception, the participant will be sent an entry number.
The completed online entry form must be sent before the closing date and time – 23:59 (Portugal Continental Time – GMT) on the 31st July 2018.

8. IMPORTANT DATES

BANG Announcement: 01 June 2017
Entries: Between 01 June 2017 and 31 July 2018
Online voting period: Between 01 June 2017 and 01 October 2018
Announcement of winners: 06 October 2018

9. FESTIVAL DATES

From 24 September and 06 October 2018, in the city of Torres Vedras, Portugal.

10. PANEL OF JUDGES

The judges have been selected in such a way as to be representative of the area of Video / Film Animation, nationally and internationally. The jury comprises actors, directors, producers and academics.

10.1. Panel of judges:

To be announced.

10.2. JUDGES' CRITERIA (HOW WE WILL CHOOSE)

The BANG panel of judges will evaluate the entries using the following criteria:

The originality and creativity of the entry;
Techniques used in the direction / production of the entry;
Soundtrack;
Plot.
The judges will decide by simple majority.
The judges' decision is final. No correspondence of any sort will be entered into.
The judges have the right to award "Honourable Mention" if they feel it is deserved.

11. Prizes

  • City of Torres Vedras Grand Prize - awarded to the Best Film in the Festival (grant towards next production): 2.000,00 euros
  • Best Online Film (grant towards next production): 1.000,00 euros
  • Online Film Prize - Public Vote (grant towards next production): 500,00 euros
  • Best University Film
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Original Soundtrack

12. CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE ATTRIBUTION OF PRIZES

12.1. GENERAL CONDITIONS

Films can be entered in one of two categories: ONLINE or OFFLINE.

Films submitted and accepted in the OFFLINE category will only be shown at the Festival and will not be shown nor exhibited on the website. Film entries in the OFFLINE category will not be eligible for the Online Prize.

Films submitted in the ONLINE category will be exhibited at the Festival and on the website.
All films, regardless of the category they are submitted under, will be in competition with each other.

The winners will be notified, by phone or by e-mail, and announced on the BANG website, on the date stated in Important Dates.

A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all participants that submit their films (follow ingthe entry requirements and being accepted in the competition). The Certificate will be sent in a digital format to the email given by the participant when they registered in the website.

So as to fulfil the stated objective of promoting animated film production, the monetary prizes won in this edition must be used in some form for the winner's next production and will not be immediately awarded in cash. On receipt of the script for the new production, a production contract will be signed between the Bang Awards production company and the winner. The organisers of Bang Awards will not make value judgements in relation to the script of the new project, it will only guarantee its execution. To accomplish this, the money will be divided into three phases: 20% initial phase; 25% on the start of production and the final 55% on completion. If no new project is presented, the winner will not be entitled to receive any part of the monetary prize in any form, and will not be able to challenge this decision.

More than one prize may be awarded to the same entry, if the results from the panel of judges and the public vote coincide.
In the case of group entries, the prize is awarded by entry and not by participant.
The voting on the website will be managed exclusively by Nau Identidade, but the final decision of the panel of judges and the result of the public vote are not their responsibility.
The panel of judges will only have access to the data identifying the videos which appears online. They will not have the details of the participants themselves.
In order to be considered eligible for a prize, the participants may be required to sign agreements or to send documentation additional to the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries, for legal reasons.
Any tax liability on the prize money, whether based on Portuguese or foreign fiscal laws, is the entire responsibility of the participant.

12.2. ONLINE PRIZE (Public vote)

Votes for the Public Prize will be cast online on the BANG website.
When casting their vote, a valid e-mail address will be requested. Only one vote per e-mail address will be accepted.
Visitors to the website and participants are strictly prohibited from manipulating or tampering with the voting process in any way whatsoever.
Nau Identidade will register all information with regard to the voting.
If Nau Identidade considers that any participant, or anyone in any way related to a participant, has used illegitimate means to influence, in any shape or form, the voting process, the participant's entry or entries will automatically be disqualified from the Festival.

13. AUTHORS' RIGHTS

On entering the Competition, all participants concede the intellectual property of their entries to the promoters and organisers, as long as they are to be used in contexts related, directly or indirectly, to BANG and the municipality of Torres Vedras.
The abovementioned contexts may have to do with dissemination, promotion or publicity, as long as they are not for profit.
Thus, the author authorises the use of the submitted entries by the promoters and organisers of BANG or third parties indicated by same, and renounces all and any type of financial compensation resulting from the use of his or her entry in the abovementioned circumstances.
On completing and submitting the Entry Form, the participant accepts, without reservation, the relinquishment of his or her authors' rights in the use of the entries under the terms of the Festival Rules and Regulations, as well as the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry) for BANG.
In addition to this, all video entries will bear the BANG Awards watermark, whether being shown on the BANG website or other platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) so as identify and protect the works.

14. FINAL PROVISIONS

Nau Identidade reserves the right to change or alter the dates given in BANG Rules and Regulations, as well as to cancel same, without prior notice, without this implying any obligations or responsibilities for Nau Identidade or any other promoting body, including the value of the prize money.
Nau Identidade reserves the right to remove any competition entry at their sole discretion, at any time, including during the Competition, without prior notice, without this implying any obligations or responsibilities for Nau Identidade or any other promoting body, including the attribution of the prizes.
Nau Identidade reserves the right to remove any competition entry, choose not to publish it or change the prizes, dates or number of winners, at any time and without prior notice, without this implying any obligations or responsibilities for Nau Identidade or any other promoting body.
Nau Identidade reserves the right to not publish or accept Competition entries, without this implying any obligations or responsibilities for Nau Identidade or any other promoting body.
The participant should be able to supply Nau Identidade or any other promoter, if requested, with clarifications, contracts, permissions or publications of his or her entry.
The participant shall be responsible for his or her account or password, or any other confidential, personal and non-transmissable data relating to his or her entry. Not doing so makes him or her liable to having to indemnify Nau Identidade for the improper use of the data in his or her possession.
The cancellation of the entry by the Participant may only be effected up until the closing date referred to in Important Dates, or, in other words, until the voting process begins: 31 July 2018. Any such cancellation has to be submitted in writing and the document must be signed by the participant and sent to Nau Identidade.
Competition entry implies the unreserved acceptance of the Festival Rules and
Regulations, as well as the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry) for BANG.
Any non-compliance with any one of the terms or conditions of BANG Rules and Regulations or the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry), by any participant, will be deemed sufficient motive for his or her immediate exclusion from the Competition.

All and any instances or circumstances omitted in the BANG Rules and Regulations are covered by the Agreement Governing the Submission of Entries (Conditions of Entry) for BANG.

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