The following are the rules for video submissions to the SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival

  • The submission deadline is August 31, 2013
  • Submissions received after that date will not be included in the competition.
  • Your film has be related to both women and Sikhi in some way
  • Maximum film length: 25 Minutes.
  • One director/production group can’t win multiple prizes in the same age group, ie – comedy, drama, and documentary. However you can submit films in all categories
  • Submissions must be shot in 720×480 (or a comparable resolution) or higher, and output in the same quality. If possible please make the film in HD. NOTE: video that is captured in a lower resolution and output in a higher resolution do not qualify. 
  • For junior and intermediate divisions only –  The project must be the creative work of the contestant. In order to ensure a fair competition recording and editing should be done by contestant or other qualifying youth and not by another professional or someone over 28 years of age. You can get advice from adults but the work must be done by the youth involved.
  • People of any age may act and be recorded in the video.
  • Winners will be announced in September and featured on
  • You must provide signed release, if under 18, the entrant’s parent or legal guardian must also sign the release.
  • SikhNet strongly encourages all filmmakers to use original or copyright free music for their soundtracks, however SikhNet does not enforce that filmmakers use copyright free music. Films created for SikhNet are seen as non-profit educational projects. Using copyrighted music can greatly reduce your opportunities for further distribution or broadcast so it is best to use music that is original or in the public domain.
  • A maximum of 3 individuals can be listed as directors in the film registration. Additional people helping can be credited in the movie. An individual photo is required of all directors (no group photos). 
  • During registration, a photo of the director(s) is required. The required size is min. 800×600, no maximum size. Acceptable formats: jpg, jpeg, bmp, gif, png, tif. This photo should be a clear view of the entire face, and preferably have space around the head and shoulders. This photo should not be a full body shot.
  • During registration a correct shipping address is required. If you win non-cash prizes we need a proper address on record.
  • All prizes must be claimed within one months of receiving the notification via email, after which you will be deemed to have forfeited your prize.
  • When entering competitions entrants are deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them. Entrants must comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes.
  • Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges determined by the SikhNet. Video ‘vews’ and ‘likes’ statistics do not effect the judges initial ruling. Details of the open voting system are still in process.
  • While all due care and attention will be exercised, the SikhNet cannot accept or assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials submitted, either while in possession by SikhNet and/or its staff, or while on route through the mail or internet.
  • The SikhNet Online Youth Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submissions for profanity, gratuitous violence, or discrimination to race/gender at the sole discretion of the SikhNet reviewers.
  • By submitting your film to the festival, you are granting SikhNet non-exclusive rights to retain an archive copy of your production for the non-profit purposes of exhibition, promotion, and education through the internet and other means of display.
  • By submitting your film(s) or video(s) to SikhNet, you understand that they/it may be shown in a public venue and/or distributed on, and possibly available for download freely.
  • By submitting your film(s) or video(s) to SikhNet, you understand that they/it may be featured on a DVD which will be distributed by different means including donor recognition gift for SikhNet supporters, and for sale online. Although each video will be available for free download, DVD distribution will be another means of making this media available.
  • By submitting your film(s) or video(s) to SikhNet you, the filmmaker, acknowledge that you have taken the necessary steps to comply with the Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia and that all sources, musical and otherwise, are adequately credited on screen.
  • Videos must meet a certain quality standard. SikhNet reserves the right to decide which videos are featured and entered into the SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival.
  • If your video contains Punjabi dialog (or non English language) you will need to submit an English sub-title file with the film. so that those that don’t understand the language can enjoy it as well. File type: srt. more info
  • Films may be disqualified from awards if they are directly or indirectly promoting an existing organization. However they can still be accepted for viewing on the film festival. 

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