Free Our People Film Contest

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Welcome to the Free Our People Film Contest. Our contest is not only developed as a way to get more disabled people involved in making films, but also as a means of educating the world on the concept of institutional bias. Disabled people do best when they have the opportunity to live, interact, and engage with their own communities. Unfortunately, over 1 million people live in nursing homes and other institutional settings across the United States. By educating people, we hope to encourage them to support legislation like the Disability Integration Act, DIA, and help us FREE OUR PEOPLE!

Submit your film between March 1 and March 31 at: http://filmfreeway.com/festival/FreeOurPeopleFilmContest.

 

About:

The Free Our People Film Contest is a program developed by the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, New York.

The contest will be looking for innovative and creative stories that explore the idea of why disabled people need to be living within their communities, and not in nursing homes. It will specifically be addressing the institutional bias that keeps many trapped in nursing homes.

The contest will run for one month, and then a diverse group of disabled peers will judge each film, determining three winners, and two runner ups. The top three winners will receive paid accommodations to Rochester, where their film will premiere in the summer of 2017 before being shown at select locations around the country!

 

Prizes:

First Place:

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Hotel and airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester where your film will be premiered
  • Film shown in at least three additional festivals nationwide
  • Contour Story Outline Software (for Mac)
  • Persona Character Creation Software by Mariner (for Mac)
  • Movie Magic Screenwriter
  • StoryO software from Jungle Software and Final Draft Bundle

Second Place:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Hotel and airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester where your film will be premiered
  • Film shown in at least three additional festivals nationwide
  • Persona Character Creation Software by Mariner (for Windows)
  • Dramatica Story Expert
  • Final Draft

Third Place:

  • Hotel and airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester where your film will be premiered
  • Film shown in at least three additional festivals nationwide
  • Contour Story Outline Software  (for Windows)
  • Dramatica Story Expert
  • Final Draft

2 Honorable Mentions:

Film will be premiered at the Rochester Free Our People Film Festival and shown in at least three additional festivals nationwide.

Rules:

Please read the following instructions to submit your film to the Free Our People Film Contest!

To participate:

  1. Put together your team.
  2. Check our Facebook page on March 1 with specific instructions on how to make your film.
    Our Facebook Page is located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/FreeOurPeopleFilmContest/
  3. Shoot, edit, and complete your film between March 1 and March 31.
  4. Go to our Film Freeway contest page and hit the submit now button on the upper right side.
  5. Follow the prompts to create or login to your account.
  6. Upload and add your film submission for contest consideration by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

General Rules:

  • Films can be narrative or documentary.
  • You must make your film no more than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes long.
  • You MUST use items we select in your film, which you will find out the day the contest begins, so people cannot cheat and film ahead.
  • *At 8:30 a.m. on March 1, 2017, we will be posting a list of rules, including specially selected items you must include in your film. You can find the post on Facebook page at the time listed above, located here:
    https://www.facebook.com/FreeOurPeopleFilmContest/
  • Institutional bias is our theme, so each film must address the institutional bias in relation to long-term care services and community living for the disabled community.
  • Filmmakers will have exactly one month to make a well-made, compelling film. You must turn your film in by March 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • A panel of judges will determine which film is the best based on both content and quality. The entire panel is made up of a diverse group of disabled people.

There are also specific rules for cast and crew to follow:

  • At least one member of the main crew (writer, director, editor, or cinematographer) must have a disability.
  • Any character that is written to be disabled must be cast by someone actually disabled.
  • Cripping up is not allowed and will disqualify your film.

Sign up:

To sign up for our contest, please go to FilmFreeway.com/festival/FreeOurPeopleFilmContest

Contact:

If you have any questions about the Free Our People Film Contest, please email Leah Smith at lsmith@cdrnys.org.

 

Free Our People Film Contest logo with film strip on top. center in text, "March 1-31. Win Prizes, Paid Trip to Festival!" Bottom in purple bar show the webpage address of the contest entrance.

 

Sponsors:

The Free Our People Film Contest program would not be made possible without our sponsors supporting our mission in educating the community and helping to FREE OUR PEOPLE.

 

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