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NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

NBC Universal

8th Annual

Short Cuts Film Festival

Welcoming the following genres:


Submission and Rules

-The writer, director, producer or cast of the short or video must be either ethnically/culturally diverse, or of a diverse background (including LGBT community and people with disabilities). Or, the short must have a diverse theme.

-Submitted short films must be in one of the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Horror and Sci-Fi.

-Submitted short films must be labeled with category of genre i.e. Comedy, Drama, Horror and Sci-Fi.

-Shorts must be no longer than 20 minutes in length. We are mostly looking for films from 5 to 7 minutes-hence "Short Cuts" 2 minutes is the shortest. No revisions or updated versions will be accepted beyond the initial submission.

-Showcase screenings will only be shown in DVD and/or Digibeta Formats

-Films in competition may not have had a commercial distribution or broadcast in the United States. The committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings.

-IMPORTANT: Submitting parties must hold complete rights and ownership of submitted piece

-There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this festival.

-All entries must be received by June 3, 2013.

Entering Procedure:


-No Beta or U-Matic 3/4" submissions.

-Film genre, title and contact information of entrant as well as WithoutABox Tracking Number must be on all video materials and containers.

-Applicant may submit multiple entries: however, those must be accompanied by a separate entry form.

-Collaborative works are accepted and are treated as (1) submission, regardless of how many authors are responsible for creating the work. Should the film be selected as a finalist, only one (1) representative of the film will be eligible to claim the trip to Los Angeles.

-A semi-finalist screening will take place in New York in September. Television/Film makers will be responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements if they would like to attend this event.

-Submission and publicity materials will not be returned. Press Packets should only be sent upon request and will not be considered in primary selection.

-NBCUniversal is not responsible for materials lost or damaged in transit.

-All applicants will be notified of the showcases decision o/a July 22, 2013.

-Short Cuts based upon its own opinions and voting procedures, reserves the right to cancel the showcase production process if there is no entry that qualifies with sufficient merit.

-Short Cuts shall not be held liable for damages and/or loss resulting from shipping/handling and/or technical problems.

-Withoutabox profiles will be noted with a confirmation of receipt within one week of arrival.

-Films submitted without a Withoutabox profile will automatically be disqualified and will not be returned. You must complete this profile BEFORE mailing in your film.

-In the event your project is selected as a finalist for the Los Angeles showcase, you may be required to provide additional items, such as personal photos (digital and/or hard copy) to be used for program booklet listings, and short bios, along with revised synopses.

(Please note: Only original works are accepted. Submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on material, fictional or nonfiction, produced or un-produced, published or unpublished, unless such material was originally created and published/produced by the applicant, in another medium.

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