Boolokam Short Film Competition- General Rules and Regulations

  1. Boolokam Short Film Festival, is planned as the largest competitive OTT short film festival in Malayalam, to promote new film talent by providing a showcase and meeting point for new and established Malayalam filmmakers, industry delegates and the audience.
  2. The festival will run on OTT platform from 31st of July to 24th of September and the results will be announced on 1st of October most likely in an event in Clubhouse hosted by BoolokamTV.
  3. Participants can upload their content until the 31st of July 2021.
  4. The festival is open to short films in Malayalam language of all production techniques, forms, genres and budgets. Movies with no dialogues are accepted for the competition.
  5. There is no entry fees for Boolokam Short Film competition, season 1 – 2021
  6. Short film’s length should be from 3 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes with Start to End Title. ( if there is a specific reason for the film to exceed this time limit, the participant could write to boolokam.TV to apply for an exemption for this rule and it will be subject to the judging panel’s appraisal ).
  7. Feature films and Documentaries are not accepted in this competition, however there will be future completions to include them.
  8. Short Films streamed or uploaded on other platforms (YouTube, Facbook, OTT) are also accepted. Although it is advisable not to stream the films on other platforms when the competition is on , we understand that several films may generate an income for participants and it’s not mandatory to stop streaming in other platforms during the time of competition. BoolokamTV encourages the participants to make a declaration regarding whether they intent to stream the film on any other platforms during the time of competition.
  9. Censor Certificates or Banner registration is not required.
  10. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.
  11. There is no specific time period for the completion or release of the films & films produced /released in any period can be submitted
  12. Applicants may enter as many eligible films as they wish. A separate entry form, and upload are required for each film submission.
  13. Boolokam accepts submissions only via our own festival portal. You are able to upload your film as a digital file once you start a free password-protected account in which is the OTT site developed for the festival.Upon completion of your registration in the site you will be able to fill an online entry form to submit your film and you will be provided with a link to upload your film on the OTT platform. After completion of an initial check list by boolokam team you will be given approval to release your film on the competition OTT platform if it meets the eligibility criteria .
  14. Boolokam guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than that to which you agree in the terms and conditions of the festival
  15. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order
  16. Upon successful submission the festival will confirm the receipt of submissions through a notification.The applicants will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film.
  17. All films selected to the festival, will be streamed on OTT platform under the label BoolokamTV short film festival 1 -2021 on the festival page of OTT and made accessible to general public and Boolokam’s accredited industry guests in our video library during the festival.
  18. The primary contact details given on the entry form will be made available to the judging panel as well as the above mentioned industry guests and Boolokam’s partners in the organisation of this festival if required.
  19. Boolokam may promote all the movies accepted for the festival through a range of social media network to international industry talent scouts, programmers and industry guests
  20. All selected films will be stored in the festival archive page of the OTT and will be available for public viewing after the completion of festival and it will be used for internal research purposes.
  21. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the film contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to the submission of the film, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit use of the film by Boolokam Film Festival in the manner set forth in the official rules.
  22. Boolokam Film Festival reserves the right, at any point during the competition, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and remove any film.
  23. The decision of the Jury will be final and there will not be any appeal process or scope to take legal action against the jury members & organizers.
  24. The marking is based on a system where 50% of marks will be given based on view count , ratings given by audience and evaluation of comments given the comment box set up for individual films on the OTT website. The other 50 percent of marks will be given by the Jury panel consisting of eminent personalities with expertise in different aspects of movie creation.
  25. Names of Jury Members won’t be disclosed to avoid any controversy.
  26. Participants should submit a poster with the film which can be used as a thumbnail to the link to the movie and it will be used to promote your movie in website and Boolokam’s social media platforms.
  27. Participants should submit a write up of film mentioning all the credits to the people involved in the creation , that it will be published in as an article to promote your film via the website and it’s social media platforms.
  28. Participants are welcome to submit teaser videos, making the movie videos, videos advertising your movie and videos of the crew involved in the production of the movie, discussing their experiences in relation to the production of the movie. These videos will be published on boolokam TV’s YouTube channel and will be actively promoted through website and it’s social media platforms.

By submitting to the Boolokam Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of Boolokam Short Film Festival 2021 . I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the Boolokam.TV to exhibit my film, in the OTT platform. I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials uploaded by me to the boolokam OTT /Youtube or social media platforms . I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival and the use as agreed in the rules and regulations stated above.I hereby agree to indemnify, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.