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FAQs

Q: Is the festival only open to BYU students?
A: All registered team members must be BYU students. An actor or musical performer must be a BYU student to be eligible for any awards.

Q: What kind of prizes are there?
A: Please visit our prizes page for all information about prizes.

Q: How many people can I work with on my piece?
A: Film teams have no set limit of crew members or actors so long as every required role in the team registration is filled. One person can fulfill more than one of a team's required roles, but no more than one person can be registered in a specific role.

Q: How are the prizes awarded?
A: We have assembled a panel of judges that will receive anonymous entries and rate them according to our judging rubrics. We will tally scores from all the judges and award prizes to the highest scoring entry in each category. The Audience Choice Award will be awarded according to a live vote during the Public Screening on February 18th.

Q: What are the festival dates?
A: The festival will run for ten days and kick off with a launch event at 3 pm on January 28th. Entries will be due no later than 5 pm on February 7th. The live screening will take place at 7 pm on February 18th.

Q: How can I participate as an actor, musical performer, or if I'm looking for other crew members?
A: To encourage collaboration between contest teams and other acting or musical talent, we've created a talent registry here. After entering your information on that page, your contact information will be made available to team captains looking to fill roles or recruit actors for their team.

Q: How much of the public domain am I allowed to use?
A: When a copyrighted work enters the public domain, it loses all copyright protection. You can do whatever you like with a public domain work, including copying it in its entirety. You can use as much of the public domain work as you would like in your entry, provided you keep your entry under the required time durations. Keep in mind, a large portion of your score will be determined by how you adapt the public domain works.

Q: Can I use sound clips or film I already own?
A: You may only submit video or audio that is recorded during the duration of the contest dates.

Q: Can I use third party material in my work?
A: No. Your work must be made up of all original material.

Q: What type of music can I use in my film?
A: Your team's music composer should adapt your assigned public domain musical work and record the score to your film entry.

Q: What is the public domain?
A: Creative works enjoy copyright protections assigned by law. The authors of those creative works enjoy different exclusive rights over how the work may be used. The public domain is a term for works that have lost all copyright protection. The public may use those creative works in any way they like without breaking copyright law.