Copyright Licensing Office
Public Domain Film and Music Festival
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 the Best Actor or Best Musical Performance award categories.
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 are limited to five crew members. Music teams are limited to two members. Actors and musical performers don’t count toward the team member limit.
Q: How are the prizes awarded?
A: We have assembled a panel of judges that will receive anonymous entries and rate them on pre-determined rubric. We will tally scores from all the judges and award prizes to the highest scoring entry for each category. The Audience Choice Award prize will be awarded according to a live vote by the Public Screening Audience on February 5th.
Q: What are the festival dates?
A: The music festival will begin on January 16th at 7 pm. Entries will be due by 7pm on January 23rd. The film festival will begin on January 30th at 7pm. Entries will be due by 7pm on February 1st. A free public screening of finalists will be held on February 5th at 7 pm in the Varsity Theater.
Q: How can I participate as an actor or musical performer?
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 all team captains. They will contact you directly about participation.
Q: How much of the public domain work 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 copy it in its entirety. You can use as much as the public domain work as you would like in your entry, provided you keep your entry under the required time durations. Keep in mind, part of your score will be determined by how you adapt the public domain work or 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 include all original material.
Q: What type of music can I use in my film?
A: If you want to include music in your film entry, it must come from our provided musical library. This musical library will be made up of entries from the Music Festival. If you know a composer you would like to work with for your film, have that composer enter a work into the Music Festival.
Q: What is the prompt? How and when will I know about it?
A: Each team must fulfill a prompt for the festival entries. These prompts will be handed out at a launch meeting at 6:30 pm on January 16th for the Musical Festival and 6:30 pm on January 30thfor the music festival. One representative from each team must attend the launch meeting in order to receive the team’s prompt.
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.