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Participation in the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as “Film Festival”) is free. Submitting a film to the Film Festival constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and all IES Abroad Film Contest Rules and Deadlines. A participant’s entry may be deemed void, in IES Abroad’s sole discretion, if it does not comply with these Terms and Conditions or applicable Film Festival rules, requirements or deadlines.

Entry is open to current IES Abroad and IES Internships students and recent alumni. IES Abroad and IES Internships alumni must have attended an IES Abroad or IES Internships program starting on or after January 1, 2015 in order to qualify for entry. Entrants may submit up to three (3) films and must complete a separate entry form for each film. To be eligible, all film submissions must be directed or produced by the Participant, not exceed the time limits for each category, be completed after January 1, 2015 and include English sub-titles if the film is not in the English language. Participants who submitted films for a prior IES Abroad Film Festival are eligible to participate again, but cannot submit the same film. The categories and corresponding time limits are: (1) Day in the Life: 90 seconds; (2) Creative Short: 10 Minutes; and (3) Documentary: No Time Limit.

The Film Festival commences on October 15, 2016 and ends on August 1, 2017. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 1, 2017. Student and Alumni participants must submit films through the online submission form, must meet all Film Festival requirements and must complete the Student and Alumni Waiver and Release Form at the time of entry. Additional participants involved in making a film must be named in the online submission form, including without limitation the original scriptwriters, cast members and other producers or directors. IES Abroad’s Chicago staff will select semi-finalists and will submit the semi-finalists to the jury. Semi-finalists will be notified of their selection during the third week of August 2017. The jury will rank each film based on the following criteria: (1) telling a compelling story that captures the spirit of study abroad; (2) production quality; (3) entertainment value; and (4) originality. Film Finalists (those with the highest scores, regardless of category) will be selected based on the jury rankings and will be notified by email of their nomination during the second week of September 2017. The finalists’ films will be shared on www.IESabroad.org and IES Abroad social media profiles and will be made public on Facebook for online voting starting on October 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Voting will close on October 30th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. The film with the most votes on Facebook at the close of voting will be the Film Festival grand prize winner. IES Abroad will announce this winner after the close of voting at our Film Festival award ceremony in Chicago.

Each film finalist will receive a $500 USD cash prize and two nights lodging to attend IES Abroad’s Film Festival Event on November 1st, 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The grand prize winner will be awarded an additional $1,000 USD cash prize on this evening. The winning student or alumni will be responsible for all applicable taxes, fees or other charges in relation to receipt of the prize(s) and travel stipend. IES Abroad shall have no responsibility for the taxes, fees or other costs or charges of participants arising out of or related to the Film Festival.