International Movie Trailer Festival (2011)

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2011-05-31 11:59

Rules for the International Movie Trailer Festival

To enter the International Movie Trailer Festival (IMTF) 2011 contest, you must:

  • 1. Complete the Entry Form.
  • 2. Pay the required fee using an online pay method accessed through the Entry Form. The early bird fees in effect until February 28 are $15 for students and $25 for everyone else.
  • 3. Upload the trailer in the proper digital format following directions in the Entry Form.
  • 4. Submit the Entry Form electronically.

When completing the Entry Form for this trailer contest, you will be asked to agree to the following rules:


IMTF's moviemaking contest is open to everyone around the world and throughout the universe except for the following individuals:

  • IMTF’s owners, paid staff, consultants, and the immediate families (siblings, spouses, children, parents) of the owners, paid staff, and consultants.
  • People living in places where local or U.S. law prohibits this kind of competition.

Note: Moviemakers of any age may submit entries, but if you are too young to make a legal contract (younger than 18 years in most U.S. jurisdictions), your Entry Form for this contest must include the name and contact information of a parent or guardian.


  • Concept: The trailer must promote a movie (fiction or documentary), a web series, or a book. The movie, web series, or book can be completed or still in the dream or production stage. To demonstrate that you have envisioned a project—and not just assembled interesting shots—your entry must include a logline (a synopsis of 50 words or fewer) describing the movie. web series, or book.
  • Genre: Your trailer may represent any genre, for example, animation, biography, comedy, drama, science fiction, horror, or thriller.
  • Length: We recommend that you follow U.S. film industry standards and create a trailer that runs at least one minute and no longer than about two and a half minutes. For this competition, your trailer must be at least 30 seconds in length and no more than four minutes.
  • Language:If dialogue and/or title cards in your trailer are in a language other than English, you must provide English subtitles that accurately represent the dialogue and/or title cards.
  • Title:The title of the movie, web series, or book that your trailer previews must appear in the trailer. We recommend that you include your email address or web address (url) at the end of the trailer so that producers or others wishing to contact you can do so.
  • Submission format: You should submit your trailer in a format acceptable to, the website that will host the entered videos.
  • Rating: The trailer must qualify for a rating of G or PG as defined by the MPAA ( This means that there will be no nudity, no profane language, and no excessive violence. There should also be no racial, gender, or other slurs. The G or PG rating applies only to the trailer. The movie, web series, or book represented by the trailer might have a different rating. 
    Note:For purpose of this competition, the IMTF staff will determine if a trailer meets IMTF rating qualifications. If you are unsure whether your trailer meets the rating qualifications, to allow IMTF to confirm that your trailer meets our rating qualifications, you may upload your trailer to any video hosting site and email us the link prior to submitting your Entry Form and fee. We will then review it and respond. If you don’t check with us and submit a trailer that does not meet our rating qualifications, your trailer will not be included in IMTF, and you will not receive a refund.
  • Originality: At least 80% of the trailer (as measured by time) must be material shot by you. Up to 20% may be stock footage—that is, footage shot by someone else for a purpose other than your trailer—but you must have obtained written permission to use the stock footage and be prepared to send IMTF proof of permission. The rationale for this rule is that IMTF is for original trailers and not mash-ups (video compilations). Note: Documentaries are excluded from the 80% rule but must have permissions for each stock item included.
  • Model releases: You must have a written release from each person who appears in your trailer and whose face can be identified. You don’t need releases from unidentifiable people, for example, people in crowd scenes. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist or is chosen for a People’s Choice Award, you will be asked to provide a model release for each identifiable person in your trailer. You can download a Model Release from the Resources page in the Tips section of this website.
  • Copyright clearance: If you use any material owned or copyrighted by someone else, you must have written permission to use that material. Owned and copyrighted material includes—but is not limited to—music, artwork, and photographs. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist or is voted to receive a People’s Choice Award, you be will be asked to submit proof of copyright clearance. To download a permission form for using copyrighted music go to the Resources page in the Tips section.


All the prizes listed here will be awarded. The major prizes in this moviemaking contest are:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000. + a meeting with an industry insider
  • Best trailer for an unproduced movie or web series (a movie or web series not yet completed): $500.
  • People’s Choice Award: $1,000.
  • Best student entry: $500.
  • Best trailer in each contest category—fiction film, documentary, web series, book— $250.

Other prizes may be added at the discretion of IMTF. In this case, announcements will be made in the News section of this website.


The IMTF staff will select approximately 40 semi-finalists. A jury of industry professionals will then choose the top winners after considering the following elements:

  • Idea (concept)
  • Script/story (including plot, actions, words, props, and locations
  • Cinematography (including framing, lighting, camera movement, and special effects)
  • Sound (including dialogue, sound effects, and music)
  • Editing
  • Persuasiveness
  • Originality
  • The judges will give extra weighting to persuasiveness and originality.

All decisions made by the staff and the jury are final and may not be appealed.


By entering the IMTF contest, you agree to allow IMTF to do the following:

  • Post your trailer on IMTF’s website or on an affiliate site for up to 12 months.
  • Use all or part of your trailer to promote IMTF, for example, in commercials played in any medium including TV, websites, forums, and blogs.
  • Include your trailer in a “Best of the Fest” reel that IMTF may arrange to exhibit in movie theaters, on TV, on the Internet, or at film festivals. If IMTF signs a contract that brings in money for the exhibition of this reel, entrants contributing to the reel will share equally among themselves half of the revenue.

All other rights will remain with you, including the rights to produce a movie using the ideas in your trailer, and using your ideas to create works in any and all other media, such as books, plays, photo novels, and radio shows. We recommend that you protect your intellectual property by registering your story idea or script with an organization such as the Writers Guild of America, West ( IMTF may offer you the opportunity to obtain distribution for your movie, web series or book, but any such deal will require a separate written agreement.


  • Deadline for entering the competition: Your Entry Form, including the fee and a copy of your trailer (uploaded to, must be received no later than 11:59 pm on May 31, 2011 Pacific Coast Time (US). IMTF reserves the right to extend this deadline and will announce any extensions on this website. Voting for the People's Choice Award will continue until June 30, 2011.
  • Deadline for announcing the winners: Names of winners will be posted on our website and announced to all entrants via email no later than August 1, 2011


  • The fees are as follows: Early bird period (January 1, 2011 until February 28, 2011—$15 for students and $25 for everyone else. Regular period (March 1 until May 31)—$25 for students and $35 for everyone else. If the deadline is extended, the fees will higher. (Class discounts are available; please write:
  • Payment may be made by Paypal or credit card. Cash and checks will not be accepted. Fees must be paid at the time you submit your Entry Form; a link for this purpose is included as part of the online Entry Form.
  • Multiple entries: You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be submitted separately—this means, completing a separate Entry Form and paying a separate fee.
  • Refunds: We cannot give refunds. Thus, if you are not sure that your entry will qualify, email us with your questions or upload your trailer to a preview site that we can access prior to submitting an Entry Form.


You represent and warrant that all materials included in your submission shall be owned by you or lawfully licensed to you for the purposes intended under this agreement and that no claim shall be made against IMTF relating to same by any person or entity now and in perpetuity throughout the Universe.


If any action is brought against IMTF arising from any breach by you of any term, representation, or warranty under this agreement, you hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and make whole IMTF and its agents, employees, managers, owners, representatives, successors, and assigns against any and all damages of any description, including any attorneys’ fees incurred in defending against any such claim.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of California. The California state and the federal courts sitting in the County of Marin or the Northern District of California shall be the sole jurisdiction and venue for any actions brought to enforce the terms of this Agreement.


Any disputes that cannot be settled between you the entrant and IMTF will be resolved by binding arbitration using the services of the American Arbitration Association, with presentations being made in San Francisco, California, or at a place chosen by IMTF within 50 miles of San Francisco.