The Kids Movie Fest (“KMF”) July-August 2020 competition is sponsored by the Phyllite Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit entity.

Please read and carefully consider the following Entry Rules, Terms and Conditions for the Kids Movie Fest (KMF) (2-minute Film Competition) July-August 2020 before submitting your short film. Submission of a film to Kids Movie Fest constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules, Terms and Conditions by filmmakers, as well as their parents and/or legal guardians). Failure to abide by these Rules, Terms and Conditions may result in Entrant’s disqualification.




1. Length/ Subject Matter

a. Entries shall consist of an original 2 minute short that explores the theme: Each film must be no longer than 120 seconds. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if added) may add up to an additional 10 seconds in total.

b. Genre is not a barrier; you are free to come up with any idea that has to do with the theme/topic. You may like to focus on a particular aspect of this topic, such what brings you joy, the life of a joyful person, a lack of joy, the joy of family, what joy looks and/or feels like, etc.  Your story should be compelling; unleash your creativity and let loose your innovative skills.

c. All films must be made specifically for the Kids Movie Fest (2-minute Film Competition) September-October 2020 and have been completed by September 15, 2020.

d. Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio (or important on- screen text) must have English subtitles.


2. Entrant Requirements/Eligibility

a. Entry is free and is open to participants aged 13 through 18 years old.   Entries created and/or produced by more than one individual are permitted.  In the case of a submission by a team, there will be one prize per team, if the film is deemed a winner. While some assistance from guardians/teachers is expected, the creative vision for the entry must be the applicants’ alone, and the bulk of the work must be done by the applicant(s).

b. Each film may only be submitted once. Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant.  Each film may only be submitted once. Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant.  All entrants must have his or her Parent provide their consent before submitting an entry to the contest.

c. All Entrants must be U.S. residents. Employees of the Phyllite Foundation and its affiliates (as well as their immediate family members, e.g. sibling, child) are ineligible.


3. Entry Period

The competition submission period  begins September 1, 2020 and ends on October 15,  2020.  All entries (including the short film and at least one still image from the film) must be submitted online by close of entries: 11:59pm PST, Thursday, October 15, 2020.


4. Entry Procedure/Technical Requirements/Formatting

a. Entrants must submit their entries (‘Entry’/‘Entries’) via the Kids Movie Fest September – October 2020 entry system (‘Entry System’). Any entry form or supporting materials received via any other method shall be destroyed and will not be considered a valid submission.

b. All Entries must follow the entry guidelines and Entrants must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above.

c. Please double-check your files before submitting your Entry. If we cannot view your submission, we will be unable to judge your film.

d. The Entry System works seamlessly through Woobox and most video files should be accepted. However, if you run into any difficulties uploading your footage, please email

e. Frame rate: Try to maintain the video’s native frame rate when compressing your video and opt to use a ‘constant’ frame rate. Frame rates above 60 FPS will be automatically reduced.

f. Bit rate: Also known as the data rate, this controls the video’s visual quality and will affect its f ile size accordingly. Opt for a ‘variable’ bit rate. Feel free to experiment with lower bit rates if your file is too large.

g. Resolution: Common resolutions for standard definition (SD) video include 640 × 480 px ( 4:3 aspect ratio) and 640 × 360 px (16:9 aspect ratio). High definition (HD) video is usually f ormatted at 720p (1280 × 720 px) or 1080p (1920 × 1080 px). Higher resolutions such as QHD/1440p (2560 × 1440 px) and 4K/2160p (3840 × 2160 px) are becoming more common.

h. Audio: The AAC-LC codec, at 320 kbit/s and 48 kHz (maximum), is recommended.


 5. Intellectual Property

a. You must license or obtain permission from the appropriate legal rightsholder for any and all trademarked and/or copyrighted materials included in your project before you can exhibit it publicly. If your submitted project contains unlicensed or uncleared materials, it is the responsibility of the owner or owners of the project to license, clear, or otherwise replace these materials in the event that KMF chooses to accept the project for festival exhibition.  KMF and Phyllite Foundation shall not be held responsible for ensuring that you have obtained licensing rights or other clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for the inclusion of unlicensed or uncleared trademarked or copyrighted materials held within the final version of your submission. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant claiming ownership of the submitted project to secure licensing and/or permission from the trademark or copyright holders of the material in question. This includes music, stock images/footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing legal trademark or copyright. Projects that are accepted into the Festival will be required to sign a waiver stating that all materials contained within the project do not violate any existing trademark or copyright.

b. By entering this contest, all entrants agree that their submission is their own original work, does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others, and is in compliance with all copyright laws.  When using sources and works that are not your own, entrants agree that those works are part of the public domain, that they have obtained permission to use the work, or that the use of the work does not constitute a substantial portion of the film so as to comply with fair use laws of USC Title 17 Section 107 found at Where an entrant has obtained permission to use a substantial portion of another’s intellectual property, entrant agrees to submit proof of permission with the film entry. For help finding images that are in the public domain and do not constitute any type of infringement, there are numerous resources available on this such as the Library of Congress: For free or royalty-free sound recordings and music, an artist typically places their work into the public domain. We recommend doing a search for royalty-free music to locate songs available for a free and legal download to accompany your video.

c. In any event, Entrants agree to indemnify and hold KMF and Phyllite Foundation harmless as set forth in Section 7 regarding third party intellectual property claims and to otherwise comply with these rules and all copyright other applicable laws.


6. Entrant’s Grant of Ownership Rights to KMF/Phyllite Foundation for Promotional Use

By submitting a film to KMF, upon acceptance of Entrant’s submission, the Kids Movie Fest and the Phyllite Foundation are hereby granted the right to use filmmaker’s name, likeness and publicity stills and related materials for pre & post-competition publicity & promotion.


7. Entrant’s Warranties, Release and Indemnification Agreement

Entrant submitting the film hereby warrants that he or she is authorized to commit the film for screening, and has cleared all necessary rights for Entrant’s submission, including, but not limited to talent and music.  Failure to properly clear such rights shall result in Entrant’s disqualification.  Entrant further understands and accepts all of the Rules, Terms and Conditions contained herein.   Additionally, by voluntarily participating in the Kids Movie Festival, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless KMF and the Phyllite Foundation, their officers, employees and agents from and against all lawsuits and causes of actions, claims, losses, demands, and expenses, including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees and cost of litigation, damages or liability of any nature arising out of infringement, actual or alleged, direct or contributory, of any intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, and right of publicity. of any nature arising out of infringement, actual or alleged, direct or contributory, of any intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, and right of publicity.  The rights and remedies of KMF and the Phyllite Foundation provided in this section shall not be exclusive and are in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under these Terms and Conditions.


8. Applicable Law and Forum for Disputes/Waiver of Jury

a. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. All disputes under this agreement shall be resolved by Binding Arbitration in Los Angeles County, California in accordance with the provisions of Title 9, §§ 1280 et seq. of the California Code of Civil Procedure, except as provided to the contrary herein. The arbitration shall be held before and decided by a single neutral arbitrator. The single neutral arbitrator shall be selected from a list of retired judges of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles or retired justices of the California Court of Appeal who are associated with either A.D.R. Services or Judicate West by a process mutually agreed upon by the parties. If no agreement can be reached as to the process for selecting the arbitrator or if the agreed method fails, the arbitrator shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of California Code of Civil Procedure § 1281.6.   Additionally, entrant agrees to accept service of process by mail and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to it.



9. Miscellaneous

a. Entrant agrees that KMF and Phyllite Foundation, as well as their respective officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be responsible and shall assume no liability resulting from losses, delays, mistaken addresses received, typographical errors, technical, computer or other electronic malfunctions or loss or theft of electronically submitted data that relate in any way, shape or form to Entrant’s submission(s) to KMF.

b. All of Entrants’ personal information such as age, address telephone number and email address is collected solely for purposes of administering this Competition (including subsequent presidential rewards) and shall not be used for any other purpose without your consent.  By providing this information, however, Entrant consents to KMF and Phyllite Foundation using same for the purpose stated above.


10. Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the three categories.   September-October 2020 prizes will be announced by October 15, 2020. There will be an Audience Choice Award, voted for online. Once announced, the Juror’s Choice Award will be chosen from the top 15 Audience Choice Award finalists.

Audience Choice Award Finalists (15):

KMF Finalist Certificate KMF Sticker

Cash: $20

Audience Choice Award Winner (1):

KMF Audience Choice Award Certificate Cash: $200

KMF Sticker

Juror’s Choice Award Winner (1):

KMF Juror’s Choice Award Certificate Cash: $500

Entrant understands and agrees that the judges’ decisions are final and that KMF will not engage in any communications with entrant regarding the judging process and/or the outcomes reached.

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