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#FILMSA CONTEST

The 2018 #FilmSA Contest is a film competition coordinated by the San Antonio Film Commission devoted to telling the story of the people, places, and shared experiences that make San Antonio a vibrant and celebrated city for visitors, residents, and filmmakers. This contest allows filmmakers to compete for cash prizes, a screening a Mission Marquee Plaza, and to be included in the City of San Antonio's marketing efforts (where applicable).

This year, #FilmSA Contest has three entry categories and the deadline for entry is Friday, April 27 by 4 p.m. CT. The contest categories and requirements are as follows:

“SAN ANTONIO: A CREATIVE CITY OF GASTRONOMY” STUDENT CATEGORY

In the fall of 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy, making the city part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). San Antonio is only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas. UNESCO's Creative Cities Network promotes international cooperation and encourages the sharing of experiences and resources to promote local sustainable development through culture and creativity. San Antonio’s culinary heritage evolves out of its history as a confluence and crossroads of cultures, geology and geography.  

In collaboration with the Office of World Heritage, the “San Antonio: A Creative City of Gastronomy” Student Category offers young people of two age groups, 14 – 17 years old and 18 – 21 years old, the opportunity to showcase San Antonio as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. This category allows filmmakers to highlight topics including: 

  1. What makes San Antonio’s culinary scene so unique.
  2. The filmmakers’ favorite aspects of San Antonio’s culinary scene. 
  3. What living in a Creative City of Gastronomy means to them.

The category’s goal is to:

  1. To help our youth acquire a better knowledge of the UNESCO designation
  2. To convey to our youth a stronger sense of belonging and pride concerning living in a UNESCO Creative City, through their personal vision.
  3. To allow young people to express themselves on the Creative City of Gastronomy designation and, in particular, on that of their city.
  4. To ensure that young people are involved in the conservation of our heritage and culture both in how it has made us what we are today and how it shapes our future as we integrate it into our sustainable development.

“San Antonio: A Creative City of Gastromony” Student Film Category Requirements

  1. All entrants must be at least 14 and no older than 21 to be eligible for entry. 
  2. Filmmakers must fill out a San Antonio Film Permit prior to filming activities at cultural areas or any other City of San Antonio park. Entrants may contact Maria Arredondo of the San Antonio Film Commission with any questions at maria.arredondo@sanantonio.gov or (210) 207-6777. 
  3. Each entrant may submit one (1) film for competitive consideration in this category.
  4. Each entry must showcase San Antonio as a World Heritage City.
  5. Entries must be no shorter than three (3:00) minutes in length and no longer than seven (7:00) minutes. Any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will count toward the five-minute maximum limit.
  6. Entries with narration must be in English or Spanish (if in Spanish, English subtitles must be included). 
  7. Entries must include the San Antonio Film Commission animated logo at the end credits of the film (filmmakers must request access for the logo through the Google Drive format).  
  8. Entries shall not contain obscene material as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code. Any entry deemed as containing such obscene material will be excluded from the competition.
  9. Entrants must use the City of San Antonio’s 300 Celebration theme song, composed by Federico Chavez-Blanco. Rights have been secured for filmmakers entering this contest. Filmmakers may use any portion of the song and must include the following language in the film’s end credits: "Celebration" is an original score composed and recorded by Federico Chavez-Blanco and used with the permission of the City of San Antonio. 
  10. Entrants must post the video on YouTube, providing the San Antonio Film Commission the link to video in the contest application. 
  11. By entering into this competition, entrants permit the City of San Antonio and all umbrella departments full ownership of the entry for marketing and other promotional uses. Uses include, but are not limited to:
    1. Inclusion in social media posts and on channels including YouTube and Vimeo
    2. Online advertising, including national/international media outlets and websites
    3. Inclusion on City of San Antonio webpages 
    4. Showings at festivals/tradeshows with City of San Antonio representation 
  12. All submissions must be sent to FILMSA@filmsanantonio.com with the Subject Line: #FILMSA Student Contest Entry – [Filmmaker name] and include: 
    1. A copy of “San Antonio: A Creative City of Gastronomy” Entry Form.
    2. The video in downloadable form via Google Drive, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. Films must be completely edited and in final form and in a .mov file format.
  13. Please note: the student film category can be a group project, however, all group members must be listed on the application form and the cash prize will be divided evenly among all group members.

“LOCATIONS OF SAN ANTONIO” CATEGORY

The “Locations of San Antonio” category offers filmmakers the opportunity to showcase San Antonio as a destination full of locations prime for filming. Filmmakers find San Antonio full of unique locales – urban and rural, historic and contemporary, artistic and industrial. The goal of this competition is showcase these diverse and unique locations from the perspective of those who know it best – local filmmakers. Filmmakers are encouraged to use creativity and storytelling to showcase these locations in a unique way, with the goal of featuring San Antonio as a film-friendly destination. 

“Locations of San Antonio” Category Requirements 

  1. Filmmakers must fill out a San Antonio Film Permit prior to filming activities at cultural areas or any other City of San Antonio park. Entrants may contact Maria Arredondo of the San Antonio Film Commission with any questions at maria.arredondo@sanantonio.gov or (210) 207-6777. 
  2. Each entrant may submit one (1) film for competitive consideration in this category.
  3. Each entry must showcase a minimum of five distinct San Antonio locations.
  4. Entries must be no shorter than three (3:00) minutes in length and no longer than seven (7:00) minutes. Any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will count toward the seven-minute maximum limit. 
  5. Entries with narration must be in English or Spanish (if in Spanish, English subtitles must be included). 
  6. Entries must include the San Antonio Film Commission animated logo at the end credits of the film. Filmmakers must email filmsa@filmsanantonio.com to receive the logo. 
  7. Entries shall not contain obscene material as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code. Any entry deemed as containing such obscene material will be excluded from the competition.
  8. Entrants must use the City of San Antonio’s 300 Celebration theme song, composed by Federico Chavez-Blanco. Rights have been secured for filmmakers entering this contest. Filmmakers may use any portion of the song and must include the following language in the film’s end credits: "Celebration" is an original score composed and recorded by Federico Chavez-Blanco and used with the permission of the City of San Antonio.
  9. Entrants must post the video on YouTube, providing the San Antonio Film Commission the link to video in the contest application. 
  10. By entering into this competition, entrants permit the City of San Antonio and all umbrella departments full ownership of the entry for marketing and other promotional uses. Uses include, but are not limited to:
    1. Inclusion in social media posts and on channels including YouTube and Vimeo
    2. Online advertising, including national/international media outlets and websites
    3. Inclusion on City of San Antonio webpages 
    4. Showings at festivals/tradeshows with City of San Antonio representation 
  11. All submissions must be sent to FILMSA@filmsanantonio.com with the Subject Line: #FILMSA Locations Contest Entry – [Applicant's name] and include: 
    1. A copy of the "Locations of San Antonio" Entry Form
    2. The video in downloadable form via Google Drive, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. Films must be completely edited and in final form and in a .mov file format.

“STORIES OF SAN ANTONIO” CATEGORY  

San Antonio celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. The Tricentennial Celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will be commemorated with a year-long calendar of events, activities, and innovative initiatives that will carry San Antonio into the next 300 years. This category allows filmmakers to join the celebration with the opportunity to tell San Antonio’s story in their own way. 

“Stories of San Antonio” Category Requirements 

  1. Filmmakers must fill out a San Antonio Film Permit prior to filming activities at cultural areas or any other City of San Antonio park. Entrants may contact Maria Arredondo of the San Antonio Film Commission with any questions at maria.arredondo@sanantonio.gov or (210) 207-6777. 
  2. Each entrant may submit one (1) film for competitive consideration in this category.
  3. Filmmakers must tell the story of San Antonio through a narrative format – short film or  documentary. 
  4. Entries must be no shorter than three (3:00) minutes in length and no longer than seven (7:00) minutes. Any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will count toward the seven-minute maximum limit.
  5. Entries with narration must be in English or Spanish (if in Spanish, English subtitles must be included). 
  6. Entries must include the San Antonio Film Commission animated logo at the end credits of the film. Filmmakers must email filmsa@filmsanantonio.com to receive the logo. 
  7. Entries shall not contain obscene material as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code. Any entry deemed as containing such obscene material will be excluded from the competition.
  8. Entrants featuring music in their entries must obtain proper permissions for the music’s use and must be able to show proof of these permissions. Other options include: 
    1. No music.
    2. The City of San Antonio’s 300 Celebration theme song, composed by Federico Chavez-Blanco. Rights have been secured for filmmakers entering this contest. Filmmakers may use any portion of the song and must include the following language in the film’s end credits: "Celebration" is an original score composed and recorded by Federico Chavez-Blanco and used with the permission of the City of San Antonio.
    3. Free-use music from sources like http://freemusicarchive.org
  9. Entrants must post the video on YouTube, providing the San Antonio Film Commission the link to video in the contest application. 
  10. By entering into this competition, entrants permit the City of San Antonio and all umbrella departments full ownership of the entry for marketing and other promotional uses. Uses include, but are not limited to:
    1. Inclusion in social media posts and on channels including YouTube and Vimeo
    2. Online advertising, including national/international media outlets and websites
    3. Inclusion on City of San Antonio webpages 
    4. Showings at festivals/tradeshows with City of San Antonio representation 
  11. All submissions must be sent to FILMSA@filmsanantonio.com with the Subject Line: #FilmSA Locations Video Contest Entry – [Filmmaker name] and include: 
    1. A copy of the “Stories of San Antonio” Entry Form.
    2. The video in downloadable form via Google Drive, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. Films must be completely edited and in final form and in a .mov file format.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL CATEGORIES: FRIDAY, APRIL 27 AT 4 PM CT.

  1. Applicants will receive a confirmation email after the entry has been received and logged. 
  2. Late entries will be ineligible for judging and prizes.
  3. Incomplete submissions will be ineligible for judging and prizes.
JUDGING

Judging will be based upon criteria set in place by the San Antonio Film Commission. All entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and judging criterial will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  1. Technical merit/production quality (sound, lighting, camera work, cinematography)
  2. Technical merit/post-production (editing)
  3. Storytelling/narrative merit (screenplay/script)
  4. Storytelling/narrative merit (direction) representing/highlighting San Antonio

NOTE: All films will be scored on a 100-point scale and must score 70 points or greater to be considered for an award.

The San Antonio Film Commission and Arts & Culture staff reserves the right to pre-screen films for artistic merit and to submit only those films deemed appropriate and suitable to the judging panel. There is no guarantee that all films will be submitted to the judging panel.

PRIZES/AWARDS

Four (4) cash prizes of varying amounts will be awarded for the 2018 contest.

  1. Two (2) prizes of thirty-five hundred dollars ($3,500.00) will be awarded to the highest-scoring entries in the “Locations of San Antonio” and “Stories of San Antonio” categories.
  2. One (1) prize of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) will be awarded to the highest-scoring entry in the “San Antonio: A Creative City of Gastronomy” Student Category. 

All winning filmmakers will also be eligible to work on a contract basis with the City of San Antonio to edit or add elements to the films for further promotional use by the City. Filmmakers will be contacted about these opportunities, should they arise.

PRIZES/AWARDS SCREENING CEREMONY

The winning films will be screened at an awards ceremony on May 17 at 7 p.m. at Mission Marquee Plaza, before the screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Winners not in attendance must make arrangements to have their prizes mailed to them, or winners may elect a proxy to accept their prize on their behalf.

The San Antonio Film Commission reserves the right to change this program at any time. Check for updates at filmsanantonio.com.