Rules Overview

The SLATE International Film Festival is very inclusive and aims at showcasing the work of a diverse community of filmmakers from all backgrounds and countries, and about any topic (LGBTQ, race, politics, religion, addictions, social issues, mental health etc..).


However, there are a few ground rules to follow:


- Original work: The film submitted must be an original production. It may not infringe on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual or organisation. This includes having full clearance for all content, including music. Copyrighted material is NOT accepted, unless there is a written permission to do so (SlateIFF will not be liable for any copyright material unlawfully used).


- Length: The festival is open to both Feature Films and Short Films for the generic categories (e.g. Best Actor/Actress, Best Director etc...) some categories however may be specific to either feature or short film.


- Editing: We allow the use of any software (on either a smartphone or a computer) to edit the video and audio as well as colour correction or special effects.


- Production: The use of any equipment is allowed, including (but not limited to) external microphone, lenses, lighting, tripod, home made devices etc...


- Previous streaming: We accept films that have been published online elsewhere before submitting to SlateIFF.


- Multiple submissions: It is allowed to enter multiple films.


- Keep it clean: As a rule of thumb, no extreme violence, or extreme nudity, or racist content is allowed. There is an exception for violence, within reason, in the BEST ACTION FILM category.


- Subtitles: The SLATE International Film Festival is open to filmmakers from any countries, and submissions in ANY LANGUAGE are welcome, however if the film is not in English, then English subtitles are mandatory (films in English don't need subtitles).


- BEST MOBILE FILM Category: In this category, the entire film MUST BE shot on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets, GoPro). Multiple mobile devices can be used, but DSLR, compact cameras or hybrid android cameras are NOT ACCEPTED.


- BEST STUDENT FILM Category: This category is reserved to students. Proof may be requested upon submission.


This is pretty much it! We are looking forward to seeing your creative projects. If you have any queries, feel free to check our full terms and conditions below or contact us.

Terms and Conditions

The undersigned, the authorized representative of the project named below (hereafter called the "Project") for consideration for the 2021 SLATE International Film Festival (hereafter called the “Festival”), hereby acknowledges the following:


1. The undersigned represents and warrants to the Festival that: (a) The undersigned is duly authorized, on behalf of the undersigned and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights, licenses or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights or distribution licenses) in or relating to the Project (collectively and separately hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”), to permit the Festival to exhibit this Project and to make the promises, representations and warranties set forth herein, (b) exhibition of the Project in the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity, whether such exhibition is theatrical (live), digital, or any combination thereof; and (c) the Project is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Project the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding.


2. The undersigned further represents and warrants, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Project in the Festival, whether live, digital, or any combination thereof, will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not and will not constitute or include any defamation of any person or entity. All license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Project in or in connection with the Festival, have been and will be timely paid in full.


3. In the event that the Project is accepted for inclusion in the Festival, the undersigned acknowledges, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition or presentation of the Project in the Festival does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival on the one hand and the undersigned and/or the Project’s Owners on the other. The undersigned further acknowledges, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners, that neither the undersigned nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some Festival prizes may include cash awards. The undersigned acknowledges that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Festival in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the selection of the Project for the Festival. The undersigned and the Project’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Project for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival of the content of the Project or any opinion expressed therein.


4. The undersigned agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “SlateIFF Related Parties”), from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by the Festival, or any SlateIFF Related Parties, at any time in connection with the Project or the Festival’s use, handling, consideration or exhibition thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by the undersigned to the Festival or any SlateIFF Related Parties, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.


5. The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Project is being submitted to the Festival voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Festival, and/or any SlateIFF Related Parties to accept the Project for inclusion in the Festival, to exhibit the Project in the Festival, to acknowledge the submission of the Project, or to return any Project materials to the undersigned or others. The undersigned further agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and the Project’s Owners and every other representative or person affiliated with the Project, that , in submitting the Project for consideration, the undersigned, the Project’s Owners, and any other representative or person affiliated with the Project are jointly and severally waiving, forfeiting, forgoing and relinquishing any right that we might otherwise have to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the Festival, or any SlateIFF Related Parties, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, exhibition or failure to exhibit the Project (including, without limitation, claims relating to any failure or refusal to exhibit the Project in the Festival, the exhibition or marketing of the Project at or in connection with the Festival, alleged oral or written representations by the Festival or its representatives relating to the submission or exhibition of the Project, and any other matters arising from or relating to the submission of the Project), whether such claims may be based on theories of contract, implied contract, tort, statute, or other legal theory (hereinafter, “Claim”). In the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, in violation of the agreement set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, the undersigned, on behalf of the undersigned, the Project’s Owners, and any other representative or person affiliated with the Project agrees to indemnify the Festival from any and all Claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that are incurred by the Festival and any SlateIFF Related Parties as a result of or in connection with any such Claim or any action, arbitration or other proceeding brought in violation of the representations and agreements set forth in this submission agreement.


6. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of the agreements set forth herein, the undersigned further agrees and accepts that, in the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, by the undersigned, any of the Project’s Owners, or any other representative of or person affiliated with the Project, in violation of the agreements set forth herein, and in the further event that an arbitrator or other tribunal should permit such Claim to proceed despite the waiver language set forth in paragraph 5 above, the sole and maximum remedy that could be awarded to any person or entity asserting any Claim shall be a refund of the submission fee paid in connection with the submission of the Project for consideration for the Festival. Under no circumstances shall any other remedy, including without limitation actual, expectancy, reliance, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages, or any other damages, or injunctive, declaratory, provisional or other relief, be available to the undersigned, the Project’s Owners, or any other person or entity representing or affiliated with the Project.


7. In the event that the Project is accepted for inclusion and exhibition in the Festival, and if the undersigned or the Project’s Owners and any other representative or person affiliated with the Project have contractual obligations to any producers, distributors, creators, cast or crew regarding "festival benefits" (which may include but are not limited to production credits, screening tickets, Festival credentials or monetary compensation), the undersigned agrees and accepts that those “festival benefits” must be administered and distributed by the undersigned and/or the Project’s Owners, do not impact the nature or quantity of benefits provided by the Festival and that the Festival has no responsibility whatsoever in connection therewith.


8. The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Festival has made no claims, representations or guarantees, and has provided no assurances, in relation to the internal process utilized with respect to selection of projects for inclusion in the Festival, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Festival, or any SlateIFF Related Parties to provide the undersigned, the Project’s Owners, or any Project- related parties with comments, feedback or other information pertaining to the viewing or consideration of the Project for possible inclusion in the Festival.


9. The undersigned warrants and agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that by submitting the Project to the Festival, the Festival and all persons employed by, contracted by, or otherwise directly associated with the Festival are deemed to have been granted the irrevocable right to view and/or download all digital assets associated with the Project, including, but not limited to, any representation of the Project in the form of video files, still images, assets streamed via the Internet, and/or all other assets and information provided by the Applicant on the application. All digital assets referenced above shall remain active and accessible until the conclusion of the Festival on September 5, 2021. Any dissemination of these materials, incidental or otherwise, shall not be the responsibility of the Festival or any SlateIFF Related Parties.


10. The undersigned represents that if the undersigned is younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in the undersigned’s principal place of residence, the Festival has been provided with signed, written consent from the undersigned’s parent or legal guardian.


11. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of this submission agreement, the undersigned agrees, on behalf of the undersigned and each of the Project’s Owners, that any claim, dispute or controversy arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise related to the Project, the Festival, or these Terms and Conditions, including, without limitation, any Claim (as this term is defined above) and any other claim or cause of action of any nature arising from the actual or alleged breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity of these Terms and Conditions, as well as the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be governed by the internal, substantive laws of Hong Kong SAR and will be subject to and submitted to exclusive, binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in Hong Kong SAR, which shall be the sole and exclusive forum for determination of such claim, dispute or controversy.


12. The undersigned hereby acknowledge that the undersigned has the right to consult with an attorney of its own choosing with respect to these Terms and Conditions and with respect to the Rules and Regulations for submitting a project to the Festival, located at www.slateiff.com/rules.html. By completing the submission application for 2021 SLATE International Film Festival consideration, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees that the undersigned is doing so after having consulted with an attorney or having freely or voluntarily elected not to do so without coercion or duress.


13. Code of Conduct: The Festival promotes an environment where bold, creative, and distinctive voices are celebrated. The Festival is committed to allowing filmmakers, their teams and Festival attendees to experience the SLATE International Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. The Festival reserves the right to rescind an invitation to participate in the Festival for those who engage in such conduct.


14. The undersigned hereby acknowledges on behalf of all Project Owners that the undersigned has read and understood the Rules and Regulations for submitting a project to the Festival, located at www.slateiff.com/rules.html, and that the information contained in said Rules and Regulations does and shall supersede any information obtained elsewhere.


15. By completing the submission application for 2021 SLATE International Film Festival consideration, the undersigned, on behalf of the undersigned and all Project Owners, freely and voluntarily gives and expresses full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. The parties acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to the undersigned or the Project’s Owners by the Festival, or any SlateIFF Related Parties.


16. In the event that the Project is accepted for the 2021 SLATE International Film Festival, the Project Owners will enter into a Festival Participation Agreement incorporating all of the terms and conditions of this agreement, which terms and conditions shall be and remain binding upon the undersigned, the Project and the Project Owners.