2016 Launch FAQs

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Q. How much does it cost to submit my film to the Launch?

Q. How do I know if I live in the Siskiyou Region?

Q. When is the film festival?

Q. I want to make a film but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?

Q. I don't have access to a video camera. Can I still make a film?

Q. What kind of films are okay to submit?

Q. How do I submit my film?

Q. May I submit more than one film?

Q. My film is over 5 minutes long, can I still submit it?

Q. My film was made in 2014. Can I still submit it?

Q. I missed the deadline to submit my film. Can I send it in anyway?

Q. My teacher helped me with part of the film. Is that okay?

Q. What if a few of us worked on the film and one of us is in one age category and one is in another—like what if I am in 5th grade and my friend is in 6th grade—what age category do we enter it in?

Q. What if I was a student when I made the film but I've graduated and I'm not in school anymore?

Q. Can I drop off my film in person?

Q. Will you return my film to me?

Q. When will you decide what films are in?

Q. What if I only have the one original copy of my film?

Q. How many Launch films will you screen at the film festival?

Q. If I submit my film and it doesn't get in, how do I get my two tickets to the film festival?

Q. If my film is selected to be screened during the film festival, what happens next?

Q. Do I have to obtain rights clearance for music or other copyrighted material in my film?

 

Q: How much does it cost to submit my film to the Launch?
A: Nothing! It's free to Siskiyou Region student filmmakers.
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Q: How do I know if I live in the Siskiyou region?
A: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine or Klamath Counties in Oregon; Del Norte and Siskiyou Counties in California.
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Q: When is the film festival?
A: April 6-10, 2017
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Q: I want to make a film but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?
A: Yes, check out the Kids' Vid site. It is a great site for information and exercises for all steps of creating a video from planning through distribution.
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Q:  I don't have access to a video camera. Can I still make a film?
A: You can! Smart phones and tablets have amazing apps these days you may be able to use, which you can edit on the device or your computer. There is also a type of film called "stop motion" that uses a digital camera and a computer. Here's an article that will introduce you to the process of making a stop motion film.
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Q: What kind of films are okay to submit?
A: You can submit any kind of film: animation, claymation, dramatic, live action, documentary, et al. Please Note: Music Videos and Public Service Announcements are unlikely to be selected.
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Q: How do I submit my film?
A: Fill out the Launch Entry Form and send in your film. Once your form has been submitted, you will receive more instructions via email.
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Q: May I submit more than one film?
A: Yes! Submit as many as you want, but each film you enter needs its own Launch Entry Form.
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Q: My film is over 5 minutes long, can I still submit it?
A: All Launch films need to be 5 minutes or less, so you have two options:
     1) Edit your film down to 5 minutes before you submit it, or
     2) Submit a longer film into our Locals Only program, which is also free if you live in the Siskiyou Region.
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Q: My film was made in 2014. Can I still submit it?
A: Sorry, no. All Launch films have to be made after January 1, 2016 for the 2017 festival.
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Q: I missed the deadline to submit my film. Can I send it in anyway?
A: Sorry, no. We will be doing this again next year so send us a NEW film when the Launch competition opens again next September.
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Q: My teacher/parent helped me with part of the film. Is that okay?
A: Yes. The Launch is a student film competition which means we expect your film to be over 50% student produced. We know you might get advice or training from a teacher or parent or older kid, but this should be your idea, and be mostly filmed and edited by you. For our youngest category of K-5, if an adult helped significantly on your project, then still submit it and let us know how they helped and how much they helped. If you have more questions about this, send us an email
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Q: What if a few of us worked on the film and one of us is in one age category and one is in another—like what if I'm in 5th grade and my friend is in 6th grade—what age category do we enter it in?
A: Enter it in the age category for the person who made the bulk of the film—for example, if you are the director and wrote the story, then you would enter it under 5th grade. If you have more questions about this, send us an email.
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Q: What if I was a student when I made the film but I've graduated and I'm not in school anymore?
A: No problem. As long as you were a student when you made the film, you can submit it.
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Q: Can I drop off my film in person?
A: Yes, from 9a-5p Monday-Friday. Our office is at 325 A Street #4 in Ashland. Submit a completed entry form before you drop the film off!
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Q: Will you return my film to me?
A: Only if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your entry so that we can mail it back to you.
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Q: When will you decide what films are in?
A: February 1, 2017. We will email all filmmakers on the that date. Please check your email (including your spam filter) and please do not call until the 2nd if you have not received notification.
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Q: What if I only have the one original copy of my film?
A: Don't send us the original!!! Get a friend or teacher or parent to help you make another copy and send us that one.
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Q: How many Launch films will you screen at the film festival?
A: Normally, just one film from each category of K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and undergrad college, and PridePrize although this is up to our discretion. On occasion, we have had a runner-up or two screen in the festival as well.
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Q: If I submit my film and it doesn't get in, how do I get my two tickets to the film festival?
A: Each student who enters the Launch gets two film tickets. We’ll email you in March to give you more information.
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Q: If my film is selected to be screened during the film festival, what happens next?
A: On February 1, 2017 we will let you know that your film got in. We will tell you what we need from you, what you're invited to, and all the important details. We will take great care of you, you will get to hang out with filmmakers from around the world, and you will get to see your film on the big screen in front of an audience!
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Q: Do I have to obtain rights clearance for music or other copyrighted material in my film?
A: From a legal standpoint, you must clear all copyrighted material included in your film before you can publicly screen it. However, we do not check to make sure that you have cleared these materials, nor will we be held responsible for the inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is your responsibility to do so!
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Still have questions? Email us at entries@ashlandfilm.org or call 541.488.3823. Thanks for your interest in the Launch Regional Student Film Competition. READY, SET, LAUNCH!

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