Filmmaking Rules

These rules apply to each participating group/production team.

The Camp Blood Film Festival Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the Official Time Period.

Below are the Filmmaking Rules.  Be sure to also read the official Festival Rules.


A. Times

The Camp Blood Film Festival will occur at a designated venue in Southern Wisconsin, Friday, September 27th, 2019 through Sunday, September 29th, 2019.

The Camp Blood Film Festival will occur between Friday at 12:00pm and Sunday at 6:00pm at the designated Venue. This is the Official Time Period.

The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to hand deliver it to A/V on Sunday by 6:00pm.

Only films that meet the deadline will be considered a part of the Festival and will be screened on Sunday starting at 7:00pm.


B. Creative Process

All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script
  • Rehearsing
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
  • Outputting to tape or other media

C. Preparation

The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:

  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment

D. Footage

All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the Festival.

Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the Official Time Period.

No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.

Pre-made sequences or compositions that are available to all via purchase or download are permitted if a majority of frames contain content (e.g., text or images) created within the Official Time Period. The pre-made portion of the sequence may not include people or other performers.

Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Time Period; however, stills created outside of the Official Time Period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.

Permissible stock footage, permissible pre-made sequences, and still photographs must all be accompanied by a Materials Release demonstrating that the team has rights to use them.


E. Check In

Each participant must arrive and check in with the Festival Organizers at the Venue on Friday between 12:00 and 12:30pm. Arrivals must be prompt as the walking tour of the Venue begins at 12:30pm. Participants should bring their belongings to the main lodge during this time and choose where they will be sleeping. Film equipment can stay in the lodge or in the car. Following the tour, everyone will gather in the Main Lodge for the Filming Location drawing where the Team Leaders will draw their Filming Location at random. The Festival Organizers will also go through the Filmmaking and Festival Rules with the Participants at this time.

  • Each Team Leader will be given a Walkie for communicating with the Camp Staff and other Team Leads.
  • Once the Teams have drawn their Filming Location, they will be directed to head to their location with their belongings and equipment to begin setup.

F. Volunteers

All cast and crew must be volunteers.


G. Animals

Pets will not allowed on the property, however, you may discover wildlife in the wooded areas. Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of the Camp Blood Film Festival. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal may be disqualified.


H. Cameras

Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras.


I. Music Rights

Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition’s rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes “fair use” under US or international copyright law.


J. Total Running Time

The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 9 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required Camp Blood Film Festival slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of 4 minutes. The end credits do not count towards the maximum run time of 9 minutes. Camp Blood Film Festival reserves the right to shorten any film that exceeds the maximum length for screening purposes.


K. Credits

Pre-film Required Slates

Before the finished film begins, the file must include:

  • 5 seconds of black
  • A title card with: team name, title
  • The official Camp Blood Film Festival animated opening -OR- a title card with: This film was made for the Camp Blood Film Festival 2019. www.campbloodfilmfestival.com
  • 2 seconds of black

Opening Credits

After the 2 seconds of black, some films start with opening credits. These are not encouraged, but if you use them, opening credits are considered to be part of the film, and therefore count against the nine minute maximum. Additionally, if your film has opening credits other than simply the film’s title (for example, the names of directors, actors, etc.), you must include one of the following:

  • the text YOUR TEAM NAME presents immediately followed by A Camp Blood Film Festival Film or
  • the text Camp Blood Film Festival Project immediately following the title of your film.

End Credits

Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated above. (That is, a film may be 9 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 10 minutes.) Camp Blood Film Festival reserves the right to shorten any end credits that exceed the maximum length for screening purposes.

The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the Camp Blood Film Festival. www.campbloodfilmfestival.com

Slates And Credits After The Competition

For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the pre-film title card that says:This film was made for the Camp Blood Film Festival. www.campbloodfilmfestival.com


L. Required Media Formats

To be accepted into the Camp Blood Film Festival, you must deliver your film as a single, Quicktime file. If your film does not conform to the submission requirements in your city, it may be disqualified. Also, if your film cannot be viewed on Camp Blood Film Festival equipment, it may be disqualified.

Your film must be submitted on the following media:

  • a self-contained SD Quicktime file with no proprietary codecs on either a USB flash drive
  • the drive should be hand delivered to A/V at the Venue

M. Submission Notes

  • We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
  • Projection specs vary from theater to theater and are beyond the control of the Camp Blood Film Festival. If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in your theater.
  • All films received on the evening of the deadline (before 6:00pm on Sunday) will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements.

N. Production Documents

Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and any other applicable releases, which must be turned in to the project organizers with the finished film/video. Since all teams will be using the Venue for their location, the Festival Organizers will provide each team with a Location Release for their records and will not require a Location Release from them. The film/video will not be screened before the Festival Organizers receive the signed releases.

  • Release forms will be emailed by the Festival Organizers to the Team Leader prior to the Festival weekend.

O. Certification Statement

The Team Leader must submit a Certification Statement with his/her completed Film, certifying adherence to all Official Rules.


P. Eligibility

To be eligible for the Festival, Films must be the original work of the Team; must not infringe third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Team Participants and/or Camp Blood Film Festival).

Films containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Camp Blood Film Festival, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Camp Blood Film Festival reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Films are eligible. Camp Blood Film Festival reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film. Camp Blood Film Festival reserves the right to alter a film in order to remove or delete offensive or defamatory content.


Q. No Pre-Screening Distribution

The Participants should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Camp Blood Film Festival premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Participant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead.


R. Official Film Entry

To be certified as an Official Film Entry, each participating group’s film/video production must follow all rules herein. The Camp Blood Film Festival Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.


S. Entries Not Returned

No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.


T. Disqualification

Camp Blood Film Festival and Festival Organizers may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Films deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.


U. Audience Choice Awards

All certified Official Film Entries are eligible to compete for the Audience Choice Awards, to be voted upon and awarded following the Screening.