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Comedy Festival FAQs

Comedy Festival FAQs

Who can participate? 
Students in grades 6-12 currently attending a school or being home-schooled in the following counties: Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley.
When is the deadline to submit? 
The submission deadline is February 14, 2020.
Does my film have to be comedy?
Yes, but know that even your action or horror film can get a laugh from people so go ahead and submit it!
How do I submit my entry? 
All entries must be submitted online through our online form. Submissions must first be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (or another video-hosting website) and then submitted through our form. Please keep in mind that YouTube has rules about copyrighted materials. If your link does not work, it cannot be included in the judging for the Festival (so make sure that it is publicly viewable). 
What does it cost to enter?
What do I win? 
First prize entries in both the high school and middle school categories will receive a GoPro. 
Can I work in a team?
Of course. In film, two (or more) heads is almost always better than one. However, one person will have to be the main contact for each submission, and the team will have to share the prize if awarded.

How many people can work on an entry?
While there is technically no limit, if your submission wins, you will only receive one prize. 

Can I submit my video on a DVD?
No. All submissions will be handled online
Can I submit a video that's already on YouTube?
Yes. As long as you created it and it fits within our guidelines, you can enter it. 
Can my parents or another adult help with the film? 
As long as they are playing a minor role in the creation, that is fine. This is a student festival, though, so we want the films created by students. 

Can I use copyrighted music in my submission?
Yes. Just keep in mind YouTube's copyright policies so that your video does not get taken down before we are able to view it. 
Who are the judges? 
Each year, we use experienced judges to rate the submitted films. Stay tuned for more information.  

When will I find out if I won?
Finalists will be notified via email on or about February 21, 2020, and the winners will be announced at our special screening on March 13, 2020. 
Who can attend the screening? 
Anyone! The event is free, and there will be open seating.