There is no fee to enter Cause + Effect Film Festival.

All entries must be submitted through the official Cause + Effect website, www.CauseAndEffectFilm.org before midnight on October 15, 2017.


Entrants must comply with the contest rules and guidelines when submitting their work.

Entrants will be notified if their work will be screened for the 2017 Cause + Effect Film Festival showing in November.

Festival Screening: Entrant(s) are submitting one or more videos to Cause + Effect to compete against other submitted videos. Entrant understands the contest rules and guidelines and agrees to adhere to them accordingly or forfeit their chance to participate in the contest.

Entrant hereby agrees to abide by the decisions of Cause + Effect, Better Georgia and appointed staff and judges with regard to all matters and decisions. Entrant understands that Cause + Effect may accept a wide variety of quality entries, but due to time limitations, Cause + Effect does not guarantee that the submitted video will be selected for screening and this decision is at the discretion of the screening committee. Submissions should be uploaded to YouTube and entrants must provide a link to their respective video.

Cause + Effect & Video Archive: All entries may be archived in the Cause + Effect and Better Georgia Archive. Cause + Effect will attempt, but not guarantee, to promote videos on their website, television and other sources. By signing the entry form, the entrant agrees to allow Cause + Effect and Better Georgia to exhibit any submitted material for noncommercial use.

Entrant hereby grants Cause + Effect and Better Georgia the right (but not the obligation), in perpetuity throughout the world, in all media, to exhibit and advertise entered video, and can do so by whatever means exhibited or advertised using entrant’s actual or fictitious name, likeness or photo, production stills and the produced work. Entrant hereby releases Cause + Effect and Better Georgia from any and all claims, liabilities and damages arising out of the rights granted hereunder, or the exercise there of.

By entering a video for consideration entrant attests to be the creator of the video and to holding all rights to exhibit the given work, which has been submitted to Cause + Effect. Entrants are responsible for acquiring any necessary licensing from the rights holder(s) of both video & music for screening. If accepted for screening, entrant must be able to, if requested, show documented proof of all musical clearances. Cause + Effect and Better Georgia shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity, website, screening, compilation DVDs and any and all related distributions directly associated with Cause + Effect. It is clear that song lyrics, the recorded song and the video will remain the intellectual property of the respective right’s owners. Entrants have obtained all necessary clearances, copyrights, music licenses, consent and releases. Entrant shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect copyright in the submitted material, and Cause + Effect/Better Georgia shall have no obligation with respect thereto.

I/We wish to have our film/animation/music video/ entry(ies) hereby known as “ENTRY” included in the Cause + Effect Film Festival sponsored by Better Georgia hereby known as “Cause + Effect”. I/We grant Cause + Effect and sponsors the right to show for promotional purposes on television, on the Cause + Effect website (www.causeandeffectfilm.org), Cause + Effect and Better Georgia social media pages, on sponsors’ websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. I/we understand that no materials included with this application will be returned.

I grant Cause + Effect and its sponsors the full and free right and permission to use my ENTRY for broadcast, duplication, and advertising in association with Cause + Effect, for the purpose of viewing on television, in theatres, on the internet, on the Cause + Effect website and social media pages, on sponsors’ websites and social media pages, podcasting and/or for archival purposes and for any other valid, lawful purpose in any and all media now known or hereafter developed or devised, worldwide and in perpetuity. A copy of ENTRY may still be kept for archival purposes.

I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished video that may be used or to the eventual promotional use that it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless Cause + Effect, Better Georgia, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors, from and against any liability as a result of any use, distortion, blurring or alteration that may occur or be introduced in any use or broadcast of the material.

I grant Cause + Effect and Better Georgia permission to give a copy of the ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors, press and others that can aid in securing of future work and/or distribution for my ENTRY.

I waive any and all rights to compensation for any broadcast, duplication, and advertising of any ENTRY presented at the festival. All ownership of all ENTRY remains with the personnel who contributed to the ENTRY. I own all material submitted with application and that will be viewed at Cause + Effect. I understand that Cause + Effect, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against Cause + Effect, Better Georgia, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors.

I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me/us will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Cause + Effect, Better Georgia, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.

This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.

In exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY shown at Cause + Effect screening and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this production.

This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within Georgia. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Atlanta, Georgia office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by the Cause + Effect Film Festival, Better Georgia, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. If the signee is the parent or guardian of a minor, I certify that I have the legal right to contract in the name of the minor. If I am signing on behalf of an organization, I certify that I have authority to do so and that my signature binds the organization and its members to all elements of this contract.

I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof.

I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone (including but not limited to performers, writers, directors, technical crew, distributors) who contributed to all ENTRY(IES) and all materials submitted with this application to the Cause + Effect Film Festival.

We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.