Rules and Terms

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DC APA FILM SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN CONTEST / Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.
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GUIDELINES FOR ALL SCRIPTS. / Scripts must not exceed 10 pages in length, excluding cover page. All non-English language screenplays must be translated and submitted in English.  A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each script.
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ENTRY FORM AND PREVIEW MATERIALS FOR ALL FILMS.  / Screenplays must be formatted in standard screenwriting style and exported as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF, or as a “.fountain” format and be uploaded with your online application. Incomplete applications, failure to include payment, or submitting materials we are unable to read will disqualify your entry. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival directors. There are no refunds for entries with incomplete entry forms, or incorrectly formatted scripts.
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REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS.  / DC APA Film will review scripts in their entirety. Scripts will be read and reviewed by members of the Selection Committee, a volunteer group of DC-area filmmakers, film enthusiasts and critics. 
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AWARD INFORMATION. / Three finalist will have their script read in front of a live audience during the 2017 festival. The first place script will be award the production prize to produce his/her script. The purpose of the competition and production prize is to empower more APA actors and stories to be seen. All film/video shooting must take place after the award presentation. Prizes are subject to change, and updates to the prize package will be posted online at apafilm.org.
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PRODUCER RIGHTS. / DC APA Film and OZ Productions retains the rights as a producer  and owner of the film while the script writer retains rights to the script. 
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COMMUNICATIONS.  / DC APA Film does not send physical mail — please make sure the email address in your entry form is accurate. Changes of email address can be sent filmzhibo@yahoo.com. DC APA Film is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections, outdated email addresses or any other technical or human error. 
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PUBLICITY AND MARKETING. / All selected films and scripts may be excerpted for publicity purposes. DC APA Film reserves the right to promote any film or script to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or our parent organization.
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CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY. / This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles.. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Columbia, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.
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COMPLETE AGREEMENT. / This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of films and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of DC APA Film Festival. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of DC APA Film’s rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of DC APA Film’s rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province. DC APA Film reserves the right to remove a script from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.