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YOMYOMF’s INTERPRETATIONS: A Filmmaking Initiative to Find the Next Generation of talented Asian Pacific American Filmmakers

Most questions you may have about INTERPRETATIONS should be answered below so please read carefully. If you still have questions, you can reach us at the email address at the bottom of this page. Download the official rules here.

CAN MY FILM BE LONGER THAN 3 MINUTES?

No. If your film exceeds three minutes, your submission will be disqualified. If your film includes credits, they must fit within the allotted three minutes.

Once you submit your application, we will review it to make sure it fits all of our submission criteria, so you should expect a delay before it is posted onto the site. Please do not contact us because your submission has not gone live right away, we will do our best to get them posted asap.

CAN I CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE LINES IN THE SCRIPT OR ADD ADDITIONAL LINES?

No. Your submission will be disqualified if you do this.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE PROBLEMS UPLOADING MY FILM OR MY PROFILE INFORMATION?

You will not be uploading your film directly to our website. You must upload it to your personal YouTube or Vimeo account first and cut and paste the URL in the required field provided on the submission page and manually fill out the other required information. Your video will be automatically transferred to our website once this is done and you hit “Submit”. Please read and follow the submission instructions carefully. If you continue to have problems, drop us a message specifying the nature of your problem. We’ll do our best to address it asap.

CAN I SUBMIT A NEWER CUT OF MY FILM AFTER I’VE ALREADY SUBMITTED AN EARLIER CUT?

No. Make sure the version of the film you upload is the one you really want to submit.

WHEN IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE AND IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

You can submit your film electronically starting March 31, 2016. The deadline is 11:59 PM (PST) on June 17, 2016. NEW DEADLINE EXTENDED to 11:59 PM (PST) on July 15, 2016. There is NO entry fee ‘cause that’s how we roll.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES AFTER I’VE SUBMITTED MY FILM?

You will be able to update any of your information via your profile page at any time.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT KIND OF FILM I CAN MAKE?

Obviously you will need to abide by any applicable rules/laws (see the Film Submission Guidelines in our official rules). So, for example, you can make a fictional film about a bank robbery, but don’t rob a real bank and submit it as a documentary since that would be pretty much illegal anywhere. Use your best judgement on what would be considered “appropriate”—obviously if you submit something that’s porn or includes scenes of animal torture or content that would be considered hate speech, your submission will be disqualified. All filmmakers will be solely responsible for the content of their work; and YOMYOMF and any of the entities associated with INTERPRETATIONS will not be held responsible in this regard. We will disqualify any submission that we consider “inappropriate” or violates the spirit of YOMYOMF and INTERPRETATIONS.

But aside from that, as long as you use the INTERPRETATIONS script, we encourage everyone to be as creative as possible. There are no restrictions in terms of theme, story, characters or any of the creative content. You can make a drama or a comedy or stylish music video or an avant-garde piece of animation or whatever else springs from your imagination. It doesn’t matter if you employ CGI to create something as slick as any Hollywood tentpole film or you shoot something gritty and raw on your camera phone. What we care about most is that the work demonstrates the filmmaker’s unique voice and vision.

CAN I USE A PRE-EXISTING SONG IN MY FILM?

Only if you have legally cleared and licensed it to specifically use in your film. Whether it’s a piece of music or a visible brand logo or clip from another movie, you cannot use ANY copyrighted materials that you have not received permission to use or your submission may be disqualified. To read and review the complete contest rules and regulations, click here.

HOW MANY FILMS CAN I SUBMIT?

One submission per filmmaker/director and you must be a US resident. Also, each film may have only one designated filmmaker/director. However, feel free to acknowledge your crew in both the credits of your film and on your profile page.

CAN THERE BE MORE THAN ONE WINNER FOR AN ENTRY? FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT IF I AM A PART OF A FILMMAKING TEAM AND OUR FILM WINS, WILL EVERYONE ON THE TEAM BE ALLOWED TO DIRECT OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS?

No. While we encourage collaboration, each submission will be required to have only one designated filmmaker as the official entrant. You can enter as part of a filmmaking team, but you will need to designate one filmmaker to represent your entry.

WHAT DO THE “WINNING” FILMMAKERS GET?

There will not be a single winner selected. Instead we will pick three finalists who will each receive an opportunity to continue onward and direct a project for one of Comcast or NBCUniversal’s platforms and/or an equivalent platform with Justin Lin and/or other equivalent filmmakers as a mentor/producer.

We will also make a concerted effort to guide our distinguished industry judges to interesting submissions regardless of whether or not they are one of the finalists.

WHEN WILL THE “WINNING” FILMS BE ANNOUNCED?

Judging will commence in July and August with the announcement of the Top 15 on September 6, 2016 with online voting kicking off that day through October 6, 2016. The final 3 winners will be informed on or by October 10, 2016 and they will be invited to attend the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival on October 19, 2016 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. If you are one of the three winners and live outside of Los Angeles, we will provide travel and accommodations for you (Plus a legal guardian if you are a minor) to attend the NBCUniversal Short Film Fest.

Of the three finalists, two will be selected by our industry judges and one by the general public via online voting.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE INFORMATION WE CREATE FOR OUR PROFILE PAGE?

While the number of views your film gets will not directly affect the judges’ decision, the more people visit your page and view your film, the more “prominent” its placement on the home page will be. While the creative aspects of filmmaking are important, knowing how to market your work is also key to being a director. How well you “market” your film via your profile page will be one of the factors the judges will take into consideration when selecting the finalists.

The information on your profile page will help drive traffic to your film. The more interesting your page is, the more likely people will be curious about your work. So when you go to fill out your profile information such as your director’s statement, we encourage you to consider how your profile info will make people excited about you and your work. Your video’s thumbnail will also serve as the image representing your film on your submission page so please select accordingly as this could be the first thing people see so create an appropriate image that will catch people’s attention.

ENGLISH IS NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE, CAN I TRANSLATE THE SCRIPT AND SHOOT IT IN MY NATIVE TONGUE/A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

Yes. You can translate the script to another language. But if you do so, we ask that you try to be as accurate as possible in your translation and also include English subtitles with your completed film.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OR I AM A MINOR?

Yes. Only legal residents of the United States are permitted to submit their film. However, minors are welcome to participate provided they are at least 13 years old by the submission date. However, if you are a minor, please make sure you have your parent or legal guardian’s permission before you submit. If you make it to the semi-finalist stage, your parent or legal guardian will be required to fill out a consent form before you will be allowed to advance.

WHAT CRITERIA WILL THE JURORS USE TO SELECT THE FINALISTS?

The jurors will look at six criteria to make their selection:

1) Originality: does the film have a unique and distinct vision?

2) Quality of Storytellers: how clearly and effectively does the filmmaker convey and tell his/her story?

3) Creativity: does the filmmaker execute his/her vision in a creative way?

4) Marketing: how effectively does the filmmaker’s profile page convey the necessary information about the filmmaker in an interesting way.

5) Overall entertainment value of the film: does the film work as a whole?

6) Diversity: As this is an initiative to support Asian Pacific American filmmakers and filmmaking, how is this diversity reflected in the finished film?

The first round of 15 semi-finalists will be selected by our judges. However, with our three winners, two of them will be selected by our judges and one by public online voting. The public voting phase of the initiative will begin after the 15 semi-finalists have been announced.

WHO WILL BE THE JURORS/JUDGES?

We will announce our jurors before the judging period commences. Our roster of judges will consist of distinguished industry professionals.

ARE THERE ADVANTAGES TO SUBMITTING MY FILM BEFORE THE NEWLY EXTENDED JULY 15 DEADLINE?

Ultimately, the quality of your film and the judging criteria outlined above are what will be used to select the finalists, however, the earlier your film and profile page is up, there will obviously be more time and opportunities for your film to be seen and stand out. While this may not increase your chances of being a semi-finalist, it also can’t hurt to have your film up before everyone else does.

Also keep in mind that although we’ve extended the deadline to July 15, buying many of you an extra few weeks, (we know it takes a village to make a film), don’t procrastinate like you’re cramming for a college exam. Use the newly added time to delegate your time wisely and get your film done!

IF I AM SELECTED AS ONE OF THE FINALISTS/WINNERS, WILL I HAVE TO RELOCATE TO LOS ANGELES TO DIRECT MY PROJECT?

It is possible you may have to temporarily relocate during some or all of the project period, but rest assured we will work with each of our three finalists to figure out the best way to move forward on this phase of INTERPRETATIONS. For now, your only concern should be making a great film to help get you to this stage.

If you still have further questions, then e-mail them to [email protected].