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What’s the difference between the concept and the final film production? 

The concept is your idea and an explanation of how it would look, feel and convey the promotion of health and well-being and challenge the notion of smoking being attractive for the LGBTIQ community. If you are chosen as a finalist/grant recipient, you will turn your idea into fully produced online 60 second short film, a 2-3-minute interview and a photo pack, which will be your final submission.

What does it cost to enter? 

Entry is free, but all costs associated with creating your pitch will be at your own expense. There is no reimbursement for these costs.

Do I have to produce a video for the pitch? 

You may produce a video idea for the pitch, but it is not required. If you can produce a visual representation of what you wish to achieve, that would be handy. This could be fully produced or filmed on a smartphone. Alternatively, you may submit your pitch as a written idea, using pictures or illustrations, as a storyboard, in graphics or dot points. 

How do I submit my concept? 

Submit your concept via our online submission form.

What do I win? 

Four finalists will be awarded $6000 from Quit Victoria to develop their concept into a short film (60 seconds maximum), 2-3-minute interview and photo pack. The winning film out of these four will win an additional $6000 and a runner-up will win $3000. Both films (winner and runner-up) will be shown before every screening at the 2020 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

What happens if my concept is selected as one of the final four? 

The final four concepts will be publicly announced on Monday 28 October 2019. You will have until 8AM Friday 20 December 2019 to turn your concept into a film and complementary assets.

What are the deadlines? 

Concept entries open on Monday 26 August 2019 and close strictly Monday 21 October 2019 at 8am EST. Grant recipients will be announced publicly on Monday 28 October and have until 20 December 2019 to produce their final videos and complementary assets. Final video submissions must be uploaded by Friday 20 December 2019. Public voting through the Quitflicks webpage will happen between Thursday 9 January 2020 and Sunday 2 February 2020. The winner and runner up will be announced and screened at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival launch event on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

Do I have to be a professional filmmaker or TV producer? 

This competition is open to filmmakers 16 years and above of all skill and experience levels. 

How is the concept judged? 

Four finalists will be selected by a judging panel comprising from Quit Victoria, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health, based on criteria including innovation, creativity, relevance and diversity.

Where will my short film be shown? 

The four finalist videos will be shared on social media channels, including the MQFF Facebook page. Quit Victoria and Thorne Harbour Health will use the winning video across their digital media platforms. 

How will my interview and photos be used?

In addition to a short film, the four grant recipients will produce a 2-3-minute interview with an LGBTIQ community member who has quit smoking as well as a pack of photographic stills. These assets may go on to form part of community-led health promotion projects, on posters brochures and more. It's a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the well-being of the community.

Where do we put creative credits? 

We only need basic credit information during judging of your concept. If your commercial is selected as a winner, we will ask for a full list of credits then. No credits are required on the video. 

What format should I use? 

Video files must be provided in one of the following file formats: .MPEG4; .MOV; .AVI; or .WMV; or any other file formatted accepted by YouTube. The video file must be exactly 60 seconds in length including the official QuitFlicks Title Card (which will be provided to the four grant recipients) and must not contain any copyrighted works other than what is owned by the entrant.  

As a grant recipient/finalist, where will I upload my final content? 

If you receive a grant, you will need to email your short film, interview and photo pack to or send a link to the same email address via a secure file transfer service, either Dropbox, WeTransfer, Hightail, sharebox or Yousendit.

Do you accept work on disk? 

While we prefer material to be emailed, you may submit entries via DVD or USB if your internet speed doesn’t allow this. Submission in this way must be delivered by arrangement to the project manager prior to the deadline. 

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen? 

You retain creative rights to your pitch and your video production. Broadcast rights will be retained by Quit Victoria and Melbourne Queer Film Festival. By entering your concept and produced video you are signing over the rights for your work to be broadcast. When an entrant submits any materials as part of the Competition including text, drawings, videos, photos and images, including the final films, interview and photo pack (“Content”), intellectual property subsisting in the Content vests in the Promoter and the entrant agrees to assign all intellectual property to the Promoter. The Promoter may use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish and display such Content for any purpose in any media, without compensation, restriction on use or liability. Entrants warrant that they have the full authority to grant these rights. Entrants will retain moral rights in relation to the use of the Content.

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