Terms of Film Submission

All submissions must be original works, with all rights reserved by the filmmaker. No copyrighted material may be included, unless the copyright owner has given the filmmaker permission to use the content, including but not limited to all music, stock footage, stills and performances. Filmmakers will be required to indemnify the Vermont Bear Film Festival, its staff, sponsors and support foundations if any copyright issues are raised by the inclusion of their short in the festival.

By submitting your work to the VT Bear Film Festival, the filmmaker grants permission to the VT Bear Film Festival to use it as part of its promotional materials package, including but not limited to trailers, web ads, print ads, email blasts, and any other promotional materials for the Vermont Bear Film Festival. This includes screenings at affiliated film festival events.

There are no entry fees; however, if you wish to have your DVD or VHS returned, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your entry.

PAW Award Rules and Guidelines

    • Shorts must be original works, with all rights reserved by the filmmaker. No copyrighted material may be included, unless the copyright owner has given the filmmaker permission to use the content, including but not limited to all music, stock footage, stills and performances. Filmmakers will be required to indemnify the Vermont Bear Film Festival, its staff, sponsors and support foundations if any copyright issues are raised by the inclusion of their short in the contest or by the inclusion of their short in the “Shorts from the VT Bear Film Festival” DVD series.
    • Only short films that have not been submitted in past Vermont Bear Film Festivals will be entered in this year’s contest. We define a short film as being less than 30 minutes in length, including title and credits.
    • By accepting the PAW Award and/or the $250.00 prize, you agree to allow ASI & OBM to include your winning submission in the next installment of the “Shorts from the Vermont Bear Film Festival” DVD.
    • If selected for inclusion in the festival program, the filmmaker/producer grants permission to the VT Bear Film Festival to use it as part of its promotional materials package, including but not limited to trailers, web ads, print ads, email blasts, and any other promotional materials for the Vermont Bear Film Festival. This includes screenings at affiliated film festival events.