I've been looking into the possibility of submitting
an animated short or two to this year's Cineme
Festival. Acceptance of my work means exposure to
animation/film professionals acting as jurors as
well as having my piece(s) broadcast on television
and distributed on a compilation DVD. As far as I can
tell, submission is free. Sounds good so far.
What concerns me is the barrage of contractual legalese
that cineme makes you agree to for the submission. (You
can find it at www.cineme.org/form.phtml - scroll to
the bottom and you'll see a series of windows with said
It seems like the agreement is to sign your life away
and seems excessive from my layman perspective. I
understand that most of it is there to give them the
permission to broadcast people's work as well as use
their work for ad spots and whatnot. But it almost seems
like they own the work once you give it to them.
I'm particularly concerned because I'd like to use my
characters for future pieces as well as generally having
control and ownership of my work. And what if another party
is interested in buying/developing my work? Also, does the
legalese disallow me from letting other festivals have my
work? Am I over-reacting - is the agreement a standard
thing for this situation?
(I'm not saying my stuff is fantastic or anything - I'm
just concerned on a matter of principle.)
If anyone is willing to shed some light on any or all of
this, would love to hear from you.