Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

MOFILM is a global community of filmmakers. We run regular video contests for the world’s biggest brands, like Chevrolet, Coca­Cola and Playstation and produce original video content for digital channels. MOFILM helps filmmakers create breakthrough work that gets them noticed globally.

Build your reel, build your network, get rewarded, and travel the world.

MOFILM can help you build your reel through actual briefs for major global brands. You can apply for production grants on most contests to help towards covering the costs of making your submission and your can win cash prizes if your work is selected.

Typically our competition winner will claim $8,000 in prize money, as well as winning a trip for two to an amazing location such as Cannes in the south of France, Sydney, Singapore, or New York, where you will attend one of MOFILM’s legendary award ceremonies and meet the MOFILM team, fellow filmmakers, representatives of the brands you made content for plus special guests. Winners also get the chance to be selected for paid work from our brand clients through MOFILMpro.

Nothing, Nada, Zip, Zilch. MOFILM contests are free to enter and through our production grant scheme, you are able to apply for money to help toward the cost of creating your entry.

It’s easy! First, you will need to register. Then go to our competitions page, pick a contest, pick a brand, and download the brief. If there are grants available you can apply directly from the individual brand contest page. Create your entry and upload your work by the deadline stated for a chance to win.

Yes! If you are between the age of 16 and 18, we will need to see some form of permission from your parent or guardian if you are one of the winners.

No. All MOFILM contests are open to any filmmaker wherever they are in the world, unless otherwise noted in the brief. Sometimes a brief will ask have a specific language requirement but don’t let that stop you entering. We have had winners from India who have made films for use in the Spanish market and winners from Poland who have created great work for the South American market.

Remember that the first­prize winner will be flown to the awards ceremony so it’s handy if you already have a passport!

MOFILM’s filmmaker pack contains all of the necessary documents you need in order to successfully create and upload your video to enter your chosen competition.

The filmmaker pack, previously known as the CCA form, contains the contest brief, the filmmaker agreement and music and talent releases. It is important that you sign and complete all the necessary forms in order to be eligible for the contest. The filmmaker pack can be uploaded to any film submission from the My Films page. Click ‘Update’ and you will find options for editing video details and uploading your filmmaker pack for that entry.

CREATING YOUR ENTRY

We can only accept digital video uploads and we recommend shooting in HD because lots of winners get their films shown on big screens, on the web and even on TV ­ so you want it to look good. Don't use a resolution below 640x480. The frame rate is less important but try to shoot at 30fps or higher. Old school 24fps is great for the movies but not great for TV or the web (especially with fast action). The brief will state where the selected films will be used – digital or broadcast – which you should consider when shooting and editing.

We accept avi, mpg, mov, wmv, mp4 and m4v extensions. Neither height nor width can be odd numerically (eg dimensions of 1023 x 768 should not be used because 1023 is an odd number). Do not export with any black borders and we recommend 16:9 aspect ratio but will accept other ratios. The video frame rate (fps) is not important but bear in mind the intended use – if the brand intends to display on TV then they will prefer 30fps.

If you export your video from video editing software (eg. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Avid, etc) then we recommend you export an uncompressed file then use the free Handbrake software from http://handbrake.fr to compress the video using FFMpeg compression with AAC Core audio (CBR) audio.

Before uploading, test your video on a friend’s computer that does not have any video editing or special codecs installed. The video should play on Quicktime and/or Realplayer.

We recommend using Handbrake from http://handbrake.fr to compress your video before uploading. It’s free and available for all operating systems.

Make sure your filename is less than 50 characters including the extension!

We prefer if all the footage is your own, original work that you have shot yourself. You must not copy footage from any other video you find on the Internet or elsewhere.

You can use footage from a stock collection but you must pay for it out of pocket and have a commercial usage licence that must be submitted to MOFILM upon delivering your final paperwork.

No, it’s against the MOFILM terms and conditions to enter any content that has already been entered into a MOFILM contest. This includes footage, so you can’t re­cut a previous entry and re­submit it.

PRODUCTION GRANTS

The MOFILM production grants are funds that MOFILM makes available to filmmakers to go towards covering the expenses of producing their video entry for that contest. The grant is paid after the video is submitted, regardless of whether it is selected to receive a prize after the competition ends.

Any registered filmmaker participating in the competition. You must be able to cover the expenses as payment for grants are made after the final film is submitted along with grant paperwork.

We also highly recommend reading our blog post on MOFILM Production Grants for hints and tips on creating a successful application.

By providing as much information as possible, especially if you’ve never entered a MOFILM contest before – examples of your work, the script and storyboards can all help sell your idea, and you, to us! A good rule of thumb is to imagine the person reading your concept has no background or context in what you are planning to create so you need to create a clear visual of your execution for the film. Include reference films, potential cast, storyboards or whatever you think could help us envisage your film.

Remember, there are other filmmakers asking for money too, so put your best foot forward starting here!

You can apply for as many grants for as many contests as you like but you must include all your ideas on the same submission form. You should also bear in mind that you are likely to only get one grant per brand. You can apply for different brands in the same event or submit different ideas for the same brief. If you do have several ideas for a contest we recommend really working and developing only one or two, rather than submitting multiple ideas that aren’t fully formed. The more developed an idea, the more likely it is to get selected.

Also if you apply for multiple grants and are approved, you need to be confident that you can deliver the film that you have been granted for. Understandably the production grants are popular and we have a limited pot of money to share, so be fair to your fellow filmmakers and only accept more than one grant if you know you can deliver. If you have any questions on grants, be sure to reach out to the designated account manager for the brand who can guide you more if needed. If you cannot produce the film you were granted for, please can reallocate funds.

The number of grants varies by competition, the average grant pot is $20,000 in total, though they can be more than twice that amount for select brands. We usually give out at least 10 grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 or more. This amount will be based on your budget requirements, the popularity of the brief, and the quality of the idea you have presented.

The minimum amount for a grant is $500, as this covers the transfer of ownership as outlined in the filmmaker agreement. The maximum amount varies from brand to brand and is usually outlined at the top of the grant application form.

You can review the status of your grant applications at any time by clicking on My Grants under the My Account heading on the website. You will receive an email from MOFILM when the status of your grant changes.

If you have been given a grant this will be followed by an email from the account manger to introduce themselves.

At the moment we cannot pay out the grant money less than 60 days after the contest closes. Please make sure that you uploaded an acceptable film and provide all the paperwork requested by MOFILM. The paperwork is the signed grant approval form, plus your photo id, your bank details and receipts that cover the total of grant approved. This paperwork can be uploaded from the My Grants page by clicking ‘Edit’ on the approved grant.

You must also make sure that all the paperwork for your film is in order and has successfully been uploaded.

Let the account manager know as soon as possible, this is so we can allocate another filmmaker a grant. MOFILM will not discriminate against you on future applications if you accept a grant and then let us know in good time that you can’t enter the contest.

If you have been awarded a grant, then the best person to talk to about your specific grant is the MOFILM account manager who told you that you had been awarded one. They will also be the account manager for that brand and closest to the brief and client. If you don’t have a grant, then email any questions to productiongrant@mofilm.com

UPLOADING A FILM

Visit the competition website at: www.mofilm.com/competitions. Go to the specific brand page you are submitting for and click on the upload button that will be on the bottom right column of the page. Here you will be asked to sign in if you are an existing member or to sign­up if you are new to MOFILM. It is 100% free to sign­up. Then just follow the instructions to upload your film.

Maximum file size permitted to upload to the MOFILM platform is 500MB but we recommend aiming for around 100Mb per 60 seconds of video content if you use our recommended MPEG4 encoding.

For the contest ALL submissions are re­encoded by the MOFILM platform to a web­streaming format. This is because our judges are all over the world and can’t download gigabytes of videos to do their judging – so every video uploaded follows the same process. Our judges are professionals and will not judge the videos badly if they are a little grainy or have compression artefacts. You can resubmit a larger file if your film is chosen for final delivery.

Avoid using special/international characters and keep the total filename (including extension) below 50 characters. Ensure the extension is correct for the container used (eg .mov, .mp4, etc). An extension that has been changed (eg a .mov that is changed to .mp4) will be rejected by our platform ­ you MUST re­encode if you wish to use a different extension. After uploading the video you will be able to choose a title for your video and enter a description.

Once you have successfully uploaded your film you will receive a confirmation email, it will also include the film ID which you will need to include on your release forms. The film will then go through the MOFILM encoding platform which creates a standard judging format of your film. You will receive another email once your video has completed this process informing you if there was any problem or if the encoding was successful ­ this may take 24 hours (or longer during the closing hours of a competition).

A MOFILM administrator will review the video and you may be contacted about any problems or questions. If your video is not suitable then it may be rejected. You may also be asked to re­edit your video and/or re­submit the video.

The MOFILM team will also check to see if you have uploaded all your paperwork correctly, your film will show as pending approval until all paperwork is submitted. When a contest closes it can take a few days for all the films and paperwork to be reviewed. So don’t worry if your film says ‘pending’ for a day or so after you have submitted your paperwork

Once your video is approved, the judging panel will be able to review your video. The competition judging will not take place until the submission deadline has passed. Films that are selected for the shortlist will be emailed within a week of the competition closing. There is no further action needed unless you are contacted by MOFILM.

Don’t worry! If you have uploaded more than one version of your film; we will reject any duplicate versions and only consider the newest version for the contest. If you have any queries about this email support@MOFILM.com.

Once you have completed the necessary forms you should login and navigate to you My Films page where you can find all your submissions and update them with your completed paperwork. If you have difficulties with the upload page you can also email your forms through to compliance@mofilm.com

Yes, when you upload your film you have the option to include the rest of your creative team at the bottom of the submission page. Here you can note their names (if they are signed up for MOFILM, you can link to their profiles) and note their role.

You are fully entitled to share your film with your friends, family or crew members via a private or password protected link, however you cannot share it on a public domain. This includes tagging the brand or disclosing any information on the brief until you are notified by MOFILM that it is appropriate to share publicly.

Formerly known as the CCA pack, the filmmaker pack is the term MOFILM gives to the various release forms you download along with the contest brief. You need to complete the relevant forms and upload them after you have submitted your entry.

You need submit these so MOFILM can ensure you have not infringed the rights of any third party. We ask that you provide evidence when you submit your films that any people or other parties whose work is involved or whose property rights are used in your video have permitted you to submit the video to MOFILM. This will also allow the video to be used under the terms of the agreement you will enter with us.

The Talent Release Form must be signed by every person who is involved as an actor or is featured in your video in any way, such as actors, extras or voiceover artists. Such persons will grant you, as the filmmaker, every authorization necessary to allow you to submit the video to MOFILM on the terms of our Filmmaker Agreement. It also provides us with the necessary information needed if your video is later selected for public broadcast by the brand sponsor. This will allow MOFILM to determine the principle actors and/or extras involved in the video and will allow us to pay them a one­time fee as outlined in the filmmaker agreement.

If you are using music files that aren’t provided by MOMUSIC as part of the competition ­ then all rights holders, including composers, lyricists and other possible proprietors in each music track must sign the Music License Agreement. This will permit you as the filmmaker to use their music in your film. Music rights should cover broadcast usage in perpetuity when submitted to any MOFILM competition.

Possibly. If your video is selected by the brand and is later broadcast on TV or in the cinema, MOFILM will select principle actor/actors, who, according to our judgement, played the main role in the film. Such actors will receive a one­time payment of up to $1,000 depending on the region where the video is broadcast. Any organized by the filmmaker.

Yes, you will still need to complete the filmmaker agreement. If you use voiceover artists you will also be required to complete and return the talent agreement forms, and if you have sourced music without using MOMUSIC then you are required to complete and return the music release form as well.

MOFILM will complete an initial review of all the submitted films and create a shortlist for the brand to judge. The number of videos shortlisted per contest depends on how many entries there are and the quality of the videos. The MOFILM team of judges looks at the quality of the production, the concept, and adherence to the brief. Judging will be fair and all approved videos will be considered. Note that video submissions that do not meet the brief entirely but which show creative thinking, good production values and which impress the judges may be accepted.

MOFILM then shares the shortlisted films with the client for their review and selection of the winners.

All of the films submitted that we shortlist are sent to our brand client, who will then review and decide internally on the winning films.

Usually, we notify the first place winner within a week of the contest closing and the other finalists within two weeks but it can take as long as six weeks to process all the winners and runners up. There are many legal clearances and considerations so please do not contact MOFILM for confirmation until at least 42 days after the competition has formally closed.

This means that MOFILM believes you have made a video to a good standard, and it is one of the best entries submitted during the specific competition. Your video will then be sent over to the brand for review.

Well done! If you got the top spot then one of MOFILM’s team members will call you to tell you that you won and to discuss your prize and travel arrangements. If you came in second through fifth place then we’ll send you an email with details of what you have won.

First place winners will be contacted directly by telephone and/or email before any public announcement is made. All other winners and runners up will typically be contacted by email and we endeavour to inform the winner before any public announcement is made.

Yes, you are entitled to upload your spot on YouTube/Vimeo, however you must wait at least six weeks after the contest has finished as the brand might want to purchase your film in addition to the winners it selected. If you decide to go ahead an upload your spot onto a public platform, you must remove all brand assets such as logos, branded content, branded products etc. You must also replace any music that you have sourced using MOMUSIC. Films should not be searchable by brand or content as the brief concept may be used in current marketing campaigns or efforts.

If you have received a grant or have won prize money, you can check the status of your grant on your profile. Please be aware that you should expect both grant payment or prize money payment no earlier than 60 days after the deadline for the contest.

If for any reason you have not heard from us, then contact the account manager in charge of the brief or drop an email to support@MOFILM.com

You will not lose ownership of the video solely by submitting it to MOFILM.You do authorize us to display and use the video in connection with our business services. If your video is selected as one of the winners of the contest or otherwise chosen to be used by the contest sponsor, in order to receive payment or other benefits from us you will be asked to formally transfer your full rights in the video to MOFILM.

After you submit the video to MOFILM, we ask you not to reuse the video or any of its substantial parts for commercial purposes or for any other undertakings of a similar nature to that of MOFILM’s services. This is because you grant us some limited rights with regard to your film by partaking in the competition. By attempting to use the same video in such ways you may breach the agreements with other people or companies that may stipulate that no one should have pre­existing rights in the video you make available to them. It is in your own interest to abide by this policy.

However, you may keep the video for your personal non­commercial enjoyment or personal reel. Our briefs are current or upcoming marketing directions for our brands which is also why you need to be mindful of tagging the brand or content to ensure it does not affect the brand’s marketing of the same or similar content.

In order to fulfil the requirements of the competition it’s crucial to produce a video that responds directly to the creative brief. It is also important that any material you submit does not infringe any pre­existing rights of the brand or any other entity or person. Consequently, we ask you not to submit materials that you have made available to others in the past. Often, the terms on which you publish your content elsewhere will prohibit you from sharing it with anyone else anyway. If your video is selected by the brand sponsoring the contest they will also require the ability freely without interference by anyone else.

NO! By submitting content to MOFILM, the license only allows us to broadcast and distribute your video for the purpose of running our service, which involves organizing competitions and making your video available to brand sponsors for selection. No one else will be permitted to make use and earn profit from your video unless it is chosen as one of the winners in the competition or otherwise selected by the brand to receive a prize.

You are responsible for taxes on all profits you make as part of participating in our service, such as awards of prizes and other payments for the rights in your video, under the taxation law in your jurisdiction.

Please understand that MOFILM is an international company and receives video submissions from all over the world. As such we can’t offer individual advice with regard to filing tax returns and other tax services in your country or state. If you need further information you must consult your relevant state authorities or a tax specialist qualified in your jurisdiction.

As MOFILM is an international company and receives video submissions from all over the world, we can’t offer individual advice with regard to filing tax returns and other tax services in your country or state. If you need further information you must consult your relevant state authorities or a tax specialist qualified in your jurisdiction.