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ENTRIES NOW CLOSED! Thanks for your #ReefReels Films. Winners announced soon!

What is #ReefReels?
#ReefReels is a short film competition launched by GetUp! to motivate and encourage filmmakers and environmentalists alike to create short films with a focus on the issues currently surrounding the Great Barrier Reef.

The process is easy – create a short film under 3 minutes that will empower the world to get behind our Save The Reef campaign! You'll be able to submit your film here from October 10th till November 30th, share your film with your friends and family via our provided link, and be in with a chance to win $10,000 cash and have your film screened at Tropfest on Sunday 7 December 2014, to a live audience of over 100,000 viewers!

Morgan Spurlock, creator of Super Size Me will be leading our judging panel, so your films will surely be seen by some of the biggest eyes in Hollywood!

GET INSPIRING – We need to raise awareness for our Save The Reef Campaign – and now! Use your voice to encourage others to make a change and empower the world with your short film!

GET SHORT – Be short and snappy by telling your story in 3 minutes or less.

GET SHARING – Get your friends and family involved by sharing your film – we'll send you a YouTube link once it's been uploaded and ready to go!

GET PASSIONATE – submit a film that gets to the heart of the issues surrounding the Great Barrier Reef - but don't worry, we don't need a visual depiction of the Reef itself!

GET MOTIVATED – Raise awareness for the Great Barrier Reef by asking your friends to join over a quarter of a million Australians in signing the petition to save the reef – or maybe even help them make a film themselves.

GET CREATIVE – we want to see all kinds of films – animation, drama, documentary, photo series – as long as The Reef is at the heart of the film.

You can submit your film right here! Entries open on October 10th and close on November 25th, so get filming!
Fame, fortune, and bragging rights for helping to save the reef! If that's not enough, our winner will be taking home $10,000 cash! A selection of films will be screened at Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, on 7th December 2014 to a crowd of over 100,000 viewers! One lucky winner will have their film screened during the intermission of the main Tropfest event. Further prizes and opportunities will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
Finalists of the #ReefReels Competition will be announced by December 2nd 2014. An overall winner will be shown on the night of Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, in Centennial Park on 7th December 2014 in front of a live crowd of over 100,000 viewers! All Finalist Films will be shown throughout the day at Tropfest.
No, there is no entry fee for #ReefReels!
Your film can be about anything you'd like – as long as you include the Great Barrier Reef. Your film should inspire people to make a difference and encourage others to take action and help save our reef too!
We want to see all sorts of films! If you like making dramas, comedies, advertisements, music videos, musicals, documentaries, animations or more, #ReefReels is for you! Get as creative as you want!
There is no limit to the amount of films you are able to create – feel free to submit as many films as you'd like!
YES! You must own all copyright for or have written permission to use all underlying works included in the film including music, performance and script.

Arts Law has a great website ( with lots of information and advice about copyright. We suggest you read through their articles on copyright as well as their short film guide for producers.
Please ensure your film meets the requirements below:
-Duration: Up to 0:03:00
-Bit Rate: 6mbps
-Video Tracks: H.264 1920 x 1080 25fps 6mbps
-Audio Tracks: Audio stereo, 48 kHz, 255 kbps
-Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (letterbox/pillarbox accepted)
Of course! If your film is relevant to the cause, feel free to enter #ReefReels! Make sure it is your film, though. While Finding Nemo is pre-existing and does mention the reef it's definitely not under three minutes and is probably owned by Pixar (Note to Pixar: feel free to submit an under 3 minute version).
Yes! We'd love to see entries from all over the world. Heck, the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. If you're an alien and enjoy the view, you're also welcome to submit.
Reef Reels Terms and Conditions

The GetUp! #ReefReels Competition (Competition) is organised by GetUp! Australia (Promoter). The Competition begins on October 10th, 2014 at 12:00pm AEST and ends on November 25th, 2014 at 5:00pm AEST. Submissions can be made via the Promoter's website at Submission of a film is deemed acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions. Each entry will be individually judged based on skill, relevancy creativity and originality, as determined by the Promoter in its sole discretion. Chance plays no part in determining the Winner.

Competition Details

1. Your film must meet the following requirements:

Maximum length of three [3] minutes including titles and credits.
Include reference to the Great Barrier Reef in a way that is apparent to the Promoter.
A focus on GetUp's current "Save the Reef" campaign is encouraged. If you'd like more information on GetUp!'s "Save The Reef" Campaign, please refer to the GetUp! #ReefReels Background for Filmmakers document HERE.

2. Upon submission, your film must adhere to the following maximum specifications:

Duration: Up to 0:03:00

Bit Rate: 6mbps

Video Tracks: H.264 1920 x 1080 25fps 6mbps

Audio Tracks: Audio stereo, 48 kHz, 255 kbps

Aspect ratio: 16:9 (letterboxing or pillarboxing accepted)

3. Additionally, you will be asked to provide The Promoter (upon request) with entry materials that may include, but are not limited to the following:
A final digital file of your Film (ProRes/Uncompressed Quicktime)

A minimum of two [2] electronic, landscape promotional photo stills related to the Film (jpg 300dpi).

A full list of Cast and Crew involved in your Film.

Signed release forms for all works in which copyright exists.

Written permission for all music in your film, including a completed Music Cue Sheet

4. The content (Film and it's additional materials) must:
Not contain advertisements or third party links to websites

Not contain any watermarks

Be the Entrant's original work and not contain any third party copyrighted material without permission, or any illegal material.

5. A jury set by the Promoter will determine a selection of Finalist Films to be screened during the afternoon and night of Tropfest on Sunday 7 December 2014.

One [1] winner will be announced and screened on the night of Sunday 7 December 2014 in front of a live audience of over 100,000 at Tropfest. One [1] additional winner will be determined from Entrants in the Under 17 category, to be screened during Trop Jr on Sunday 7 December 2014. Further prizes may apply.

6. If the Winner fails to satisfy any or all of the terms and conditions of the Competition the Promoter may choose to award the Winner Award to another Entrant. The decision of the jury is final and not subject to public appeal.

7. Any late, illegible or incomplete entries will be deemed disqualified.

8. The Promoter may, in it's sole discretion, disqualify a Film from the competition if there is reason to believe that a Film does not, for any reason, comply with the Terms and Conditions.

9. This Competition is subject to the Promoter's Privacy Policy and governed by the laws of NSW.

10. The Promoter reserves the right to change these conditions from time to time as it sees fit and your continued use of the site will signify your acceptance of any adjustment to these terms.

11. Full licensing rights will be available on or prior to the commencement of the Competition on October 10 2014. The Promoter will hold exclusive rights to your films throughout the Competition period.
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