Details, Details, Details…

All rules apply to every participating group/production team.

JUMP/CUT and/or its presenting partners may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the Official Time Period.

1) Times

The Challenge starts on a Thursday at 5pm local time and ends the following Sunday at 5pm local time. This is the Official Challenge Time Period. All participating groups/teams must complete their work in time to deliver it to the Official Drop-Off Location (TBA), on Sunday by 5:00pm. Only works that meet the deadline will screen “in competition”. All films received on Sunday (on-time and late – up to 6:00pm) will be screened.

2) Development/Production

All development/production must take place during the Official Challenge Time Period. Any creative work prior to the Challenge weekend will disqualify the team(s) from all competition events. Development/Production work includes, but is not limited to:




Art Direction/Set Dressing




Sound Design



Outputting final project to required media

3) Get Ready

The only pre-production work that may begin prior to the Official Challenge Time Period is:

Crewing Up


Gathering/Reserving/Renting Equipment

Scouting/Securing Locations

4) Footage

If you put it on the screen, you have to shoot it within the Official Challenge Time Period – period!

No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the Official Time Period. (Note: Stock footage may appear in a post-production application/effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, only if the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Challenge Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.)

Still photographs are permitted, provided the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Challenge Time Period, but no stills may be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.

5) Kickoff Event

The “team leader” of each participating team must be present at the official Kickoff Event.

6) Obligatory Elements

Each participating group will be assigned obligatory elements that must appear in its film, including genre, a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a local landmark. To qualify as an Official Entry In Competition for the final screening, each group’s film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all obligatory elements – prior to the film’s credits.

7) Volunteers

All cast and crew must be volunteers. Teams must provide union waivers for any union members who participate on their team.

8) Animal Safety

Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an imperative to ensure the best experience and artistic outcome for every participant. Films that result in the harm or death of any animal or participant will be disqualified and reported to the appropriate authorities.

9) Camera Equipment

Teams may use any type of video or film camera, and there is no limit to the number of cameras a team may use.

10) Music Rights

Teams are encouraged to work with composers and/or musicians to write and record music for their films. Pre-recorded music is permitted; however the participating teams must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used in their film. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed. Note: If a song that appears a film is owned/produced/performed/parodied/re-written (identifiable music with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition’s owner(s)/writer(s). This rule applies regardless of whether the parody/rewrite constitutes “fair use” under US or international copyright law.

11) TRT – Total Running Time

Finished films must be a minimum of 5 minutes, and a maximum of 7 minutes TRT — including end credits. Official running time begins after the required Jump/Cut titles and ends with the last credit. The required titles do not count toward the minimum time of 5 minutes.

12) Titles/Credits

Before the finished film begins, the media must have…

1.) 5 seconds of black

2.) A title card with: team name, title, genre, city, and date

3.) The official 2017 Jump/Cut Film Challenge animated opening -OR- a title card with: This film was made for the 2017 Jump/Cut Film Challenge.

4.) 2 seconds of black – and – then your film, followed by end credits.

Additional Opening Titles 

You may choose to include additional opening titles after the 2 seconds of black, leading into your film, but they are not encouraged. If you use them, additional opening titles are considered to be part of the film, and will count against the seven-minute maximum TRT.

End Credits 

Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered part of your film, as stated above, so a 7 minute film will include the obligatory opening titles, a 6 minute film – including any additional opening credits, if you choose to include them and 60 seconds of end credits.

The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the Jump/Cut Film Challenge at Silver Springs International Film Festival. Presented by the Ocala Film Foundation. Filmed entirely on location in Ocala/Silver Springs, Marion County, Florida.

Titles And Credits For Subsequent Screenings

We encourage our filmmakers to submit their Jump/Cut projects to other festivals. For all subsequent screenings, online or otherwise, Jump/Cut films must retain the obligatory pre-film title card and Jump/Cut end credits.

13) Required Media Formats

For complete submission requirements, (preferred) a self-contained SD Quicktime file with no proprietary codecs on either: a data DVD -OR- a USB flash drive

14) Submission Tips

  •  Each team should submit 2 copies of their final film.
  •  We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (Uneven sound or sound that peaks may require modified levels to protect the theatre’s playback equipment.)
  •  All Jump/Cut films received on the evening of the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements based on the following:

On-time Submissions – Turned in by 5:00pm – will screen “in competition.”

Late Submissions – Up to 6:00pm – will screen “out of competition.”

15) Production Documents

You must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other releases that may apply to your film), which must be presented to the Jump/Cut representative with the finished film/video. Your team’s film/video will not screen until before the Jump/Cut representative receives all signed releases that apply to your film.

  •  All required forms can be found on our website and/or acquired from a Jump/Cut representative, throughout the Challenge.

16) Team Agreement

Each “Team Leader” must submit a “Team Agreement” with his/her completed Entry, ensuring adherence to all Challenge Rules. (Team Agreement can be found on our website.)

17) Eligibility

To be eligible for the Challenge, all films must be the original work of the Team and its members; must not infringe upon any third-party’s rights; must be suitable for PG-13 screening; cannot contain obscene or pornographic material; cannot contain defamatory statements about any person, group, company, organization or entity; cannot invade the privacy or rights of any person, company or entity; cannot in any way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements other than those owned by the Team and its members and/or the Jump/Cut Film Challenge and/or its Presenters. If any submission contains prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Challenge and/or its Presenters, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Jump/Cut Film Challenge, and its Presenters, reserves the right to make the final determination as to which submissions are eligible. Jump/Cut also reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film.

18) No Pre-Screening Distribution

The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official JUMP/CUT premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.

19) Official Challenge Entry

To be certified as an Official Challenge Entry, each participating group’s film/video production must follow all Jump/Cut Film Challenge herein. The JUMP/CUT Film Challenge Presenters reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.

20) Return of Submission Materials

No Submission Materials (media or documents) will be returned.

21) Disqualifications

Jump/Cut Film Challenge and its presenters may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Teams/Submissions deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.