I’m not from Glasgow – can I submit a film?
Yes you can. You don’t need to be from Glasgow to take part in SCI SHORTS, as long as you choose one of the three science subjects related to Glasgow, as per our guidelines.
Can more than one person submit one film?
Yes – we encourage both solo projects and team efforts.
Can I submit more than one film?
Yes – one individual can take part in more than one team.
Can I edit my film on my computer or laptop?
Yes you can. We ask you to shoot on your mobile phone, but you can use any editing software you’re best familiar with to edit your short.
What technical specs should I consider?
Please read the guidelines for technical specs. Check that your submission complies with these specs as we won’t be able to accept your film if it does not.
I can’t make it to the Development Day. Can I still submit a film?
Yes you can. We do recommend all participants to come along and learn more about the scientific subjects at the TEDx style talks in the morning. This will help you get a better understanding of the subjects and can spark off ideas to develop your story.
Can I contact the scientists directly?
No. If you have any questions on one of the three key subjects, you’ll have a chance to ask them at the Development Day. Some subjects will offer access moments after the Development Day. We will announce these opportunities on Saturday 10 October.
I want to make a film about a different science subject, can I?
No. We ask you to choose one of the three subjects as described on our website and in the guidelines. How you tackle the subject, is up to you!
If my team wins, who will receive the £350 cash prize?
The cheque will be written to the primary contact that registered your team. It is up to him or her to make sure the team agrees on how the cash prize is divided or spent. The same goes for the £350 voucher at GMAC Film – the primary contact will receive a GMAC Film membership that covers insurance for equipment hires. The primary contact will be responsible for the hire and subject to an excess of £250 in the event of damage or loss of the equipment.
When & how can I see the finished film?
You will get an invite to the Award Event on Wednesday 21 October. The film will then be launched for the world to see on a dedicated YouTube channel and promoted on our social media. Make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information.
Who owns my footage after submission?
You will retain ownership of your footage throughout the process. As explained in the Terms and Conditions, you are granting Glasgow City of Science, GMAC Film and project supporters Creative Clyde and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau the non-exclusive rights to include the footage in their communication, on their websites and to exploit the film in all media forever.
What if I want to withdraw my submission?
If for any reason you want to withdraw your submission, you can let us know before the submission deadline on Sunday 18 October by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. After this date, it will be understood that you have consented to be included in the project, even if you change your mind.
Can I submit my film to other festivals after submitting to SCI SHORTS?
Yes, please do! There’s a growing number of international short film festivals, with some even exclusively accepting films made on mobile phones, or one-minute in length. We encourage you to make the most of your film and try to get it out to a wide audience.
How do I submit my sci short?
First you have to register yourself or your team here. You will then receive an email including an invite to the Development Day and a link to download the submission pack. The pack includes a submission form to go with your film, as well as release forms and a music cue sheet. There are two ways to submit, online or by post– just follow the step-by-step instructions in the guidelines. We will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours of receipt of your submission.
I’m confused about copyright…
Yes, it’s confusing! This link might help http://www.learncopyright.co.uk/demo/
Do I need to include my credits in the one minute?
Yes – we advise you to keep them brief so you don’t loose too many valuable seconds!