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Credits, Copyright and use of third party assets.

Entries must include all appropriate credits. Failure to do so will trigger an automatic disqualification.

Entries may be inspired by and/or include a range of material from third parties. This is permissible as long as the finished entry is substantially a new work by the entrant(s). The appropriate use of this material in no way diminishes your finished work or the chances of winning. However, failure to correctly credit all inspirations, third party works, team members, actors etc will result in automatic disqualification.

 The screenplay makes reference to a number of art works in a gallery. Entrants are free to choose any artwork from the CGSociety or Ballistic Publishing books. However teams must get permission from the creators of the artwork prior to using it and must credit the creators at the end of their short film.

All individuals contributing to a Short Film must be credited with their roles clearly stated. This includes, but is not limited to: Producers, Directors, Directors of Photography, Art Directors, Visual Effects Supervisors, Animators, Modelers, Lighters (includes shading), Screenwriters, Editors, Compositors, Musicians, Audio Mixers etc.

Copyright - Derivative Works

You must credit any work you use as an inspiration for your entry. This does not diminish your work or the chances of winning in any way. Failure to acknowledge inspirational works will trigger an automatic disqualification.

Paul Gulino and Mark Snoswell have granted CGSociety permission for challenge entrants to base their entries on their screenplay and stories “Art Gallery”, “Mad Cow Disease”, Battle Bunny”, “Flocking”, “Lateral Thinker” and “Strange Attraction”. If you do use these works as inspiration then you must credit them appropriately.

Your work will be all yours - you hold the Copyright. However, if it was based on any inspirational works that are not yours then you must credit it as a derivative work: eg, inspired by “Art Gallery”, a screenplay by Paul Gulino; inspired by “Mad Cow Disease”, a short story by Mark Snoswell. You will be free to show your finished work anywhere you want as long as it is in a non-commercial context and you include in the credit the original work and author. You cannot make any claim or imply in any way that you created the work for the original artist and must not allow your work to appear in any form under the original artists imprimatur.

As a derivate work you cannot use your work in any commercial manner without first gaining written permission from the original author the work was inspired by.

The arrangement is reciprocal. The original author does not have any claim to your work other than being the inspiration for it. Should they wish to use your work they are required to get your written permission first.

Credits – Actors.

All live actors whose face appears in the finished Short Film entries must be credited. Teams must have gained the actors written permission prior to using their image or likeness.

Credits – Voice Actors.

All voice actors whose voice is heard in the finished Short Film entries must be credited. Teams must have gained the voice actors written permission prior to using their voice.


  1. Challenge rules apply to individual and team entrants jointly and separately.

  2. All entrants, including all team members, must be registered with CGTalk or CGSociety.

  3. Team entrants must nominate a "Team Leader" who will be responsible for all correspondence with the Challenge Organizers including the allocation of prizes.

  4. A nominated Team leader cannot be changed without written agreement between the majority of the team members and Ballistic Media Pty. Ltd.

  5. Team leaders will be responsible for the distribution of prizes to other team members.

  6. Employees and relatives of Ballistic Media staff, sponsors and judges cannot compete in the challenge.

  7. Individuals may not participate in more than one team.

  8. Individuals may enter both Animation and Illustration categories.

  9. Team members may make individual entries in the Animation and Illustration categories. A team member may enter an individual category using work they have developed for their team entry, however they must have the written consent of their team leader to do this.

  10. Ballistic Media will take no responsibility for, or become involved in, disputes between team members and reserves the right to disqualify teams with members who cannot cooperate with each other.

  11. Contestants can enter up to the three categories simultaneously, but they cannot enter exactly the same material in more than one category.

  12. Entries must be original and must remain unpublished outside of CGSociety prior to the close of the challenge. Any entry deemed by the judges to be the identical or substantially similar to any other entry previously entered will be disqualified as a derivate work.

  13. Images must conform to nominal decency guidelines. Any image deemed to contain content that depicts violence, racial, political, religious, sexual or any other inflammatory material in an inappropriate manner will be disqualified and removed. Interpretation of what is, and is not, appropriate material is the sole discretion of Ballistic Media and/or its appointed agents.

  14. Live action footage is permitted in the Short Film category. Entrants must obtain and submit a written release from any person appearing in the footage who is recognizable (i.e. their face appears).

  15. No late entries will be accepted.

  16. Ballistic Media will not be held responsible for late entries for any reason whatsoever. It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to make reasonable allowances for unload times and to plan accordingly.

  17. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  18. To be eligible for prizes, all winning entrants must provide detailed “making of” articles.

  19. Any import taxes or duties on prizes must be paid by the prize winner. It is neither practically possible nor ethically reasonable for Ballistic Media or any of the sponsors to pay duties and taxes on behalf of a winner. Ballistic Media and sponsors will not make false valuation claims to assist winners from illegally evading any applicable duties and taxes.

  20. By entering artwork, animation and copy to the competition the entrant warrants that they are the sole copyright holder, or they have obtained the rights sufficient for the purpose of the competition.

  21. Entrants’ works can be offered separately as isolated works of art--print, etc.--or as part of a suite of prints, or posted on artist or society web site(s),  if they are accompanied with suitable credits to original works: eg. “inspired by “Art Gallery”, a screenplay by Paul Gulino”. Works so inspired cannot be marketed as the reason, inspiration for, or initiation of another film, storyboard or graphic sequence or any other work of any kind without the express and written permission of the original artist.

  22. The entrant grants Ballistic Media and competition sponsors rights to use all entered materials in any media for sales, marketing and merchandising material provided full and correct credit for the artist clearly appears with said materials.

  23. The winners grant Ballistic Media first right to publish their submitted work in any media.

  24. Entrants commit to notify Ballistic Media in writing at least one week prior to the publication of their work in any media.

  25. Other than the rights assigned in the preceding clauses entrants retain copyright of all entered materials and are free to use said materials for personal promotions.

  26. The entrant indemnifies Ballistic Media against any claims or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages from any party that may arise from any use, including but not limited to, publication of entry materials submitted as a part of, or in association with the competition.

  27. Ballistic Media will not return any material submitted.

  28. There is no agreement or contract between the artist and Ballistic Media. The artist assumes all responsibility and costs for delivering images and other required information to the Publisher for consideration in the competition.

  29. Ballistic Media does not require any payment for entry of images nor does Ballistic Media offer any form of payment, actual or implied, to any entrants.

  30. Ballistic Media will take reasonable measures to ensure the security of entries and information supplied to them. In no event shall Ballistic Media be liable to any party, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the loss of images and data supplied, even if Ballistic Media has been advised of the possibility of such loss and damages.

  31. Ballistic Media reserves the right to suspend, shorten, modify or cancel the challenge in the case of Force Majeure or in circumstances beyond the company's control.

  32. At least 10 completed entries must be submitted to any one category for the category to be considered viable and be judged.

  33. This list of terms and conditions constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the terms and conditions and supersedes any prior terms and conditions, oral or written, and any other communications relating to these terms and conditions.
Final submission of print-resolution artwork is to be done using FTP. If you are not familiar with FTP and how to use it, you should seek help on its use well prior to the close of the challenge - late submissions due to inexperience with FTP will not be accepted.
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