Rules for the International Movie Trailer Festival:

To enter the International Movie Trailer Festival (IMTF), you must upload your trailer to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. Either is a free upload. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to www.youtube.com or www.vimeo.com and upload your trailer.
  2. Copy the embed or sharing code and insert it into IMTF’s online entry form.

IMTF will notify you when your trailer is playing in the Festival. This should happen within 24 hours. If you have any problems or questions, write info@imtf.biz

In submitting your information to IMTF, you will be agreeing to the following rules:

Entrant Eligibility

IMTF is open to everyone around the world and throughout the universe except for the following individuals:

  • IMTF’s owners, paid staff, consultants, and the immediate families (siblings, spouses, children, parents) of the owners, paid staff, and consultants.
  • People living in places where local or U.S. law prohibits this kind of competition.

Note: Moviemakers of any age may submit entries, but if you are too young to make a legal contract (younger than 18 years in most U.S. jurisdictions), your application form must include the name and contact information of a parent or guardian.

Trailer Requirements

  • No distribution deal: You may not enter IMTF if the trailer represents a movie that has already secured a theatrical distribution deal. The movie may have been shown at other festivals and at private screenings.
  • Concept: The trailer must promote a fiction movie, a documentary movie, or a web series—produced or not yet produced—or a book. To demonstrate that you have envisioned a project—and not just assembled interesting shots—your entry must include a logline (a synopsis of 100 words or fewer) describing the fiction movie, documentary, web series, or book promoted by the trailer.
  • Genre: Your trailer may represent any genre, for example, animation, comedy, documentary, drama, science fiction, horror, or thriller.
  • Length: We recommend that you follow U.S. film industry standards and create a trailer that runs at least one minute and no longer than about two and a half minutes. For this competition, your trailer must be at least 30 seconds in length and no more than four minutes.
  • Language: If dialogue and/or title cards in your trailer are in a language other than English, you must provide English subtitles that accurately represent the dialogue and/or title cards.
  • Title: The title of the fiction movie, documentary, web series, or book that your trailer previews must appear in the trailer. We recommend that you include your email address or web address (url) at the end of the trailer so that producers or others wishing to contact you can do so.
  • Submission format: You will need to upload your trailer to youtube.com to be considered for the Festival. Please refer to the instructions above.
  • Rating: The trailer must qualify for a rating of Gm PG, or PG13 as defined by the MPAA (www.filmratings.org). This means that there will be no nudity, no excessive profanity, and no excessive violence. There should also be no racial, gender, or other slurs. The G, PG, or PG13 rating applies only to the trailer. The work represented by the trailer might have a different rating.
  • Note: For the purpose of this competition, the IMTF staff will determine if a trailer meets IMTF’s rating qualification. If you are unsure whether your trailer meets the rating and other qualifications, you may upload your trailer to a video hosting site and email us the link prior to submitting your entry form and fee. We will then review it and respond. If you don’t check with us and submit a trailer that does not meet our qualifications, your trailer will not be included in IMTF, and you will not receive a refund.
  • Originality: At least 80% of the trailer (as measured by time) must be material shot by you. Up to 20% may be stock footage—that is, footage shot by someone else for a purpose other than your trailer—but you must have obtained written permission to use the stock footage and be prepared to send IMTF proof of permission. The rationale for this rule is that IMTF is for original trailers and not mash-ups (video compilations). Note: Documentaries are not bound by the originality rule but must get permission for all footage used.
  • Model releases: You must have a written release from each person who appears in your trailer and whose face can be identified. You don’t need releases from unidentifiable people in crowd scenes. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist or is chosen for a People’s Choice Award, you will be asked to provide a model release for each identifiable person in your trailer. You can download a Model Release from the Resources page in the Tips section of this site or click http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/model_release.doc
  • Copyright clearance: If you use any material owned or copyrighted by someone else, you must have written permission to use that material. Owned and copyrighted material includes—but is not limited to—music, artwork, and photographs. If your trailer becomes a semifinalist or is voted to receive a People’s Choice Award, you be will be asked to submit proof of copyright clearance. To download a permission form for using copyrighted music go to the Resources page in the Tips section of IMTF’s website.