Rules & Guidelines
Digital entries can be submitted through FilmFreeway.com/McHenryFallFilmFestival.
Personal Information: To submit your Film, you will be required to provide your first and last name, email address, and phone number. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce or McHenry Fall Film Festival except to the extent permitted by law.
An Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by McHenry Fall Film Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses, and location releases. McHenry Fall Film Festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to McHenry Fall Film Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in McHenry Fall Film Festival and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Any Entry not in English must contain English subtitles.
By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that McHenry Fall Film Festival may obtain many Entries and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format, or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with McHenry Fall Film Festival. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed, and/or used by McHenry Fall Film Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by McHenry Fall Film Festival.
Prizes are non-transferable and are not subject to substitution. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of each specific Entry.
TERMS FOR WINNERS: Entry is conclusively deemed to be permission by the Entrant for Film Now to use the Entrant’s name (without compensation to the Entrant) if the Entrant is a winner to publicize McHenry Fall Film Festival and otherwise, as determined by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce unless prohibited by law.
By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Terms, and the decisions of McHenry Fall Film Festival, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce and McHenry Fall Film Festival; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, McHenry Area Chamber’s licenses and assigns, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the McHenry Fall Film Festival or any related activity and from any and all claims, debts, demands, actions or causes of actions, suits, sums of money, damages, and liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature, which have arisen or may arise as a result of the Released Parties exercise of the rights granted to them as set forth herein; (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/Film, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including without limitation, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, McHenry Fall Film Festival and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from the Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so; and (d) to hold the Released Parties harmless and to indemnify the Released Parties from and against all costs, expenses and liabilities incurred by the Released Parties in connection with the defense of any claim or claims on account thereof, including reasonable attorney’s fees. By participating, the Entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in McHenry Fall Film Festival without the prior consent of McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.
By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant to McHenry Fall Film Festival and McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce a royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, combine with other works, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, edit and display such Entry (in whole or part) including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. These rights include, without limitation, the right to exhibit the Entry at the McHenry Fall Film Festival and to use the Entry in any and all media, including but not limited to McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce licensee’s social media properties and/or offline media, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to the Entrant or any third party. By submitting an Entry, The Entrant acknowledges that McHenry Fall Film Festival has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted. Subject to these Terms, the Entrant retains copyright ownership of the Entry.
Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with McHenry Fall Film Festival, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of McHenry Fall Film Festival, processing of Entries, the incorrect uploading of an Entry, or in any related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in McHenry Fall Film Festival. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in McHenry Fall Film Festival or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of McHenry Fall Film Festival or its website, who act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Terms, as solely determined by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce’s sole opinion, compromised by a virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, or other causes which, in the sole opinion of McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or submission of Entries, McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, MCHENRY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and McHenry Fall Film Festival and McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law rules (whether of the State of Illinois or for any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois.