Explore. Dream. Discover. Film Competition

February 19 - April 17, 2014

SIFF and Alaska Airlines invite filmmakers of all ages to create a short film that responds to the question: how is your life different or better because of where you have traveled?

How is your life different or better because of where you have traveled? Examples might include, but are not limited to:

Experiencing somewhere you've never been
Experiencing food unique to a destination
Enabling travel for those who may never have had the opportunity
Experiencing a natural geological phenomenon

Essentially anything that changed you as a result from going from Point A to B!

Competition Rules

The title of your film must respond to the question: how is your life different or better because of where you have traveled?

Your film must include an Alaska Airlines element. These can include, but are not limited to the following:

·    Competition title card (download here) must appear at the beginning of your film
·    Our mobile app or mobile website
·    Footage of alaskaair.com

·    Airport footage including Alaska Airline branding and aircraft shots

·    Existing Alaska Airlines advertising in market (if applicable) such as Billboards, print, etc.

Feel free to be creative.  You might even come up with something that we didn't even think of.

Your film must involve an experience no more than three hours from a city served by Alaska Airlines.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a city.  For example, your film may be inspired by Yosemite.  While Alaska doesn't fly to Yosemite, we do serve the destination via a nearby airport (Fresno or Mammoth).

Running time of your film, including credits and the introductory graphic, must be a minimum of 30 seconds and may not exceed 2 minutes.

All genres of filmmaking are welcome, including, but not limited to: animation, documentary, drama and stop-motion. Films must be appropriate for all ages (i.e. no excessive language, sex, or violence).

There is no minimum age to enter the competition; however, minors (17 years younger) must acquire permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

What are the Award Categories and Prizes?

All winners will receive a prize of round-trip travel on Alaska Airlines, Full Series passes to the Seattle International Film Festival, premiere of winning films at SIFF 2014 Best of SIFF series, and inclusion in Alaska Airlines video content (in-flight entertainment, social, and website).

CRITICS CHOICE. Awarded to the film that best completes all factors being weighed by the judges, including originality, use of theme, and technical proficiency. Round-trip tickets for four to any city Alaska Airlines flies, including Hawaii and Mexico and two Full Series Passes to the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival.

BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER. Awarded to the best film submitted by a filmmaker(s), ages 18 - 24 years. Round-trip tickets for four anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, including Hawaii and Mexico and two Full Series Passes to the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival.

BEST INDIVIDUAL YOUTH FILM. Awarded to the best film submitted by an individual filmmaker 17 or younger. Round-trip tickets for four anywhere Alaska Airlines flies in the contiguous United States and two Full Series Passes to the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival.

Each film submitted is only eligible to win one award.  A distinguished panel of Alaska representatives and SIFF programmers will judge submissions.

Film format and more information

CODEC: H.264
Frame Rate" "Current" is the best option. Otherwise use 30 fps. If there is an option for keyframes, use the same value as the frame rate.
Data Rate: 2000 kbits/sec (SD) or 5000 kbits/sec (HD)
Resolution: 640x480 (SD) or 1280x720 (HD)
Deinterlacing: Yes
Audio: 320 kbps / 44.1 kHz
File Format: MP4

Winning entries will be played onscreen during the Festival, which will require a higher resolution file (preferably as large as a 1920x1080 ProRes 4444), so we recommend working at a higher resolution and compressing down from there.

You are solely responsible for acquiring all copyrights and usage permissions association with any music, video footage, photographs, and/or images included in your Explore. Dream. Discover. film.

How do I submit my film?

Films will be posted on SIFFs YouTube site. Please send your film via email.

Who will own my film after I submit it to the competition?

By signing the required submission form when you submit your film to Alaska's Explore. Dream. Discover. film competition, you grant Alaska a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free worldwide license and permission to use, display and perform your movie in whole or in part in exhibits, marketing, broadcast (TV, web, radio), and all other print and digital media for any business or commercial purpose. You also grant Alaska the right, in Alaska's sole discretion,to include your name in conjunction with Alaska's use or display of the movie. You also grant Alaska (with collaboration from the filmmaker) permission to adapt and modify your movie, including by adding marketing elements to your movie if it is found suitable to use in advertising media. You will, however, retain all other ownership rights to the film.

What if I have a question?

If you have questions about these rules or how to enter, feel free to contact us.