Rules & Regulations

Registration for the YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout is an online ONLY process where entrants sign up, pay the registration fee to participate, and agree to the official rules.


The 2016 YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout Official Rules and Disclaimers

ELIGIBILITY: The YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout (YPSI 24) registration is open to adults ages 18 and above.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Entries will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges who will score the eligible entries based on designated judging criteria and select the winners.

AWARDS: YPSI 24 intends to award Best of Show, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners, three (3) Honorable Mention Awards, and an Audience Award. The Audience Award is selected by a popular vote among the audience in attendance at the end of the YPSI 24 screening event. Changes in this award structure are at the discretion of YPSI 24.

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TO ENTER: Registration is an online ONLY process ( via a link found on the YPSI 24 event website where entrants sign up, pay the registration fee to participate, and agree to the official rules. The YPSI 24 registration fee is $25. This festival is “pay to play” – meaning if your team is unable to submit a project or complete the project within the given timeframe and/or fails to follow the rules and becomes disqualified, there are NO refunds.

For YPSI 24 purposes there are no restrictions (other than age of the Registrant) on who and how many cast and crew can participate on a team. However, the Registrant is responsible all elements of the production, therefore caution should be used when including minors as part of the cast or crew. It is recommended that a TALENT/CREW RELEASE FOR MINORS is held on file if minors are a part of a project.
(For a list of some release forms useable by filmmakers, click


To be eligible for the YPSI 24, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, or make hateful statements against anyone; must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the entrant and / or YPSI 24). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by YPSI 24 and the judges, may be disqualified. YPSI 24 reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible.

Entries to YPSI 24 should not be distributed or shown in any way prior to the YPSI 24 premiere screenings, including uploading to any website.
Prizes (TBA) will be awarded by YPSI 24 and will be determined by a panel of independent judges. The decisions of the judgers are final.

No entry documents will be returned. YPSI 24 will make a REASONABLE EFFORT to return flash drives only upon the entrant including a SELF- ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE WITH THEIR ENTRY or make other arrangements after completion of the event. No exclusions will apply.

The YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the 24-Hour time period.

By submitting an Entry into this Project, each Entrant warrants and represents that the Entrant owns (or has permission to) all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Entry, including, without limitation, the video or digital recording, and the performance contained in each Entry. Each Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the Entry to grant the rights to the Project Parties described in these YPSI 24 Official Rules & Disclaimers, and will submit copies of such permissions to the Project Parties upon request. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to the Official Rules & Disclaimers, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the YPSI 24-Hour Film Shootout, YPSI 24 LLC, Washtenaw Community College, and any Project Partners and Sponsors and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Project Indemnities”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorney fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnities due to or arising out of the Entrant’s Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless YPSI 24 and the Project Indemnities from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of YPSI 24 or the Project Indemnities infringes on the rights of Entrant’s work as contained in any Entry. Neither YPSI 24 nor any of the Project Indemnities are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the Project.

All YPSI 24 participants agree to grant YPSI 24 permission to use entrant materials in part or in whole for various promotions and advertisements including, but not limited to, screening on, YPSI 24/YouTube, YPSI 24/Vimeo, and various other venues and formats.

CONDITIONS: By participating, Entrants agree to these Official Rule & Disclaimers that are final and binding in all respects.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: No liability or responsibility is assumed by YPSI 24 LLC or Project Idemnities resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Project or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by YPSI 24 or Project Idemnities for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Project: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Website in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Website; unauthorized human or non- human intervention of the operation of the Project, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Project, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Project. YPSI 24 and Project Idemnities are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Website. Use of Website is at user’s own risk. YPSI 24 and the Project Idemnities are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind that may be sustained to users or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Project, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Project, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold YPSI 24 and Project Idemnities harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant’s participation in the Project. Winners will be posted online at, and the YPSI 24 Facebook page.