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Film spoof contest returns

We’re getting set for this year’s Calgary International Film Festival with the return of our film spoof competition. The Alberta filmmaker who wows us the most with a re-creation of a famous movie scene will win $2,000 and a VIP Calgary Film Festival experience.

Check out our favourites from last year:

ATB film spoof contest top 5 reel  

We’ve even amped up the competition for 2018. This year, all of the shortlisted submissions (up to five) will have their creations screened at Calgary Film Festival screenings throughout the week. In addition to the winning prize, up to four finalists will each receive $500.

The contest is open to filmmakers of all skill levels. All you need is your smartphone and a little creativity.

How to enter

Step One: Review the entry requirements for the contest.

Step Two: Submit your contest entry via your personal YouTube channel:

  1. Make sure the privacy setting is “public” when you upload your video.
  2. Click the Add to a Playlist button. Type ATB Calgary Film Spoof Contest 2018 and hit enter.
  3. Tag the video. Type in ATB Financial, then hit the enter key. Then type in FilmSpoofContest2018 and hit the enter key. (Your video must contain these two tags.)
  4. Add a proper title and description to your video.
    • Your title should read: ATB Financial Film Spoof. Add your personal title afterwards.
      Example: ATB Financial Film Spoof - Personal Video Title
  5. For the description, add the following to the box:
    • ATB Calgary Film Contest
    • Your name
    • Your social media handles
  6. Publish it!

Step Three: Fill out and submit the following Form to complete your submission.

Please contact Sean Garritty at with any questions.

Entry requirements and guidelines:

  1. Entrants must be Albertan and living in Alberta at the time of entry.
  2. The winner of the 2017 competition is not eligible to compete.
  3. Entrants will record and submit an original, new, film spoof. The video must be no more than 15 seconds in length. H.264 MP4 files are preferable for YouTube.
  4. Videos should contain no offensive language or subject matter, nudity or realistic violence. Consider PG13 as a guideline for submissions. Videos deemed inappropriate by ATB will not be considered for the winning prize.
  5. Videos can’t contain copyrighted music or audio (YouTube will block entries with such content).
  6. Deadline for entries is 12:00 pm MST on September 3, 2018. The winning filmmaker(s) will be notified in advance of the Calgary International Film Festival, soon after the winner is selected.
  7. From a shortlist of up to five, one (1) winning entry will be selected. The winner will receive:
    a. $2,000 CAD from ATB Financial (in the form of a bank draft);
    b. Two (2) VIP tickets to the opening gala of the Calgary International Film Festival on the evening of September 19, 2018 (winner will only claim this prize if able to attend the event).
  8. The remaining shortlist (up to four entries), will receive $500 each.
  9. Entries by both individuals and groups are welcome. In the case of team-efforts, one person must be chosen to represent the entry. If selected as a winning entry, this individual is solely responsible for the distribution of the winning prize at his or her discretion. The individual entrant may indicate other participants (actors, camera operators, etc), which will be recognized for the winning entry (see Section 7).
  10. The shortlisted entries will have a credit screen added to the end (for both online presentation and presentation at Calgary Film Festival screenings), including, but not limited to, the following:
    a. Credit to filmmakers and participants (limited to names that will fit on one screen);
    b. ATB and Calgary Film branding
  11. A panel of judges from ATB Financial and Calgary Film, in their sole discretion, will select a winner from the pool of eligible entries. Entries will be judged based on creativity, technique and accuracy in spoofing their respective films. The judges reserve the right to select a shortlist of one to five entries from which they will choose a winner.
  12. Select entries will be posted to a contest-dedicated YouTube channel and, in addition to ATB’s social media channels. Entrants agree to this, without qualification. Select entrants may be used in future years to promote the contest. Otherwise, entrants will maintain full ownership of their submissions.
  13. The fine print

  14. Employees or family members of employees, or board representatives or family members of board representatives, of ATB Financial and its subsidiaries, and the Calgary International Film Festival are not eligible to participate in this contest.
  15. ATB Financial reserves the right, in ATB Financial’s sole discretion, to disqualify any entry or entrant, and to modify, terminate or suspend this contest. ATB Financial is the sole and final arbitrator of any disputes regarding this contest, any entry, entrant, and any official rule or eligibility requirement.
  16. Entrants may be required to provide reasonable proof that they meet the requirements of the contest.
  17. Any income taxes are the winner’s sole responsibility.
  18. By participating, entrants and winners agree:
    a. to be bound by these official rules;
    b. ATB Financial, ATB Financial’s subsidiaries, agents and sponsors, shall have the right and permission to use their name, social media handles, place of residence, photograph and or/likeness, and any statements he/she may make regarding the prize, for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known without any form of compensation, permission, or notification;
    c. ATB Financial, and ATB Financial’s subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, successors and assigns shall have no liability and will be held harmless by entrants and winners for any liability, loss, injury, claim, or damage to themselves or any other person or entity, including but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to personal or real property, to entrant, winners or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in this contest;
    d. the submitted film is an original work created by the entrant, that the film does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the song or lyrics;
    e. to grant to ATB Financial a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to post, display, share, publish, print or otherwise use the submitted film for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known, including without limitation on ATB Financial’s web page and on Social Media, without any form of compensation, permission, or notification;
    f. any information submitted as part of this contest will be used in accordance with ATB Financial’s Privacy Policy and solely for the purposes of administering this contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without the express consent of the entrants and winner. By providing the information, the entrants and winner consent to the information being used for the stated purposes. Where this contest can be entered via a third party service, the entrants and winner understand that any personal information they share with such third party service may also be used on that third party service and as set out in that third party service’s own privacy policy.
    g. this contest is not sponsored, endorsed by or administered by YouTube. By entering this contest, all entrants and winners release YouTube from any liability in connection with this contest.
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