Pocket Frantic - Full Rules

Notable Changes to the Rules

A Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA) will be available through email about any rule needs. 48 hours before the end of the challenge the SAA will also be available to take calls.

Pocket Frantic Film Challenge - FULL RULES


1: The Pocket Frantic film challenge will start on October 23 at midnight, and ends on November 2 at midnight.

2: The participating group/team must complete and deliver its film/video work by the closing time. 

  1. Each group will have their own Google Drive folder assigned to them, in which they can upload their film, and other deliverables. 
  2. Deliveries that are past the deadline are disqualified from official judging, audience choice, and other awards.  Films delivered past the deadline but before the end of the day on November 3 may still be screened at the discretion of the Sergeant-at-Arms and PRIMAA.
  3. Deliveries past November 3 will not be eligible for prizes, but may still be screened at the discretion of PRIMAA.
  4. Films can be redelivered any number of times prior to the end of the official closing time. The last-received delivery from a team prior to the end of the official closing time will be considered its official submission.
  5. If a film cannot play due to technical difficulties it will not be considered “delivered.”  The Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA) will do their best to notify a team of technical difficulties but it is the team’s responsibility to ensure its film plays correctly. Correcting a technical difficulty and redelivering a film before the official closing time is acceptable.

3: All teams must register through PRIMAA’s website and pay the submission fee before the start of the challenge.

4: Each participating group will be assigned required story elements that must appear in its film:

  1. Satisfaction of these requirements will be at the sole discretion of the SAA. Rule interpretation before the competition will be at the sole discretion of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
  2. Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

5: All creative work must take place during the film challenge. Any creative work in advance of the start of the film challenge is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  1. All creative work must be done in the Peace Region.
  2. Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

6: The only work that may begin prior to the start of the challenge period is:

  1. Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

7: All footage must be shot using the built-in camera of cell phones during the film challenge.

  1. Contact the Sergeant-at-Arms with any questions.

8: Participating groups may use pre-recorded music; however the music must:

  1. The proof of license and/or use may be requested. Failure to show proof in a reasonable amount of time may be grounds for disqualification.
  2. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed. Sounds also must be licensed to use.

9: The finished film must be between 2-6 minutes in length including credits and the required title card.

  1. The film MUST have a title card which runs at least 5 seconds with both the Team Name and the assigned "Genre” and “Character”. It may appear at either the beginning or the end of the film.

10: Delivery materials consist of:

11:  Technical specifications:

12: Films cannot be shown publicly prior to the official screening. Doing so will disqualify the submission. After the screening, each film is the filmmaker's to do with as he or she pleases. PRIMAA retains the right to screen submissions and use other submitted materials in part or in whole in other contexts, for advertising, or at other events.

13: PRIMAA is indemnified from any action regarding a breach of copyright on the part of the participating teams.

14: While PRIMAA does not intend to censor for content or quality, it is at the PRIMAA board’s sole discretion whether a film will or will not be screened as part of the film challenge. Please keep in mind these films are intended for public consumption, including by youth. 

15: All SAA Decisions are Final.

16: It is the responsibility of teams to obtain any release forms or permission to film members of the general public, including cast and crew.  Permission to film and subsequently screen any footage containing minors under the age of 18 must be obtained in writing from parents or legal guardians.

17: If you are under 18 years of age a parent must sign the release form in your registration package.

18: Entry fees are non-refundable.

For more details see our Film Challenge Frequently Asked Questions.