By submitting a film for consideration in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest, filmmakers agree that the content they submit is 100% their own, and does not break any copyright laws. Most people understand that the actual film footage has to be their own. But it goes much further than that. All graphics, images, music etc., must be original work, or the filmmaker is required to have permission from the content owner.
Any film contest submission that violates these rules will not be considered for the contest.
The most common question we receive is about music. And this is because it’s not always possible, or practical, to create your own music. But you’re in luck. Free Music Archive is a great site offering free music downloads.
AdWeek Article: Where to Find Royalty-Free Music
Accessing and Using the Free Music Archive
Go to freemusicarchive.org
Sign up for an account
Search through the extensive list of free music
When you find something you like, make sure it is marked for Non Commercial Use (NC). You can tell this by clicking on the song you want, and looking to the right of the page. There you will find the how the song is licensed, and how you are able to use it. The image below is an example of what you’ll see. Click on the “licensed under” link, and you’ll find instructions for how to attribute the work in your film credits. Here is an example
For more information on Free Music Archive, please consult the About Page, Help Page, and the FAQ Page. You will find all the information you need on how to use the archive to make sure you have permission to use the music.*
*Note that it is the responsibility of the filmmaker(s) to ensure they have permission, and are lawfully using and material that they themselves did not create. Green Community Connections and The One Earth Film Festival reserve the right to disqualify any entrant that violates copyright laws.
Basic Filmmaking Skills
Khan Academy teamed up with Pixar to develop free tutorials, most of which are about making animated films. If this interests you, check out this link.
Khan Academy and Pixar also made this helpful tutorial about basic filmmaking skills which includes live action video: film grammar.