How To Submit a Film

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How to Submit a Film is non-exclusive.
You are free to video stream your work on other sites. However, to insure continuity, we would like a commitment of six years with an automatic 3-year renewal unless contacted.

Copying films from the folkstreams site is not permitted.
See Rights and Policy.
However, we encourage the filmmaker to select (or allow us to select) a short clip of about 1 to 3 minutes as a Quicktime download which can be e-mailed by users to promote the film.

Folkstreams will publish a link or an address for sales.
Users who want to purchase a video, DVD, or stock footage will be able to find you or your distributor.

Copyright will be protected.
The filmmakers (copyright holders of the film) must warrant that they have the rights to all the material in their film or to identify any footage to which they do not have rights. In the latter case we will exclude the sensitive material from the video stream.

Priority is given to films that can be streamed in their entirety.
For films that we can show only in part, we ask for at least 1/3 of each film in order to represent it adequately.

A betasp and mini-dv tape will be archived.
Many of these old documentaries are scattered in collections and labs all over the USA. Some older films exist as a single copy in the back of a filmmaker's closet. Others are in labs under the name of a filmmaker or distributor. If that filmmaker died or the distribution company ceased, they would be lost.

Folkstreams would like a betasp tape and a mini-dv copy of your film. Both the mini-DV (whose shelf life is unpredictable) and the betasp will be kept in the library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Southern Folklife Collection. We anticipate that streaming technologies will change and that we may need to redo the streaming in the future. These tapes will not be circulated and will be kept as a research collection for Occasionally people may come to that collection looking for stock footage. If they want to order stock footage, they will be required to contact you.