1. ELIGIBILITY: The Futures Award contest ("Contest") is sponsored and organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting ("CIR"). The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States of America, excluding Puerto Rico, who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older as of August 1, 2012. Entrants must be either (i) currently enrolled as a Journalism student or graduate student, or (ii) have graduated within the previous 24 months – however, Video Submissions (defined below) must have been produced while the entrant was a student. Employees, interns, contractors, and directors of CIR or of any of its affiliates, agencies or representatives, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether legally related or not) are ineligible to enter or win the Contest. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. Entry in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional acceptance of these "Official Rules."
2. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest Entry Period (defined below) will begin on August 2, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time ("PDT") and end at 5:00 p.m. PDT on May 3, 2013 (the "Contest Entry Period"). Finalists will be selected from entries properly submitted by eligible participants during the Contest Entry Period. The Finalist Selection Period will begin at 9:00 a.m. PDT on May 4, 2013 and end at 11:59 p.m. PDT on or about May 20, 2013. The online Contest Voting Period for those Finalists’ Video Submissions (defined below) revealed on youtube.com/ifiles, theifiles.tumblr.com, facebook.com/theifiles and twitter.com/ifiles, will begin on or about May 21, 2013 and end at 11:59 PDT on June 3, 2013 (the “Contest Voting Period”).
3. TO ENTER THE CONTEST: During the Contest Entry Period, entrants may submit an application and upload a video to participate in the Contest by completing an online application on CIR’s Web Page at http://cironline.org/futuresaward (the “Contest Site”) and uploading an original video file in accordance with the directions made available via the Contest Site (each a “Video Submission”). Video Submissions must be at least two (2) minutes long and no longer than sixty (60 minutes) long. Entrants must comply with all terms, conditions and registration requirements of these Official Rules, and entries may be disqualified in CIR’s sole and complete discretion for any failure to comply. Video Submissions displaying or containing obscene content, and all incomplete entries, will be disqualified. Entrants will receive an email from The I Files with a confirmation of each successful submission, which will be sent when an application entry is complete. NO ENTRY WILL BE DEEMED ACCEPTED UNTIL THE ENTRANT HAS RECEIVED AN E-MAIL CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY FROM THE I FILES. No entries or Video Submissions will be returned. Entries must be submitted by an individual, even if on behalf of a group or organization.
4. ORIGINALITY AND PUBLICITY: Entrant’s Video Submission must: (i) be original, of entrant's own creation, (ii) not have been entered in any other competition, including other competitions conducted by CIR, (iii) not violate the intellectual property or proprietary rights of other parties, and (iv) not be offensive, discriminatory or defamatory or contain vulgar or profane language, as determined by the judges and CIR. Submission of a Video Submission constitutes entrant’s certification that the Video Submission is entrant’s own original work and entrant represents and warrants that the Video Submission does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third party patents, copyrights or trademarks. By submitting a Video Submission, entrant hereby grants CIR and its successors and assigns an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) and transferable license to use, copy, transmit or otherwise distribute, perform, modify, create derivative works based upon, incorporate into other works, publicly perform and display the Video Submission or any portion thereof, in or through any medium, whether now known or hereafter created. Nothing herein shall constitute an employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between entrant and CIR. As a condition of entry into the Contest, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and each potential also Winner grants to CIR and CIR's affiliates, legal representatives, assigns and licensees, a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license and right, to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use the Contest entrant’s name, city, state and biographical material, likeness, the name of the relevant organization referenced in the entry (if any) in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for any purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the entrant or Winner.