Terms & Conditions for film submission

RIO Products

1) If under the age of 18, applicant must get written permission from legal guardian.

2) Films can be any length between 15 seconds and 3 minutes (180 seconds).

3) All entries must be fly fishing related.

4) Submissions may not contain any sponsor logos or branding.

5) No “Promotional” or advertisement style films will be accepted.

6) You must have the authority to submit the film for our consideration.

7) Your film will be viewable to the general public for voting purposes.

8) You must have obtained all the necessary rights (including music, image & film rights), consents, authorizations and licenses covering the film. There must not be pending or anticipated litigation regarding the film.

9) If you have copyright material in your film you must provide legal documentation of your permission of its use. Films with copyright material that do not provide this documentation will be disqualified.

10) The film must not include hate speech, excessive violence, slanderous or libelous claims, profanities, or any other actionable offenses.

11) The film must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws.

12)  All submissions containing footage of fish must abide by the "Keepemwet" principles, which can be seen here

13) There is no limit to the number of films a film maker can submit, but each one must be accompanied by an official entry form, and receive written acceptance of entry. If a film maker has entered a film that has won a monthly award, they may still submit a new film to be voted on (either during the same month, or a different month). However, the film maker cannot win another monthly award of the same value – only of a lesser, or null, value. If the new entry receives enough votes to make it through to the final voting round, it will still qualify for a place in the “RIO Film Award” final – despite not being eligible for a monthly prize.

14) RIO Products reserves the right to ban, disqualify or not accept any film deemed inappropriate by the panel, without written explanation, or if the film is proven to infringe on the amateur status.

15) No film can have been previously exposed in the public domain.

16) Only one person can be listed as the film maker. In the event of a collaboration, the entrants must decide who will be the beneficiary of any award.

17) Please note the following terms of eligibility regarding status as an amateur filmmaker: If you are employed as a professional videographer/video editor in action sports, you are not eligible for this contest. However, you are eligible even if you’ve been paid to do video work on a small-scale, freelance basis. If you have any questions whatsoever about your eligibility in this contest, please contact us at riofilmawards@rioproducts.com ahead of time to discuss.

All accepted video entries will receive a free RIO hat.