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Press for Progress film competition

Lights… Cameras … Action … The 8th of March is International Women’s Day and with Scotland’s Women in Agriculture Task Force SRUC is planning to promote #PressforProgress by launching a SRUC film competition with a mini film festival and awards event on the 8th of March.

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With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. While we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.  We want to capture the input from staff, students and collaborators on

  • #PressforProgress pledges[1] and/or
  • how to tackle inequality in Scottish agriculture and ensure the potential of women in farming is realised to better represent the forward facing, 21st Century Scotland in which we live.

We want the film competition and festival to help to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. We are looking for short films of up to 2 minutes that focus on one or more of the pledges and/or reflect on Women in Agriculture and/or other another angle on gender parity. Any approach to presenting and recording your film is acceptable, be it voice-over/music over images/powerpoint, cartoon, interviews or dramatic scene! The point is to get your message across in a simple and short video. We also ask entrants to keep their films suitable for family viewing.


All films should be submitted via with a completed application form (see attached) by noon on the 7th of March, 2018 using the email address  Please include an entry form including your name and SRUC/SAC contact email, your role in SRUC/SAC (e.g., staff, student), background to your entry and that you comply to the terms and conditions of the competition. All communication will be via official SRUC/SAC email addresses so please do not include any personal contact information and applications with personal information will be voided.


The competition is open to everyone aged 18 years or over as of 1st March 2018. Entry is conditional upon full agreement to The Terms and Conditions listed below.

All acceptable entries will be viewed by a judging panel and prize winners announced at our mini film festival on Thursday the 8th of March. The judges’ decision in these matters will be final.


The SRUC principal has kindly agreed to provide the prizes for the competition winners, namely

  • Staff – Best Film: Amazon voucher valued at £150
  • Student – Best Film: Amazon voucher valued at £150
  • Student – 2nd Placed Film: Amazon voucher valued at £50


Rules and Terms and Conditions

The following are non-negotiable requirements of entry. By completing and submitting an official entry form, you are agreeing to be bound by terms and conditions set out below.

Definitions: The following definitions shall apply in these rules:

  • ‘Film’ a film submitted to SRUC IWD submission site and accompanied by required entry details.
  • ‘Entrant’ a person/group submitting a film.
  • ‘SRUC IWD submissions’ the website and email used to handle the submitted films
  • ‘Judging Panel’ panel of judges convened to view and rank films submitted


  • Completed entry details must accompany each film submission. Film not accompanied by an official entry details will not be considered.
  • Any pitch in excess of 2 minutes shall be automatically disqualified.
  • Submissions must be made in English or use English subtitles.
  • Any content that is deemed, at the absolute discretion of The Judging Panel, to be offensive, pornographic, defamatory or obscene or in any other way against the spirit of the competition, shall be disqualified.


  • The competition is open to students, staff and colleagues of SRUC
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over as of 1st March 2018.
  • Only one film per entrant may be submitted.
  • Entrants may work in small teams to develop a series of ideas
  • All films must be submitted by noon on the 7th March 2018.
  • Judges will not be permitted to enter the competition.


  • The entrant must be the producer, director, or creator/writer, of the film.
  • The entrant must be the originator/owner of the short film for which they are submitting.
  • The entrant must not have sold, conveyed, granted or assigned any right, title or interest in the film, and the entrant guarantees there are no legal encumbrances on the submitted film of any kind, and that the entrant is not subject to, nor is it aware of any matters, facts or circumstances which could lead to any claims, proceedings or litigation or other allegation of infringement including Copyright or any other Intellectual Property matter, in respect of the film.
  • Films may not contain any music or other relevant content (including without limitation, any trademark or material that is Copyright) for which the entrant does not have a valid and subsisting license or appropriate written permission from the owner/originator of the material.  It is the responsibility of the entrant to clear all material.  If there is any doubt, The Judging Panel will take all reasonable steps to clarify the situation with the entrant and may disqualify the film at their discretion.
  • The entrant must own all rights and interest in the submitted film, including, without limitation, the worldwide copyright in the film and any and all extensions and renewals of that copyright.
  • The entrant hereby grants the competition organisers a royalty-free, non exclusive worldwide license, for the life of copyright, to exhibit, broadcast, transmit, display, distribute, reproduce copies, and synchronise and otherwise perform the submitted film at no cost to the competition.
  • The competition organisers shall have the exclusive right to upload, post, transmit, display and broadcast the submitted pitch over the Internet on the SRUC website, or elsewhere at SRUC’s discretion, for a period of 2 years following the date of entry of the submitted film.

[1] The #PressforProgress pledges are

  • I/We will maintain a gender parity mindset
  • I/We will challenge stereotypes and bias
  • I/We will forge positive visibility of women
  • I/We will influence the beliefs and actions of others
  • I/We will celebrate women’s achievement
  • I/We will press for progress and …

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