Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation (“Next Generation”, “us”, “we”) is a not-for-profit organization that supports filmmakers through its annual awards program (the “Awards Program”), events (“Events”), educational resources and other services. These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your submission of films to the Awards Program, whether directly to us or through a third-party submission platform that accepts films on our behalf (such films, however submitted, “Films”, and each, a “Film”), and your participation in our Events, as well as your use of and participation in all other resources and services offered by Next Generation (collectively, the “Services”). Our Services also include the use of any websites operated by Next Generation (each, a “Website”), including 

1. Acceptance of this Agreement

By using the Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms and our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference (the Terms and Privacy Policy together, the “Agreement”). If you do not accept and agree to be bound by all of the terms of this Agreement, then you may not use the Services. 

We may make changes to these Terms from time to time without notice to you. The most recent version of this Agreement will be posted to the Website and will be the version that applies to your use of the Services. By continuing to use the Services after any changes to this Agreement are posted to the Website, you agree to be bound by those changes. Therefore, you should check the Website regularly for the most recent version of this Agreement.

2. Eligibility 

You must be at least 13 years of age to use the Services. By using the Services, you represent and warrant that:

  • you are at least 13 years of age;
  • if you are below the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you reside, then your parent or legal guardian has granted you permission to use the Services, including, without limitation, permission to participate in any manner in the creation and/or submission of any Films to the Awards Program, if applicable;
  • you are accepting this Agreement and you confirm that you have the right and capacity to enter into this Agreement; and
  • you will comply with this Agreement.

3. Submission Data

By submitting a Film to the Awards Program, you agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about the Film, yourself, and others (the “Submission Data”). If you become aware that any Submission Data is no longer true, accurate, current or complete, then you must promptly notify us by email at You hereby authorize us to update the Submission Data on your behalf, for the purpose of keeping the Submission Data true, accurate, current and complete. 

4. Intellectual Property

Our Services include, without limitation, information, data, software, text, design elements, graphics, images, videos, and other content provided by us or by third parties (collectively, “Content“). Next Generation retains all right, title, and interest, including all intellectual property rights, in and to the Content. Except as explicitly set out in these Terms, you may not sell, transfer, assign, license, sublicense, or modify the Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, make a derivative version of, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any purpose. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the Content. The use or posting of the Content on any social media page or other website for any purpose is expressly prohibited. The Websites use and display registered and unregistered trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, “Trademarks”) of Next Generation and other third parties. You may not use the Trademarks without our prior written consent and nothing on the Websites should be construed as granting any license to use the Trademarks. 

5. Licenses

Our Limited License to You

Next Generation hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable right to access and use the Services solely for the purposes of submitting Films to our Awards Program, attending our Events, and using and participating in the other resources and services provided by us from time to time, in each case (i) in compliance with these Terms, and (ii) to the extent permitted under all applicable laws and regulations (foreign and domestic). Next Generation explicitly reserves all rights not expressly granted herein. Use of the Services in a manner that is not expressly authorized hereunder is a material breach of this Agreement.

Your License to Us

The Website provides a platform for submitting Films to our Awards Program and may enable you to contribute, provide or make available other content (“User Content”) through your use of the Services. You may also submit Films to our Awards Program by way of third-party submission platforms that accept Films on our behalf. 

You retain all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in and to your Films and User Content. You do, however, hereby grant us and our sublicensees a non-exclusive, royalty-free, freely sublicensable, perpetual license to modify, compile, combine with other content, copy, record, synchronize, transmit, translate, format, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use your Film and all intellectual property and moral rights therein for the limited purposes of presenting excerpts of your Film at our Awards Program Events and/or otherwise administering or promoting