Frequently Asked Questions

What is Firefox Flicks?

Firefox Flicks is a global video competition encouraging filmmakers to educate people about the issues that affect our online lives. This year, we're focusing on the power that having access to the Web through mobile devices gives people and how that power can change the way you see the world and the way you function within it.

With that in mind, the 2013 Firefox Flicks theme is "Get Mobilized." That's where you come in: help us inspire people to get mobilized for individual and collective progress. Read the creative brief.

What does Get Mobilized mean?

It's about harnessing the power of the Web to discover new content; how that content connects you to new ideas; and how those ideas can enrich your life.

What do we want filmmakers to do?

Write, produce and edit a video of no more than 60 seconds that demonstrates how mobile helps people discover content that connects them to new ideas and enriches their lives.

Where can I find out more about this year's theme and requirements?

Everything you need to know about creating a flick for the contest can be found in the filmmakers' creative brief.

What are the entry categories for the 2013 Flicks contest?

There are no categories. Your flick can be a live-action film, an animation or a combination of both. You can shoot it in 3D or on your mobile device. It's up to you. It just has to be 60 seconds or less.

When can I submit my flick to Firefox Flicks?

You can upload your video to the Firefox Flicks site beginning on February 13, 2013. You will also be able to view and share submitted entries at that time.

How do I submit my flick to Firefox Flicks and enter the contest?

Submissions closed on July 31 and Firefox Flicks is no longer accepting entries for this year.

How does Flicks get and use my email address?

Flicks receives your email address through Persona, our site registration system. We will use your email address for contest administration purposes, such eligibility feedback, sign in and voting. You can also opt in to receive additional email updates about Firefox Flicks.

What are the judging criteria?

Videos will be judged on quality of shooting, editing and how closely they align with the creative brief. Entries can be animated or live action - get creative!

A panel of celebrity judges and film industry insiders will evaluate the films and choose the Grand Prize and Regional winners.

Are there any requirements?

Yes, there are some. You'll be able to find a full list under Work Criteria in the Rules (coming soon), but here is a summary:

  • Your flick must meet the requirements of the creative brief
  • Your flick must be submitted under a Creative Commons - NonCommercial-ShareAlike license
  • Your flick must be original
  • Non-English flicks must have subtitles or include a written English translation
  • Your flick must be submitted to the Flicks site
  • Your flick must contain an accurate description
  • Anyone that is not listed as a team member must sign a waiver granting you permission to film them
  • Please keep it clean
  • You must be at least 18 years old, or the age of majority in your country of residence

Who are the judges?

See our Judges page for a complete list.

Can I submit more than one flick?

You can submit as many as you like, but you have to submit a new entry each time.

Can a team develop the flick?

Of course! Teams can be up to 3 people, but please appoint a team leader. All communication will be with this person and only one prize will be awarded per entry.

Is the contest open to international entries?

Yes. This is an international film competition and entries can be submitted through the Flicks website. The Contest is void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and any other country subject to a U.S. boycott, where prohibited by law or restricted by law or regulations.

What can I win?

Your flick will be seen and voted on by millions of Firefox fans around the world, giving you exposure to a global audience. You'll also get your entry in front of international advertising executives and film luminaries while working on one of the world's biggest brands - a great piece to add to any portfolio.

This year, we've expanded our prizes:

Early Entry Awards - $1,000 awarded to the best flicks submitted before our film festival sponsorships. The top 3 early entry submission flicks from each film festival that Firefox sponsors are automatically included in the final round that will be submitted to and judged by our celebrity panel.

People's Choice Award - The 3 winning flicks will be given exposure through our channels, be exposed to millions of Firefox website visitors and receive some great Firefox swag.

Regional Winners - One winner from each contest region will win a $5,000 cash prize and one runner up from each contest region will win a $2,500 cash prize. Contest regions:

  • The U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
  • Asia, Australia and New Zealand (APAC)

Grand Prize
The winner (or winning team) will fly to Los Angeles to work with producer (and Flicks judge) Couper Samuelson, CEO and Founder of The Black List Franklin Leonard and representatives from Panavision to professionally produce their winning entry using professional equipment.

Additionally, just for entering, everyone will get a little something from us to say thanks for being a part of Firefox Flicks.

Continue to check our prizes page for updated information throughout the contest period.

What are the deadlines for the Early Entry Awards?

  • – 1st Early Entry Award
  • – 2nd Early Entry Award
  • – 3rd Early Entry Award

What is the deadline to submit my flick?

You can submit your flick to be eligible for our Early Entry Awards (above), but the deadline to submit your film to be eligible for the People's Choice Award and Regional Awards is July 31, 2013, at 11:59PM PST (7:59AM GMT).

How will the winners be announced?

The winners will be notified by email and phone (if contact information is available). Winners will also be announced on the Flicks site, Firefox Flicks social media properties and at Firefox sponsored film festivals.

Is there a maximum video length?

All videos must be no longer than 60 seconds.

Can I submit an entry as a university project?

Absolutely! We think that Firefox Flicks is a great opportunity for students to participate in a real world, high visibility campaign with expert judges from the film, television and advertising industries. Talk to your professors about using the video as your project.

Can I use the Firefox wordmark and logo in my flick?

Yes. For the purposes of this contest, you may use the Firefox and Firefox OS wordmark and logo. For more information, see the Mozilla Trademark Policy.

How do I get high resolution Firefox name and logo artwork?

To get high resolution copies of the Firefox and Firefox OS name and logo artwork, as well as guidance on how to use the Firefox logo and wordmarks, please visit our style guide.

Where can I find music or other materials to include in my flick?

If you're looking for additional materials - music, video footage, artwork or graphics - we suggest you investigate public domain media. Creative Commons has a nice search service for locating public domain work (Read more about the public domain at Wikipedia). You can also check out this list of creative resources on the Flicks blog (English only).

Can I use third-party trademarks or copyrighted materials in my flick?

No, not without permission from the owner of those materials.

Can I submit a flick in a language other than English?

Yes. For non-English entries, you will need to submit a full and accurate script or subtitles. If you're having trouble getting your flick translated, please contact us. We can help.

What if I want to withdraw my submission?

If you would like to withdraw your submission, please contact us at firefoxflicks@mozilla.org and we will remove your entry from the competition.

What aspect ratio should I use for my entry?

All aspect ratios will be accepted, but 16:9 is recommended and preferred.

Will entries be available to the general public?

Your flick will be posted to the Flicks gallery and the voting site, as well as the Firefox Flicks channel on Vimeo so that people can watch during the contest period and vote for their favorite flicks during the voting period. Your name will be displayed publicly along with your video.

What is Firefox OS?

Firefox OS is an operating system for smartphones that anyone can change, add to and share with the world, freeing them from the rules and restrictions of existing phones and the platforms they run on. What this means is that we're making smartphones more affordable and empowering, making it possible for more people to take advantage of the full power of the Web, giving individuals and communities the freedom to blaze their own trail, amplify their voice, control their destiny and transform the future.