FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long can my film be?
Each Film Submission must be no longer than 5 minutes, non-fiction, and fit the theme of "A Day at the Races".
Who can enter the film festival?
The film festival is open to all film makers and film students who have a desire to tell great stories at "The Great Race Place" Santa Anita Park.
How do I enter?
Entries must be made on-line at HRTV.com. Credentials must be picked up and payment made in person at Santa Anita Park Marketing Department, Wednesday - Sunday.
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
How much is the entry fee?
General Enrty $100*
General Enrty $150**
Student Entry $25*
Student Entry $50**
* If received prior to February 1st, 2013.
** If received on or after February 1st, 2013.
Entrants from the 2012 HRTV Film Festival at Santa Anita Park will get a 50% discount on a 2013 entry fee.
Valid Student ID must be presented for Student entry fee.
What do I get for my entry fee?
Each entry will be given 2 "Film Festival" credentials which will allow shooting access to all public areas at Santa Anita Park. Additionally, each entry will be given 10 Clubhouse passes good for admision to Santa Anita Park throughout the 2012-2013 Winter-Spring Season.
How do I pay for my entry fee?
By check only, made payable to Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc.
Where can I shoot my film?
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The home of historic Thoroughbred racing since 1934, the home of "Seabiscuit" and the home of the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
For more information on Santa Anita Park Click Here.
Can I shoot any day at Santa Anita Park?
Each film entrant is allowed 3 supervised shooting days at Santa Anita Park, on select days from Thursday, January 5th through Sunday, March 24th, 2013 (See Entry Form for exact shooting days). You must request your shooting days at least 24 hours in advance and receive confirmation before shooting. You and your crew must be accompinied by a Santa Anita Park employee at all times. Credentials will be hole-punched to keep track of days. Shooting days must be reserved no fewer than 24 hours in advance.
How many days can I scout at Santa Anita Park?
Each entrant is entitled to as many scouting days as they require, without limitation, prior notice or admission fee.
Can I shoot anywhere at Santa Anita Park?
Film Festival Credentials will not allow access to areas where California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) licenses are required (including stable area, receiving barn and jockeys' room).
Is there any equiptment NOT allowed?
Because the safety of the racing participants is the paramount concern: no reflectors, additional lighting instruments, track, dollies, camera rails, or boom microphones will be allowed during racing or training hours. These can spook the horses and endanger both the and the humans working with them.
Are there other requirements to work around horses?
See Code of Conduct
What if I want to involve a jockey, trainer or owner in my film?
Entrants are independent producers and are welcome to invlove anyone they want in their productions. Any requests for additional access to owners, trainers, and jockeys other than their normal participation in their normal racing activities, must be made through those individuals.
How will I contact a jockey, trainer or owner to appear in my film outside of their normal racing activities (including additional sound/interviews)?
Please contact their representatives for access information:
Jockey's Guild representative: Darrell Haire (909) 241-2704
Trainer's representative: Alan Balch (626) 574-6445
Owner's representative: Lou Raffetto (626) 574-6602
How do I submit my film to be judged?
You must first fill out and submit a Submission Form on-line at HRTV.com. Then deliver your Film Submission (in person or by mail) on your provided USB drive in the following format:
Quicktime Movie File. High Definition.
Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Frame Size: 1920x1080
Film Submissions will not be accepted without Submission form.
Copy your Quicktime Movie file onto the UBS drive. DO NOT change the name of the drive (this is your Film Festival Entry Number). Mail the USB drive or deliver in person to the Santa Anita Park Marketing Department.
Santa Anita Park Marketing Department
Attn: Film Festival Submission
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
How will the entrants be judged?
Entries will be judged two ways. All entries are automatically eligible for both awards:
Judged entries will be handled by a panel of racing and film professionals.
HRTV.com on-line voting will determine the "Fan Favortie".
Will the films be screened?
Films will be available to view on HRTV.com beginning Saturday, March 30th, 2013. Voting begins Saturday, March 30th and closes Wednesday, April 10th 2013.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Santa Anita Park.
What are the prizes for winning?
Prize money will be awarded to the top five judged films ($10,000 1st prize, $4,000 2nd prize, $2,000 3rd prize, $1,500 4th prize, $500 5th prize.
Plus, the "Fan Favorite" (determined by voting on HRTV.com) will reveive a $10,000 prize.