terms, conditions & other creepy stuff


CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL reserves the right to operate our festival in a way that serves the greater whole, whether that be decided publicly or not, the Creepy Tree team reserves the right to make operational decisions that serves the sustainability of the festival experience. That said all operational functions are subject to change without prior notice, however we will keep you advised of any changes that directly affect you, or that has been expressed to you as a professional promise. By submitting your project to the festival, you agree to our reservation of rights, and understand that we have everyone's best interest in mind when making operational decisions that affect the festival experience. Please read through the below Terms and Conditions in its entirety, and if you have any questions contact us at info@creepytreefilmfestival.com.


By uploading your project submission(s) to the FilmFreeway platform through our website, you agree to both their Terms and Conditions as well as the CTFF Terms and Conditions presented on this page. As it is customary, you also agree to uphold any and all laws regarding copyright infringement/intellectual property both as an independent film and arts creator, and as a festival participant utilizing our services to gain exposure for yourself and your projects. In other words, you must be the authorized owner/representative of anything you submit to this festival through FilmFreeway. If you are not the authorized owner/representative, then you agree that by submitting the unauthorized works, you are liable for any copyright infringement/intellectual property violations that can, and in most cases will, result in civil penalties and or legal action held against you by the authorized owner and or representative of said works. Furthermore, these copyright infringement/intellectual property laws also apply to any use of CTFF content both on this website, across our social media  pages, and on our FilmFreeway page. This includes, but is not limited to, any use of CTFF content to mislead the public, such as manipulation or redevelopment of any professional promises, awards, or waivers granted to you, manipulation and or use of unauthorized CTFF content as your own on any multimedia platform, and if for any reason an individual(s) uses CTFF content and or the alumni directory  to build a festival or community of their own. 


If you are an owner of a film, screenplay, or photo/photo series you may use this festival to promote yourself, and enter your projects into contest categories to earn exemplary awards that will gain you more exposure in the industry. To submit your projects, or edit your existing projects on this website, you must have the right to submit, and you warrant that the information contained in your submission is true and accurate. You agree to grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right to display the project on this website. You also agree to exercise the copyright, publicity, and festival rights you have been granted when providing achievement information on your websites and social media platforms. We will seek your permission for any usage of your information or materials beyond this website, other than where your materials can freely be accessed from public streaming sites that you have or will upload your achievement information to. All content provided for your project listed on this website is drawn from the information you provided to FilmFreeway on your submission form, and is believed to be accurate and true - void of any falsification about awards you have won, or achievements you have made in the industry thus far. That said your project/information provided to us is you, and contains projects and information that are the property of you, the respective owner. 

All copyrighted content is protected by U.S. and international copyright and intellectual property laws, and does not constitute material in the public domain. That said If you believe that any material contained on this website infringes your intellectual property rights, please send us a written description with the following information: (i) physical or electronic signature of the owner or authorized agent of the owner of the allegedly infringed work; (ii) identification of the allegedly infringed work and of the material that is claimed to be infringing; (iii) your contact information; and (iv) a statement explaining your belief that the use of the material is not authorized by its alleged owner, its agent or the law. Here at CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL, we respect your rights, and wish nothing more than to promote your creative works to support your growth in the industry. That said we will respect your request to remove any film(s), images, or links to your pages that you do not want to share within this community. Please see Disclaimer below.


CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL shares films, videos and images that have been shared on public streaming websites, such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Google Images. We will only use films that have accessible embed codes for sharing on exterior websites away from that of its original location. We will only select and post films in our channels that are on public streaming sites by their respective owners, and therefore claims no rights to the films, videos, and or images represented on this website, except for those created by us. Additionally, CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL does not work to make a monetary gain from the films, videos represented for inspiration, but rather offers a link to their users, in other words, no films or images have been downloaded and uploaded to this website, and no monetary gain has been established through contract or affiliated agreement. All issues concerning a potential unknown allowance for their viewers to embed their short films to an exterior website, either through human error or through the hosting site of the original provider of the publicly shared films or videos, should contact, and have their concerns addressed by the website hosting said creative works.


However, if you are the copyright owner of a film or video curated on this website, and want the film, video, or image to be removed from the viewing allowances of your prospective fans, please observe the conditional requirements as they follow. If you can prove that you have independent ownership of said creative works, and the creative works have not been authorized by another member of your affiliated team or crew, you are urged to email us and follow the steps in the Copyright section of these listed conditions at info@creeptreefilmfestival.com, and we will promptly and respectfully remove the content from the website. If in the event you choose to allow your prospective fans to view your films, videos, and or images on this website, note that due to the non-monetary approach to offering films and videos to be viewed and enjoyed on this website, we would not provide a royalty to the owner of said creative works for the public to view an already publicly shared film, video. or image. It is CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVALS’s hope that you will embrace the benefits that enthusiasts from the genre gain from being allowed to view your artistry, and that the true intention of this sharing is to expose your artistry to your target audiences so that you may expand the reach of your message and grow in the industry.


You agree to indemnify and hold CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL and our subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees, harmless from any claim, demand or expense, including legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of these Terms and Conditions, your use of this website, its content, any contests you may have submitted to, or the links this website incorporates by reference, or your violation of any law, regulation, order or other legal mandate, or the rights of any third party. You agree to these terms when submitting your project(s) to the festival, or through use of the website for entertainment purposes.


CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL respects your privacy and will do everything in their power to establish and maintain a safe and secure website. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. You can visit and enjoy our website without disclosing any personal information about yourself. However, we offer some special services, and for these services to work properly we will need you to share with us certain, limited personal information about yourself. We collect information from you when you sign up to our newsletter, respond to a survey, or when you fill out a submission form through FilmFreeway for one of our creepy contest categories via festival season.

When submitting your submission form CREEPY TREE FILM FESTIVAL uses the information you provide about yourself to complete purchases and register you for your selected contest category(s). Your information is also used to inform you when your submission form has been received, and whether you have been officially selected or chosen as a CTEA recipient. We also will use your profile picture, poster or project cover, and your bio to create your CTEA Profile if selected. We do not share any of your personal information with outside parties (i.e. address, phone number, etc.). We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive and/or to share festival information with you. These emails are not shared with outside parties. Additionally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also receiving your permission, or providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated actions (i.e. sharing your contact information with an industry affiliate on your behalf to generate opportunities).

We do not put cookies on your computer if you are only visiting the site, nor do we work with any advertising tracking service which may use cookies. A cookie is placed on your computer if you become a user with a login and password. A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies operate in the background, and you can turn them off if you wish. We do however offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider’s (PayPal) database, where it is only accessible to those authorized with special access rights to such systems, such as ourselves and the submission platforms we use to process and collect your submissions. The payment service provider (PayPal) is required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your credit card information is never stored on our servers. Additionally, any breach of privacy occurring from the use of the submission platform used to generate submissions to this festival, is not our legal responsibility to protect, however we will not only inform you of any personal information shared that may violate your privacy rights, while also  acting on your behalf if the matter requires the need to address these issues with the submission platform.

As we have shared above, our website contains links to other festivals, films, videos, and websites operated by third parties. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of third party websites. We encourage you to be aware of this when you leave our website, and to read the privacy policies and disclaimers of every website that collects personal information from you. This Privacy Policy applies only to this website and our relationship with you.


Should you have other questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or any of our Terms and Conditions, please send us an email at info@creepytreefilmfestival.com and we will always do our very best to explain and or find a solution. Thank you.