When deciding whether to use SAG-AFTRA members in your film, please note that your distribution options will be more limited. For any use beyond the uses granted to the 48HFP, you will need to negotiate directly with SAG-AFTRA.
For example, if you wish to submit your film to a festival, no negotiation is needed. If, however, you wish to put your film up on a third party website (e.g., YouTube, MySpace, etc.) you will be required to negotiate with SAG-AFTRA, and probably pay your actor a fee, for your film to be allowed on the site.
If you opt to use SAG-AFTRA members on your team, there is additional paperwork to complete. These documents are due at the Dropoff Event - in the official SAG-AFTRA envelope provided for you at the Kickoff Event.
In order to work with a SAG-AFTRA member, the team leader will need to sign the SAG-AFTRA Short Film Agreement, as modified by the 48HFP Rider. The Rider means that you do not need to furnish a script ahead of time (impossible in the 48 Hour Film Project, anyway), you do not need to pay a fee to SAG-AFTRA, and you may use volunteer actors.
To fill out the Employment Contract, the team leader should sign by Producer and then print their name by By. The performer signs by Performer and writes their social security number below.
Each of your SAG-AFTRA actors must complete the SAG-AFTRA Employment Contract.
This allows you to put your film on your personal website for resume purposes only. (Other internet uses will still require permission from SAG-AFTRA.)
In addition to the SAG-AFTRA documents, all teams must also complete and submit Production Documents. This must be done whether or not the team includes any SAG-AFTRA members.
SAG-AFTRA permits the 48 Hour Film Project the following uses of films created under this agreement: to screen them theatrically, to include them on DVD compilations, to enter them in festivals and to show them on the 48 Hour Film Project website provided they are not downloadable.
In order to request permission from SAG-AFTRA for various uses of your film, please contact SAG-AFTRA directly. If you are in the eastern United States, contact Leif Larson at 212.827.1513 or Leif.Larson@SAGAFTRA.org. If you are in the western United States, contact Marisa Leal at 323.549.6039 or Marisa.Leal@sagaftra.org; or Fatna Sallak-Williams at 323.549.6054 Fatna.Sallak-Williams@sagaftra.org.