SAG-AFTRA Documents Production Documents

Working with SAG-AFTRA Members

The 48 Hour Film Project is proud to partner with the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists once again to allow filmmakers to use SAG-AFTRA members in their films.

NOTE: The SAG-AFTRA waiver applies only to competitions in the US.

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.


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All SAG-AFTRA documents are due at the Dropoff Event - in the official SAG-AFTRA envelope that will be available at the Kickoff Event. If you're planning on using SAG-AFTRA members on your film, let them know when you check in at kickoff - you'll need to get a SAG-AFTRA envelope in addition to the envelope for your 48HFP production documents.


SAG-AFTRA Short Film Agreement 2 per team, due at Dropoff

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.

SAG-AFTRA Employment Contract 1 per each SAG-AFTRA cast/crew, due at Dropoff

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.

SAG-AFTRA Internet Use Rider 1 per each SAG-AFTRA cast/crew, due at Dropoff

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.)

Allowed Uses for Film

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.

Contacting SAG-AFTRA

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.

Production Documents

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.

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Plan Ahead

All creative work must be done during the official filmmaking period; however, you can get some of the tedious paperwork done ahead of time.

Waiver and Release Forms

Get your team members to sign releases ahead of time - then you don't have to worry with it during crunch time.

Note: This form helps protect you, the team leader, as well as the 48HFP.

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