Contest Terms & Conditions
1. There are no participation fees payable.
2. Professional and armature cartoonists, comic artists, satirists, comic/cartoon animators, and other creators of humorous art in Nigeria, western, eastern, southern and northern Africa, the Diaspora, and friends of Africa from other parts of the world can participate freely in the CARTOON AFRICA INT’L BIENNIAL (CAIB) festival/contest and possibly win big. *Female African cartoonists and comic artists are highly encouraged to participate, as there will be special opportunities and offers awaiting successful female participants in CAIB-2012.
3. Apart from the sub-theme (d) reserved only for Non-African participants, there is no restriction to topics that participants can enter for the festival/contest, no limit to the number of works to be entered and there is no restriction on style or medium of expression, provided they show compliance to the festival’s terms and conditions stated herein.
4. Cartoons/comics, etc, can be sent in as coloured or black and white, in A4 or A3 paper sizes only, (without frames) in a protective pack, irrespective of whether they have been published before or have won any prizes in any previous events. It is advisable to send your entries via INSURED or REGISTERED mail, as the organizers will not be liable for mails lost in transit. The organizers will ensure the protection of works in our custody. However, we shall not be responsible for badly packaged entries or entries damaged before and after the festival/contest.
5. ORIGINALITY: Works sent in for the festival MUST be the original creations of the artists themselves. Plagiarism is forbidden in the CAIB festival/contest; so it is instructively vital that authors be fully responsible for the originality of their entries to the biennial festival. The organizers will withdraw any prize/award, if after the events it was reported and proven of any copyright infringement anywhere in the world, and legal actions may be instituted against offenders accordingly.
6. Original artworks are preferable for this pilot edition of CAIB festival/contest. However, high quality computer print-outs are also acceptable. Photocopies will NOT be allowed please. Digitally-generated works must be duly signed by the artists to be accepted in this festival/contest as original. Entries that do not measure up to standard for the cartoon/comics biennial festival/ contest will be discarded. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw the established prizes and certificates if the entries fail to meet the required standard and focus of the contest.
7. Participants MUST fill and submit the participation form to be eligible for the festival/contest. Works sent in without fully-completed participation forms will be rejected. At the back of each work, write the author’s full name and country of origin, the cartoon’s title, medium used in achieving it, email address and functional telephone number(s) at the top left corner of your paper.
8. DEADLINE: Entries will be accepted until midnight, 31st December, 2011. Entries received after the deadline will only be accepted if they bear a postmark prior to 31st December, 2011.
9. A steep panel of judges drawn from the cartoon/comic art world, the mass media, etc, in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, and abroad, will select only qualified works for the festival/contest and subsequent touring exhibitions. The decision of the judges will be final. After the judges are done with their assignments, the contest results will be announced in January, 2012, through the CAIB website, and the festival dates, venue and programme of events will be simultaneously published by the organisers same day. Thereafter, depending on sponsorship level and other partnership logistics, the CAIB exhibitions will travel to some towns and localities in Nigeria and subsequently to other cities around Africa, as well as the USA, UK or Germany. The touring exhibitions will be accompanied with merchandise sales, cartoon/comics workshops, knowledge and experience sharing Art congresses plus other cultural exchanges to promote the African development agenda, raise funds/sponsorships for future CAIB festivals/contests and support the less privileged in Nigeria and other parts of Africa through the BFI charity.
10. Winners will be notified via emails, text messages and or by phone calls, before the festival, and they will receive their prizes through CAIB festival’s electronic money transfers and or courier services sponsors. However, if there is sufficient funding or flight sponsorships for the pilot edition of the CAIB festival, the first place winners in each of the 6 sub-themes may be invited to attend the festival/exhibition opening and prize presentations, with all expenses for flight and accommodation for one week paid by the organizers.
11. PRIZES/AWARDS: Cash prizes in US dollars, certificates and special large paintings by the global Media Award winning Nigerian cartoonist, FRANCODUS, will be awarded to the best three entries cross the 6 sub-themes for the CAIB contest. Depending on increased sponsorships in cash for CAIB-2012, prizes may be increased across board. There will also be a special BEST-IN-SHOW Award (B.I.S.A) to the most excellent work at the festival exhibition, to be determined by public votes via text messages from the general audience/viewers.
12. PUBLIC VOTES DURING FESTIVAL: After the contest prizes have been determined and announced by the judges, GSM lines will be opened at the festival exhibition opening for the viewer-audience’ public votes, which will determine the work that wins the “BEST IN SHOW AWARD” (B.I.S.A) and its runner up. Through text message nominations, visitors to the festival will vote for the artwork that added the most value or made the greatest impact on them at the exhibition. Author of the work with the highest votes and the runner-up will get the B.I.S.A. award and the Honourable Mention respectively. The awards will include, but not restricted to, exclusive interviews on popular African television partners of CAIB festival-2012, cartoon syndication deals with a print or online media house in Nigeria, facilitated by the AFRICAN PRESS CARTOON SYNDICATION COMPANY (APCSC).
13. Selected works, whether or not they won prizes in the festival/contest, will be put into a colourful CARTOON BOOK, and all participants whose works are selected for the cartoon books will receive a free copy each after the festival by post. So, please carefully print your valid address and contact information in the participation form.
14. DONATION OF WORKS: Original art works submitted for the festival/contest will be returned back only if the author so indicated in the participation form, and at the author’s postal expense through courier services. Or they can be donated to the organizers for future promotional, educational and other uses in respect of the CAIB festivals. Prize winning works and entries sent via emails or posted as computer print-outs will not be returned but become properties of the organizers, as we are building a permanent collection for our new cartoon/comics museum to promote the biennial cartoon/comics festival and to consolidate promotion of fresh thinking, creative tourism and cultural diversity, cartoon/comics research and development in Africa. By participating, the authors oblige the organizers the full right to use, to archive, to print, to make copies of their work(s) and to let them feature in any exhibitions-educational or commercial- without any financial liability to the author.
15. The signing and submission of completed participation form and works is proof of the artist’s acceptance of the terms and conditions stipulated for participation in the CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL (CAIB Festival-Lagos 2012). Click here to download participation form.
16. All entries for the festival/contest should be mailed to:
CARTOON AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL,
C/O FRANCODUS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS,
PO BOX 14922, BENIN CITY, EDO STATE,
17. Download or Print out the PARTICIPATION FORM