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Participating in Saptan Stories

You are invited to take part in a storytelling project operated by Aardman Animations on behalf of the British Council as part of UK India 2017.

Saptan Stories is one story told in seven ways created by seven artists with the help of the public.

It is a giant game of consequences played across the reaches of India via the web. Seven artists from India and the UK, each illustrate the same seven-part story decided by the public. Via the website the public contribute storyline ideas and vote on how the story continues, before being illustrated by the 7 artists.

There are seven separate weekly opportunities to submit a storyline idea to the Saptan Stories project (each referred to as the “Competition”).

Saptan Stories’ first storyline is set by Aardman Animation's team of writers. You are invited to continue this story and submit your storyline. The Competition will be judged by a panel who will select three storylines to be presented for the public to vote on the winning storyline. The winning storyline will then be illustrated by all seven artists and will be publicised as part of the next Competition. The weekly cycle of submitting story lines, voting and artwork creation will repeat over the duration of the Saptan Stories project.

Territory and eligibility

The Competition is open to anyone.

Where a Competition is open to persons who are resident outside of the United Kingdom, no person may enter the Competition if the Competition breaches any law or regulation of the jurisdiction in which they are resident.

Where a participant is under the age of 18, his/her entry must be submitted on behalf of the participant by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years who, in submitting the entry, agrees to and accepts these Competition Rules.

Entry to the Competition is free of charge although participants are responsible for their own costs of connecting to the Internet.

Competition dates

The opening date of the Competition coincides with the publication of the latest storyline on Wednesdays during 2 August – 13 September 2017. The Competition will open weekly on Wednesday at 09.00 IST and close at 23:59 on Sunday. Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be included in the Competition. Aardman Animations and the British Council accept no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.

The Weekly cycle:

Wednesday – New storyline announced & storyline submission window opens
Wednesday & Thursday – artists produce the work
Saturday – new artwork published
Sunday – story submission window closes at the end of day
Monday – moderation & storyline selection
Tuesday – public vote on storyline
Wednesday – cycle repeats and storyline and winner are announced

Three weekly nominees will be notified within three days of the weekly Competition closing date.  This notification will be made to the email address provided by the participant when submitting their story idea for the Competition in accordance with section 4 of these Competition Rules. The nominees will also be publicised on the Saptan Stories website and through associated social media channels.

Each week’s overall Competition winner will be selected by public vote and be notified via email within one day of the voting period closure, and announced on the Saptan Stories social channels as per the weekly cycle above. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the winning participant when registering for the Competition in accordance with section 4 of these Competition Rules. The winner will also be publicised on the Saptan Stories website and through associated social media channels.

How to enter

The Competition will be promoted through the Saptan Stories website at https://saptan-stories.britishcouncil.org.in

To enter participants must access the ‘Submit’ page from the Saptan Stories website https://saptan-stories.britishcouncil.org.in/submit and then follow these steps:

  • Navigate to https://saptan-stories.britishcouncil.org.in/submit
  • Write your storyline (English only)
  • Fill in the your Name and provide a valid email address
  • Accept these Competition Rules by clicking the “I Accept” button.
  • Click on the “Submit” button.

Selection of nominees and winning entries

Once your storyline has been uploaded to the website, it will go through a pre-moderation process to make sure that it does not contain any offensive language or content. Once the storyline has been approved, it will be reviewed by our panel of judges.

Aardman Animations and the British Council reserve the right to reject any storyline that does not pass the pre-moderation process on the grounds of explicit or offensive content.

The three nominees are decided by our panel of judges, and the overall winner will be chosen by public vote on https://saptan-stories.britishcouncil.org.in/vote every Tuesday.

The storyline with the highest voting percentage at the end of the one day voting period will be awarded ‘the winning storyline” and will be illustrated by all the seven artists. The resulting artworks will remain the respective copyright of the seven artists.

In the event of a tied score, the storylines will be judged by the panel of judges appointed by the British Council. The judges’ decision is final and binding.

No correspondence will be entered into with the unsuccessful participants.

Personal data

Aardman Animations and the British Council will collect and store the names and email addresses of all participants and the additional contact details of winners as anticipated by sections 4 and 5 above. Aardman Animations will use this personal data for the following purposes:

  • managing the relationship between the participants and Aardman Animations and the British Council;
  • communicating with nominees and winners
  • marketing and publicity in accordance with section 7 below.

By participating in the Competition, participants consent to their personal data also being processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, this section 6.

Publicity and rights

Aardman Animations and the British Council intend to publish the names of the winners on the Saptan Stories websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, Aardman Animations and the British Council may write and publish articles about the winners. By entering the Competition, each participant agrees to the use of their name and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing if they are selected for a winning storyline.

Participants will retain copyright in the entry material that they submit to the British Council. By entering the Competition each participant grants the Aardman Animations and the British Council, free of charge, permission to use the entry material (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide for purposes connected with the competition in the context of the Saptan Stories project. Participants grant Aardman Animations and the British Council further permission to publish and exhibit their entry material (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in print and any media worldwide for any purpose. Each participant confirms that the entry material is their original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any English laws, that they have the right to give Aardman Animations and the British Council permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that all necessary consents for the submission of the entry material have been obtained.

All rights in the Aardman Animations and the British Council name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the "Materials") shall vest in and remain with the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Competition, participants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of the Materials.

General

The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the entry of any participant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Competition Rules.

These Competition Rules shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Competition.

Acceptance of Competition Rules

By participating in this Competition, participants are deemed to have accepted these Competition Rules.