All of the following rules and procedures are subject to change at the sole discretion of Santa Monica Film Festival (“SMFF”). 



December 1 to Saturday Dec, 9 2017 (9:00 PM PST) is the official “Voting Period” in which only Twitter account holders can VOTE for one of the films in competition. Twitter is the only voting method for participation in the voting of the Audience Choice Awards.


Voting is open to all individuals with a valid Twitter account. To participate in the voting, you must have your Twitter account set to public.  Voting is free with a valid Twitter account. Data rates may apply.


If you attempt to vote outside of the Voting Period your vote will not count. 


There is a limit of: one (1) vote per film per Twitter ID.  SMFF reserve the right to change the limit on the number of votes that may be made via Twitter in the SMFF's sole discretion.




2.1 Twitter. To cast a vote, you must have a valid Twitter account and your privacy setting must be set to public.  Otherwise paper ballots will be available at the festival.


During each Voting Period, Twitter account holders may cast a vote for any film by Tweeting: #SMFF (plus the film's title). 

Only tweets with the hashtag #SMFF (plus, title of film in tweet) will count as save votes. Limit one (1) vote per film per Twitter ID. Any Tweets made after your first Tweet for a film will NOT be counted.  Re-tweets will be accepted as votes for the Twitter ID that re-tweets.  Outside of each Voting Period, any Twitter messages you post will not count as a vote. The Voting Period is determined by SMFF.


#SMFF title of film

You may not use any third party services to vote on your behalf. The Administrators (defined below) reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to reject votes cast by any individual who tampers with the voting process or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner or to take any other actions that they deem appropriate (including without limitation removing such method of voting from the Show altogether).




SMFF and/or Twitter, and each of their respective direct or indirect parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, related and affiliated entities and persons, and each of their respective agents, officers, directors, employees, parents, managers, members, contractors, and their respective successors, licensees and assigns, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Voting Rules (collectively, the “Administrators”) are not responsible for and shall not be liable for difficulties, failures or malfunctions of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines or telephone systems or other communications malfunctions; cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless services; interrupted or unavailable networks, applications or servers; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission, communication or report; traffic congestion or for any technical or other problem which may cause the voting to be disrupted or corrupted.


If for any reason the voting is not capable of being executed as planned, or if there is an infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical or reporting failures, or if any other causes beyond the control of Administrators corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this voting, the Administrators reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the transmission of any vote, but are in no way obligated to do so. Furthermore, the Administrators may, but are not obligated to, permanently disqualify from any voting any person Administrators believe has intentionally violated these Voting Rules, and terminate or suspend voting at any point and declare the vote results based on the votes up to that point, if it appears that the voting process has been so distorted by hacking, failures, errors or other interference that the results would not reflect actual valid votes should the voting continue.  In the event of technical or reporting difficulties with the voting, Administrators, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to review the votes for accuracy and to take any action they deem appropriate, including, without limitation, voiding the votes cast during the time period in which such technical or reporting difficulties occurred and/or removing such method of voting from the festival altogether, but are in no way obligated to do so.  Administrators assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to participants or voters or to any person's computer or other property relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials, applications or software in connection with this vote, or otherwise participating in this voting. Administrators are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical or computer failures of any kind, for inaccurate transcription or reporting of voting information, errors in any promotional or marketing materials, for any human or electronic error, or for votes or reports that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer transmissions, lost, or late.  By participating, each individual agrees to release, indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liabilities of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of such individual’s participation in the voting.


These rules are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the Administrators. Notification regarding any such change will be posted at


Caution: Any attempt by a voter or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or website, tamper with the voting process, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the voting is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Administrators reserve the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. 


4. Conditions for Voting:

Administrators reserve the right, but are not obligated, to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual who votes by any electronic, mechanical or automated means, or otherwise tampers with the vote process, or for any other reason, as determined by Administrators in their sole discretion.


Administrators are not responsible for any damages to voters’ device(s) that may occur from use of service.  Administrators reserve the right, for any reason and in their sole discretion without any obligation, to modify, suspend or discontinue the voting service without prior notice.  


Administrators reserve the right to modify any of the festival’s contest or voting rules, the Official Voting Rules, the Voting Periods, and the terms and conditions of this voting process at any time in their sole discretion. 


The prizes awarded to the "audience choice" winner of the festival are subject to the terms, conditions, rules and qualifications of the festival.