The SAG short film agreement is now the short project agreement

The SAG Short Film Agreement is now the Short Project Agreement.

As of August 1, 2018, the SAG Short Film Agreement and the Low Budget New Media Agreement have been deprecated. Short films are now covered by the Short Project Agreement and they still have to have a budget under $50k, have a runtime under 40 minutes, and be filmed in the U.S.

The Short Project agreement does NOT cover episodic projects like web series, so those will still have to use the New Media Agreement.

The big change is the way that distribution is covered. Under the previous Short Film Agreement, any deferred salary had to be paid before a short film was distributed online, even if it was to a free streaming service like Vimeo or YouTube. Most people didn’t really follow this rule, but it’s good that they changed it to keep up with the times.

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