Neisse Film Festival

NFF // Neisse Film Festival

15th edition

May 15 - May 20, 2018
Großhennersdorf, Germany

Open Call Sep 01, 2017 - Jan 15, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Short

Mission / description The Neisse Film Festival, at home in the southeastern corner of Germany, where the German, Polish and Czech borders meet, is characterized by cooperation between film makers in the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, and offers a glimpse into film production in the three neighbor countries.
Since its inception in Grosshennersdorf and Zittau in 2004, the Neisse Film Festival has grown steadily, and now films have also been shown across eastern Saxony. One aspect of the festival which makes it unique in Germany, is its internationality, with films being shown in three countries.
The competition for long feature films makes up the heart of the program. Nine feature films by mostly younger German, Polish and Czech film directors compete for the main prize for Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Scenography. This is awarded by an international jury. The Short Film and Documentary Competitions are also open for german, czech and polish film makers.
Every film being shown in the festival is eligible for two further prizes: the Audience Favorite and a SPEZIAL Prize funded by the Saxon Film Association (Filmverband Sachsen).
A rich variety of films dealing with numerous special themes as well as international box office hits, join the feature films, short films and documentaries. In addition, the festival program includes film discussions, public readings, art exhibitions and concerts by musicians from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland.
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Festival website http://neissefilmfestival.de

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Feature Film Competition (films from Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries) Short Film Competition (films from Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries) Documentary Competition (films from Germany, Poland and Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries)
Class Founded: 2004
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Sep 01, 2017

Regular deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Late deadline: Jan 15, 2018

Notification date: Apr 02, 2018

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Awards Total prize money: 12,000.00 USD
General rules Feature Film Competition Rules

1. The Neisse Film Festival takes place each May in Zittau und Grosshennersdorf, with films showing at other locations in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

2. The Neisse Film Festival holds a film competition each year

2.1 Feature-length films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission. Irrespective of production technique, competition films should be available in DCP or Bluray.

2.2 Films sent in for competition must have been produced in the current year or within the past two calendar years. In exceptional cases the festival reserves the right to accept films of an older production date.

2.3 The previous entry of competition films in other film festivals does not exclude their participation in the Neisse Filmfestival competition.

3. A trinational jury of experts will be nominated by the festival. The decisions of the jury will be arrived at by simple majority.

4. The Neisse Filmfestival awards a Main prize of 5.000 Euros.

5. The prize is awarded to the director of the winning film in recognition and support of his/her talent.



Short Film Competition Rules

1. The Neisse Film Festival will take place in May in Zittau und Grosshennersdorf, with films showing at other locations in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

2. The Neisse Film Festival holds a short film competition each year

2.1 Short films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission. Irrespective of production technique, competition films should be available with English subtitles as Bluray or DVD. We especially invite submissions from film institutes and similar institutions.

2.2 Short films sent in for competition must have been produced in the current year or within the past two calendar years. In exceptional cases the festival reserves the right to accept films of an older production date.

2.3 Short films should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.

3. A jury of experts will be nominated by the festival. The jury decision will be arrived at by simple majority.

4. The organisers reserve the right to show the submitted films during the competition as well as during the rest of the Neisse Filmfestival.

5. A prize of 1.000 Euros will be awarded to the director of the winning film in recognition and support of his/her talent.

6. The presence of the filmmaker or someone involved in the production of the film submitted during the festival is very welcomed, particularly at the closing and awards ceremony of the Neisse Film Festival.



Documentary Competition Rules

1. The Neisse Film Festival will take place in May in Zittau und Grosshennersdorf, with films showing at other locations in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

2. The Neisse Film Festival holds a documentary competition each year.

2.1 Doc films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission. Irrespective of production technique, competition films should be available with English subtitles as Bluray or DVD.

2.2 Doc films sent in for competition must have been produced in the current year or within the past two calendar years. In exceptional cases the festival reserves the right to accept films of an older production date.

2.3 Dialogue lists should be sent for films submitted without English subtitles.

3. A jury of experts will be nominated by the festival. The jury decision will be arrived at by simple majority.

4. The organisers reserve the right to show the submitted films during the competition as well as during the rest of the Neisse Film Festival.

5. A prize of 1.000 Euros for the winner-film will be awarded to the director of the winning film in recognition and support of his/her talent.

6. The presence of the filmmaker or someone involved in the production of the film submitted during the festival is very welcomed, particularly at the closing and awards ceremony of the Neisse Film Festival.




Special Prize Rules

The Filmverband Sachsen (The Saxon Film Association) is awarding a Special Prize of 1.000 Euros.

The prize is awarded to a film – out of any category – which is especially dedicated to an improved understanding of the cultural and ethnic differences and/or commonalities in the neighboring countries of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany.

The prize will be awarded to a film which approaches the “other” culture with respect and tolerance, thus paving the way to open dialog.

The films eligible for this prize may be co-productions between the participating countries or a cinematic look from one country at the people of another, and should not have been created within last two years.

The prize is decided upon by an international jury.



Audience Award Rules

In addition to the jury prizes in competition feature film, short film and documentary the Neisse Film Festival awards the audience award of 1.000 Euros sponsored by ZVON. This is selected from among all feature-length films shown during the festival in direct voting by the audience.