FILMFEST DRESDEN - International Short Film Festival

FILMFEST DRESDEN - International Short Film Festival

30th edition

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2018
Dresden, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length

Mission / description FILMFEST DRESDEN is one of the most important and best endowed European short film festivals. It focuses on short fiction and animation films. Next to its competitions and extensive special programmes, it offers events and workshops for media professionals.

The primary focus of the six day festival in Dresden is its International Competition and National Competition. Fictional and animated shorts up to a maximum of 30 minutes compete here in various categories for the highly coveted Golden Horsemen. FILMFEST DRESDEN is one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe with prizes and awards worth €66,000. In addition to the competition sections, the festival week provides an extensive range of special programmes with documentaries and experimental films, a children's programme, retrospectives and numerous country-based programmes as well as an industry programme with panel discussions, master classes and workshops.
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Festival website http://www.filmfest-dresden.de

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Description The following film productions are eligible for submission: - Length 30 minutes maximum - Produced after 31st December 2015 Please note, that exclusively films on 35mm or DCP will be accepted for festival screenings!
Dates Open call: Sep 01, 2017

Early bird deadline: Dec 01, 2017
Regular deadline: Dec 01, 2017
Late deadline: Dec 01, 2017

Notification date: Mar 05, 2018
Fees
Plan OFF
Short
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All lengths
Early bird deadline    2.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
Regular deadline    2.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
Latest deadline    2.99 EUR    0.00 EUR
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Restrictions Film mustn't have been finished before Jan 01, 2016
Premiere status is not required
Category rules REGULATIONS

1. General Information

The 30th FILMFEST DRESDEN will take place from 17th to 22nd April 2018. It is an independent short film festival with an International Competition and a National Competition as well as special programmes. The festival promoter is the Filminitiative Dresden e. V. association. FILMFEST DRESDEN is one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe. The festival is dedicated to the short film genre and its manifold forms of expression. It sees itself as a platform at which the potential and diversity of the latest short film productions from around the world will be presented to enthusiastic film audiences and professionals. Respective juries award the best films in each festival competition section and are newly appointed by the festival each year.

2. Participation Requirements

The following film productions are eligible for submission to the competitions:
• Short fiction or animated film (incl. hybrid forms such as AnimaDok, experimental or documentary fiction)
• Length 30 minutes maximum
• Produced after 31st December 2015

To be considered for the special programmes, submissions must meet the following requirements:
• Animation, short fiction, experimental or documentary film
• Length 30 minutes maximum
• Produced after 31st December 2015

The festival has no restrictions in terms of content and is open to all themes, cinematic techniques and original film formats.

Please note, that exclusively films on 35mm or DCP will be accepted for festival screenings!

3. Film Submission

Films can be submitted via the online submission platform www.FilmFestivalLife.com only.
No film submission fees are charged. However, FilmFestivalLife charges a service fee of 2, 99 €.

Please ensure that the films have English subtitles (if the original language is not English).

Works-in-progress are eligible for entry if submitted by the deadlines. The cut you submit should at least be picture locked. Please label your submission "work-in-progress” and specify what is incomplete and still to be finished (final sound mixes, color correction or completed visual effects).

The call for entry starts on 1st September 2017.
The deadline for submissions to the festival is 1st December 2017.

4. The Competitions

The competing films for the national and international competition are chosen by a selection committee consisting of nominated film experts. The selection committee chooses and assigns the selected films to the National or International Competition sections. The submitters will be notified by email no later than 5th March 2018 whether their films have been selected. The festival does not pay screenings fee for competition entries.

5. Awards

International Competition Awards

Golden Horseman Animated Film € 7,500
Golden Horseman Short Fiction Film € 7,500
Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury € 2,000
Golden Horseman of the Audience € 3,000

National Competition Awards

Golden Horseman Animated Film € 3,000
Golden Horseman Short Fiction Film € 3,000
Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury € 2,000
Golden Horseman of the Audience € 4,000
Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Prize € 20,000
DEFA-Promotion Prize Animation € 3,000

International and National Competition Awards

ARTE Short Film Prize € 6,000 (towards purchase of a film)
Golden Horseman Sound Design € 1.500 studio shot
Regional Filmnight Audience Award € 2,000

6. Film Transport and Insurance

The applicant is responsible for the costs of dispatching the screening copy/DCP to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning the film to the applicants.
The film copies/DCPs are insured by the festival organisation for the time period that the copies are at the festival, which means from the receipt of the post to the return shipment. The arrival deadline for the selected competing films is 16th March 2018.

7. Miscellaneous

The applicant agrees that FILMFEST DRESDEN may utilise clips of up to 59 seconds as well as selected photos and credits from his or her work on the festival's own homepage www.filmfest-dresden.de, video channels (no download), at the festival's own events as well as for television reporting purposes.

For the internal management all contact and film data are saved by FILMFEST DRESDEN. The data are not disclosed to a third party. On submission a personal account will automatically be created for the submitter in our database.

During the festival all films submitted are available for individual viewing by the festival’s accredited guests (producers, curators, distributors, festival representatives) at the film library. Access to the film library is available to all accredited guests and password protected. The respective distribution’s contact details can be viewed as well.

We would like to emphasize that solely the respective director, producer or a person authorised by either of them is entitled to submit a film.

The submitter pays all charges incurred for works that are protected by collecting societies. FILMFEST DRESDEN does not assume liability.

No film selected may be withdrawn from the Festival programme after the notification of its participation.

The submission of a work implies acceptance of the regulations.

Accreditation for the 30th FILMFEST DRESDEN will be open from February until the beginning of March 2018.

We look forward to your submissions!

Your FILMFEST-DRESDEN-Team

As constituted in August 2017.

Submissions for this category are closed.