Greenmotions Film Festival

Greenmotions // Greenmotions Filmfestival

5th edition

Nov 14 - Nov 17, 2021
Freiburg, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Alternative, Art, Culture, Drama, Environmental, Family, Fantasy, Foreign, Health, History, Human rights, Independent, Nature, , Science, Silent movie, Urban

Mission / description We are a film festival aiming at inspiring and encouraging people to take active participation in the transition towards a world where people and nature are in harmony. To show that it is possible, we are screening solution-oriented, constructive and positive films related to sustainability,environment and society development from all around the world.

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Class Founded: 2014
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Apr 01, 2019

Early bird deadline: May 01, 2019
Regular deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Late deadline: Jul 05, 2019

Notification date: Sep 30, 2019

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Awards Total prize money: 3,000.00 USD
General rules ELIGIBILITY:

• The participation is open to everyone.

• The festival is open to films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.

• All films should be solution oriented towards the current and future environmental problems. The movies which are inspirational, empowering to take action and giving tools how to involve in change towards a more sustainable life are preferred.

• Problem focused movies without given solutions will not be accepted. The movies can focus on one or more of the environmental or sustainability topics. This may include: recycling, agriculture / agriculture transition, energy / energy transition, green economy / green business, green tech / green design, sustainable mobility, sustainable cities, sustainable consumption, biodiversity, degrowth / slow food, renewable energies, the energy transition and/or climate change.

• Films for the short film competition must have a running time of 20 minutes or less, including credits. This year we are particularly interested in short films under the category ‚Animation‘ . Other types will be also be taken into consideration.

• Long feature movies should have a running time of 20-120 minutes.

• A third prize is also annouced for special category Green Growth vs De-Growth.

• The festival does not require any premiere status but notes that this may come into consideration during the selection process. Films must have been completed after 31st December 2017. We accept movies completed in 2018 & 2019

• Films that have previously been submitted to the festival will be accepted again, as long as they were not shown in the program of 2017 or 2018.

• Preferred languages: German or English. For all other languages, German or English subtitles are required, German is preferred. For German movies, English subtitles are preferred.


• Normal deadline to submit your film is 30th of June 2019.

• All films should be in high quality video (at least 720p HD) and good audio quality. At least one still of the film must be sent. Submission material for long feature films should include a trailer.

• If the film is selected for the program or the competition, we will request a digital screening copy. Video tape formats or film prints are not applicable. The festival informs the participants personally about the submission of the screening copies. For the long feature films, a physical copy is required: Accepted formats are Data-DVD, blu-ray, hard drive or USB drive. For the short film competition, a high quality screening copy through a download link is required. If this is not possible, please contact for further instructions. Shipping costs for screening copies will not be refunded, copies will not be returned.

• Besides the main festival event there are individual film screenings throughout the year. Our aim is to popularise the submitted works and their makers, as well as to enthuse and sensitise the audience for such topics. Therefore, we would be pleased if the film makers who submit films to us give us permission to screen films outside the scope of the main festival weekend. If you do not agree, please write an email to

• One or more films can be uploaded by a single director but each film should be submitted separately.

• Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

• Depending on the fundraising done throughout the year, we might offer a contribution to cover both preparation and shipping expenses. For 2019 we have committed to a 100€ contribution the the filmmakers.


1. All submitted films will be checked for certain criteria (for appropriate content, maximum duration, etc.) and will accordingly be approved or rejected.

2. An independent selection committee is appointed by the festival to view all submissions for programming consideration. Pre-selected films will be announced latest at the beginning of November 2019 by email or via our website Please provide an email address, and ensure that the domain is permitted to email to you.

3. From the pre-selected short films, a jury of experts will select the best short film. The pre-selected and winning short films will be screened at the festival. A selection of short films will also be shown at a pre-event in schools.

4. From the pre-selected long feature movies, another jury of experts will select the best long feature movie.

5. The winners of the short and long feature movie competitions will be announced at the award ceremony during the festival.

6. Long feature movies will also be nominated for an audience award. The winner of the audience award will be announced at the end of the festival.

7. Long feature movies under this year’s special topic will be considered separately and the best film will be selected by the assigned team members.


Prizes are amounting up to 3000€. The exact amount depends on the fundraising done throughout the year. Juries of experts will select the best short and long feature movies. The festival may consider to create categories of the short film submissions. The categories may be awarded differently. The prize of the audience choice will be given only to long feature movies.


The directors of all films are invited to be guests of the festival. The festival would like to arrange for as many filmmakers of the 2018 selection as possible to visit the festival. Regrettably, no matter how much we would like to cover transport costs, the festival is restricted by budget constraints.

The festival therefore may give a partial payment of the transport costs (up to 100 € per film) to the filmmakers. If you need support, please get in touch with the festival through

If the director or producer of the film cannot attend the Festival, the invitation may be forwarded to another member of the film crew.

We try to organize local private accommodation for festival visitors. More information about guest services will be provided personally to successful applicants.


• The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights.

• The applicant is legally authorized to enter his/her film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

• The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

• She or he warrants the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. She or he fully indemnifies Greenmotions Film Festival against any claim made for such violations of law.

• The applicant agrees to hold the Greenmotions Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgements and liabilities.

• The film, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author. Greenmotions Film Festival has the right to use submitted material for non-commercial use (publicity, promotion and graphics). If footage from the submitted film is used in festival promotion, Greenmotions Film Festival will limit this usage to not more than one minute.

• The festival reserves the right to change the prize money depending on the budget.

• The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.
• Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

• In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the terms and conditions, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

• These regulations are subject to change. Participants will be informed by email.

• This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, applicable to agreements made wholly to be performed therein.