Szczecin Film Festival

SEFF // Szczecin Film Festival

14th edition

Oct 21 - Oct 26, 2020
Szczecin, Poland

Open Call Mar 25, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Music video, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description Szczecin Film Festival is a film event, a forum for meetings and cooperation in the field of film, directly on the Polish-German borderland. The festival is organized by the Polish OFFicyna Association, located at 3-4 Lenartowicza Street in Szczecin (71-445), Poland. The festival program is carried out in partnership with a Polish-German network of organizers, and presented in Szczecin/Poland.

The main goal of the European Competition for documentary films at Szczecin Film Festival '20 is to seek out films that broaden the concept of documentary cinema and break its stereotypical image. Each year, the competition presents several dozen carefully selected titles. The chosen documentary films are a cross-section of works that stand out against the background of tired formulae and seemingly played-out topics. Creators known by few and film veterans alike will have a chance to confront their productions with the opinions of the jury and the festival audience. Thanks to the availability of technology and the ease with which people can communicate globally, we can enjoy an innovative and exciting cinema that abolishes our prior perception of a documentary film and broadens our horizons.

The films presented at the festival are selected by a Polish-German Selection Team. Its members search for productions that cross the formal boundaries and exhibit an unconventional approach to reality – productions that are documentary trailblazers. Premieres are considered especially significant. Awards are given by an international jury, which is assembled by the organizers. Apart from film screenings, a relevant and characteristic part of the European Competition are discussions with the presented films' creators.
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Festival website http://szczecinfilmfestival.pl

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Class Founded: 2006
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Mar 25, 2020

Regular deadline: Jun 21, 2020
Late deadline: Jun 21, 2020

Notification date: Aug 31, 2020

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Awards Total prize money: 9,000.00 USD
Festival sections
European Competition
The main goal of the European Competition for documentary films at Szczecin Film Festival '19 is to seek out films that broaden the concept of documentary cinema and break its stereotypical image. Each year, the competition presents several dozen carefully selected titles. The chosen documentary films are a cross-section of works that stand out against the background of tired formulae and seemingly played-out topics. Creators known by few and film veterans alike will have a chance to confront their productions with the opinions of the jury and the festival audience. Thanks to the availability of technology and the ease with which people can communicate globally, we can enjoy innovative and exciting cinema that abolishes our prior perception of documentary film, and broadens our horizons.
TELEFON ART
TELEFON ART – an international competition for films made spontaneously with mobile phones or other handheld devices capable of recording video and audio. The topics and techniques are unlimited. In 2019 TELEFON ART competition is focused on cities those reportages and video art come from. Anyone can submit their production, regardless of age or location. The only limitation is running time, which cannot exceed 10 minutes. limitation is running time, which cannot exceed 10 minutes. From among the submitted works, our selection team will choose the ones to be screened during Szczecin Film Festival'19.
General rules Terms and conditions of the European Competition for documentary films at Szczecin Film Festival'20

1. GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1. The organizer of the Szczecin Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as the Festival) and of its competition section (the European Competition, TELEFON ART, West Pomerania Shorts) is the OFFicyna Association (hereinafter referred to as the Organizer), located in Szczecin, postal code 71-445, 3–4 Lenartowicza street.
1.2 The European Competition takes place from the 23rd of October until the 25th of October 2020 in Szczecin.
1.3. Detailed information on the Festival and its program can be found at www.szczecinfilmfestival.com
1.4. The European Competition entry form is available online at www.szczecinfilmfestival.com
1.5. The films can be submitted to the competition also through the online platform FilmFestivalLife.
1.6. Submitting the film/films though the festival website and online platform FilmFestivalLife incurs a fee specified on those sites.
1.7. The profile of the European Competition for documentary films relates to the latest trends in the development of artistic audio-visual editing. The European Competition is concerned mainly with the formal crossing of boundaries, referring to the perception of reality – especially such crossing that enables new perspectives.
1.8. The films presented in the competition are selected by a Polish-German Program Committee.
1.9. The Program Committee reserves the right to present the film within the Accompanying Program.
1.10. The documentary films admitted to the selection process will have a running time no longer than 90 minutes, will be produced after January 1st, 2019, and will be of European production/co-production.
1.11. Special attention is given to film premieres.
1.12. Copies with English subtitles are required.
1.13. The awards are given by an international jury created by the Organizer.
1.14. The qualified films may be screened using the following formats: DCP, MP4, MKV, MPEG, QuickTime, also DVD and BR Video. For one-time-only screening purposes, all video files will be converted to DCP format. The possibility to use other formats must be individually agreed upon with the Organizer.
1.15. A film selected for the European Competition, whose participation has been confirmed, cannot be withdrawn from the program after August 31st, 2020.

2. DEADLINES, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
2.1. The final deadline for submissions is June 21st, 2020.
2.2. In order to submit a film, a correctly filled entry form needs to be sent in, as well as a preview copy on DVD or on another medium. A link to the film (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) is also accepted, as is uploading the film file onto a website or server. Copies with English subtitles are required.
2.3. Additional material required upon qualifying: a short synopsis in English (90 words max.); dialogue lists in the original language and in English, as well as in Polish and German, if possible; a bio and filmography of the director (please give original titles); film stills (at least three); a photograph of the director (at least one).
2.4. The Organizer will only pass the information about the selection outcome to those, whose films have been qualified for the Festival program.
2.5. The Program Committee is not obliged to justify their decisions regarding film selection.
2.6. The Organizer does not return the submitted materials.
2.7. The qualified films are made available to the Organizer free of charge.
2.8. The qualified films' screening dates and locations are established by the organizational team.

3. PROMOTION
3.1. The Organizer reserves the right to use selected excerpts (up to 5 minutes) from the qualified films for the Festival's promotional-informational purposes (e.g. the Festival trailer, TV broadcasts, etc.).
3.2. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted film and author information on the Festival website, in social media (e.g. Facebook), as well as in all promotional materials (e.g. the catalogue, the program guide, press kits, etc.).
3.3. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted materials for promotional activities associated with the Festival before, during, and after closing this year's edition.

4. DELIVERY AND INSURANCE OF FILM COPIES
4.1. The preview copy is to be submitted along with a filled entry form until June 21st, 2020, to the following address: Szczecin Film Festival'19, al. WojskaPolskiego 90, postal code 70-482 Szczecin, Poland; or to competition@seff.pl (in case of digital files).
4.2. The Festival presentation copy is to be submitted until September 20th, 2020. The copy will be sent back after the Festival ends. The copy is to be submitted to the following address: StowarzyszenieOFFicyna, al. WojskaPolskiego 90, postal code 70-482 Szczecin, Poland; or to competition@seff.pl (in case of digital files).
4.3. The films are sent at the expense and responsibility of the sender. Parcels sent at the expense of the recipient will not be accepted.
4.4. The Organizer does not take responsibility for the transport of film copies to Szczecin (Poland).
4.5. The Organizer covers the expenses associated with sending the film back after the Festival.
4.6. The film copies are insured for the duration of the Festival in Szczecin, from the moment of receiving the copy from the delivery company until the moment of handing it over to the delivery company once again.
4.7. In the case of damaging or losing the medium, the Organizer covers only the expense of the physical medium (e.g. the pen drive, DVD, hard drive).

5. PERSONAL DATA
5.1. The entrant gives the right to the Organizer to process their personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
5.2. The transfer of the right to process refers to the personal data of the individuals listed in the entry form and the individuals listed on the payroll, especially the filmmakers. The processed data includes the following: first and last name; electronic mail address; phone number.
5.3. The Organizer is authorized to further transfer the processing of personal data to other parties, to the extent required.

6. CLOSING REMARKS
6.1. Entering a film to participate in the Festival is synonymous with accepting the above terms and conditions, as well as with accepting the information included in the entry form.
6.2. Entering a film to participate in a competition equals an invitation for the author, or their representative (related to the movie or its production), to be present during the festival presentation as well as during the discussion with the audience in Szczecin, in the event of their film being qualified.
6.3. The Organizer reserves the right to change these terms and conditions as well as the entry form.
6.4. Issues not covered within the terms and conditions will be handled by the Festival directors.
6.5. The sums of cash prizes are pre-tax. The prizes given to the winners of the European Competition are subject to taxation in accordance with Polish law.

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TELEFON ART '20 - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. The TELEFON ART '20 competition accepts short reportage films no longer than 10 minutes of running time, made spontaneously with mobile phones or other handheld devices capable of recording video and audio. Film copies need to be submitted via online platform FilmFestivalLife (e.g online screener, link to the film on Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) or via the entry form available at the official festival's website. Preview copies can be delivered as well personally or by post to the OFFicyna Association office (al. WojskaPolskiego 90, zip code 70-482 Szczecin) on DVD, on an external hard drive, pen drive, or a download link to telefonart@seff.pl (in case of digital files). The festival accepts the following formats: MP4, MKV, MPEG, QuickTime, also DVD and BR Video. Submitting a work in a format other than those mentioned above must be consulted with the organizer.
2. One competitor may submit a maximum of two films.
3. The deadline for submissions is June 21st, 2020.
4. The submitted works cannot contain unlawful or immoral content. Apart from this, all topics and forms are allowed.
5. The entrant must own the copyright to the submitted films. both the video and audio??
6. Additional material required upon qualifying: a short synopsis in English (90 words max.); dialogue lists in English and German (if possible); a bio and filmography of the director (please give original titles); film stills (at least three); a photograph of the director (at least one).
7. Additional material required upon qualifying: a short synopsis in English (30 words max); film stills (at least three); a photograph of the director (at least one).
8. Failure to comply with points 1-7 will be grounds to reject the submission.
9. The Organizer will only pass the information about the selection outcome to those whose films have been qualified for the Festival program.
10. The films will be presented during the final screening in Szczecin as part of the Szczecin Film Festival '20, and the selected works will be presented during special SEFF on the Road screenings in Polish and German cities.
11. The winner is selected through a voting by the audience members and Jury.
12. The entrant agrees for a free-of-charge presentation of their film during the TELEFON ART '20 competition screening and as part of the Szczecin Film Festival '20 program.
13. The Organizer reserves the right to use selected excerpts (up to 3 minutes) from the qualified films for the Festival's promotional-informational purposes (e.g. the Festival trailer, TV broadcasts, etc.).
14. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted film and author information on the Festival website, in social media (e.g. Facebook), as well as in all promotional materials (e.g. the catalogue, the program guide, press kits, etc.).
15. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted materials for promotional activities associated with the Festival before, during, and after closing this year's edition.
16. The entrant gives the right to the Organizer to process their personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The transfer of the right to process refers to the personal data of the individuals listed in the entry form and the individuals listed on the payroll, especially the filmmakers. The processed data includes the following: first and last name; electronic mail address. The Organizer is authorized to further transfer the processing of personal data to other parties, to the extent required.
17. Submitting a film to the competition is synonymous with accepting the terms and conditions.
18. The organizer reserves the right to change these terms and conditions.