By submitting your film to the Sehsüchte Festival means you have read, understood, and agree with these regulations!
1. Conditions for Participation
The following can be submitted to the Sehsüchte Festival: films and videos of all lengths by STUDENTS enrolled at film universities as well as FILM DEBUTS and projects by YOUNG FILMMAKERS created outside of a university context unfilmed screenplays at least 45 minutes in duration pitch proposals (at most 10 pages)
Please keep the following in mind!
Film entries must have been completed after December 31, 2014.
Films do not have to have their debut at the Sehsüchte Festival. (Previous participation at another film festival does not disqualify your film.)
The Sehsüchte Festival does not charge a submission fee.
Films in a language other than English must have English subtitles available.
Entries cannot be withdrawn once the festival programme has been made public.
2. Submissions and Deadlines
In order to submit your film or video properly, the screening copy as well as the required documents must have reached our festival office no later than January 15, 2016.
Your film must be submitted as an online screener via Filmfreeway
and a completed online submission via filmfreeway.com is obligatory.
It is important that you enable us to download your film from the website.
Please also make sure your film is available to us until March 15th 2016.
In rare exceptions you may also send your film as a DVD. The filmfreeway – tracking number, film title, film category and running time MUST be clearly labeled on the DVD. Submitted copies will not be returned.
2.2. Pitch! and screenplay competition:
In order to submit your screenplay or your pitch proposal properly, a digital copy (pdf) with all necessary documents has to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than January 15, 2016. The festival committee cannot consider any submissions which arrive after this deadline. All submissions have to be in German language. It is also allowed to submit teamworks (two members at most), but only one submission per person.
To register and submit your film, you will have to use www.filmfreeway.com. You can also enter the website filmfreeway.com via the button on our sehsuechte-website.
3.1 Format of the Screening Copy (if sent as a hard copy in exceptional cases)
Screening copies can be submitted either as a DVD or BluRay (PAL and region code #2 or region-free).
3.2 Language of the Screening Copy
Screening copies in a language other than English must have English subtitles. The special rules for films for children and teenagers are explained in paragraphs 5.6 “Children’s Film” and 5.7 “Youth Film”.
3.3 Mailing the Screening Copy (in exceptional cases)
Shipments from outside of the European Union must bear the following note on the package in order to keep customs duties to a minimum: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only.” If the value of goods has to be declared, then it should be kept as low as possible. Here is the address to send the preview copies and application forms:
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Sehsüchte – „Submission“
Any costs incurred during the mailing process must be paid by the applicant. Alternatively, the films may be submitted in person to the festival office at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF after first arranging an appointment.
4. Festival Programme and Competition
All films in the curated festival programme are also in the competition! By submitting your project, you agree that it may be chosen for one of these competitions. In the event that your project is selected by the festival committee, an accreditation will be awarded to the authors. There exists no legal entitlement to being selected for the festival programme or the competitions.
4.1 Selection and Programme
Every project submitted (film/video, screenplay, or pitch proposal) will be screened for all possible festival categories. The selection of the projects as well as the classification into the competition categories is done by the festival committee in consultation with the festival directors and on the basis of the screening copies, screenplays, or pitch proposals. The Sehsüchte Festival reserves the right to nominate a project, which has been selected for the competition, to compete for one or more awards in a category other than the one chosen by the applicant. Notification of a project’s presentation within the festival programme or of a nomination in the competition will be sent out via e-mail no later than March 10, 2016. For organizational reasons, the festival can unfortunately not guarantee that also rejections will be sent out. In consultation with the festival committee, the festival directors have the right to make decisions – in cases not envisaged in the regulations – concerning the submission of films, screenplays, and pitch proposals as well as to grant exceptions in special and justified cases.
5. Categories, Awards, and Prizes
5.1 Feature Film:
This category consists of films with mainly fictional plots. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the following awards: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film. The feature films selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival.
5.2 Documentary Film:
This category deals with films that observe and possibly comment on real-life events. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the following awards: Best Feature-Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary. The documentaries selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival.
5.3 Animated Film:
This category comprises films that have been created by a traditional or experimental method of animation. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the award for Best Animated Film. The animated films selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival.
5.4 Music Video:
This category includes films that have transformed music into moving images. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the award for Best Music Video. The music videos selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival.
5.5 Genre Film:
This category includes films which show a strong reference to the genre theme. Whether sci-fi, western, horror, action or fantasy – it’s all about your creativity. Films submitted in this category have a chance at winning the award for best genre film. The genre films selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival.
5.6 Children’s Film:
This category is targeted towards audiences from age 6 onwards. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the award for Best Children’s Film. The children’s films selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival. In this category, special submission rules apply: Since the children’s films are to be dubbed for the screening, every film chosen to be shown has to include a complete dialogue list in German or English.
5.7 Youth Film:
This category is targeted towards audiences from age 12 onwards. These films deal with the way in which teenagers experience the world in terms of both form and content. Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the award for Best Youth Film. The youth films selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival. In this category, special submission rules apply: All presentation copies in a language other than German must contain either English or German subtitles.
5.8 Producer’s Award:
Films submitted in this category have the chance at winning the Producer’s Award which honours outstanding achievements in terms of production and production value by students enrolled at German film universities. The films in this category selected by the festival committee will be shown during the festival. In this category, special submission rules apply: Only students at German film universities and similar educational institutions who have acted in the capacity of producer of a feature film, short film, documentary, or animated film are qualified to participate.
1. For Submission, Registration and Screening Copy please see paragraphs 2. Submission and Deadlines and 3. Registration
Please submit the following documents via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org:
2. Short synopsis
3. Biography as well as filmography of the director and the producer
4. Financing plan (and if available a recoupment plan)
5. Information about co-operations and sponsoring
6. Commercialization concept
7. Description of the production (and if available production schedules)
8. Explanation from the applicant as to what was achieved both creatively and/or economically
9. A current certificate of enrolment at university
The digital documents (PDF) should not be bigger than 10MB. If possible, please send them as a single file.
In order for your submission to be considered, the screening copy in addition to the required documents must reach the festival no later than January 15, 2016.
5.9 Other Films:
Films not covered by one of the above categories (e.g. experimental films, dance films) can be assigned to one of these categories by the festival committee. They thus have the chance at being nominated for one of the aforementioned awards and being shown during the festival. Image or advertising films are not allowed.
5.10 Audience Award:
The most popular film among the audience at the festival will be honoured with the Audience Award. This distinction is not dependent upon the above-mentioned film categories, but rather it depends solely upon the results of the audience voting.
Every submitted pitch proposal in this category has the chance to win the award for the best project concept. Authors of chosen pitch proposals present their draft of their so far unfilmed ideas for a feature film, a documentary, a series or a TV-show in form of a pitch in front of an audience and a jury of students. The extent of the pitch proposal is restricted 10 DIN A4 pages. Afterwards a jury decides on the award for the best pitch. In the course of the festival the participants of this competition are going to have the chance to participate in a pitch-coaching workshop.
Every submitted unfilmed screenplay in this category has the chance to win the award for the best screenplay for a film with at least 45 minutes in duration. The nominated screenplays are being performed in a play reading in front of an audience.
Independent juries composed of prominent members of the film industry decide on who goes home with the awards. The winner of the Audience Award is determined by the votes of the festival audience. Children and teenagers vote for Best Children’s Film and Best Youth Film. The award for the best pitch will be given by students in the programme “Screenplay/Dramaturgy” of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.
7. Programme Selection
(applies only to those films that have been chosen for the festival!!!)
In the event that your film is selected by the festival committee, a presentation copy (paragraph 7.1) in addition to additional documents (paragraph 7.10) must be made available.
7.1 Presentation Formats:
The films are to be submitted as a SMPTE DCP.
7.2 Submission Deadline and Sending the Presentation Copy:
All presentation copies of the invited films must have reached the festival office no later than April 01, 2016. Here is the address to submit your presentation copy:
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Sehsüchte – „Presentation Copy“
Shipments from outside of the European Union must bear the following note in order to keep customs duties to a minimum: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. If the value of goods has to be declared, then it should be kept as low as possible. The Sehsüchte Festival cannot pay for any costs incurred (e.g. in transport or customs) that are associated with the shipment of the presentation copy and further documents. Costs emerging as the result of incorrect declaration of goods must be charged back to the sender. Alternatively, the presentation copy may be submitted in person to the festival office at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF after first arranging an appointment.
7.3 Language of the Presentation Copy:
All presentation copies in a language other than English must contain English subtitles. Such non-English films will be shown in their original soundtracks with English subtitles. Children’s films that are not in German will be simultaneous dubbed into German. All youth films in a language other than German must contain either German or English subtitles. Subtitles should be located at the bottom edge of the screen and not within the letterbox.
7.4 Returning the Presentation Copy:
If requested, the presentation copy will be sent back to the address listed in the application form within two weeks following the end of the film festival. The cost to return the presentation copies will be paid for by the Sehsüchte Festival. The festival participant bears the risk of the transportation to and from the festival as well as any further transports that may occur.
7.5 Insurance for the Presentation Copy:
The presentation copy of the film will be made available on loan and free of charge by the participant for the duration of the festival. The quality of the presentation depends upon the accuracy and integrity of the technical specifications of the film’s sound, picture, and format. The insurance coverage for the film is limited to the material worth of the copy and remains valid from the time it arrives in the festival office (either via mail or upload) to the time it is sent back to the address provided in the application form. The replacement of any loss depends upon the insurance coverage. Moreover, the Sehsüchte Festival will not assume liability for damage done as a result of minor negligence. The festival participant bears the risk of the transportation to and from the festival as well as any further transports that may occur.
7.6 Rights of Use:
The presentation copy of the film will be made available on loan and free of charge by the participant for the duration of the festival.
The projects selected for the Sehsüchte Festival (possibly also at “Sehsüchte on Tour”) will be exhibited up to five times.
If his or her film is selected, the participant confirms that all rights required for screening and presenting the film at Sehsüchte 2016 have been resolved and will be transferred to the festival organizers.
By submitting the project, the applicant claims to be the rights holder of the submitted project.
The participant assures the Sehsüchte Festival that the materials made available are free from any third-party claims. In the event that any third parties make claims against the Sehsüchte Festival for the materials submitted, the participant keeps Sehsüchte free of these claims and will take over any legal costs spent by Sehsüchte in this matter.
Sehsüchte will inform the participant immediately in case of any third-party claims.
In accordance with the selections made in the application form, the festival receives rights at no extra charge which are limited in space and time.
The festival reserves the right to convert any of the selected works into digital format for screening and presentation purposes.
7.7 Screenings for Guests from the Press and Film Industry:
Accredited festival guests from the press and film industry have the opportunity, if desired, to watch any of the films by means of the screening copies. If you do not want your film to be watched in this context, you must object by sending an e-mail to email@example.com by March 23, 2016.
7.8 Archiving the Screening Copies:
The festival reserves the right to utilise and archive the screening copies for its own internal, non-commercial usage.
7.9 Additional Documents (applicable only to films running in the festival program me):
If your film is selected by the festival committee to participate in the festival, you need to send us the following additional documents. More information on these will be sent to you following your acceptance via e-mail:
presentation copy (see paragraph 7 for more information)
three film stills of the submitted film (digital, at least 1000x500px at 300 dpi, jpg)
a photograph of the director (digital, 600x800px at 140dpi, jpg)
the bio- and filmography of the director
7.10 Online Catalogue and Programme Magazine
The information provided in the application form will be published in an online catalogue on the festival homepage at www.sehsuechte.de. It includes the film’s title, languages, genre, duration, year of production, country of production, production company or institution, colour, one or more still pictures, a photograph and biography and filmography of the director, credits, and online contact information. The short description will be composed of the entire submitted synopsis, or parts of it, or of a separately composed text.
8. Concluding Remarks
Registering your film, screenplay, or pitch proposal at the Sehsüchte Festival means you have read and agree with these regulations. You are required to make sure that any third parties involved in the production of the film also agree with its participation at the festival. There exists no legal entitlement to being selected for the festival. The festival directors have the right to make decisions in cases not envisaged in these regulations as well as to grant exceptions in special and justified cases. All questions not addressed by these regulations are to be handled by the festival directors.