FILM FESTIVAL REGULATIONS FOR THE FILM SUBMISSION
ABOUT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
The Short Movie Club (Unfiltered Cinema) Film Festival provides long-term research of contemporary short film creation context. The film festival is a non-institutional art activity. The shorts film festival belongs both to filmmakers and organizers. We are moving to self-organization, transparency, and horizontal communication step by step. The established submission fee is a kind of crowdfunding to support the film festival project. Selected films are considered for ADAMI Media Prize (for produced films in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, or directors from these countries).
CONCEPT IN REALISATION
The film festival tries to avoid «the best of the best» way. But we don’t ignore it completely, sure. The film festival selects fiction (narrative films), animation, documentary, experimental films, and virtual reality sections. A jury awards the best short film of every film festival section.
Any filmmaker can come and show his film to get feedback from the experts and the audience. The only filter is the time we have to show films within three days. In fact, we had time to screen all movies of attended filmmakers last year.
And a film submitting is not just a film submitting. We suggest participating in our researches. Also, the Short Movie Club helps with short films crowdfunding campaigns of our selected participants. We suggest a promotion for selected participants: interviews releases, IMDb rating, granting waivers codes from our festival partners.
We accommodate selected participants at the apartments in Minsk center. Other filmmakers are lodged if there are free places. We involve cinema enthusiasts and volunteers that can host the rest guests of out-of-competition sections of the film festival.
The film festival provides official invitations for travel grants and visas support.
DATES AND VENUES
The film festival is held in February-March annually. The precise date of the film festival will be announced no later than within 5 months prior to the beginning of the film festival. Notifications are sent for two months before the festival dates.
Films can be submitted through the website or film festival platforms. A participant does not need to fill any additional film submission forms in the case of submitting the film via film festival platforms.
Short films with runtime no longer than 45 minutes are allowed to participate in the film festival. There is no limit on how many works one participant can send. TV-films and films for children are not accepted.
There are no restrictions on the year of film creation for non-competitive sections and the section of the Unfiltered Cinema. But submitted films are accepted into competitive sections if they were made not earlier than January 2018.
The participant that sends the application must guarantee observance of copyright on the films sent. All responsibility for copyright observance lies on the contestant.
Each film must have subtitles. In the case of the selection, the file should be attached separately. The subtitles must be in English and in SRT or SUB format. The use of any other format is allowed only after coordination with the organizing committee.
The film festival can share a press-kit, a trailer, a teaser of a submitted film for promotional purposes. Not more than 10 seconds of the submitted film in overall can be used for promotion on the Internet or TV.