Sehsüchte Internationales Studierendenfilmfestival (48th)



Deadlines

12 Nov 2018
Call for entries

07 Jan 2019
Final deadline

24
days

24 Mar 2019
Notification date

24 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019

Address

Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11,  14482, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany


Festival description
Student Films
Short Films >1' 40'<
Feature Films >40'


 
Festival requirements
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2018
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
 Subtitles 
English
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Film contributions must have been completed after January 1st 2018

No premiere status is necessary (previous participation in a German or international film festival is not a criteria for exclusion)

There is no submission fee for the Sehsüchte

Festival, but the submission platform might request a small registration fee

Films in English must be marked as such when submitting

All non-English films must be subtitled in English

All film of the kids-and teens-section must be subtitled in English.

Festival start: 24 April 2019      Festival end: 28 April 2019

In April 2019, Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival will take place for its 48th time as one of the largest film festivals for young filmmakers in Europe. The festival is organized and carried out by students of Media Studies and Digital Media Culture at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Since there is a new team every year, the festival is characterized by constant dynamism, inventiveness and innovation, creating a unique festival atmosphere. Sehsüchte has established itself as an important film festival in the global industry and has become an integral part of Berlin and Brandenburg's cultural landscape.

In this new year, our festival will be held under the motto explore: which can be understood as an appeal to filmmakers, students and festival visitors to take unknown paths; both aesthetically and in terms of content. We would like to enable special encounters with film, art, society and new technologies and thereby get to know different worlds of life. explore: means looking beyond the horizon and crossing borders - both in the collective and in the individual experience of all film lovers.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film Fiction
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Genre Film
Best Animated Film
Best Music Video
Best Production (only German productions)
Best Children's Film
Best Youth Film
Best 360°-Film
Best Screenplay (only screenplays written in German)
Best Pitch (only exposés written in German)

Regulations of Sehsüchte 48th International Student Film Festival of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

In April 2019, Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival will take place for its 48th time as one of the largest film festivals for young filmmakers in Europe. The festival is organized and carried out by students of Media Studies and Digital Media Culture at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Since there is a new team every year, the festival is characterized by constant dynamism, inventiveness and innovation, creating a unique festival atmosphere. Sehsüchte has established itself as an important film festival in the global industry and has become an integral part of Berlin and Brandenburg's cultural landscape.

1. Conditions of participation

Eligible for submission to the Sehsüchte Filmfestival are:
Films and videos, as well as scripts and exposés in the context of Schreibsüchte, that have been created by students or in a university context, and debut films by young filmmakers.

2. Submissions

The online registration and submission of the film via festhome.com has to be completed by 7th January 2019 at the latest. Films must be available via download link to the festival organisers.

In exceptional cases, a preview copy may be submitted as a DVD. Please make sure that the registration number (from festhome.com), the film title, the film category and the duration of the film are legibly noted on the DVD. Submitted viewing copies will not be returned.

In order to submit a film, the preview copy and the other required documents must have reached the Sehsüchte festival office by 7th January 2019 at the latest or must have been uploaded to festhome.com. It must be ensured that the film remains available online until 29th April 2019.

Sehsüchte Festival reserves the right to extend the submission deadline (7th January 2019) for all or individual sections.

For films submitted in the Future section, extended submission requirements apply in addition to the above mentioned conditions (see sections 5.6 and 5.7).

For films submitted in the Focus Production section, extended submission requirements apply in addition to the above mentioned conditions (see Section 5.8).

For scripts and exposés in the Schreibsüchte section, separate submission requirements apply (see sections 5.9 and 5.10).

Note for debut filmmakers:
For debut films, the relevant section with "Debut" in the title (e.g. feature film debut) should be used for submissions on the platform.

4. Programme and Competition

All films, videos, scripts and exposés selected for the official programme will compete. By submitting their entries, the entrants agree to the potential selection of the work in regards in one of the competitions. Two accreditations will be given to the authors when the programme committee selects them for the festival programme. There is no legal claim regarding the selection for the festival programme and the competitions. In exceptional cases, Sehsüchte reserves the right to show submitted films outside the competition, but within the framework of the festival.

4.1 Selection and Programming

Each submitted work (film/video, screenplay or exposé) can be screened for all possible festival categories. The selection and programing of the works and their assignment to the competitions will be carried out by the programme commission on the basis of the viewing copies or the screenplays and exposés.

Only one section per film can be selected for submission. Nevertheless, there is the possibility that the film may also be considered for other competition categories. Sehsüchte reserves the right to nominate a work for one or more awards.

Notification of a screening within the festival programme or of participation in the competition will be sent via e-mail by 9th March 2019 at the latest. For organisational reasons, notification of a cancellation may be delayed. This will be communicated via the submission platform. The programme commission has the right to allow exceptions in special and justified cases.

If the programme commission selects the submitted film, a screening copy (see 7.1 - 7.3) and further documents (see 7.9) must be made available.

5. Sections, awards

5.1 Feature Film

This section mainly contains works with fictional plots. Live-action as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win awards in the following competition: Best Feature Film (films longer than 40 minutes), Best Short Film Fiction (films up to 40 minutes). The feature films selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

5.2 Documentary Film

This section centers on films that observe or comment on factual events. Live-action as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize in the following competition categories: Best Documentary (films longer than 40 minutes), Best Documentary Short Film (films up to 40 minutes). The documentaries selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

5.3 Genre Film

This section centers on films with a special focus on genre (films up to 30 minutes). Whether Sci-Fi, Western, Horror, Action, Thriller or Fantasy - there should be no limit to creativity. Live-action as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize in the following competition category: Best Genre Film. The genre films selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

5.4 Animated Film

This section mainly contains animated films. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize in the following competition category: Best Animated Film. The animated films selected by the programme committee will be shown in the festival programme.

5.5 Music Video

This section centers on films cinematically portraying a piece of music. Live-action as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize in the following competition category: Best Music Video. The music videos selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

5.6 Future: Kids

This competition is aimed at viewers from the age of 6. The films focus on the experiences of children both in terms of content and form. Live-action as well as animated films (documentary or feature films) can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize of Best Children's Film. The children's films selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

For this competition, special rules apply for submission: All submitted films must be subtitled in English. As the children's films will be dubbed during the screening, a complete dialogue list in German (or English) is required for each invited film. It should be noted that the films must pass an FSK examination (FSK 0 or FSK 6) after submission, which is carried out on the basis of the Jugendschutzgesetz (JuSchG) and the principles of the FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Filmwirtschaft).

5.7 Future: Teens

This competition is aimed at viewers from the age of 12. The films focus on the experiences of teens both in terms of content and form. Live-action as well as animated films (documentary or feature films) can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win the prize of Best Youth Film. The youth films selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

Special rules for submission to this competition are as follows: All films must be subtitled in English. Since the youth films may be dubbed during the screening, a complete dialogue list in German (or English) is required for each film invited. It should be noted that the films must pass an FSK examination (FSK 12) after submission, which is carried out on the basis of the Jugendschutzgesetz (JuSchG) and the principles of the FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Filmwirtschaft).

5.8 Focus Production

The works submitted for this section have the chance to win the award for Best Production. The prize honours the outstanding artistic achievement by students of German universities in the field of production. Submissions of national and international co-productions are also welcome. Feature films, animated films and documentary films can be submitted. The films in this section selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme. All submitted documents will, of course, be treated with the utmost discretion and will be completely deleted once the selection phase has been completed.

This competition is subject to special rules for submission: students from German universities and similar educational institutions in the function as producer of a feature, animated or documentary film are eligible to participate.

In addition to the submission (see point 2), the following documents must also be sent by e-mail to fokusproduktion@sehsuechte.de :

a short synopsis
biography and filmography of the producer and the director
description of the production, including the applicant's justification of the special creative and economic work
all production documents relevant for the application (production plan, financing plan, budget, shooting schedule, staff and cast list, cooperation and sponsoring agreements, concept of distribution etc.)
certificate of enrollment (valid during the production period)

The documents submitted in digital form (PDF) must not exceed a size of 10MB. If possible, they should be sent as one file. The submission and the corresponding documents must reach the programme commission by 7th January 2019 at the latest.

Questions regarding submission can be sent to fokusproduktion@sehsuechte.de .

5.9 Schreibsüchte: Screenplay

For German screenplays only.

5.10 Schreibsüchte: Pitch!

For German exposés only.

5.11 360°

In 2019, Sehsüchte explores alternative possibilities of visual narration for the first time with the new 360° section. The audience experiences a new cinematic environment that is no longer limited to the big screen. Immersive narration creates potentials for new stories and holds opportunities and challenges that open up new possibilities for young filmmakers. This year we are therefore awarding the Best 360° Film Prize for the first time.

Submission

All works created by students or in a university context as well as debuts by young filmmakers are eligible for submission in the 360° section. All works of more than three minutes in length are admitted. The works must have been completed by 1st January 2017 at the latest.

The works must be sent via WeTransfer, MyAirBridge or another platform's download link to virtualreality@sehsuechte.de and made available to the programme team. The works must be submitted by 7th January 2019 at the latest. The interactive PDF application file must also be completed and sent to virtualreality@sehsuechte.de by 7th January 2019. Submissions in other languages than English must be subtitled in English.

Programme selection

The submitted films will be nominated by the programme commission for the Best 360° Film and presented in an Exhibition Space during the festival. If the work is not completed at the time of submission, it must be ensured that the final file will be available at the Exhibition Space on 17th March 2019. The winners of the prize will be chosen by a jury of experts during the festival.

The files will be saved for the purpose of programme selection. Only the festival team has access to the files. Works that have not been selected will be rejected and deleted from the festival database.

If you have any questions about the 360° section, please contact: virtualreality@sehsuechte.de

5.12 Showcase: Interaction & Immersion

Virtual Reality creates a special hybrid form of visual narration and interaction. This year it will be given its own reception space for the first time in Sehsüchte 2019. In the context of the Showcase: Interaction & Immersion, particularly impressive works will be honoured that show the narrative possibilities of the present with a view to the future.

Submission

All works created by students or in a university context as well as debuts by young filmmakers are eligible for submission to the Showcase: Interaction & Immersion. All works with a length of three minutes or more are admitted. The works must have been completed by 1st January 2017 at the latest.

The works must be sent via WeTransfer, MyAirBridge or another platform's download link to virtualreality@sehsuechte.de and made available to the programme team. The works must be submitted by 7th January 2019 at the latest. The interactive PDF application file must also be completed and sent to virtualreality@sehsuechte.de by 7th January 2019. Submissions in other languages than English must be subtitled in English.

Programme selection

The works selected for the Showcase: Interaction & Immersion will be presented exclusively in our Exhibition Space in the atrium and will be honoured separately at the award ceremony.

The files are saved for the purpose of programme selection. Only the festival team has access to the files. Works that are not selected will be rejected and deleted from the festival database.

If you have any questions about the Showcase: Interaction & Immersion section, please contact: virtualreality@sehsuechte.de

5.13 Miscellaneous

Films from other categories not listed above (e.g. experimental film, dance film) will be assigned to one of the above categories by the programme commission and have the chance to be nominated for one of the above mentioned sections and shown in the festival programme. Image or advertising films are not permitted.

6. Juries and awards

The awards are decided by independent juries consisting of experts and personalities from the film and media industry. The best films in the Future section are selected each by a children's and a youth jury. The awards for the Best Genre Film and for the Best Music Video are chosen by the audience and are based exclusively on the results of the voting.

7. Festival Films

7.1 Screening formats

All films must be submitted in DCP format. Interop DCP and SMPTE DCP are permitted.


7.2 Deadline for submission and delivery of the screening copy

All screening copies of the invited entries must be received by 15th March 2019 at the latest. The address is as follows:

Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Sehsüchte - "Screening Copy"
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg

Shipments sent from countries outside the EU must bear the following note in order to keep customs duties as low as possible: "No commercial value, for cultural purposes only". If a value of goods is to be mentioned, it should be as low as possible. Sehsüchte cannot cover any transport, customs or other costs associated with the delivery of the screening copy and other documents. Costs resulting from false declarations must be invoiced to the sender. Alternatively, a screening copy can be handed in personally at the Sehsüchte office in the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF by appointment.

7.3 Language version of screening copy

Screening copies in other languages than English must contain English subtitles. All non-English films of the festival programme will be shown in their original language with English subtitles; non-German language children's films and possibly also youth films will be dubbed in German. All children's and youth films must contain English subtitles. Subtitles should be at the bottom of the screen, not inside a letterbox.

7.4 Return of screening copy

Upon request, the copy will be send to the address listed in the submission form. Sehsüchte Festival will bear the cost of returning the screening copies. The festival participant bears the risk of transport from and to the festival.

7.5 Insurance of screening copies

The festival copy will be made available for the duration of the festival. The quality of the performance depends on the accuracy and completeness of the technical data regarding sound and format. The insurance cover for the copy is limited to the material value of the copy on the part of Sehsüchte and is valid from the time it arrives at the festival office (upload) until it is returned to the address specified in the submission form. The compensation in case of loss depends on the coverage by the insurance. In addition, liability for slight negligence caused by visual ailments is excluded. The festival participant bears the risk of transport from and to the festival.

7.6 Rights of use

The screening copy will be made available by the festival participant free of charge for the duration of the festival. Sehsüchte does not pay screening fees.

The works selected for the festival programme will be publicly screened up to six times as part of Sehsüchte. The festival participant will also make the screening copy available to the festival for "Sehsüchte on Tour" up to four weeks after the end of the festival. There is also the option of making the film available after the festival on an online platform for a specific period of time, for which separate permission from the author is required. Sehsüchte will immediately inform the submitter(s) in the event of claims by third parties. The festival receives further rights free of charge, limited in space and time according to the selection made in the submission form. The Festival reserves the right to digitalise all selected works for viewing and screening purposes.

The submitter confirms that in the event of a selection of the submitted film, all necessary rights for viewing and screening within the framework of Sehsüchte 2019 has been clarified and will be transferred to the organizers.

By submitting the work, the submitters declare that they are the copyright holder of the submitted work. The entrant guarantees that the materials are free from the rights of third parties. In the event that third parties assert claims against the Sehsüchte Festival with regard to the materials and works made available, the entrant shall indemnify Sehsüchte against these claims and shall also bear the costs incurred by Sehsüchte for the necessary legal defence.

7.7 Screenings for press and trade visitors

Upon request, accredited press representatives and trade visitors will be given the opportunity to view all festival contributions on the basis of the screening copy, unless such a screening was expressly objected to in writing before 22nd March 2019 at presse@sehsuechte.de .

7.8 Archiving the screening copies

The Festival reserves the right to use and archive selected preview copies for internal, non-commercial purposes.

7.9 Further documents (only valid for films running in the festival programme)

When selecting the film contribution for the festival programme (further information will follow with the confirmation by e-mail), additional documents will be requested:

1. screening copy (according to the information under item 7.1 - 7.3)
2. three stills of the submitted film (each digital, minimum 1000x500px at 300dpi, jpg)
3. a photo of the director (digital, 600x800px at 140dpi, jpg)
4. biography and filmography of the director

7.10 Online catalogue and programme booklet

The information given in the submission form regarding title, languages used, genre, running time, year of production, country of production, production company or institution, color, one or more film stills, a picture and a biography with filmography of the director, credits and a contact address will appear in an online catalogue on the festival's website (www.sehsuechte.de) and in the programme booklet. For the short description either the given synopsis will be used completely or partially, or an own text will be written.

8. Final remarks

The registration of a film, a video, a screenplay or an exposé to Sehsüchte Festival implies acceptance of the regulations. The entrant is responsible for ensuring that third parties involved in the production agree to participate. There is no legal claim regarding the selection for the festival programme. The overall festival coordination has the right to regulate all cases not provided for in the guidelines and to allow exceptions in special and justified cases. All questions not included in these regulations will be decided by the festival management.










  

 
  

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