Sehsüchte Internationales Studierendenfilmfestival (49)

Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival



Deadlines

12 Nov 2019
Call for entries

07 Jan 2020
Final deadline

1
mth

30 Mar 2020
Notification date

22 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020

Address

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


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


Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 40'<
 Feature Films  >40'
 Any language
 Subtitles 
English
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German
English


Festival start: 22 April 2020      Festival end: 26 April 2020

In April 2020, Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival will take place for its 49th time as one of the largest student 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 20:20 Vision: In optometry, the term 20:20 Vision describes the ability to see in clarity and sharpness. These attributes is the Sehsüchte Festival taking as the leitmotiv for next years edition. Not only in the context of film making and experiencing film, but also in the future politics, culture, society and the new technologies that have already influenced us and will shape us even further.

20:20 Vision: is the desire to satisfy gripping stories and to grasp the world in all its facets. To face things with a clear view and make them tangible to others and to themselves, no matter how individual the perspectives are.

Prizes
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Animated Film
Best Production
Best Youth Film
Best Children's Film
Best 360° Film
Best Screenplay

Awards
Best Genre Film (audience honour)
Best Pitch

Festival Requirements

Film contributions must have been completed after 1st January 2019.

No premiere status is required (prior participation in a German or foreign film festival is not an exclusion criteria).

The Sehsüchte Festival does not charge a submission fee. Costs may be incurred by the submission platform. Sehsüchte does not pay screening fees.

Films in other languages than English must be submitted with English subtitles.

Films submitted in the Future section must always be subtitled in English.

Regulations

Regulations of Sehsüchte 49th International Student Film Festival of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

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 and exhibition pieces for the Exhibition: Beyond the Frame, that have been created by students or in a university context, debut films by young filmmakers and lateral intrants.

2. Submissions

The online registration and submission of the film via festhome.com has to be completed by 7th January 2020 at the latest. Films must be available via download link to the festival organisers.

In order to submit a film, the preview copy and the other required documents must have reached the Sehsüchte festival office by 7th January 2020 at the latest or must have been uploaded to festhome.com. It must be ensured that the film remains available online until 29th April 2020.

Sehsüchte Festival reserves the right to extend the submission deadline (7th January 2020) 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 4.4 and 4.5).

For films submitted in the Focus Production section, extended submission requirements apply in addition to the above mentioned conditions (see Section 4.6).

For scripts and exposés in the Schreibsüchte section, separate submission requirements apply (see sections 4.7 and 5.2).

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.

3. 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.

3.1 Selection and Programming

Each submitted work (film/video, screenplay, exhibits or exposé) can be selected 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 30th of March 2020 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.

4. Sections and Awards

4.1 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 (films up to 40 minutes). The feature films selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

4.2 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. The documentaries selected by the programme commission will be shown in the festival programme.

4.3 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.

4.4 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).

4.5 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).

4.6 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. We are happy to welcome applications of films that specialised in green producing. 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 2020 at the latest.

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

4.7 Schreibsüchte: Screenplay

For German screenplays only.

4.8 360°

In the year 2020 Sehsüchte returns to the world of alternative possibilities of visual storytelling with the section 360°. The audience experiences a new cinematic environment that is no longer confined to the big screen. Immersive storytelling creates the potential for new stories and offers opportunities and challenges that open up new possibilities for young filmmakers. This is why we are awarding the Best 360° Film Award for the second time this year.

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 two minutes in length are admitted. The works must have been completed by 1st January 2018 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 February 2020 at the latest. The PDF application form available on the Website must also be completed and sent to virtualreality@sehsuechte.de by 7th February 2020. 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 360° 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 360° Space on 15th of March 2020. 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

4.9 Exhibition: Beyond the Frame

For our Exhibition: Beyond the Frame we are looking for innovative projects using modern technologies in a creative manner. These could involve for example XR, artificial intelligence, projection mapping, sensor-based systems. The exhibition strives to present novel forms of storytelling and digital media art. Audiovisual performances are also welcome.

The selected projects will be presented during the festival in our Exhibition Space. Artists of a best-of selection will be invited to give an informal talk about the exhibited work. A submission must therefore also state whether at least one collaborator can be present during the festival. We might provide grants for travelling expenses.
Submissions are possible until the 7th January 2020 via email to exhibition@sehsuechte.de and must include:
a two to four pages paper (in English or German) with a detailed description of the planned work including images and/or videos
a technical rider (layout, setup, required equipment)
a short biography of the main collaborators (up to 150 words)
if you need to apply for a grant for travelling expenses from the festival
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 Exhibition: Beyond the Frame section, please contact: exhibition@sehsuechte.de.

4.10 Miscellaneous

Films from other categories not listed above (e.g. experimental film, dance film, music video) 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.

5. Sections and Honours

5.1 Genre Film

This section includes works (films up to 30 minutes long) that have a clear genre reference. Both real and animated films can be submitted. Films running in this competition have the chance of the audience-determined honour: Best Genre Film. The genre films selected by the program commission will be shown in the festival program.

5.2 Schreibsüchte: Pitch!

For German exposés only.

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 honours for the Best Genre Film are chosen by the audience and are based exclusively on the results of the voting.

7. Festival Films

7.1 Screening formats

All films selected for the film festival program must be provided in DCP format. Allowed are InterOp DCP and SMPTE DCP. The Program Commission reserves the right to request other formats of submitted films.

7.2 Deadline for submission and delivery of the screening copy

All screening copies of the invited entries must be received by 15th of March 2020 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 sent 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 to and from 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 to and from 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 six months 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 copyright holder 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 2020 have 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 of March 2020 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, an exhibit, 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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