Regulations

The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus, a Festival of East European Cinema held annually since its establishment in 1991, will take place on November 3rd–8th, 2020 in Cottbus.

The deadline for film submission: 15th July, 2020

FilmFestival Cottbus

REGULATIONS for the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus

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FESTIVAL PROGRAMME SECTIONS

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
The Feature Film Competition is intended exclusively for featurelength films from Eastern Europe and neighbouring countries (cf. territory) finalised as of January 1st, 2019 (including documentary and experimental works of a feature film nature) with a running time of no less than 50 minutes. The works preferred are expected to be the (co-)director’s first to fifth feature length film. Participation at feature film competition requires German premiere.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The criteria of the Short Film Competition are essentially the same, the one difference being that the featured works should have a running time of no more than 30 minutes. German premiere is required.

U18 YOUTH FILM COMPETITION
This Competition is open to current productions from Eastern Europe and neighbouring countries (cf. territory) which engage with youth-specific issues and are first and foremost aimed at young audiences. Alongside feature-length films this programme section is also open to mediumlength works with a running time of between 30 and 50 minutes. German contribution to the U18 competition should not yet have enjoyed a domestic screening.
All other works for whose a screening at Cottbus would be a German premiere are given preferential treatment.

Further sections
Further programme sections are the annual sections SPECTRUM, HITS, RUSSKIJ DEN, POLSKIE HORYZONTY, HEIMAT | DOMOWNJA | DOMIZNA and CHILDREN’S FILM as well as special sections. Graduate films and video works are also open to consideration on an individual basis.

TERRITORY
The FilmFestival Cottbus’ rules and regulations consider a film as eligible for submission when its producer or one of its co-producers and/or director resides in one of Europe’s post-socialist countries (including all successor states of the Soviet Union) or its neighbouring European countries (Finland, Greece, Turkey), as well as feature films dealing thematically with this territory.


FILM ENTRY
The deadline for film submission is July 15th, 2020.

Competition submissions should be available to the FilmFestival Cottbus in DCP format. In this respect the following DCI standards are to be met: File format Motion jpeg2000, minimum projector resolution of 2048×1080 pixels, XYZ colour space and linear PCM 24 audio. Provided preliminary agreement is in the place the following formats are permitted in the FilmFestival Cottbus’ further programme sections: HDCAM, Blu-Ray, Beta, 35mm.

The following entry materials must be submitted by all entries:
• a properly completed registration form including the director’s brief biography, portrait photo and filmography (to include documentary works, shorts and student films) as well as a synopsis of the work in question
• Screener: DVD or Link (e.g. vimeo or youtube, at all possible with German or English subtitles)
• a complete dialogue/text list (in German or English)
• still photographs and a film trailer

When making a submission the applicant acknowledges that he/she is either the owner of the rights of the work submitted or has obtained consent to submit the work.

FILM SELECTION AND NOMINATION
The FilmFestival Cottbus reserves the right to decide which films will be admitted to the individual programme sections and, in individual cases, make decisions which run contrary to the festival’s rules and regulations. Nominations for the programme competitions are decided upon by the festival programme direction in cooperation with consultants or a team of curators, whose vote is then passed on to the resprective applicant. Should a film be nominated for participation at the FilmFestival Cottbus and the producer/holder of rights consent there with, this consent may no longer be withdrawn.

TRANSPORT AND INSURANCE
The shipping of parcels from non-EU countries is to be agreed upon in advance with the FilmFestival Cottbus’ head of programme coordination. The shipping costs to the festival are to be borne by the sender; in turn the festival bears responsibility for the costs of return postage. All shipments from non-EU countries are to bear the imprint »No commercial value – for cultural purposes only« . Screening film prints are to reach the FilmFestival Cottbus at the undermentioned address by no later than October 16th, 2020. All films and materials submitted will be insured whilst in Cottbus, the insurance coverage limited to the costs of making a new copy of the relevant materials. The return consignment of films and materials, submitted without the agreement of the FilmFestival Cottbus, is the sole responsibility of the addressor.

AWARDS AND PRIZE MONEY
(modifications reserved)

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
A five-member international festival jury decides upon the allocation of the following awards:
• Best Film Award (divided equally between the director and producer) . . .  25.000 €
• Special Award for Best Direction . . .  7.500 €
• Outstanding Actress Award . . .  5.000 €
• Outstanding Actor Award . . .  5.000 €

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
A three-member international festival jury decides upon the allocation of the following awards:
• Main Award . . .  2.500 €
• Special Award . . .  1.500 €

U18 YOUTH FILM COMPETITION
• Best Youth Film Award . . .  3.000 €

The following awards are also on offer during the festival:
• »Cottbus ins Kino« – Promotion of a Festival Film . . .  10.000 €
• GWFF Promotional Award - Scholarship to the value of . . . 4.500 €
• DIALOG Award for the promotion of intercultural understanding . . . 3.000 €
• Best debut Film Award . . . 3.000 €
• Audience Award . . . 3.000 €
• Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) Award
• Ecumenical Jury Award

FINAL PROVISION
Submission of a film registration will be taken as acknowledgement of the above rules and regulations of the FilmFestival Cottbus.

POSTAL ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS
FilmFestivalCottbus
Karl-Marx-Straße 69
D-03044 Cottbus
Germany

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