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Introduction to the film festival

16 - 24 NOVEMBER 2021 PÖFF Shorts is the biggest short film and animation festival in the Baltics, an integral part of the FIAPF-accredited Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF). The festival’s mission is to showcase the best animated and live action short films of all genres from cutting edge talents and bold visionaries across the world. PÖFF Shorts hosts three internationally recognised competition programmes: the international competitions for live action and animation with their respective student competitions called New Talents, as well as the PÖFF Shorts National Competition designed to provide a platform for Estonian filmmakers and animators. Alongside the competitions the festival presents an array of astonishing, thought provoking, inspiring and challenging out of competition short film programmes. PÖFF Shorts is a member of the European Film Academy (EFA) and an Academy Award and BAFTA-qualifying festival.

Awards

International Live-Action Competition — Jury prize for Best Film — Jury prize for Best Student Film (New Talents) International Animation Competition — Jury prize for Best Film — Jury prize for Best Student Film (New Talents) — Jury prize for Best Children's Film National Competition — Jury prize for Best Film PÖFF Rebels With a Cause Competition short film section — Jury prize for Best Short Film Jury prize: EFA awards Short Film Candidate Winners of the International Live-Action Competition Jury prize for Best Film, International Animation Competition Jury prize for Best Film and National Competition Jury prize for Best Film will be eligible to apply for consideration for the annual Academy Awards should they fit the eligibility criteria as determined by the Academy. Juries will decide upon one European* film in eligible competitions with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards. * European according to the rules of European Film Academy, meaning both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP

The submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive programmes of PÖFF Shorts is 17th of August 2022. FILMS MEETING THE FESTIVAL REQUIREMENTS MUST: – Be short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes): fiction, documentary, experimental; live-action or animation. – Completed after the 1st of January 2021(regarding competitive programmes). Preferable Estonian premiere. – Be presented in a HD video screening format (minimum 1920x1080px, Prores, DNxHD), DCP. – Have English subtitles if they are not in English. – Films submitted to the student film competitions must be directed by a film, animation or media student. Films produced in Estonia or are Estonian-co-productions are also eligible. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for the competition and assign the programme section for the film on a case-by-case basis. Applicants for competitive and non-competitive programmes are requested to submit the film and required supplementary materials only via the indicated online submissions page. Entries submitted by post, e-mail or any other form except the online submission form are not considered eligible for selection. The festival reserves the right to refuse late submissions. SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND FEES: Submission fees are to be paid by secure online payment with a credit or debit card. Submission fees are non-refundable. The early-bird submission deadline is 1st of July 2022; The regular submission deadline is 1st of August 2022; The late submission deadline is 16th of August 2022. The Festival Director and the Programming Committee reserve the right to waive submission fees for selected applicants, to not comment on their decisions regarding waivers. The Festival reserves the right to select films received at any time and through any means, or process and to refuse late submissions. SUBMISSION MATERIALS: For a successful submission via the submission platform the applicant is required to: 1) Provide a non-expiring screening link – with English subtitles and a password if necessary. 2) Upload high quality stills from the film (jpg). — Format: landscape, .jpg (.png) — Aspect ratio: 16:9 — Size: 1920 x 1020 px,1600 x 900 px or 1280 x 720 px (minimum) 3) Provide the film trailer as a non-expiring link or HD-resolution file. 4) Upload a photo of the Director (jpg). — Format: portrait, .jpg (.png) — Size: 214 x 317 px (IMDB’s format) 5) Upload a poster of the film (jpg) (if it exists). — Format: portrait, .jpg (.png) — Aspect ratio: 1,45 — Size: 555 x 800 px SUBMISSION CONFIRMATION OF FILMS AND REIMBURSEMENTS Upon confirmation of the film, the Festival will inform the applicant no later than the 15th of October 2021. Upon confirmation of the film to the Festival’s Competitive or Non Competitive Sections the applicant agrees to: — Confirm participation of the film in the Festival. — Provide all necessary information and materials (see 1. Film submission). Provide all missing information and materials from the original submission in the way and by the deadline indicated by the festival team. — Provide the required screening copy (see 3. Technical requirements for screening copies) in the way and by the deadline indicated by the Festival team. — Grant permission to include the screener in the festival’s video library, reserved for jury and accredited industry members only (restricted access). — Authorize to screen the film and/or promotional materials (stills, trailer) at the Festival and at any presentation of the Festival programmes, side and promotional events in any location if organised by/or participated in and authorized by the Festival organisation. Confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed and the producer or producer’s authorised representative has verified confirmation of the film to the programme. If, for exceptional reasons, the film has to be withdrawn three weeks or less before the opening of the festival, the applicant agrees to reimburse all costs to the festival related to confirmation and programming of the film including screening fee (when applicable), print delivery and handling costs as well as associated travel costs for the film delegation. Please note that the Festival cannot guarantee the use of missing promotional materials in the Festival communications that are delivered after the deadline set by the Festival team upon confirmation of the film in the Festival. The invoices for the film rights or print loans should be issued and delivered for payment no later than two months from the end of the festival. The festival does not accept or reimburse invoices issued after that date. If the applicant does not provide the materials required by the Festival by the date set in regulations or by the date agreed with the festival beforehand, The Festival Director and the Programming Committee reserve the right to withdraw the film from the competition. AWARDS AND JURIES PÖFF Shorts festival appoints separate juries for the Animation Competitions, Live-Action competitions and for the National Competition; the juries will choose the winners of each category respectively. No jury member can be involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition. International Live-Action Competition — Jury prize for Best Film — Jury prize for Best Student Film (New Talents) International Animation Competition — Jury prize for Best Film — Jury prize for Best Student Film (New Talents) — Jury prize for Best Children's Film National Competition — Jury prize for Best Film PÖFF Rebels With a Cause Competition short film section — Jury prize for Best Short Film Jury prize: EFA awards Short Film Candidate Juries will also decide upon one European* film in eligible competitions with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards. Winners of the International Live-Action Competition Jury prize for Best Film, International Animation Competition Jury prize for Best Film and National Competition Jury prize for Best Film will be eligible to apply for consideration for the annual Academy Awards should they fit the eligibility criteria as determined by the Academy. Winners of PÖFF Shorts Competition programmes are given priority status for consideration for the PÖFF main competitions in the future. The awards and jury members will be announced by the Festival Director no later than during the opening press conference of the Festival. *European according to the rules of European Film Academy, meaning both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian. USING THE FESTIVAL LOGO Films that have premiered at Black Nights Film Festival are welcome to use the official logo of the festival in their film’s publicity and promotional materials. We ask not to modify or alter the logo without prior written permission from the Festival.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    22

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Trophy
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-01-31
    Submission start time

  • 2022-06-29
    Earlybird Deadline

  • 2022-07-30
    Regular Deadline

  • 2022-08-14
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-08-14
    Submission end time

  • 2022-10-18
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-10-19
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2022-11-14
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2022-11-23
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Animated Shorts
    Video length :00 - 45
    Submit your animated short film here. Submitted films may be selected to be included in any one of the competitions and/or other programmes at the programme direction's discretion. * To be eligible for the EFA short film nomination, the director of the film must be born in Europe or hold a European passport. * Student films are not eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination.

    2022/06/29
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 19 Dollar

    Student: 19 Dollar

    2022/07/30
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 22.49 Dollar

    Student: 22.49 Dollar

    2022/08/14
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 34.15 Dollar

    Student: 34.15 Dollar

  • Dance shorts
    Video length :00 - 45
    Submit your live-action or animated dance short films here. All genres welcome. Submitted films may be selected to be included in any one of the competitions and/or other programmes at the programme direction's discretion.

    2022/06/29
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 19 Dollar

    Student: 19 Dollar

    2022/07/30
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 22.49 Dollar

    Student: 22.49 Dollar

    2022/08/14
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 34.15 Dollar

    Student: 34.15 Dollar

  • Children's short animation
    Video length :00 - 45
    Submit your animated children's films here. All genres welcome. Submitted films may be selected to be included in any one of the competitions and/or other programmes at the programme direction's discretion.

    2022/06/29
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 19 Dollar

    Student: 19 Dollar

    2022/07/30
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 22.49 Dollar

    Student: 22.49 Dollar

    2022/08/14
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 34.15 Dollar

    Student: 34.15 Dollar

  • Live-action shorts
    Video length :00 - 45
    Submit your live-action short film here. All genres welcome. Submitted films may be selected to be included in any one of the competitions and/or other programmes at the programme direction's discretion. * To be eligible for the EFA short film nomination, the director of the film must be born in Europe or hold a European passport. * Student films are not eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination.

    2022/06/29
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 19 Dollar

    Student: 19 Dollar

    2022/07/30
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 22.49 Dollar

    Student: 22.49 Dollar

    2022/08/14
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 34.15 Dollar

    Student: 34.15 Dollar

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