Competitions | Manifesto

The competitions in the context of the festival

The national competition JUNGER FILM and the baltic competition are the centre of this festival and are intended to become the most important and attractive competition of the year for the young film scene and to provide a different perspective and international connection.

  • The admission of a film to the competitions alone, is an award for the cinematic quality and originality.

  • FiSH is a public festival that enables film makers to experience their films in high picture and audio quality in a resonance chamber of at least 150 to 300 film enthusiasts.

  • FiSH is a discursive festival that enables film makers to experience their films in open jury discussions, film discussions on stage as well as professional discussions and disputations that follow after the presentation of the film.

Admission to the competitions

It is our aspiration to reach preferably all young film makers nationwide and in the baltic area until the age of 27 and invite them to take part in the competition by submitting their ambitious and best films.

Films are admitted to the competitions under the following conditions:

  • films may not be older than two years

  • the authors may not be older than 27 years during the production of the film; the involvement of older people in the production of the film is, however, not an exclusion criterion

  • films have to be non-commercial, i.e. films having any connection to economic contexts

  • as a general rule, films may not exceed the maximum length of 30 minutes (FiSH does not consider itself purely a short film festival, exceptions are, however, acceptable if the quality of the film justifies it)

Film Competitions and Selection Panel/strong>

The competition programmes are intended to capture the interesting artistic trends and innovations of the current film generation. The members of our selection committee are expected to be both subjective and at the same time, aesthetically tolerant and to have a wide range of interests in the reception and evaluation of the most diverse contents and aesthetic forms of expression.

Selection criteria

  • the film has “heart and soul”, i.e. it is thematically relevant and authentic, it tells its audience about something that the filmmaker is not apathetic about, but – on the contrary – so stirring and important that he/she makes a film about it.

  • the cinematic narrative is fresh and unconventional or even original and innovative, the film language is not merely smoothly crafted, it deviates from the unambitious, merely professionally routine, disdainful effect-seeking mainstream in cinema, TV and the web.

  • the film has the potencial to grab the audience, to entertain and challenge them, to excite and agitate them, to provoke reactions and thus discussions

  • the decisive criterion is the narrative content, which takes precedence over the narrative form, insofar as this can be distinguished at all

Prize Jurys

In Discussion, open to the public on the stage, the expert juries, composed in a transparent and multi-layered manner, award the prizes in the two competitions to films that best meet the the above mentioned criteria

Zuletzt überdacht und geändert von der FiSH-Programmgruppe,

Rostock, März 2022