The Festival is open to films
of all topics, techniques and genres;
by filmmakers from the Baltic Sea Region (incl. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden);
by filmmakers who were up to 26 years (incl.) upon the completion of film;
with runtime up to 30 minutes (exceptions can be considered if justified by the film’s quality);
completed not earlier than 1.01.2018.
The OFFshorts Competition is organised by the Institute for New Media in Rostock, in cooperation with other festivals and organisations such as NUFF, Novemberfestivalen, 48h of Hygge, Kino Pavasaris and many more.
No submission fees are charged.
Films to be featured in the Competition and screened at the Festival will be selected by a dedicated committee until February.
During the Festival, films in the Competition will be discussed publicly and assessed by an expert jury.
Decisions made by the Selection Committee and the Award Jury are indisputable and final.
Rules and Regulations of Copyright and Fair Use
For a successful submission, the applicant is required to provide information about all filmmakers/creative parties.
External services regarding the concept, image, and sound of the film are to be disclosed in the application.
Rights of third parties must not be violated.
All rights associated with the film remain with the filmmaker.
By acknowledging the conditions of the Competition, the applicant authorises the Festival to use the provided materials for publicity purposes and grants the Festival permission to include a copy of the film in the archive of the Institute for New Media.
By accepting the film into the Competition, the Organiser requests consent to broadcast via the Open Channels of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Screening, publishing or making copies of the film requires explicit permission from the filmmaker.
The applicant declares and guarantees that he/she is the holder of all screening rights of the film throughout the period of the Festival.
The festival accepts preview copies in .mp4 format on a DVD, Blu-Ray, USB flash drive or downloadable via a web link (such as Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube). A file in H.264-Codec in FullHD is sufficient
The preview copy of the film must be submitted as a single file in the highest possible quality, ideally in ProRes or comparable codecs, via a download link, on DVD, Blu-Ray or a USB flash drive. The resolution of the video should not fall below 1920×1080.
Deadline for submitting preview copies will be announced by the Organiser.
All data carriers must be clearly and permanently labelled with the title of the film, name of the applicant, year of production and the runtime of the film.
Data carriers delivered to the festival will only be returned at the applicant’s own expense.
The Organiser shall not be liable for damages or loss of any kind.
updated in November 2019