Call for Short Films Submission
HAFF 2011 is inviting young and emerging African filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for the festival’s short film competition. To enter the competition, you must not have completed a feature-length film previously. The films entered in the competition must have been completed in 2007 or after.
The deadline for the short film competition entries is 31 December 2010.
A shortlist from all the entries will be selected and announced by 31 January 2011. The competition winner will be chosen by a jury and announced at the festival in May 2011. The shortlisted films will be screened on the HAFF website.
We accept entries from all filmmakers of African origin (interpreted widely) working in Africa or abroad. We are particularly interested in giving exposure to young, emerging filmmakers, who have not have completed a feature-length film previously. The films can be any genre (for example, drama, documentary, animation) and shot in any format.
The film must have been completed in 2007 or after and could have been screened on television, at festivals and in cinemas previously.
Films should be no longer than 30 minutes.
We will only accept films in English or with English subtitles. Participants are responsible for all translation and subtitling.
Viewing copies should be on DVD (any region). All films submitted should be accompanied by a completed entry form and all viewing copies should be clearly labeled with the title of the film and name of the director. Please submit the viewing copy on DVD.
Viewing copies and promotional materials cannot be returned to the sender and will be stored in our festival archive. These will be kept exclusively for research and non-commercial purposes.
All deliveries from outside the European Union should be marked with the phrase “no commercial value – for cultural purposes only”. Applicants are responsible for the cost of posting the entry form and viewing copy to us.
The completed entry forms and viewing copies should reach us not later than 31 December 2010. There is no entry fee.
We welcome still photos, press releases and other promotional materials to accompany entries, which we may use for promotional purposes.
By submitting your film to the HAFF short film competition, the copyright holder of your film authorizes the festival to make clips of a maximum of three minutes available on online broadcast channels. The purpose of this is solely to promote the festival and your film.
We will contact all applicants in February 2011. Participants are responsible for the cost of sending the screening copies to the festival.
See the website of the Helsinki African Film Festival for more information.