The short film festival 20minmax literally stands by its name: films of multiple genres – so long as they are no longer than 20 minutes.

As we do not set any limits with regard to film genres, our festival offers a holistic overview of the current short film scene. The diversity of the genre shall be underlined by showing blocks of films; this allows the spectator to both compare and understand the ways in which short films can be designed, which topics they can address, and the fashion in which these topics can be approached. Screening the films in this manner should, on the one hand, create awareness of the fact that short films ought not to be written off as mere support for full-length movies; and, on the other hand, emphasize the selection process itself as well as the dramaturgical order of the program, which are of the utmost importance at times where we have seemingly limitless access to videos of any kind at our disposal.

We would like to offer an independent, manifold, unusual yet still coherent program choice which might question, train, amuse, or simply satisfy the spectator and his visual perception of film.

BEST SHORT FILM | donated by AUDI AG | Prize Money €3,000
NEW HORIZONS | donated by inlingua Ingolstadt | Prize Money €1,000
BEST SHORT FILM ART & EXPERIMENTAL | sponsored by the City of Ingolstadt | Prize Money €1,000
SHORTIES FOR KIDS AWARD | donated by AUDI AG | Prize Money €1,000
SOUTHERN FILM AWARD | donated by IFG | Prize Money €1.000
WEIRD MOVIES AWARD | donated by schnellervorlauf | Prize Money €1,000


1 . The organizer of the International Short Film Festival 20minmax in Ingolstadt is the non-profit association Verein zur Förderung der Filmkultur - Von der Rolle e.V.

2. Submission: Films are to be submitted via the international internet platform FilmFreeway. Films that have entered past editions of 20minmax will not be considered for the current competitions. Preview DVDs will not be returned.

3. The organizers reserve the right to move submissions to other competitions and sections.

4. Each entry must be accompanied by at least 1 film still (JPEG, TIFF or PNG, min. 300dpi) as well as 1 director's photo, an English synopsis, and a short director's biography. A contact email address for notifications about the submission status is mandatory.

5. The selection committee will make its decision by August 2021. Filmmakers whose work is accepted for the festival program will automatically be informed via email.

6. The short films selected for the program will be screened in a cinema or another venue in Ingolstadt.

7. A screening copy will be requested separately by the festival management. This copy has to be available in digital form by September 1st, 2021. All selected films will be announced with stills and trailers at

8. Screening Format: Festival screening copies for the festival week should be uploaded or sent in HD-resolution or better, Apple ProRes or DCP, 24 or 25 fps (25 fps is recommended, we do not accept 30 fps). mp4-files are accepted but not recommended

9. Subtitles: If the original version is in a language other than English, the film must be subtitled in English. We also require subtitles for English films. Our audience is thankful for German subtitles for English Films, but we accept English subtitles, too.

10. By submitting a film to the 20minmax festival the sender consents to the film being screened at the festival both in competitions and specials. In submitting your film or video you guarantee that you have all the relevant permissions, licenses, and releases for your film or video to be screened in a public exhibition. You must have the authorization, license, and release for the submitted film's/video's music, script and actors, etc.

11. For promotional purposes and for the corporate communication of the cooperation partners and sponsors excerpts of the accepted films can be broadcasted on TV, in trailers, or on websites, free of charge, if this is not expressly revoked by the submitter. The excerpts cannot exceed 3 minutes or 10% of the total length of the film. Stills and photos can be used for promotional purposes and for the corporate communication of the festival.

12 . A screening fee will not be paid.

13. In agreement with the rights holders Von der Rolle e.V. presents the winning films and/or selected films of the 2021 edition of the festival in non-commercial screenings after the festival week itself.

14. By submitting to the festival the sender agrees that his or her details will be stored and used in purpose of the Festival.

15. By submitting a film the submitter accepts the festival regulations.

Overall Rating
  • A great festival with a wonderful atmosphere and very kind people behind it. It was a pleasure to screen "Amir&Alice" in your festival. A personal thank you from director Gal Gonen and I look forward to collaborating with you in the future.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Asaf, we are very happy to hear, that Gal enjoyed the festival and the screening of her film! We are likewise looking forward to future collaborations!

  • Burak Oguz Saguner

    We are very proud to be selected to 20minmax Int. Short Film Festival with our film A Strange Season. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was not possible to attend. Yet, it was still such a pleasure to be part of this wonderfully curated programme. Everyone was friendly, and communication was great. We hope to take part in the festival's future editions.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Burak, thanks a lot for your review! We are very happy to hear your kind words and we would love to see another short of yours in the new submissions! Best wishes from Ingolstadt, 20minmax Team

  • Katharina Dietl

    I unfortunately couldn't attend but the communication was great and the festival team was very helpful and supportive. I am also super proud to have won the audience Corona Short Film award. Wohooo. :) Thanks 20minmax!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Kat, thanks a lot for your kind review! We are very happy to hear, that you felt supported by us - amazing news! Best wishes from Ingolstadt, 20minmax

  • Eddie Shieh

    Very honored to take part and support 20minmax particularly during the pandemic of COVID19. I hope to be back with new films in person. Thanks again and be safe,

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Eddie, thanks a lot for your kind words! Also, we are very happy, we were able to support even more filmmakers this year by announcing the interims competition "Corona Short Films"! We are very much looking forward to new shorts of yours! Best, your 20minmax Team