Blue Cross is a film festival held in Finland which aims to provide a platform for christian filmmakers and storytellers around the world to share their inspiring works and life stories with the Finnish audience and beyond.
The color blue symbolizes peace, serenity & eternity. The cross has become a universal and timeless icon symbolizing hope, faith and love based on the life-saving story of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is also the main element of the Finnish flag.
The christian faith is said to have been brought to Finland sometime between the 10th and the 13th century by the Swedes and the Russians. Subsequently, diverse christian groups came and spread throughout the country.
Over the years since the great commission due to the subjective and compromising trends in socio-cultural values and religious paradigms, along with the current political influences, the simple and life-saving message taught by the Lord Himself, the apostles and the early believers based on the righteousness and pure life of the promised Christ (Messiah) is slowly and drastically changing.
Blue Cross Film Festival intends to create opportunities and inspire christian filmmakers & storytellers to share and keep making films that will unify and strengthen the universal body of Christ through the simple, pure, timeless and life-empowering gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on screen.
Blue Cross Christian Film Festival is an annual event held in Finland during the summer season. Finnish summer is known for its beautiful, clean & green nature, gorgeous lakes and forests, enchanting white nights and the longest day in the year (aka Midnight sun). Sometime between June and August is the best time to visit the country, enjoy the cottage holidays, traditional sauna, late-nights swim in the lake or in the ocean and for a city tour of Helsinki.
Finns during the summer are extra vibrant and friendly. It is a great opportunity to go out, open up conversation and connect with the locals. There are different christian groups in the capital region. The festival is a wonderful channel to bring believers from nearby and beyond to watch together inspiring christian films from around the world, encourage and enjoy the fellowship of one another.
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BLUE CROSS FILM FESTIVAL RULES & TERMS
Films have to be submitted only via FilmFreeway.
Films must not be more than three (3) years old and have no prior released versions on Social Media or other public video platforms: Youtube, Vimeo, etc.
Submission fee is not refundable. If a submitted film is withdrawn for any reason, there is no policy for refund. Submission fee has to be made at the point of submission.
Filmmakers should have all required rights and releases for all the persons presented, possess the rights or have permission to make use all images, music and content that is included in the entry.
All films accepted to screen at the festival must be in PAL, DOLBY DIGITAL SOUND. Films accepted to screen at the festival must be submitted on a thumb drive and sent by mail. In addition, the submitter must provide a tracking number of the parcel and a link to a backup copy of the film online.
Due to theater requirements, the theater must have a physical copy of the film.
Blue Cross Christian Film Festival does not mail back thumb drive or copies of the film unless a prepaid envelope has been received from the filmmaker. Thumb drives will be given back to filmmakers at the festival.
By submitting to Blue Cross Christian Film Festival we have the right to preview your film. If accepted, filmmaker must submit the film in the requested format.
Blue Cross Christian Film Festival holds the right to withhold this video file for Blue Cross Christian Film Festival archives. If accepted you fully grant Blue Cross Christian Film Festival the non-exclusive right, royalty-free and license to showcase this film/video during the festival.
Entrant(s) agree that clips from the entry and all publicity material submitted can be used for promotional purposes on radio, television, in print, web and at live events.
The submitter/filmmaker will indemnify and exempt Blue Cross Christian Film Festival from and against all kinds claims, liabilities, damages, losses and expenses that might be incurred for any reason including trademark copyright, credits, screening, publicity and loss of or damage to the material.
VENUE & DATE
The venue is subject to change and will be confirmed few weeks before the date of the event.
The date is also subject to change. The satisfaction and well-being of everyone is our priority. The organisers are dependent on the health measures and requirements imposed by the Finnish government concerning any viral phenomena and/or epidemic. Please be guided and updated by the Finnish health & travel requirements and our website.