Film Leben Festival is an international Short Film Festival organized by the Film Society, a group of Kulturelle Koordinierung e.V. Ilmenau in Germany. Film Leben Festival 2018 will take place in the city of Ilmenau, Thuringia in Germany, between the 6th and 10th of June 2018 with the following objectives:

• Sustained development of cinema, screenings & workshops and promoting new talents in
this area
• Gain a new audience for the medium film
• Promote the exchange of experiences between the participants of the festival
• Elevate participants' skill levels
• Promote the city Ilmenau as a quality cultural tourism destination
• Offer a quality cultural event accessible to every individual
• Introduce the medium of film to children

There will be a pre-selecting jury by Film Leben Festival team members which selects the films for the competitive section which will be aired at the Film Leben Festival 2018.
The final jury at the festival will be composed of members of the film industry who will evaluate the selected movies in the competitive section. The final jury will make their winning selections freely and without external influence. The jury reserves the right not to dispense any one of the prizes if the criteria, in their belief, do not met.

The jury has the disposition of the following prizes:
• Best short film of the festival
• Best short film in each of the 8 categories
• The audience award - the audience will vote for their favorite film of the festival

Every winner will receive a trophy. The best short film of the festival gets a prize money of 1000 € or 1226 USD (last checked: January 17th, 2018). The exchange rate may vary.

1. Admission conditions
Film Leben Festival can only accept films that have been finished after June 1, 2016, and do not exceed the length of 20 minutes.
Films which are not in German or English require English or German subtitles. Films must be submitted in one of the following formats: mov, avi, mpg, flv, mp4 or other formats, after consultation with the Film Leben Festival team. If your movie has been produced in HD, please submit it in HD. Therefore, other formats have to be checked first. A submission does not automatically entitle the entrant to a screening of its film.

The competition categories are:
• Animation
• Documentary
• Experimental
• Horror
• Science-Fiction/Fantasy
• Thriller/Crime
• Drama/Comedy
• Children and Teens

Every entrant can submit more than one film, as long as every film is in separate categories. Though, one film may not be submitted in multiple categories. The applicant will indicate the category of film on the entry form. The Film Leben Festival Team, however, reserves the right to change this classification. Films, that are liable to corrupt the young, have pornographic, extremist, violence-glorifying, racist or other discriminating content, as well as films that are in violation of any applicable law, are not allowed into the competition. Members of the Film Society or KuKo e.V. may not take part in the competition.

2. Submission
For digital submission (online – file upload) the following data must be attached:
• Digital copy of the film (formats: mov, avi, mpg, mp4)
• Short content description
• List of staff
• List of subtitles (English, German)
• 1-3 scene or still images from the film (300 dpi, jpg)
• submissions in HD would be great , but won´t be treated preferential

The submission is free. It is not conditioned beyond these terms and conditions. Please use the online submission tool www.filmfreeway.com. Register at filmfreeway.com on or before the submission deadline (February 28, 2018). You are required to complete the submission by filling in your name, entry work title and FilmFreeway number to verify your submission. Your submission is not completed without this registration process.

In case of any technical issues you can submit your film and other materials by air-mail following these steps:
• Request the entry form from the e-mail address orga@filmlebenfestival.de and fill in
completely
• Deliberate deception in the personal data of the submission can lead to a withdrawal
of a possible award.
• If possible, upload the material (1 picture of the author, 1-3 scene or still image from
the film)
• Print the entry form and include it in your mail.
• Enclose the film in one of the formats mentioned and the other materials on a data-
CD/DVD (if not digitally uploaded)
• All films and material submitted to the Film Leben Festival by mail will not be returned
and will remain in the festival’s archive
• The entry form and all materials must be sent to:

Kulturelle Koordinierung e.V.
TU Ilmenau
PF 100565
98684 Ilmenau
GERMANY

Till the submission deadline February 28, 2018, the complete form must be available at the Film Leben Festival´s office (postmarked).
By submitting a film via filmfreeway.com you accept the terms and conditions by the Film Leben Festival.

3. Screenings and Rights
The responsible applicant ensures having all the rights necessary to screen the film during the Film Leben Festival. Through the submission, the applicant undertakes binding that the Film Leben Festival is allowed to show the film should it be selected for screening. The applicant allows further screenings after the Film Leben Festival 2018 at other events.
The rights owner allows the organizers of Film Leben Festival (Film Society) to use the submitted film for promotion around the Film Leben Festival.
Clips from the film may be used within the context of the Film Leben Festival. The Film Leben Festival may use those clips on their website (www.filmlebenfestival.de) and supply journalists with the material up to 80 days after the festival for reports on the Film Leben Festival. The rights owner additionally authorizes the organizers of Film Leben Festival to use the winning films of the Film Leben Festival 2018 for promotional purposes (coverage, website, acquisition of sponsors etc.) in the scope of new editions of Film Leben Festivals. Moreover, the winners (best film, category price or audience award) may be screened up to three more times after the Film Leben Festival 2018. Therefore, the applicant grants the screening right, limited to ‘non-commercial exploitation’.
The selection does not entitle people that participated in the production of the film to accommodation and travel expenses paid for by Film Leben Festival.

4. Jury and Awards
There will be a pre-selecting jury by Film Leben Festival team members which selects the films for the competitive section which will be aired at the Film Leben Festival 2018.
The final jury at the festival will be composed of members of the film industry who will evaluate the selected movies in the competitive section. The final jury will make their winning selections freely and without external influence. The jury reserves the right not to dispense any one of the prizes if the criteria, in their belief, do not met.

The jury has the disposition of the following prizes:
• Best short film of the festival
• Best short film in each of the 8 categories
• The audience award - the audience will vote for their favorite film of the festival

Every winner will receive a trophy. The best short film of the festival gets a prize money of 1000 €.

5. Final Stipulations
All eventual doubts or omissions in the regulation will be solved by Film Leben Festival with common sense and by following the rules of justice and equality.

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  • Feisal Azizuddin

    Happy to have SMS as an Official Selection at this festival! Thank you! Keep up the good work! :)

    June 2018
  • Kai Erfurt

    Es war uns eine große Ehre mit unserem Projekt bei diesem Festival gezeigt zu werden.
    Ein tolles Festival in großartigen Locations.
    It was a great honor to be shown with our project at this festival.
    A great festival in awesome locations.

    June 2018