The Foresight Festival, as the name suggests, presents short films up to 5 minutes and other interactive events, such as workshops, with a future vision.

It is the first science-vision festival that invites visionaries from research, film making, media, and society to imagine our life in about ten or fifteen years and to discuss the questions of “How do we want to live? How will we live?”. It is also the opportunity to take a look into the future - from the technological possibilities on the one hand and society’s needs one the other hand - and to begin developing concrete visions to shape the future together.

In this way, the short films, as an important part of the festival, reveal trends and societal challenges; they might be an early warning, show the potential of already started projects or reveal an idea pool for future projects and research processes.

In light of the nature of exponentially growing technological development and its effect on all areas of life, it is becoming clear that many questions still remain unanswered and that it requires the continual understanding of society to know where all of this should lead. It is not enough for science and society to brainstorm together, it is imperative that they communicate.

This is the purpose of Foresight Festival. It serves in particular as a contemporary instrument of dialogue because, after all, nobody can tell the future.

The Foresight Festival subscribes to this purpose. Researchers, scientists, and project developers can take the opportunity to advertise their work and discuss their interests; not, however, without the corrective assistance of film makers, artists and media representatives to lend this project more focus on the perspective of the greater societal interest. Creative minds will be offered a platform for sharing their vision of how technology and society should develop and affect our lives in the next ten to twenty years; not, of course, without scientifically substantiating this vision in clips that should be a minimum of thirty seconds and a maximum of five minutes long.

Competition Categories 2021:
1. Changing social values
2. Energy

Take a look at our (german) Website:
Or download the most important information for your submission directly here:

Please note that there are two festival dates. On March 18, 2021 we will focus on the theme of energy and on March 30, 2021 on the theme of changing social values.

With your short film you have the chance to win up to 2000€ in prize money.

Our transdisciplinary jury of experts will select a 1st place winner for each festival theme ("Values.Change." and "Energy.Turnaround."), who will be awarded 2,000 euros each. Regardless of the theme, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded 1,000 euros in prize money. Our audience will also get the chance this year to choose an audience favourite on both 18 March 2021 and 30 March 2021 and award them with something very special: Four weeks artists-in-residence stay on Pellworm, the energy self-sufficient island and smart region.  

Have a look at our Jury:

SAVE THE DATE - Dates of the Festival and Awards Ceremony:
March 18, 2021 Theme Energy
March 30, 2021 Theme Changing social values

If you have submitted a short film on either of these themes, please make sure that if you are nominated, you will be able to attend the digital festival on that date. You will receive more information on March 03, 2021.


1. Complete the online form on our website: (german version:

In case you miss to complete that form, unfortunately your short film will be disqualified.


2. Submit your short film via FilmFreeway (and please also complete the form there).

All movies must meet the following requirements to take part in this competition:
- Before submitting your short film, please make sure that your plot is about the future / has a future vision.
- Format: The Clips should be a minimum of thirty seconds and a maximum of five minutes long.
- Please double check the exact length of your movie/file, including opening credits, closing credits, bumpers, etc. and submit in the appropriate category or else your movie may be disqualified if improperly submitted.
- The entrant/submitter/moviemaker certifies that they possess the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the movie, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material.

For further information about the festival and its substantive focus, please read the description above and our category description.

Declaration of Rights and general Information:

Overall Rating
  • I would like to say how the Foresight Festival No5 was well organized in 2021. As someone who has experienced the festival from the moment of the film's submission until this time, I would like to state that the organization, implementation, and communication of the festival are truly magnificent. I congratulate everyone involved in the festival for your meticulous approach at every stage throughout the festival. To be honest these are my objective opinions that I want to express after my experience and analysis.

    April 2021
  • Top notch professional festival that pulled through 2 virtual screenings + virtual roundtables 2 weeks apart for their most recent edition. Unique networking opportunities given even in this socially distant setting.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. It was a pleasure watching your short movie!

  • Lilith Kugler

    It was a pleasure to be part of Foresight Festival No. 5. It was my first online festival experience, the communication was very good and everything went smoothly. You can feel that this festival has meaning and purpose and is dedicated to outreach and transformation through the very interesting combination of arts and science. Thank you for organizing this and thank you of couse to the Jury that rewarded my submitted work :)

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words! We wish you good luck getting more awards for your stunning documentary.

  • Amal Singha

    Well, one of the best film festival. I am so happy and glad that we experienced such a good time. Even the festival was online but liked it the organizers organized the entire festival in such a disciplined manner.
    Little sad that we could not grab any award but still happy that our short film was in the top 10 in the energy category.
    Looking forward to participate next year.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    This is so nice! We really hope to see you again next year.

  • mahmut taş

    It was a very professional festival. The entire festival team was very friendly and did their job professionally. I was honored and happy to be there. It was an amazing experience for me.
    I would like to thank all the festival team individually.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mahmut! We loved your short movie and are happy that we were able to show it to our digital festival visitors.