Gstaadfilm Festival - International Short Film Festival for Films by Artists / Giving artists an opportunity to show film not normally excepted into the mainstream film festival
In March 2004 the 1st international short film festival for films by artists was held in Gstaad, Switzerland, with the ultimate prize being 'The Golden Cow of Gstaad'. For the organisers of Gstaad Film, the event was a great success: Many artists made use of the possibility to present their works at the festival & the quality of the program was high, attracting many films from Switzerland and entries from as far away as Argentina. The three days of the festival gave many possibilities for interesting contacts, not only for we the organisers, but also for a numerous and interested audience who were left excited, enthralled and enriched by the experience.
The positive reaction generated over the three-day period encouraged us to start organising a second festival. To improve the organisation and to give the participants/entrants more time, we decided to organise the festival in a two-year cycle, as a biennale.
Awards & Prizes
Dependant upon the length of films received, a maximum of twenty-five can be taken into the official program of the festival. Five of them will be nominated and admitted to the competition for the Gstaad Film Award. This award is to be The Golden Cow of Gstaad. The prize money is set to CHF 400.- (Swiss Francs) and an invitation to Gstaad, Switzerland.
In 2015 there was a NEW PRIZE awarded to an emerging artist/filmmaker under the age of twenty five; The Golden Calf of Gstaad. A prize of CHF 100.- (Swiss Francs) will be awarded to the winner.
All of The Golden Cow awards are hand-carved by a local dairy farmer Walo Perreten, who has his farm in an area quite close to Gstaad.
Rules & Terms
Must have proven background as an Artist.
Type of Film:
Any form or medium except animation can be submitted
Digital preview copies (uploaded via website or associated film-festival website) in which the spoken language is not German, English or French, should be submitted with subtitles in one of these languages. Films that are submitted on unreadable or damaged preview files will not be considered for selection. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview file is in full working order.
Duration no longer than 10 minutes