MAX3MIN - Very Short Film Festival
3rd edition: 11th – 17th September 2023
Milan and on line on www.max3min.com

CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION + THE NEXT GEN SECTION
FOR FILMS COMPLETED AFTER 1st JANUARY 2020
MAXIMUM RUNNING TIME: 3 MINUTES
Opening 15th December 2022
Regular deadline: 15th March 2023 - FREE
Late deadline - 15th April 2023 - 10 €
Extended deadline: 15th May 2023 - 15 €

BLACKBALL PROFESSIONAL SECTION
FOR FILMS COMPLETED AFTER 1st JANUARY 2020
MAXIMUM RUNNING TIME: 3 MINUTES
Opening 18th January 2023
Regular Deadline: 28th January 2023 - FREE
Extended Deadline: 15th May 2023 - 25 €

BECOME A PREMIUM SUBMITTER --> https://www.max3min-shop.com/
If you want to submit more than 2 films.
If you want to participate to the Blackball professional section.
If you need 2 more months free of charge to submit your films.

MAX3MIN is an international festival of short films that have a maximum running time of 3 minutes. From all over the world, it seeks out stories to tell in the short length of a song, to take a photo of a time that is changing quickly.
Founded in 2021 as a digital festival, from its second year it was transformed into a hybrid festival, to take the selected films on to the large screen.
The third festival in 2023 will be structured round a series of rendezvous, with a big conclusive party in Milan, alongside a calendar of online screenings on the website www.max3min.com, free of charge and accessible in streaming all over the world, for the promotion of inclusive and democratic cinema.

The aim of MAX3MIN is to be a showcase for short, very short films that often struggle to find a space, and a megaphone for all filmmakers who tell their stories of the world through images and a new language that makes shortness and quickness its force.

For the International Competition, MAX3MIN accepts films of all genres, on any topic, from any country in the world. Fiction, animation, videoclip, advertising, digital art, documentary and mockumentary… the result will be a celebration of ultra-short cinema, an explosion of ideas, contaminations and stimuli. The selection team pays particular attention to the geographical composition of the competition: MAX3MIN opens windows on to unconventional stories far from Western-centric narrations, to reflect as far as possible the heterogeneity of the films entered and the different national cultures of the various countries.

Alongside the International Competition, the NEXT GEN prize is back, dedicated to the best short films made by students at film schools and academies all over the world, with the aim of encouraging the study of moving images, giving aspiring directors a concrete opportunity to compete in an international competition.

WHAT’S NEW?
BLACKBALL PROFESSIONAL SECTION
For the first time, a special section, in collaboration with Blackball, an Italian production company which uses the most innovative techniques in the creation of films and advertising. From 18th January a new call for entries is open, focusing on the crafting, therefore rewarding quality in terms of how the creative idea is actually made.
Entries:
- 18 January / 28 January 2023 → free of charge
- 29 January / 15 May 2023 → € 25

MAX3MIN JURY’S AWARD: the international jury will choose the best five short films and award the winner a prize of € 3,000.

MAX3MIN NEXT GEN AWARD: a dedicated jury will award a technical prize (e.g. last year it was a mirrorless Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80MEG-K digital camera), useful for the student’s training, for the best short film.

MAX3MIN PUBLIC’S AWARD: the public, both present and online, can express their preferences and proclaim their three favourite short films.

BLACKBALL PRIZE: a jury of professionals from the world of entertainment, chosen by Blackball, will award to the best short film in terms of crafting the prize consisting of :
assistance for the production of a new short film (rental of technical material for the production of the video and/or the post-production activities and finalization of the artistic project (colour correction, online audio and video) up to a maximum value of €5,000;
or
reimbursement of the expenses borne for the aforementioned services up to a maximum of €5,000 on presentation of the documentation (receipts, invoices etc.)

In both cases, Blackball will also guarantee the visibility of the winning short film on its channels of communication (website https://blackball.tv and Instagram channel) for the 90 days following the award of the prize.

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The awards ceremony: Saturday 16th September 2023

Rules & Terms
Entering a film and its participation in the Festival imply acceptance in full of the following Regulations.
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ORGANIZATION
MAX3MIN - Very Short Film Festival is organized and subsidized by the Association 3Dici and by Max3min Srl. Other private partners support the project. From its very first edition (March 2020), the Festival has had the patronage of Milan City Council.

OBJECTIVES
MAX3MIN – Very Short Film Festival looks for and gives space to the talents of new cinema, showing their works to the public in every corner of the world, promoting an inclusive and democratic cinema. The two competitive sections aim to reflect the present, with particular attention to emerging cinemas, different perspectives and innovative languages.

GENERAL INFORMATION
The third edition of MAX3MIN - Very Short film Festival will be held from 11th to 17th September 2023 in presence in Milan and online all over the world. In the case of events of force majeure or emergency or new measures by the competent authorities, the Festival Organizers may modify the formula of the festival.

THE SECTIONS
The programme has 2 competitive sections, for which there is only one call for entries:
- International MAX3MIN Short Film Competition
- Next Gen

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Short films with a maximum running time of 3 minutes (excluding credits) completed since 1st January 2020 are admitted to the International Competition.
From one to a maximum of 2 films per author are accepted.
Short films of every genre, topic and nationality are accepted. All the short films must be presented in their original language subtitled in English for the preselection phase. Complete documentation will be requested subsequently only for the films invited to the Festival and a list of the materials requested will be provided.

The selection of the short films will be made by the Selection Committee, with their decision being final, on the basis of the artistic qualities of the works presented and on the overall composition of the programme. The Festival does not communicate the reasons for failure to be selected.

The selected works will be contacted by the Festival Programme Office, which will inform them of the documentation and the materials requested for participation in the festival, which must be received by and no later than 17th July, on pain of exclusion from the Festival.

NEXT GEN
The films not selected for the International Competition, made by students taking academic courses linked to the production of cinematographic products, documentaries, animation, multimedia arts… can be selected for the NEXT GEN section. Short films produced during a course of study, but by authors who have recently graduated, may also take part in this section.

The selection of the short films will be made by the Selection Committee, with their decision being final, on the basis of the artistic qualities of the works presented and on the overall composition of the programme. The Festival does not communicate the reasons for failure to be selected.

HOW TO ENTER THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION + NEXT GEN
Entries can be made free of charge from 15th December 2022 to 15th March 2023.
Each author may enter free of charge up to 2 short films with a maximum running time of 3 minutes.
There are two extensions of the closing date: for those who are not able to enter their film by 15th March 2023, they can request entry until 15th April 2023 (Late Deadline), paying an entry fee of euro 10 and up to 15th May (Extended Deadline), paying an entry fee of euro 15. In this case, only the films that have made the payment of the entry fee will be considered for selection. In the event of withdrawing the entry, or in the case in which the film is not selected of cannot be selected, the payment will not be refunded.

Films (from one to a maximum of 2 films per author) are entered on https://filmfreeway.com/MAX3MIN

BLACKBALL PROFESSIONAL SECTION
The short films that will be presented in the special Blackball section will be selected by the Blackball team:
- in this case too, the short films must have a maximum running time of 3 minutes (credits excluded),
- they must have been produced after 1st January 2020
- and they must be subtitled in English.
- Each director may submit only 1 film in the section.

Entries:
- 18 January / 28 January 2023 → free of charge
- 29 January / 15 May 2023 → € 25

MEMBERSHIP
From this year, it is possible to purchase the MAX3MIN - Very Short Film Festival Membership, to support the Festival and contribute to promoting a democratic cinema accessible to everyone.
Membership entitles you to several advantages, before, during and after the Festival, including: it will be possible to enter more than two films per director, Extended Deadline (until 15th May), entry in Special Sections…
For more information: www.max3min.com

PRIZES

The juries, appointed by the Festival Organizers, will award the following prizes:

PRIZE FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM
The international jury made up of 5 professionals from the world of cinema and culture will award the winner a prize of €3,000.

NEXT GEN PRIZE
A special jury will award a technical prize (for example last year it was a mirrorless Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80MEG-K digital camera), useful for the student’s training.

PUBLIC’S PRIZE
The Festival audience will express their preferences on the short films presented in the International Competition and NEXT GEN through online voting and voting in the cinema, to determine the 3 winners.

The Festival Organizers reserve the right to establish new prizes which will be communicated to the participants on the website.

GENERAL RULES
● The contents of the works presented in the competition (images, sounds, animations) must comply with the legislation currently in force on copyright;

● Admission to the Festival must be considered confidential until the list of works admitted is published on the Festival’s channels of communication;

● With the entry of the film(s), MAX3MIN is authorized to share/publish the poster, the synopsis, the trailer and clips up to a maximum running length of 15” on the Festival’s channels (website, social media…) or for other promotional non-commercial purposes that MAX3MIN will deem necessary.

● Through entering the film, authorization is given to include the short film in the MAX3MIN - Very Short Film Festival archive, for archive and research purposes, to allow its screening during other collateral initiatives organized by MAX3MIN not for commercial purposes up to a maximum of 1 year after the end of the festival.

● The Festival does not offer any screening fee for the films selected.

● Through free of charge registration on the website www.max3min.com, the Festival is authorized to treat the personal information requested in the respect of the GDPR and the privacy policy available on the same website.

Check the full regulations on https://www.max3min.com/call-for-entries-2023/rules-and-terms

Overall Rating
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  • It was a lovely experience. Thank you Max3Min.

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Srisha,
    Thank you for your participation at MAX3MIN-Very Short Film Festival with your short film "Canvas" and congratulations for being selected.
    We’re glad you enjoyed the experience.
    Warm regards,
    MAX3MIN

    If you have any further suggestion for the next edition of MAX3MIN please feel free to reach us at film@max3min.com

  • too bad they make mistakes,
    They published a list with our finalist short film and then they kicked us out. I think that a festivak should take great care of these aspects. this festival is not worth it.

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Arturo,
    On behalf the whole MAX3MIN Festival we’re very sorry for what’s happened about the TOP 10 announcement. Although on our official channels the announcement was correct, a mistake has been made reporting the news on social medias.

    We hope that our apologies via e-mail and Instagram has reached you.Despite what’s happened congratulations because your film LA TRIFULCA III. FIVE BILLION DOLLAR was selected from over 2800 films received.
    If you have any other feedback you would share with us please feel free to reach us at film@max3min.com. Any further suggestion will be very useful.
    Hope you’ll accept the Festival apology.
    Warm regards,
    MAX3MIN

  • Lovingly designed film festival. With a great and innovative stream.

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Tobias,
    Thank you for your participation at MAX3MIN-Very Short Film Festival with your short film “Jessica” and for your great feedback. We’re glad you appreciated the innovative approach.
    Warm regards,
    MAX3MIN

    If you have any suggestion to improve Festival’s next edition, please feel free to reach us at film@max3min.com.

  • Jon Calvo

    A very original festival with a high level! It has been an honor to be selected

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jon,
    Thank you for your participation at MAX3MIN-Very Short Film Festival with your short film Ababà and for your great feedback. Congratulations for having been selected.
    Warm regards,
    MAX3MIN

    If you have any further suggestion to improve the Festival’s next edition, please feel free to reach us at film@max3min.com.

  • Vanessa Heeger

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Vanessa,
    Thank you for your participation at MAX3MIN-Very Short Film Festival, in the NEXT GEN section with your short film “A Girl and Her Shadow”.
    Warm regards,
    MAX3MIN

    If you have any further suggestion to improve the Festival’s next edition, please feel free to reach us at film@max3min.com