The festival has 2 competition sections, "International Shortfilm" and "Shortdocs" (documentary shorts). There are also some curated shortfilm programs (country focus, theme program and others).

international shortfilm competition:
first prize: 1200,- €
second prize: 900,- €
third prize: 700,- €

Shortdocs (short documentary competition)
first prize: 1200,- €
second prize: 900,- €
third prize: 700,- €

The short film festival takes place in Halle (Saale). The organizer will name the artistic director. The organizer is the Plan 3 e.V.

Competitive Formats of the Festival

International Competition: 
Only films and video productions with a maximum length of 15 minutes are accepted. You can hand in Films from the fields of fiction, animation, experimental or virtual reality which are not older than 2 years. 

Admitted to the Short Documentary Competition are film and video productions with a maximum length of 20 minutes. Films from the fields of documentation, animadocumentary, or virtual reality that are not older than 2 years can be submitted.

The following documents must be enclosed with the registration: preview video, scene photos and press material. They have to be submitted digitally via the submission portals of the festival or sent by mail to

The submission deadline can be found on the entry portals.

The film submission is digital.

The following formats are accepted as preview copies: Quick-Time and mp4 files in good quality.

For the final screening the copy needs to have one of these formats: Pro Res or mp4 in high resolution. 

All films, which are not in German or English, must be subtitled in English.

The submitted movies will remain in the archives of office of the Monstronale. We will not pass any material to other German festivals.

The organizer is authorized to use the films, which will be shown at the festival, for the festivals public relation promotion, representation and evaluation via the Internet. Cuttings of the films can be used for promotion via Radio and TV, Cinema, press, Video, DVD and all known digital storage media. If the organizer uses cuttings of the film, the filmmaker will be clearly identified by name.

The organizer reserves the right to show the selected competition films within public cinema programmes in cinemas or limited online formats, as compilations outside the festival. 

The films are made available to the festival free of charge.

Until further notice the festival will take place as a hybrid version. The selected films will be shown in cinema as well as on the Filmchief platform of Monstronale Online.The organiser will set up the online version of the festival according to the filmmakers' specifications regarding safety and visibility of the films. He assures that the films within the Online Programmes can neither be copied nor downloaded. Furthermore, the films will only be made available online for a certain period of time.

Every participant assures by giving his consent, that he is the only originator - if you are a team: you must be a co-originator of the film,
which is handed in. He alone or with the team holds all copyrights and usage rights on the film.

The participant assures that the pictured persons and owner of the pictured work have given the participant all rights, which are necessary for duplication and dissemination of the film within the festival and its journalistic evaluation.

Every participant assures that the film is free of third-party rights and that the organizer of this festival is free of all claims concerning copyright and the right of use by third-parties, which affects the movie. The consent to the terms and conditions of the representative is obligatory for all team members. The team is liable as codebtor.

The organizer of the festival Monstronale does not take on responsibility, if a movie is damaged or is not received by the festival organization or missing application or other technical deficiencies, the reasons are indifferently.

The organization does not take on responsibility if there are any disturbances during the festival through third-parties or any act of nature.

The submission of a movie or video means the agreement with the regulations set within this document.

The binding version is the German version of the Regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Alina Cyranek

    I've known this festival for several years now, and I am deeply impressed by the quality and variety of the programm. Looking forward to next year!

    April 2019
  • James Mileham

    A fantastic festival, organised brilliantly put on by some wonderful people.

    April 2019
  • I had the chance won the short doc competition but unfortunately I couldn't attempt the festival. The communication went very well, fast and kind. They really try to help you to come to live the festival in person. So apply and go it sounds amazing!

    April 2018
  • A very god communication and always fast to respond about questions. A very openminded people and professional organization. Thanks!

    May 2017
  • Leire Barturen

    Great relationship with them, excellent deal. Good communication and attentive. A good experience.

    May 2017