Stockholm Film & Television Festival (SFTF) is a film competition for filmmakers worldwide. We support filmmakers from all backgrounds, who are either just beginning their careers or are seasoned professionals with a supportive and enthusiastic audience and a jury of renowned industry professionals.
Your film submissions help to support our educational programs and bring festival films to an audience that wouldn’t normally have this opportunity.
Film industry specialists announce semi-finalists, finalists and winners. Each year we select one film as Best Of The Best. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability as we aim mission is to promote films and bring them to an audience who would not otherwise see festival films.
Our mission is to contribute to understanding of the importance of global filmmaking. To give ilm makers from all backgrounds a platform to tell their stories and have them heard by an audience they might not otherwise ever reach.
Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners will receive the festival laurels.
Ingmar Bergman Award for Best Feature Film
Mai Zetterling Award for Best Short Film
Karin Swanström Award for Best TV Pilot/Web Series
Victor Sjöström Award for Best Student Short
Malik Bendjelloul Award for Best Documentary Film
Rune Hassner Award for Best Student Documentary Film
Stig Lasseby Award for Best Animation Film
Per Åhlin Award for Best Short Animation Film
Ture Sjölander Award for Best Student Animation Film
Jonas Åkerlund Award for Best Music / Performance Video
Tage Danielsson Award for Best One Minute Film
Tim Bergling (Avicii) Award for Best Original Song
Anna Hofman-Uddgren Award for Best Covid Film
Bo Widerberg Award for Best Feature Script
Marianne Ahrne Award for Best Short Script
Max von Sydow Award for Best Actor
Anita Ekberg Award for Best Actress
Tuija Lindström Award for Best Photograph
Christer Strömholm Award for Best Student Photograph
Film Festival Submission Rules and Terms of Agreement
Stockholm Film & Television Festival (SFTF)
The film festival works to highlight excellence in filmmaking. It is legally established and is managed by film industry professionals.
1. Submissions for the Stockholm Film & Television Festival (SFTF) is open to feature films, shorts films, animations, and screenplays of any genre.
2. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle. Screenplays must be submitted in English language.
3. Films must have been completed within 4 years of current edition of festival. Premiere status is not required.
4. The submitter must have all relevant copyright permissions for all materials included in the submitted work.
5. Films submitted for consideration in the previous SFTF editions are eligible for re-submission only if there are significant rework done to the films.
6. Short film entries must not exceed a running time of 30 minutes.
7. Student films and videos must present proper documentations from their academic institution, example: academic ID of the director/producer or a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser or institution. Any films submitted as student film without proper identification will be disqualified in the category.
8. Student films must be submitted no later than one year after graduation.
9. All submitted films and/or videos must pay the necessary entry fee. Student entries are eligible for discounted fees.
10. Entry fees are non-refundable in case of any submission withdrawal.
11. All submission deadlines and important dates regarding festival screenings, award ceremonies and its venues are announced on the SFTF official Facebook page.
12. Any changes to the rules will be at SFTF’s discretion.
13. Only finalists and winners may be contacted directly by the festival regarding submission updates. All other announcements will be made via social media and/or the website.
HOW TO SUBMIT
1. All entries must be submitted online via FilmFreeway.
2. Complete the submission form.
3. The films must be uploaded to the submission portal as required or send SFTF a link to your film or video preview upon submission.
4. Requested in the online entry form are available press kits which includes a synopsis in English, the director’s statement and biography, a full list of cast and crew and additional publicity materials such as trailers, film posters and stills.
5. Payment of entry fee.
1. All submissions are screened and evaluated by the SFTF Selection Committee.
2. Criteria for judging is based on creativity of visual images, production quality without prejudice to the cost of production, originality of storytelling and entertainment value.
3. Selections will be in stages namely Preliminary, Semifinalist and Finalist. This is to ensure that submissions are correctly verified of their eligibility and judged only in their respected categories.
1. Winners for each categories will receive an SFTF certificate with an online verification and a digital copy of the official SFTF laurel.
2. The winners of the main award prizes will be chosen by a Jury of film industry professionals especially selected by SFTF Executive committee for this edition.
3. Other additional award prizes may be given during the ceremony.
1. All official selections are included in the festival programme for exhibition.
2. SFTF reserves the right to chose other shortlisted films to be screened in the film festival.
3. All films and videos for screening during the festival will be announced via SFTF official social media platforms.
4. The filmmakers and/or production companies must provide SFTF a copy of their films for screening at least 30 working days prior to festival. This is to make sure the festival have enough time to check for any technical concerns that may occur and resolve them prior to the screening.
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EXHIBITION
1. All films must be of standard cinema aspect ratio and resolution (Square Pixels 1.0)
2. All film screening formats must be subtitled in English.
3. Provide SFTF with an HD quality digital copy of the film in Quicktime (Pro Res 422) if applicable.
1. SFTF does not download or make your full preview screener available publicly online.
2. The SFTF is hereby granted the rights to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or production studio submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
3. In the event of any film being withdrawn from the festival screening for reasons beyond the festival’s control, for example copyrights impingements, SFTF must not be held liable and the filmmakers or production company agree to accept such liabilities if any.
4. The filmmakers and/or the production company allow SFTF to use their film’s Press Kit for promotional purposes.
5. The submission of any films to the festival means that the filmmakers and/or the production company agree without any reservation to all the rules and regulations of SFTF.
6. All notifications of film status are to be taken as final unless stated otherwise.
7. The Festival is under no obligation to convey information about the selection process, number of submissions, or any other information related to the operation of the festival.
8. All queries and complaints, including negative reviews, relating to the Festival must be addressed to the Festival privately 7 days before they may be posted publicly.
9. The Festival operates within and under the laws of the European Union.
10. The filmmakers agree that all and any links (including passwords) may be used to showcase the films for a period of 24 hours.
11. If requested filmmakers are to provide all materials requested by the festival 72 hours before the festival commences.
12. The Festival has the right to sanction without appeal the filmmaker without limitation if failure to comply with the rules and terms of the Festival is determined by the Festival.