Szczecin Film Festival is a film event, a forum for meetings and cooperation in the field of film, directly on the Polish-German borderland. The festival is organized by the Polish OFFicyna Association, located at 3-4 Lenartowicza Street in Szczecin (71-445), Poland. The festival program is carried out in partnership with a Polish-German network of organizers, and presented in Szczecin/Poland.

The main goal of the European Competition for documentary films at Szczecin Film Festival '21 is to seek out films that broaden the concept of documentary cinema and break its stereotypical image. Each year, the competition presents several dozen carefully selected titles. The chosen documentary films are a cross-section of works that stand out against the background of tired formulae and seemingly played-out topics. Creators known by few and film veterans alike will have a chance to confront their productions with the opinions of the jury and the festival audience. Thanks to the availability of technology and the ease with which people can communicate globally, we can enjoy an innovative and exciting cinema that abolishes our prior perception of a documentary film and broadens our horizons.

The films presented at the festival are selected by a Polish-German Selection Team. Its members search for productions that cross the formal boundaries and exhibit an unconventional approach to reality – productions that are documentary trailblazers. Premieres are considered especially significant. Awards are given by an international jury, which is assembled by the organizers. Apart from film screenings, a relevant and characteristic part of the European Competition are discussions with the presented films' creators.

2021 AWARDS

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PREVIOUS EDITION (2020):

European Competition

The award for the best film, in the amount of 10 000 PLN, funded by the President of Szczecin.

The award for the most moving film, in the amount of 10 000 PLN, funded by the Marshal of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship

The award for the most gripping film, chosen from all competition productions, in the amount of 200 EUR, funded by the Team of Szczecin Film Festival

Telefon ART

The award for the best film, in the amount of 2 500 PLN, funded by the President of Szczecin.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS SEFF’21 EUROPEAN COMPETITION FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMS

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

1.1. The organizer of the Szczecin Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as the Festival) and of its competition section (the European Competition, Telefon ART, West Pomerania Shorts) is the OFFicyna Association (hereinafter referred to as the Organizer), located in Szczecin, postal code 71-445, 3–4 Lenartowicza street.

1.2 The European Competition takes place from the 13th of October until the 18th of October 2021 in Szczecin and online via Vimeo on demand.

1.3. Detailed information on the Festival and its program can be found at www.szczecinfilmfestival.com

1.4. The European Competition entry form is available online at www.szczecinfilmfestival.com

1.5. The films can be submitted to the competition also through the online platform FilmFreeway.

1.6. Submitting the film/films through the festival website and online platforms FilmFreeway incur a fee specified on those sites.

1.7. The profile of the European Competition for documentary films relates to the latest trends in the development of artistic audio-visual editing. The European Competition is concerned mainly with the formal crossing of boundaries, referring to the perception of reality – especially such crossing that enables new perspectives.

1.8. The films presented in the competition are selected by a Polish-German Program Committee.

1.9. The Program Committee reserves the right to present the film within the Accompanying Program.

1.10. The documentary films admitted to the selection process will have a running time no longer than 90 minutes, will be produced after January 1st, 2020, and will be of European production/co-production.

1.11. Special attention is given to film premieres.

1.12. Copies with English subtitles are required.

1.13. The awards are given by an international jury created by the Organizer.

1.14. The qualified films will be screened using the following formats: DCP for theatrical, MP4, MKV, MOV for online. The possibility to use other formats must be individually agreed upon with the Organizer.

1.15. Films will be available to rent online via Vimeo on demand during festival screening dates and will be available to viewers for seven day period since renting date.

1.16. Films will not be available to watch online outside of Poland if Geo-block is requested by the submitter.

1.17. A film selected for the European Competition, whose participation has been confirmed, cannot be withdrawn from the program after August 31st, 2021.

2. DEADLINES, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

2.1. The final deadline for submissions is June 27st, 2021.

2.2. In order to submit a film, a correctly filled entry form (submitting through our website) needs to be sent in, as well as a preview copy via a link to the film (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) uploading the film file onto a website or server is also accepted. Copies with English subtitles are required. Films can also be submitted via FilmFreeway platform.

2.3. Additional material required upon qualifying: a short synopsis in English (90 words max.); dialogue lists in the original language and in English, as well as in Polish and German, if possible; a bio and filmography of the director (please give original titles); film stills (at least three); a photograph of the director (at least one).

2.4. The Organizer will only pass the information about the selection outcome to those, whose films have been qualified for the Festival program.

2.5. The Program Committee is not obliged to justify its decisions regarding film selection.

2.6. The Organizer does not return the submitted materials.

2.7. The qualified films are made available to the Organizer free of charge.

2.8. The qualified films' screening dates and locations are established by the organizational team.

3. PROMOTION

3.1. The Organizer reserves the right to use selected excerpts (up to 5 minutes) from the qualified films for the Festival's promotional-informational purposes (e.g. the Festival trailer, TV broadcasts, etc.).

3.2. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted film and author information on the Festival website, in social media (e.g. Facebook), as well as in all promotional materials (e.g. the catalog, the program guide, press kits, etc.).

3.3. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted materials for promotional activities associated with the Festival before, during, and after closing this year's edition.

4. DELIVERY AND INSURANCE OF FILM COPIES

4.1. The preview copy is to be submitted along with a filled entry form (outside of online platforms) until June 27th, 2021, to the following address: Stowarzyszenie OFFicyna, al. Wojska Polskiego 90, postal code 70-482 Szczecin, Poland; or to competition@seff.pl (in case of digital files).

4.2. The Festival screening copy is to be submitted by September 20th, 2020. The copy will be sent back after the Festival ends. The copy is to be submitted to the following address: Stowarzyszenie OFFicyna, al. WojskaPolskiego 90, postal code 70-482 Szczecin, Poland; or to competition@seff.pl (in case of digital files).

4.3. The films are sent at the expense and responsibility of the sender. Parcels sent at the expense of the recipient will not be accepted.

4.4. The Organizer does not take responsibility for the transport of film copies to Szczecin (Poland).

4.5. The Organizer covers the expenses associated with sending the film back after the Festival.

4.6. The film copies are insured for the duration of the Festival in Szczecin, from the moment of receiving the copy from the delivery company until the moment of handing it over to the delivery company once again.

4.7. In the case of damaging or losing the medium, the Organizer covers only the expense of the physical medium (e.g. pen drive, disk, hard drive).

5. PERSONAL DATA

5.1. The entrant gives the right to the Organizer to process their personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

5.2. The transfer of the right to process refers to the personal data of the individuals listed in the entry form and the individuals listed on the payroll, especially the filmmakers. The processed data includes the following: first and last name; electronic mail address; phone number.

5.3. The Organizer is authorized to further transfer the processing of personal data to other parties, to the extent required.

6. CLOSING REMARKS

6.1. Entering a film to participate in the Festival is synonymous with accepting the above terms and conditions, as well as accepting the information included in the entry form.

6.2. Entering a film to participate in a competition equals an invitation for the author, or their representative (related to the movie or its production), to be present during the festival presentation as well as during the discussion with the audience in Szczecin, in the event of their film being qualified.

6.3. The Organizer reserves the right to change these terms and conditions as well as the entry form.

6.4. Issues not covered within the terms and conditions will be handled by the Festival directors.

6.5. The sums of cash prizes are pre-tax. The prizes given to the winners of the European Competition are subject to taxation in accordance with Polish law.

Contact: competition@seff.pl

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS SEFF’21 TELEFON ART

1. The Telefon ART competition accepts short reportage films no longer than 10 minutes of running time, made spontaneously with mobile phones or other handheld devices capable of recording video and audio. Film copies need to be submitted via online platform FilmFreeway or via an entry form available at the official festival's website providing a preview copy (e.g online screener, link to the film on Vimeo, Youtube, etc.). Preview copies can be delivered as well personally or by post to the OFFicyna Association office (al. WojskaPolskiego 90, zip code 70-482 Szczecin) on disk, external hard drive, pen drive, or a download link to telefonart@seff.pl (in case of digital files). The festival accepts the following formats: MP4, MKV, MOV, also DVD, and BR Video. Submitting a work in a format other than those mentioned above must be consulted with the organizer.

2. One competitor may submit a maximum of two films.

3. The deadline for submissions is June 27st, 2021.

4. The submitted works cannot contain unlawful or immoral content. Apart from this, all topics and forms are allowed.

5. The entrant must own the copyright to the submitted films. both the video and audio.

6. Additional material required upon qualifying: a short synopsis in English (90 words max.); dialogue lists in English (if possible); a bio and filmography of the director (please give original titles); film stills (at least three); a photograph of the director (at least one).

7. Failure to comply with points 1-6 will be grounds to reject the submission.

8. The Organizer will only pass the information about the selection outcome to those whose films have been qualified for the Festival program.

9. The films will be presented during the final screening in Szczecin as well as online via Vimeo on-demand as part of the Szczecin Film Festival '21, and the selected works will be presented during special SEFF on the Road screenings in Polish and German cities.

10. The winner is selected through voting by the audience members and Jury.

11. The entrant agrees to a free-of-charge presentation of their film during the Telefon ART competition screening and as part of the Szczecin Film Festival '21 program.

12. The Organizer reserves the right to use selected excerpts (up to 3 minutes) from the qualified films for the Festival's promotional-informational purposes (e.g. the Festival trailer, TV broadcasts, etc.).

13. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted film and author information on the Festival website, in social media (e.g. Facebook), as well as in all promotional materials (e.g. the catalog, the program guide, press kits, etc.).

14. The Organizer reserves the right to use the submitted materials for promotional activities associated with the Festival before, during, and after closing this year's edition.

15. The entrant gives the right to the Organizer to process their personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The transfer of the right to process refers to the personal data of the individuals listed in the entry form and the individuals listed on the payroll, especially the filmmakers. The processed data includes the following: first and last name; electronic mail address. The Organizer is authorized to further transfer the processing of personal data to other parties, to the extent required.

16. Submitting a film to the competition is synonymous with accepting the terms and conditions.

17. The organizer reserves the right to change these terms and conditions.

Contact: telefonart@seff.pl

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  • The event is really high quality especially in this global condition,
    though it's still a good experience to me to surfing in different schedules not as only a ordinary net user but also film maker who selected this year.

    November 2020
  • Excellent festival, very friendly organisers and very high quality organising!

    November 2020
  • Well run festival with people who love cinema. The only downside was not being able to attend this year due to Covid. Having said that, the organisers did a great job of making the festival virtual and user friendly.

    November 2020
  • With a full heart!
    Wonderful Festival, great team, wonderful movies.
    ****stars

    November 2019
  • André Torres

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the festival. But the communication was very good through out. I really hope I will be able to visit the festival one day.

    November 2019