24 - 29 April 2018

Every April, cellu l’art Short Film Festival presents international short films in Jena, Central Germany. This young and vibrant university city comes alive with screenings and events revolving around shorts from all genres: fiction, animation, documentary and experimental. Films from all over the world compete in the international competition while an annual country focus programme allows the viewers to get to know the (short film) culture of a specific country. In 2017, cellu l’art presented stories from Iran, delving into propaganda, underground cinema and official fiction films. The programme for the upcoming edition focuses on Scotland. Special interests can be satisfied in programmes for horror films, queer films and more.

cellu l’art started out as a project by media science students in 1999 and has since grown rapidly and dynamically, becoming more diverse and more international while still retaining a loveable, friendly ambience. Traditionally, the festival begins with an open air event with live music and short films. The award ceremony on Saturday has become the highlight of the festival week. The handing out of the awards by the professional jury and the youth jury is accompanied by the screening of the awarded films.

Volksbad (a former public bath house turned cultural venue) has been the main spot of the festival for a few years now and makes for a special atmosphere for cinematic adventures.

The cellu l’art team invites all filmmakers to submit their films and looks forward to welcoming them to Jena!

- Best Fiction Film: 1.000 €
- Best ExAnDo (Experimental, Animation, Documentary): 1.000 €
- Jena Film Award for Tolerance: 250 €
- Youth Jury Award: 250 €
- Audience Award: 500 €
- Teen Shorts Award: 250 €

Awards and prize values to be confirmed.

All short films submitted for the competition must be produced after 1 January 2016. Work from all categories (fiction, documentaries, experimental films, animations, music videos etc.) and all genres with a maximum length of 25 minutes can be submitted. All films exceeding the allowed length can only be accepted in special cases. The festival management and programming team assigns the film selection. There is no legal claim for participation.

Films can be submitted via the online platform www.filmfreeway.com. The submission fee is $5 USD until 15 November 2017. A fee of $8 USD is to be paid for films submitted between 16 November and 1 December. Film schools don’t have to pay the submission fee. For hardcopy submissions (Preview-DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.), the service fee is 10,- €. The submission fee has to be paid until 1 February 2018 to the following back account:

Account holder: cellu l’art - Festival Jena e.V.
Commerzbank Jena
IBAN DE62 8204 0000 0260 0039 00
Please put the title of the film and “submission fee 2018” as a reference.

All hardcopies have to be firmly signed (title, director, length, format and sound/music) and include the official entry form. Shipping costs have to be paid by the applicant. The host does not accept submissions that cause him any expenses. All films have to get sent to:
cellu l’art - Festival Jena e.V.
Oberlauengasse 2
07743 Jena

Screening copies have to be sent as a data file/DVD in the following format: MPEG4, H.264 with a bit rate of 15 – 20 MBit/s and a resolution of 1920×1080P (Full HD). cellu l’art - Festival Jena e.V. may ask the submitter for a DCP file or the permission to convert their file to DCP if needed.
All copies have to be sent in with English subtitles until 31 March 2018.

The film prints/DCPs are insured by the host for the time period that the copies are at the festival (from the receipt of the post to the return shipment). In the event of damage, costs of material for the copy are being compensated in relation to the origin country and after presenting a bill. Goodwill compensation is excluded. Preview copies remain in the organiser’s archive.

The applicant agrees that cellu l’art Festival Jena e.V. may utilise video and audio clips, as well as selected photos and credits from his or her work on the festival‘s homepage www.cellulart.de and blog www.bildflimmern.de, video channels (no download), at the festival‘s own events as well as for television and radio reporting purposes.

The applicant confirms that he or she owns all rights for the submitted work and
no music title is represented by GEMA. All rights of utilisation for the screenings
(including video and audio presentation) are covered by the owner. If work protected
by GEMA (or similar societies for music rights) is getting screened without noticing
the host beforehand, the applicant has to pay all charges incurred. cellu l’art Festival
Jena e.V. does not assume any liability.

Upon agreement with the rights owner, cellu l’art Festival Jena e.V. may screen selected short films at non-commercial screenings after the festival.
cellu l’art Festival Jena e.V. does not pay any screening fee for short films in course of the festival.
No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after the notification of its participation.
The submission of a work implies acceptance of the regulations.

Thanks for your submission!