EFF is an international film festival for unconventional independent film, organised at several vibrant locations in Eindhoven (NL).

In a world that is rapidly changing, we feel it’s important to move along. As a festival, we put focus on the experience and like to challenge the audience as well as the makers to question the medium film, in order to stimulate innovative productions that really wow.
We love to show the diversity of the medium. Therefore we’re always looking for films and moving images that question the boundaries of traditional filmmaking.

The 10th edition will take place from the 26th of November to the 29th of November in the city center. Eindhoven is an innovative city with a worldwide top position in technology, design and knowledge.

During these days we show you unconventional independent films varying from experimental shorts to breathtaking documentaries. We are very proud to present the work of talented filmmakers from all over the world. Besides an extensive film programme you can enjoy a broad variety of film-related extras like live film scores, workshops and talks and exhibitions.

Eindhoven Film Festival:
• Likes to be a catalyser for innovations in film by mixing various disciplines and encouraging filmmakers to experiment regardless of traditions and clichés. We use the festival as a playground/laboratory where filmmakers as well as the audience are encouraged to make the imaginable possible.
• Likes to redesign the way we experience film in collaboration with the filmmakers as well as the audience.
• Wants to turn Eindhoven into a furtive breeding ground for innovative film productions, national as well as international.
• Aims to broaden people's perspective on society by showing unconventional (fictive/(hyper)real) stories straight from the heart of the filmmakers.
• Strives for inclusiveness. Eindhoven counts about 150 nationalities. We feel it’s important that the different cultures in Eindhoven feel at home and represented at the festival.

Everyone is a winner!
All the work we show at our festival deserves a prize. We feel it's important to present the films and give makers and oppurtunity to shine at our festival.
It's not about the awards it is about the stories makers have to tell and share with us.

CONDITIONS EFF 2020

• EFF shows fiction, animation, experimental/art, video clips, VR projects and documentary films. In short we aim to show the variety of film and moving image, and encourage productions that break boundaries.
• We do not have any premiere status requirements. Priority may be given to works which have not recently reached large scale audiences.
• The film must be submitted latest by the 16th of August 2020.
• All films must be submitted via www.filmfreeway.com.
• All films must be subtitled in English. If the film is in English, we do not necessarily need English subtitles - but we prefer it.
• The submitted material (trailer, film, synopsis and stills) can be used for publicity purposes of EFF.
• The organisation of EFF has decision-making authority. In the event of unclear or unforeseen situations in this regulation, different decisions can be made.
• Results cannot be corresponded or discussed. Please note: Due to the volume of entries received, EFF cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

SUBMISSION
1. Upload your film to filmfreeway until the 16th of August 2020.
2. Upload 3 to max 5 film stills that are at least 300 dpi and that are preferably CMYK instead of RGB.
3. Upload a digital English synopsis with a maximum of 90 words.
4. On the 1st of October you will receive information about if your film has been selected or not.
5. Send in your DCP before the 18th of October. We need the DCP for screening at our festival. If EFF decides to programme your film as an exhibition/installation a DCP is not required. In this case, we will contact you personally.
6. Also send us a copy of your film as a MOV or MP4 file. Please note that this file will be used for promotional use only.
7. Please fill in a complete list of cast & crew members.
8. All attached documents will not be returned.

COPYRIGHT
Anyone who submits a film for EFF thereby agrees with being the holder of the rights of the film or have the rights of the film another way.

INDEPENDENT
By subscribing and sending a film to the EFF, the filmmaker thereby agrees that the film was not made for commercial purposes with commercial money and is therefore an independent production.

SELECTION
• The EFF has the right to place your entry in a different category than you submitted. If the fee for this category is higher, we will charge the difference. If the fee is lower we will NOT refund the fee.
• A professional jury selects and nominates the films for EFF 2020.
• The professional jury will have the final say in making the selection. There are no statements made about them and nothing will be corresponded or discussed on the reason why a film is or is not selected.
• Movies that show a technical error or stuttering are not selected.

DCP

• If your film is selected for the EFF you will receive a notification on the 1st of October. You will then have 2 weeks (until the 18th of October) to send the DCP to us. If we don't receive the DCP before our deadline your selection (or nomination) can be cancelled. Please contact us if you need help with your DCP.
• All files must be named consequently by the Digital Cinema Naming Convention. Please check the following link to ensure you name your DCP-file correctly: http://isdcf.com/dcnc/.
• All DCPs need to have English subtitles. If the film is in English we don't necessarily need English subtitles - but we prefer it.
• If you have any questions regarding your DCP or other technical issues please contact: wouter@eindhovenfilmfestival.nl

HOSPITALITY
If your film is selected for the EFF, you will receive free day tickets to visit the festival.
Nominated filmmakers from outside of the Netherlands will be invited to the festival.
We will support your stay in Eindhoven, not your travel expenses.

CONCLUSION
The submitter is solely responsible for compliance with the laws of the Netherlands.
The festival is not liable for any violations.
By subscribing and sending a film to the EFF, the filmmaker thereby accepts and agrees to the general terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
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  • Nathalie Faber

    Nice festival! My documentary was programmed in a beautiful and varied film block. Well done by the programmer Anneke.

    December 2019
  • Didi Spaans

    Great festival and very well organized. The 'dare to be different' mentality really shines through and I loved the high-quality selection of films. Very proud to be screened here!

    December 2019
  • Adore this festival! Great place for my festival premiere, saw a lot of wonderfully inspiring films and met wonderful people. Would highly recommend submitting and visiting if you have the chance!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Ira. We are looking forward to seeing you next edition!

  • An excellent festival on all counts. So honoured that our short "Box Office Smash" was nominated in 2 categories! Held in a super-hip neighbourhood in Eindhoven, they put us up in a very cool hotel just 3 mins walk from the festival venue. Lots of cool spots nearby and the venue itself was very well equipped with great cinema screens, all high quality. All films were shown in DCP format, so seen and heard at their best. The selection of films were all of a really high calibre, which made us feel even more honoured that our film was amongst them. For us, the festival standout was 'Sisters' - an absolutely exquisite film which should win big everywhere in our opinion. Looking forward to seeing 'Dante vs Mohammed Ali' and 'Make Aliens Dance'. The student category was also very strong. All in all a really worthwhile festival and we had a great time attending, leaving with tons of inspiration, encouragement and some new connections. Thank you EFF!

    December 2018
  • Michael Daniel Vetter

    A very friendly and professional festival team, excellent communication! Unique spirit, very innovative! We are glad and proud that we have been part of the Eindhoven Film Festival and surely will come back with new projects. Highly recommended!

    December 2018