Sehsüchte 46th International Student Film Festival
The 46th annual student film festival, Sehsüchte, will take place from April 26th until May 1st, 2017 on the world renowned studio grounds in Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany. Sehsüchte is one of Europe's largest student film festivals and helps international young film talents launch their careers every year.

PLEASE NOTE: This festival appearance on filmfreeway.com is for submissions to the competition category MUSIC VIDEO only. For submissions to any other competition category of the festival please see
http://sehsuechte.de/

Awards & Prizes

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

[Best Feature Film (films longer than 50minutes),
Best Short Film Fiction (films up to 50 minutes),
Best Documentary,
Best Genre Film,
Best Children's Film,
Best Youth Film,
Best Production]
For submissions to one of the other competition categories of the festival please see
http://sehsuechte.de/

Rules & Terms

Regulations | Sehsüchte 2017

Regulations for the 46th International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte, by the
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

1. Conditions for Participation
Authorized for the Registration to the Sehsüchte Festival are:
• Films and Videos of all lengths by students and debut film makers
• Works by young filmmakers outside of a university structure
• For the section Schreibsüchte:
• unfilmed screenplay with at least 45 min
• exposés (maximum 10 Din A4-Pages)

Please Consider:
• Film contributions must have been completed after the 1st of January, 2016.
• No Premiere status is necessary (previous participation in a German or international
film festival is not a criteria for exclusion).
• There is no registration fee for the Sehsüchte Festival.
• Films in English must be marked as English when submitting.
• Submissions cannot be removed after the release of the festival’s program.

2. Submissions and Deadlines
2.1 Film
Online registration, as well as the submission of the film online on filmfreeway.com, must be completed by February 3rd, 2017. Films must be available to the festival’s
organizers via download link.
For the submission of a film the file for the selection screening and the necessary
paperwork must be handed in to the Sehsüchte Festival office by February 3rd, 2017 at
the latest, or uploaded to filmfreeway.com.
The film must be available online by April 30th, 2017.
In special cases a hard copy of the film can be handed in as a DVD. The DVD must be
legibly labeled with the registration number, the title of the film,
the film's category and the length of the film. Submitted copies of films will not be sent
back.
The Sehsüchte Festival is open to extending the deadline for all or
individual submissions.

4. Festival Program and Competition
All films and screenplays that are selected for the official program are also a part of the
competition. With the registration the applicant agrees to his or her piece potentially
being selected for one of the competitions. When selected by the program committee
two accreditations will go to the creator. There is no rights claim for the choice for the
festival program or the competition.
In special cases the Sehsüchte Festival will show submitted films that weren't chosen
for the competition during the time of the festival.
4.1 Selection and Programming
Any submitted work (Film/Video, Screenplay or Exposé) will be viewed and considered
in all festival categories in question. The selection and programming of the submitted
works as well as the allocation into the competition categories is done by the program
committee with regard to the festival coordination and is based on the submitted films,
screenplays and exposés. Furthermore, the festival will consider the submitted films
and works for all categories, meaning that a film or other works can be considered and
nominated in a different category than the one it was submitted into. If a work was
chosen to be presented in the festival’s program or is part of the contest the
submitters will be notified by March 10th, 2017 via e-mail. Due to organizational issues
the program committee cannot guarantee that the creators of the films or works that
did not get chosen will be notified. The festival's overall coordination, after consulting
the program committee, has the right to regulate all cases of films, screenplays and
exposés not considered in the regulations, and to allow exceptions in special and
justified cases.

5. Festival Categories, Awards and Prizes

5.1 Music Video:
This category centers on films cinematically portraying a piece of music. Live-action as
well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to
win the prize in the following competition category: Best Music Video. The music videos
chosen by the program committee will be shown as a part of the festival's program.

5.2 Fiction Film:
This category mainly contains works with fictional plots. Live-action as well as
animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance to win
prizes in the following competition categories: Best Feature Film (films longer than 50 minutes), Best Short Film Fiction (films up to 50 minutes). The films chosen by the
program committee will be shown as a part of the festival's program.

5.3 Documentary:
This category centers on films that observe or comment on factual events. Live-action
as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance
to win the prize in the following competition category: Best Documentary. The
documentaries chosen by the program committee will be shown as a part of the
festival's program.

5.4 Genre Film:
This category centers on films with a special focus on genre. Whether Sci-fi, Western,
Horror, Action, Thriller or Fantasy - there should be no limit to creativity. Live-action
as well as animated films can be submitted. Films in this category have the chance
to win the prize in the following competition category: Best Genre Film. The genre films
chosen by the program committee will be shown as a part of the festival's program.

5.5 Future Kids:
This category is aimed at viewers from the age of 6. The films focus on the experiences
of children both in terms of content and form. Live-action as well as animated films
(documentary or feature films) can be submitted. Films in this category have the
chance to win the prize of Best Children's Film. The children's films chosen by the
program committee will be shown as a part of the festival's program.
There are special regulations for this category: the dialogues of the children's films are
dubbed during the screening meaning that every chosen film must provide a complete
list of the dialogue in German (or English). The films also go through an FSK-exam
(FSK 0 or FSK 6) based on the youth protection law (JuSchG) and the principles of the
FSK (Frewillige Selbstkontrolle Filmwirtschaft).

5.6 Future Teens:
This category is aimed at viewers from the age of 12. The films focus on the experiences
of teens both in terms of content and form. Live-action as well as animated films
(documentary or feature films) can be submitted. Films in this category have the
chance to win the prize of Best Youth Film. The youth films chosen by the program
committee will be shown as a part of the festival's program.
There are special regulations for this category: all screening copies in a language other
than German must contain either English or German subtitles. The films also go
through an FSK-exam (FSK 12) based on the youth protection law (JuSchG) and the
principles of the FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Filmwirtschaft).

5.7 Spotlight Production:
The films submitted in this category have the chance to win the prize for Best
Production in which the outstanding achievements of students of German universities
are honored. Feature films, animated films and documentaries can be submitted. The
films chosen by the program committee will be shown as a part of the festival's
program. There are special regulations for this category: only students of German
universities or similar education or training institutions are authorized to
participate in the role of producer of a feature film, short film, documentary or
animated film.

5.8 Not Listed (others):
Films from different categories to the ones listed (i.e. experimental film, dance film) can
be assigned to one of the categories mentioned above by the festival committee. They
also have the chance to be nominated in one of the aforementioned categories and to
be screened in the festival program. Image- or advertising films are prohibited.
5.9 Audience Prize:
The festival audience's favorite film will be awarded with the audience prize. This prize
is awarded independently from the other film categories and is based solely on the
results of the audience vote.

5.10 Screenplay:
Submitted screenplays have the chance to win a prize in the contest for the Best
Screenplay. All screenplays of a planned length of at least 45 minutes can be
submitted. The nominated screenplays will be performed in a scenic reading in front of
an audience for the Schreibsüchte: Kopfkino section during the festival.

5.11 Pitch:
Submitted exposés have the chance to win the prize for Best Pitch. During the festival
the nominated authors will present the concepts for their so far unfilmed ideas for a
feature film, documentary, series or show format. The presentation will take the form
of a pitch in front of an audience and judges. The submitted exposé may not be longer
than 10 DIN A4 pages. To begin with the invited authors have the chance to take part in
a professional pitch workshop during the festival week.

6. Judges
The independent judges, comprised of professionals and personalities from the film and
media industry, are responsible for the distribution of the awards and prizes. The winner
of the audience prize is chosen through a vote by visitors of the festival. Children and
teens vote for the prizes for the best children's and youth films.

7. Program Selection
(only concerns the films chosen for the festival)
In the case selected by the program committee a screening copy of the film (see section
7.1) and other documents (section 7.10) must be made available.

7.1 Screening Formats
All films must be submitted as a DCP. Permitted are Interop DCP and SMPTE DCP. For
further details see also the following link please: http://mkpe.com/digital_cinema/
isdcf/transition/2011-3-2-SMPTE-Interop-DCP-Guidelines-with-Accessibility.pdf

7.2 Submission Deadline and Shipment of the Screening Copy
All screening copies for the competition must be submitted by March 24th, 2017 at
the latest. The address for posting the screening copies is:
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Sehsüchte – „Vorführkopie“
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Shipments from outside of the EU must be labeled with the following so as to keep
the customs charges at a minimum: "No commercial value, for cultural purposes
only". In case a value tax for the shipment is required, please keep the cost to a
minimum.
Sehsüchte will not pay the cost for transport, customs or other such payments
concerning the posting of the screening copy and other documents. Costs as a result of wrong declaration will go to the sender. Alternatively, the screening copy can be
delivered personally to the Sehsüchte office of the Film University KONRAD WOLF after
making an appointment.

7.3 Language of the Screening Copy
Screening copies of the film that are not in English must contain English
subtitles. All non-English films in the festival will be shown in their original language
with English subtitles. Non-German children's films will be simultaneously dubbed in
German. Youth films that are not in German must contain English or German
subtitles. The subtitles should be at the lower border of the picture and not
inside a textbox.

7.4 Return Postage of the Screening Copy
By request the screening copy will be sent back to the address listed on the submission
formula. The cost for the return posting of the screening copy will be payed by the
Sehsüchte Festival. The festival participant carries the responsibility for the shipments.

7.5 Insurance for the Screening Copy
The festival copy is on loan to the festival by the festival participant. The screening
quality depends on the accuracy and completeness of the technical information on
sound and format. The insurance and protection of the copy is limited to Sehsüchte and
the material worth of the copy. It is valid from the time the copy enters the festival
office (upload) until the return shipment. The replacement if lost depends on the
insurance coverage. Furthermore, the liability through negligent action is excluded from
Sehsüchte. The festival participant carries the responsibility for the shipments.

7.6 User Rights
• The screening copy is on free loan to the festival by the festival participant.
• The chosen works for the festival program will be publically screened up to six times
during the Sehsüchte festival (including "Sehsüchte on Tour“)
• The person submitting agrees that in the case of selection of the submitted film, all
rights for viewing and screening during the Sehsüchte festival of 2017 are clarified and
are transferred to the organizer.
• With the submission the submitter declares his or her rights to the submitted
work.
• The submitter assures that the submitted material is free from third party rights. In
the case that a third party claims rights over Sehsüchte to the submitted material the
submitter declares Sehsüchte as clear of these charges and takes over the legal costs.
• Sehsüchte will inform the submitter in the aforementioned case.
• The festival receives free but limited spatial and temporal rights in correspondence to
the application form.
• The festival allows itself to digitalize all selected works for viewing and screening
purposes.

7.7 Screenings for Press and Professional Visitors
Accredited press and professional visitors can request to view all festival contributions
on the base of the screening copy, if no written contradictory information on a
screening before March 23rd, 2017 has been released (via presse@sehsuechte.de).
7.8 Archiving the Screening Copies
The festival allows itself to keep chosen screening copies of the films to use or archive
for internal, non-commercial purposes.
7.9 Additional Documents (applies to films within the festival’s program)
If a film was chosen for the festival program (further information via e-mail will follow
with the confirmation) the following additional documents are required:
• Screening copy (see section 7)
• 3 Stills from the submitted film (digital, at least 1000x500px at 300dpi, jpg)
• One photograph of the director (digital, 600x800px at 140dpi, jpg)
• Director's biography and filmography

7.10 Online-Catalogue and Program Guide
In an online-catalogue system on the website of the festival (www.sehsuechte.de)
information also mentioned on the registration formula can be found. Details on title,
languages used, genre, running time, production year, production country, production
company (or institution), color, one or more stills from the film, one photograph and
the biography and filmography of the director, credits and a contact address can be found here. For a short description the synopsis or a part of it will be used, or an
individual text will be written.

8. Concluding Remarks
By registering a film, screenplay or exposé into the Sehsüchte Film Festival you agree to
the regulations. The person registering must make sure all third parties that were
involved agree to the participation in the festival. There is no rights claim concerning
the selection for the festival program. The festival's management has the right to
permit all cases not provided for in the regulations as well as exceptions. All questions
concerning cases outside of these regulations will be decided by the festival's
management.