Amateur Film Festival WIPE is created to give viewers the opportunity to watch films of different genres made by non-professionals, who in turn will be able to meet with their audience.
The word “amateur” comes from the Latin word “amo”, “to love”, and that love for cinema is at the heart of all the works that we show in our film festival. This love not only replaces the film-education for their authors, but also exempts them from all sorts of boundaries, which an education creates. So the amateur films for us is not a conceptual format of the film festival. It is a search for the new film language, which can exist just outside of industrial schemes of production and distribution.
Rules & Terms
Like in the past year, when we did the first edition of WIPE, the only requirement for the participants - NO FILM EDUCATION. Genre, format, duration and other formal and technical characteristics are not important. The only difference with the previous year is the amount of works presenting in the competition section. This time we limit the number of them to 15 films. All the rest of accepted works will be shown out of competition, which doesn't actually mean, that they are less important. It's just a matter of physical possibilities of the jury members to watch them in such a short period of time.
The best works in the categories of “Film”, “Director”, “Screenplay”, “Actor” and “Actress” will be awarded prizes. Last year we had a supporters like CyberLink, Final Draft and Our/Berlin, who provided us as a prizes the software for film editing, software for screen-play writing and vodka respectively.