Just Film Youth and Children's Film Festival
PÖFF – Black Nights Film Festival Sub-Festival
11.11.–27.11.2022

Introduction
Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film is the biggest sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals. It is held during the main programme 11.11.–27.11.2022.

Just Film presents films in the following programmes:
• International Competition programme of youth feature films
• International Competition programme of children’s feature films
• Non-competitive and/or informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations

Films eligible for the programmes are feature-length (50 minutes and over) either fiction or documentary and short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes), produced after the 1st of January 2021 with a minimum requirement being their Estonian premiere.

The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on a case by case basis.

The applicable screening copies are in DCP format in English or include English subtitles. Films in the competitions may be presented in the PÖFF main programme non-competitive section.

Awards & Prizes:

• Just Film Grand Prix, International Youth Competition (Grant of 3000 Euros)
• Just Film Youth Jury Best Film Award
• Just Film Children’s Jury Best Film Award
• ECFA Award for the Best European Children’s Film
• Up to two (2) Special Mentions per Competitive Programme

Just Film Youth and Children's Film Festival
PÖFF – Black Nights Film Festival's Sub-Festival
11.11.–27.11.2022

1 Introduction

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film is the biggest sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals. It is held during the main programme 11.11.–27.11.2022.

Just Film was founded to give children and youth the possibility to see through film what happens around them and around the world. The aim is to show kids the critical points of society and to make them more understanding and empathic.

Just Film presents films in the following programmes:
• International Competition programme of youth feature films
• International Competition programme of children’s feature films
• Non-competitive and/or informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations

Films eligible for the programmes are feature-length (50 minutes and over) either fiction or documentary and short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes), produced after the 1st of January 2021 with a minimum requirement being their Estonian premiere.

The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on a case by case basis.

The applicable screening copies are in DCP format in English or include English subtitles. Films in the competitions may be presented in the PÖFF main programme non-competitive section.

Awards & Prizes
• Just Film Grand Prix, International Youth Competition (Grant of 3000 Euros)
• Just Film Youth Jury Best Film Award
• Just Film Children’s Jury Best Film Award
• ECFA Award for the Best European Children’s Film
• Up to two (2) Special Mentions per Competitive Programme

1.1 Juries
The Festival Director will appoint the Domestic Children’s Jury and Youth Jury, both consisting of five (5) members. Also, an international jury consisting of three (3) film specialists and ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) jury consisting of three (3) ECFA members will be invited. No jury member can be involved in the production or promotion of any of the films in the competitive programs.

1.2 Film submission entry procedures
Applicants for Competitive and Non-Competitive Programmes are requested to submit as a subcategory of Black Nights Film Festival through FilmFreeway or any other submitting platform indicated by the festival team.
https://filmfreeway.com/just

The regular submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 1st of July 2022.
The festival asks for a submission fee of $77USD (€69 Euros) per film during the regular deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of $11USD (€10 Euros) per film during the regular deadline.

The extended submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is the 17th of August 2022. The festival asks for a submission fee of $95USD (€85 Euros) per film during the extended deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of $13USD (€12 Euros) per film during the extended deadline.

The final submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is the 24th of August 2022. The festival asks for a submission fee of $112 USD (€100 Euros) per film during the final submission deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of $22USD (€20 Euros) per film during the final submission deadline.

The Festival reserves the right to select films received at any time and through any means, or process and to refuse late submissions.

By submitting a film to the festival the applicant agrees by the submissions deadline to:
Fill out and submit the entry form via the festival’s online submission form.
Provide a screening link and password via the online submission form or e-mail
Acknowledge that “selected” status on the online submission of any kind of automated letter from the submission platform form does not guarantee confirmation of the submitted film to the festival as the festival needs to consider multiple criteria, such as the screening fee, print/copy fees, availability issues in Estonian territory and other factors.
Deliver additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film, trailer and poster artwork (if already available) by the means specified by the festival.

1.3 Confirmation of films and reimbursement
Upon selection of the film, the Festival will inform the applicant no later than the 1st of October 2021.

The applicant agrees that confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after their participation has been officially confirmed and the producer or producer’s authorised representative has verified the confirmation of the film to the programme.

If for exceptional reasons, the film has to be withdrawn three weeks or less before the opening of the festival, the applicant agrees to reimburse all costs to the festival related to the confirmation and programming of the film including the screening fee (when applicable), print delivery and handling costs as well as associated travel costs for the film delegation.

The invoices for the film rights or print loans should be issued and delivered for payments no later than two months after the end of the festival. The festival does not accept or reimburse invoices issued after that date.

Upon confirmation of the film to the Festival’s competitive or non-competitive sections, the applicant agrees to:
Deliver additional promotional materials (biography, filmography and headshot of the Director, high-resolution stills of the film, synopsis, logline/tagline and genre of film, list of technical and artistic credits, list of all production countries in order of contribution and large format print quality poster art-work). Full electronic press kits are preferred.

The approved requirements of the promotional photos for the Festival are the following:
Film stills:
Format: landscape (16:9), .jpg (.png, .tiff)
Size: 1920 x 1020 px minimum
Minimum of 3 stills.
Director’s portrait image:
Format: square (1:1), .jpg (.png, .tiff)
Size: 500 x 500 px minimum

Film poster:
Format: portrait, .jpg (.png, tiff)
Aspect ratio: 1,45 (recommended)
Size: 555 x 800 px (recommended)

Film trailer/teaser:
Provide an HD resolution trailer or an HD teaser clip of the film either as a public link to a downloadable and embeddable video on YouTube or Vimeo or as a separate file. The Festival should receive the trailer or teaser latest by the 1st of October, with an allowance to upload on the Festival’s online channels.

Promotional video material:
Provide a set of at least four different HD resolution excerpts of three-minute maximum length each to enable the promotion of films by television stations and in creative promotional video montages minimally a month before the Festival.

Materials for local translation:
Provide subtitle files with time-codes and/or dialogue lists in the original film language and in English, spotting list and a screener of the finalised version of the film.

The Festival reserves the right to use all provided promotional materials for publicity purposes and printed materials, including the Festival catalogue, press releases, website, social media channels and promotion in media.
The Festival will provide a Cinesend link for uploading the DCP, a Google Form for film and credits information and a link for uploading the promotional materials.

The Festival does not accept deliveries in physical format (hard disk drives, memory sticks, etc).

The materials required by the Festival for its press releases, catalogue, website and other information/promotion channels (synopsis, technical and artistic credits, bio-filmographies, pictures of the director/s and film stills) and materials for local translation need to be provided to the Festival by the 20th of September 2022, or within 7 days of confirmation of the film.

If the applicant doesn’t provide the materials required by the Festival by the date set in regulations or by the date agreed with the Festival beforehand, The Festival Director and the Programming Committee reserve the right to withdraw the film from the competition.

1.4 Technical requirements and guidelines for film formats
1.4.1 Screenings in cinemas

The accepted screening format for all films in competition and non-competition sections is DCP. Provided DCPs must be DCI compliant (http://www.dcimovies.com/) and adhere to all applicable conditions below.

The Festival will provide a CineSend link for uploading the DCP and it should be uploaded no later than 24th October 2022. DCPs must be provided with the correct naming according to the ISDCF DCP Naming Convention.

All films selected for the Festival must be provided with English subtitles unless they are already in English. All the films from the Official Selection Competition and First Feature Competition, as well as a selection of films from other sections, are translated into Estonian.

The Festival prefers to transfer local subtitles onto DCPs for ensuring the best possible screening experience. For that purpose DCPs must meet the following requirements: provided screening DCPs must be unencrypted, or with DKDM for Festival lab, as original language versions (OV) with separate accompanying subtitles as version-file packages (VF).
If the transfer of translated subtitles onto the DCP is not agreed with the representative of the film, the translations will be shown electronically.

All screening copies for all sections, if provided with any subtitles, must have the subtitles on the active picture area and not in the letterbox area. Please note that the image may be cropped by up to 3% during projection, due to the position of the projector and the venue’s characteristics, therefore a good safe area for the subtitles would be at least 5%. Dubbed language copies are also refused.

The Festival reserves the right to demand new DCP packages free of charge in case of non-compatible DCPs, broken hard drives, or other quality standards are not met. These include wrongly placed or missing subtitles, or wrong soundtracks.

Unencrypted DCPs are strongly preferred. In the case of encrypted DCPs, the Festival requires Distribution KDMs (DKDM) for laboratory testing or in previously agreed cases, one test KDM per film free of charge for quality assurance and technical testing for our test-screen. For quality assurance reasons KDM or DKDM is requested to be valid from the date the DCP arrives at the Festival but not later than one week before the Festival starts till 1 day after the Festival. ​​All KDMs and DKDMs should follow the KDM Naming Convention.

The producer or film representative is requested to provide appropriate screening KDMs valid from 7 days before the start of the Festival and 1 day after the Festival, but no later than 72 hours prior to screenings, and 48 hours after the screening. The cost of generating all KDMs will also be the responsibility of the producers or representatives of the film.

If the Festival is provided with broken or wrongly assigned KDMs, appropriate new KDMs must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative. Quality assurance purpose DKDM is not exempt from providing screening KDMs if not agreed upon otherwise.

The Festival supports 2K and 4K content. However, not all screens have a 4K screening capability. The Festival therefore cannot guarantee that all 4K films will be screened in a 4K resolution.

We can accept high-frame-rate (HFR) or 3D DCPs, however, we are only able to screen them in selected cinema halls. Please notify the Festival office if you are planning on presenting a high-frame-rate DCP.

If agreed previously with the Festival technical department, DCP can be handed in on a physical hard drive. DCPs must be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives. Consumer-grade hard drives and memory sticks are not permitted.

Video formats and 35mm prints are accepted only with prior acknowledgement from the Festival. All video files will be converted into DCPs by the Festival appointed lab to ensure the best possible image and sound quality during playback. Only ProRes, ProRes 444, ProRes HQ are accepted video formats in these cases. Tapes or Blu-rays are not accepted as screening formats unless there are no alternatives and with prior acknowledgement from the Festival.

Detailed technical guidelines will be available along with the festival regulations on the festival website from the 1st of June 2022 and also provided along with a confirmation entry form.

The festival reserves the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film from the competition or any other section if all requirements are not followed.

Our festival’s technical team, dcinema@poff.ee, will happily help with any queries for all confirmed films.

1.4.2 Online screenings

Festival uses a VOD platform with Studio Grade DRM for screening films online.

Online screenings for jury, film professionals and international press members only (ProScreen):
Screenings for accredited film professionals and international press members are accessible globally via Festival accreditation.

All films that agree with online screenings must present the film in H264, 1920x1080p video format with stereo sound. In this case, we recommend a clean film file without hardcoded subtitles. The subtitles, if needed, must be presented as SRT or XML timed subtitles.

Detailed technical guidelines will be available for download along with the Festival regulations on the Festival website from 1st of June 2022 and also provided along with a confirmation entry form.

Public online screenings:
Public screenings for audience in Estonia are geo-blocked outside of Estonia and can be limited to an agreed size of the audience.

All films that agree with online screenings must present the film in H264, 1920x1080p video format with stereo sound. In this case, we recommend a clean film file without hardcoded subtitles. The subtitles, if needed, must be presented as SRT or XML timed subtitles.

The Festival reserves the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film from the competition or any other section if all requirements are not followed.

Detailed technical guidelines will be available for download along with the Festival regulations on the Festival website from 1st of June 2022 and also provided along with a confirmation entry form.

Our Festival’s digital cinema team, dcinema@poff.ee, will happily help with any queries for all confirmed films.

1.5 Delivery of materials

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid for by the submitter or film representative. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters' expense.

All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone number as well as the festival address:

Black Nights Film Festival
Attn: Just Film
Telliskivi 60a/2, 3rd floor
10412
Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 56 208 308

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies to the festival are paid by the festival unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative, or party appointed by them.

The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days from the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. Returns before the Festival closing date must be agreed upon at least three weeks before the festival, and cannot be guaranteed after that.

The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.
In the event of damage to a copy during the event, the Festival limits its responsibility to the cost of having a new standard copy made at current laboratory rates.

1.6 Film Delegations
For competitive programmes the Festival will invite one representative per film. The festival will cover the round trip airfare either fully or partially for one delegate, with a preference given to the Director and/or a Main Cast member, as well as accommodation for 1 guest in the Delegation at the Official Partner Hotel.

For non-competitive films, the Festival reserves the right to invite guests upon the decision of the Programming Committee. Detailed terms and conditions for film delegates are provided on a non-disclosed one to one and guest agreement basis.

For non-competitive films, the Festival guest accreditation list will be closed one (1) day before the opening of the festival. After the deadline, a fee of €25 Euros will be requested for festival accreditation from the non-competitive film delegates.

1.7 Contact
Head of Just Film programme - Mikk Granström (mikk@poff.ee)
Programme coordinator - Dora Lall (dora.lall@poff.ee)

Submit your film to the Youth and Children's film festival Just Film!

www.justfilm.ee