kolmapäev, 27. jaanuar 2016

Film contest "Be a better being"

Submit films with the theme "be a better being"

The Junge Akademie, in co-operation with the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, filmArche, interfilm Berlin, the Deutsche Kinemathek and the media partner H-Soz-Kult, is calling for contributions from filmmakers anywhere in the world to the competition of the forum be a better being.

Website with Reglement and Entryform: www.betterbeing.info
Entry deadline: 24 June 2016

A better being - between aspiration and pressure

'Be a better being!' is a phrase that is generally directed at oneself. Its focus is the increasingly widespread drive for individual improvement, the desire to become a "better being". Yet what does it mean to be a "better being"? What criteria should be used to define such a concept? Many of the measurements we hear about nowadays are based on an ideal body, an ideal depth of meditation, an ideal diet, or even an ideal stress level. The often opaque norms of apps, of self-help books, of the marketing world produce certain concepts of what a human is or should be. People's readiness to apply these concepts leads us to assume that these norms are negotiable. But is that really the case? Or is the border between individuals' free decision-making and social or media pressure becoming increasingly blurred? What is the role of moral and religious concerns in this context?

And what about the social and political components of self-improvement, in other words: the goal of a more inclusive society, a more cohesive commonwealth of people, social groups, and nations, particularly against the backdrop of the current crisis of European integration and solidarity? Or are we, as individuals, going to be submerged in a Brave New World in which we voluntarily reveal all the relevant data about our mental and bodily states? A world structured by the algorithms of search engines, which is allegedly becoming ever more secure thanks to worldwide networks of control? Control through the online community? Or through the state? Or through the state within the state? And, finally, what role does the young generation play in all of this?

be a better being is looking for short films that deal with these phenomena in creative and unconventional ways. Submissions should authentically portray the large, small, and odd aspects of the diverse ways in which our world manifests itself as a place of actual or imagined self-improvement, thus contributing to a dialogue between scholars, filmmakers, and society at large.

We award a screening fee of 300,- EUR to all films selected for screening during the Forum scheduled for November 2016. In addition, an audience prize of 1000,- EUR will be awarded.

Starting in January 2016, more opinions and positions of scholars and experts on be a better being will be available on the project blog "Perspectives".

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Magdalena Nowicka (Berlin) and Dr. Evelyn Runge (Jerusalem)

Submissions should reflect the many different facets of the topic be a better being. All genres are permitted: from narrative films to animated films to documentaries or experimental films. To qualify for submission, films must have been produced in the last three years and must not exceed 15 minutes in duration. The deadline for submissions is the 24th of June 2016.

The films selected by the jury will be presented in mid-November 2016 at the two-day forum be a better being and will provide the basis for discussions between filmmakers and scholars. Some of the contributions will be available for viewing and discussion beforehand on the online platform www.betterbeing.info. The contributions presented online will not necessarily be part of the competition and may include films produced more than three years ago. More information as well as terms and conditions can be found here: www.betterbeing.info

Contact: info@betterbeing.info

pühapäev, 24. jaanuar 2016

FUFF 2016. Call for short films and scripts

1. Call for the Scriptwriting workshop (deadline – 15 February 2016).

The Finno-Ugric Film Festival (FUFF) announces its Scriptwriting workshop, to be held during the Festival in Tsiistre, Estonia, 8-11 June 2016.

We invite 12 applications from filmmakers who wish to participate in this workshop. Those selected will receive assistance as follows:

• For applicants from the Finno-Ugric small nations (Komi, Udmurt, Khanty, Mansy, Nenets, Enets, etc.) FUFF will reimburse travel expenses from Moscow or Saint-Petersburg as well as providing accommodation and food during the festival. For other applicants we provide accommodation and food. There is no participation fee for the workshop.
The workshop will be held by two well-known film professionals/scriptwriters/directors who will help to develop your synopsis into a short film script during the festival.

We would like to receive a one-page (A4) synopsis of a short fiction, experimental or documentary film and a motivation letter by 15 February 2016. Please send these by email to: finnougricfilmfond@gmail.com.

Selection will be made by the end of March 2016 and all applicants will receive a reply by email. The language of participation is English; we accept Russian language synopses from the territory of Russia.

2. Call for volunteers (deadline – 28 February 2016).

For the time of preparation, we are looking for volunteers in the following fields:
– sponsorship assistant
– PR
– photo making and review writing at the time of the festival
– general assistant
– a person responsible for the cinema hall (oversees that all screenings take place on time, cleanliness, etc.)
– kitchen work

The festival will provide food, accommodation and a festival pass for their volunteers and will partly cover their travel expenses for the whole duration of the festival.

3. Call for films (deadline – 30 March 2016).

Finno-Ugric Short Film Fiction – Experimental Finno-Ugric Short Film – Finno-Ugric Documentary
• There is no limit to the number of films that a filmmaker or producer may register.
• Finno-Ugric means films made by filmmakers of Finno-Ugric origin or films dealing with Finno-Ugric topics that are made by non-Finno-Ugric directors.
• The maximum duration of short films is 30 minutes, including credits.
• Music videos, commercial work and political propaganda are not accepted.
• In order to be admitted, the material must be presented with English/Russian subtitles or with a Russian dialogue list which is sent to the festival by 30 March 2016.
Once a film has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.
• All shipping expenses of participating works, from their place of origin to the address of this organization, shall be paid exclusively by the participant. The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials.
• The Festival does not pay screening fees.
• Films in FUFF’s official selection will be viewable in the FUFF Digital Film Library, accessible to industry professionals throughout the duration of the Festival and available to be viewed privately on a secure server by jury members, film festival programmers, critics, buyers and distributors during and after the event. The contact information for each corresponding producer or rights holder will be published.
• Selected films may form part of the festival’s travelling showcase, participating around the world.
• The festival invites the filmmakers to the festival and provides accommodation and food for the time of the festival for certain filmmakers.

Send or upload film

* Films can be sent through WeTransfer to finnougricfilmfond@gmail.com, or uploaded to our ftp site (please, contact with Paul Nurme paul.nurme@gmail.com).

When submitting your film, please also provide an Electronic Press Kit including the following information:

• A still photo from the film (color at 300 dpi, jpg or tiff format)
• A film synopsis (in Russian and English if possible, or if not in either of these two languages)
• A brief biography of the director (in Russian and English if possible, or if not in either of these two languages)
• A photograph of the director (color at 300 dpi, jpg or tiff format)
• Film credits

teisipäev, 12. jaanuar 2016

Eksperimentaalfilmid Tartus

You are all welcome to come to the first Experimental Film Evening.

It's on the 13th January at Gen Klubi, 20:00. Hopefully this will be the first of a regular monthly look at experimental film (in future the events will be at Elektriteater). The idea is to show a mixture of classic experimental films from the early 19th century, some contemporary experimental films from international authors, and some contemporary experimental films from Estonia.

Chat and a drink afterwards at Gen Klubi.

Some kind of Facebook page is here:


in Estonian:

Olete oodatud ekperimentalfilmide õhtule 13. jaanuaril Gen Klubis kell 20.

Loodetavasti see saab olema algus regulaarsele filmiõhtute sarjale, kus heidame iga kuu pilgu eksperimentaalfilmidele. Idee on näidata vaheldumisi klassikalisi eksperimentaalseid filmi 19. sajandi algusest ning kaasaegseid filme välismaalt ja Eestist.

Joogid ja chat hiljem Gen Klubis.

Mingi Facebook leht on siin:


esmaspäev, 11. jaanuar 2016

Film Estonia

Estonian Film Institute opens a new cash-reabte scheme – Film Estonia.
The goal of EFI’s support scheme is to lure new foreign filmmakers and crews to film in Estonia.The new fund will be open to applications from legal entities registered in Estonia whose main area of activity is the production of audiovisual works and whose partner is a foreign film production company.

Film Estonia will allocate support for the production or post-production of full-length feature films, full-length animation films, short animation films, animation series, quality television series or documentary films.
The fund has established minimum limits for the budgets of projects they support – for example, a feature film must have a minimum budget of 1 million Euros to apply, a full-length ani-mation film must have a minimum budget of 2 million Euros and the other types of productions must have minimum budgets between 200,000 and 500,000 Eu-ros.

The new financial support is only paid out after the expenses made in Estonia are audited. The amount of support ranges from 20-30% of the expenses spent in Estonia and is dependent on the participation of Estonians in the creative team for the film project.

In 2016, the budget for Film Estonia is 500,000 Euros.

The first deadline for ap-plications is February 9th, then followed by March 29, May 24th and November 8th.

Support decisions are made within a month of receiving the application. The exact regulations of the new support scheme can be found at the website:


esmaspäev, 4. jaanuar 2016

EV100 Välisprogrammi taotlusvoor sündmustele

Taotlusvooru abil soovitakse leida sündmusi 2018. aastal välisriikides toimuva programmi sisustamiseks. Taotlusvooru eesmärk on aidata kaasa professionaalse suunitlusega, kõrgetasemeliste ning olulise kõlapinnaga valdkondlike või valdkondi ühendavate sündmuste toimumisele välisriikides 2017 aasta sügisest kuni 2018 aasta lõpuni. 

Taotlusvooru kaudu toetatakse:

- Eesti Vabariigi 100. aastapäevale või Eesti Euroopa Liidu Nõukogu eesistumisele pühendatud professionaalse suunitluse, kõrgetasemeliste ning olulise kõlapinnaga valdkondlike või erinevaid valdkondi siduvate ürituste korraldamisega seotud kulude katmist;
- ürituste korraldamise või läbiviimisega seotud inimeste kulude katmist;
- Eesti Vabariigi 100. aastapäeva ja Eesti Euroopa Liidu Nõukogu eesistumise teemade nähtavuse suurendamist ürituste kaudu, mis kuuluvad rahvusvaheliste messide, festivalide, foorumite jt samalaadsete ürituste programmi.

Toetusega saab katta järgmisi kulusid:

- kulud, mis tehakse taotluses kinnitatud toetuse kasutamise ajavahemikul;
- tegevused ja kulutused, mis on vajalikud otseselt ürituse elluviimiseks, sh reisi- ja majutuskulu, materjalide, instrumentide ja muu sündmuse toimumiseks vajalik transpordikulu, päevaraha, kindlustus, viisade vormistamine, osavõtumakse jms;
- täiendava honorari, töötasu ning nendega seotud sotsiaalmaksu, tulumaksu, töötuskindlustusmaksu ja pensionikindlustuse maksete tasumine;
- reklaamikulu ja sündmusega otseselt seotud trükiste koostamise, toimetamise ja trükkimisega seotud ja muud tugitegevuste  kulud, sh veebilahenduste kulud;
- heli- ja valgustehnika rendiga seotud kulud;
- käibemaksukulu  juhul kui taotleja ei ole käibemaksukohustuslane.

Taotluste hindamisel võetakse arvesse:

- ürituse vastavust välisprogrammi eesmärkidega;
- ürituse üldist mõju Eesti tutvustamisel;
- üritusega kaasnevat võimekust siduda erinevate valdkondade tugevusi ja luua koosmõju;
- korraldajate professionaalsust, varasemat kogemust ja mainet (sh välispartnerid);
- kaasatud esinejate taset;
- ürituse sihtrühma ning toimumise asukohaga (riik, linn) seonduvat;
- ürituse kommunikatsiooni- ja meediakajastuste plaani;
- sihtriigis paikneva välisesinduse arvamust;
- ürituse teostamise ja eelarve realistlikkust ning Eesti poole kulude põhjendatust;
- ürituse innovaatilisust ning pikemaajalist mõju valdkonna rahvusvahelistes suhetes;
- toetuse maksimaalne määr on 80% eelarvest;
- taotluse eelarve peab olema vähemalt 5 000 eurot;
- minimaalne toetussumma ühe taotluse kohta on 4 000 eurot;

Taotlusvooru kaudu ei toetata:

- üritusi, mis on toimunud enne taotluste esitamise tähtaega;
- üritusi, mis toimuvad pärast 31.12.2018;
- harrastuskollektiivide välissõite;
- tehnika, töövahendite jms soetamist;
- organisatsioonide liikmemakse;
- erisoodustusmaksu tasumist;
- muid sündmuse elluviimise seisukohast põhjendamatuid ja ebaolulisi kulusid.

Jorma Sarv
EV 100 ja EL eesistumise rahvusvahelise programmi juht
tel: +372 502 3343

Pitching Contest at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia


Under the theme "Thrilling, Exciting, Moving", we are looking for pitches for short films that will stir the emotions, with the ability to thrill, excite or move audiences.

Entry period

December 1 (Tue), 2015 ~ February 29 (Mon), 2016

How to Enter

1.Please upload your short film pitch in addition to completing the designated entry form in order to be considered for the primary selection. All elements listed below must be included in the pitch. Please note that the projected run time must be less than 25 minutes.

♦ Plot (250 words max.)
♦ One line that sums up what kind of film this is
♦ Photographic images of the world you envisage
♦ Entrant profile
♦ Link to a showreel or individual links to past works

2.We will notify entrants about the results of the primary selection in March 2016. Successful entrants will be required to submit the following materials (by a specific date yet to be confirmed) for the next stage of the competition.

    Screenplay for pitch selected
    Proposed cast
    Proposed location
    Estimated budget

Other information

For inquiries relating to the entry guidelines, please contact us by the following email address.


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