Regulations for all competitions 2018



Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions named above. In some cases, though, the selection committees reserve the right to assign it to another competition or special programme. The running time of films entered for the competitions (except for the Three-Minute Quickie) should not exceed 30 minutes and the films should not be produced before 2017.



The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the film's use by the Festival (especially screenings in the cinemas and in the film market during the festival). By submittting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by the Festival does not infringe rights held by third parties (e. g. copyrights, personality or trademark rights), and that especially the rights to any material produced by others (music, film footage, photo- graphs, text etc.) used in the film have been cleared. They furthermore shall indemnify the Hamburg IKFF against all third-party claims in connection with screening/using the film in the course of the Festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.



The entry form with all the required information, accompanied by a preview copy, needs to reach us by 16.02.2018. The deadline for the 'Three-Minute Quickie' is the 01.04.2018. Please use a separate entry form for each film submitted. All sections of the form must be filled in. Stills should only be sent on request.



Please register your film on our website and include a downloadable preview link or send us a digital preview file (mp4/mov encoded in h.264/aac, 500 mb max). If your film’s language isn’t english, please make sure it has english hardcoded subtiles, since the preview copy will also be made available to our international audience in our film market during the festival.



The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail in the beginning of April 2018. There will be a list of accepted films on our website at the end of April. We will also notify those who have not been selected around the beginning of May.



Accepted formats: DCPs and digital filmfiles (mp4,mov). If the original version is in a language other than English, the film needs to be subtitled in English.

Please note: Unfortunately we can not return USB Sticks. These can be picked up at the Info Counter during the festival. Please make sure you send a copy you don't need to have returned. Should there be any problems with your screening copy we reserve the right to use your preview copy as backup.



Dispatch inside Germany or from abroad: By mail or courier. All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase 'no commercial value - for cultural purposes only’. With screening copies from countries outside the European Union, please include a 'pro forma invoice’ with a print value of less than US $ 20,- in total! Unfortunately we are unable to accept packages which would cause us additional costs. Please do not send films by air freight!



The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning/forwarding screening copies.



All screening copies will be sent back to the applicant as soon as possible after the festival.

Please note: Preview copies will not be returned, but stored in the archive of KurzFilmAgentur.