PÖFF – BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL SUBFESTIVAL
Youth and Children’s Film Festival
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 2019 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 and touring screenings after Just Film.
Awards & Prizes
• Just Film Grand Prix, International Youth Competition
• Just Film Youth Jury Best Film Award
• Just Film Youth Jury Best Youth Short Award
• Just Film Children’s Jury Best Film Award
• Just Film Children’s Jury Best Animated Short Award
• ECFA Award
• Up to two Special Mentions per Competitive Programme
The Festival Director will appoint the Domestic Children’s Jury and Youth Jury, both consisting of five members. Also an international jury consisting of three film specialists and ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) jury consisting of three 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.
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.
Entry applications submitted by post, e-mail or any other form except the online submission form are not considered eligible for selection.
The regular submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 1st of July 2020. The festival asks a submission fee of €49 Euros or $55 USD per film during the regular deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of €9 Euros per film during regular deadline.
Discount code: use our Summer Sale code "SUMMER25" to recieve 25% of the entry fee. Discount is valid until the 1st of July.
The extended submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 17th of August 2020. The festival asks a submission fee of €65 Euros or $75 USD per film during extended deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of €12 Euros per film during extended deadline.
The final submission deadline for competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 24th of August 2020. The festival asks a submission fee of €75 Euros or $85 USD per film during the regular deadline. For short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes) the festival asks a submission fee of €20 Euros per film during 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 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 or an 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 art-work (if already available) by the means specified by the festival.
Confirmation of films and reimbursement
Upon selection of the film, the Festival will inform the applicant no later than 1st of October 2020.
The applicant agrees that confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after its 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 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 Just Film festival’s competitive or non-competitive sections the applicant agrees to:
• Provide a trailer of the film either on DVD or online via a non-expiring link.
• Deliver materials for localisation (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).
• Grant permission to include the screener in the festivals video library, reserved for jury and accredited industry members only (restricted access). The film representative will be requested to upload the screener into the secure video library environment.
Materials have to be delivered digitally to maarit.mannama[a]poff.ee. The festival does not accept deliveries on hard disk drives, memory sticks or any other physical format, as well as via file sharing programs or services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box etc.
Technical requirements and guidelines for film formats
The accepted screening format for all films in competition and non-competition sections is DCP. Provided DCPs must be DCI compliant (www.dcimovies.com) and adhere to all applicable conditions below.
DCPs must be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives or delivered digitally with previous confirmation from the festival technical department. Consumer grade hard drives and memory sticks are not permitted.
All films selected for the festival must be provided with English subtitles, unless they are already in English. A selection will be translated into Estonian. 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. 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, files are on 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 case of encrypted DCPs, the festival requires one test KDM per film free of charge for quality assurance and technical testing for our test-screen or DKDM for laboratory testing. The quality assurance purpose KDM or DKDM is requested to be valid from the date the DCP arrives at the festival till 2 days after the festival.
The producer or film representative is requested to provide appropriate screening KDMs valid from 3 days before the start of the festival and 2 days after the festival, but in minimum at least 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 does 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 projecting capability. The festival therefore cannot guarantee that all 4K films will be screened in a 4K resolution.
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 linked for download along with the festival regulations on the festival website from 1st of June 2020 and also provided along with confirmation entry form.
Our festival’s technical team, firstname.lastname@example.org, will happily help with any queries for all confirmed films.
Delivery of materials
All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid 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
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 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.
For competitive programmes the Festival will invite one representative per film. The festival will cover the round trip airfare for one delegate, with a preference given to the Director and/or a Main Cast member, as well as accommodation for up to 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 will be requested for festival accreditation from the non-competitive film delegates.
Festival director – Mikk Granström, (email@example.com)
Programme coordinator – Maarit Männama, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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