Submission until 31st of March 2017

We are looking forward to your contribution produced in 2016 or 2017 in one of the following three categories:

  • filmzeitkaufbeuren: main competition
    short films in German without subtitles
  • filmzeitinternational: international competition
    short films in any language with subtitles in German or English
  • kinderfilmzeit: children's films
    short films in German for children over 6

Short films of all genres like fiction and documentary, animation, video art, video clip and experimental film up to a running time of 40 minutes are welcome.

For each submitted film we need the following:

  • the application form (DE), filled out completely
  • the film itself:

    • resolution: 720p (1280x720, square pixels (1,0))
      or 1080p (1920x1080, square pixels (1,0))
    • frame rate: 24, 25 or 30 FPS
    • file format: MP4 or MOV (please no Apple ProRes formats)
      preferential format: MP4 with h264 codec

  • at least 3 film stills, minimal resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixel, TIFF or high quality JPEG
  • if possible a link to the trailer on vimeo or youtube

There is no limitation for the number of films per submitter.

Contributions can only be submitted electronically. Please submit via the online portal Reelport OR provide a download link by e-mail to einreichen(at)

Conditions of participation in the festival filmzeitkaufbeuren 2017

  1. A committee appointed by the organizer will decide on the pre-selection of films and videos to the festival program. Succession and location of the presentation are the irrevocable decision of the organizer.
    Contributions which do not correspond to the technical conditions or which are discriminating or inhuman are irrevocably excluded.
  2. The submitters need to guarantee that they own the film rights, so the organizer can show the contribution without licence fees.
  3. Films that cannot meet the deadline might get an extension of time. Please contact the organizer. The organizer’s decision is final and not subject to legal recourse.
  4. Film stills and trailers provided within the submission will be used for PR, for instance on the festival’s website and social media platforms.
  5. Film-makers attending the festival may present their films or video installations at the public screening.
  6. A commercial use of the contributions is excluded. Copyrights remain with the authors. Solely the author is responsible for any infringement of the copyright of submitted films. Submitters are responsible for the content of their film.
  7. The organizer reserves the right to use submitted films – either in full-length or in extracts – free of charge in order to promote the festival, either before the competition or at a later date (retrospective). Furthermore films may be used for other promotional activities related to the festival.
  8. The organizer accepts no liability for contributions on DVD, send by post. Submitted films will not be returned.
  9. The organizer will present the contributions on technically adequate equipment. However, the organizer is not liable for deficient film quality.
  10. The program for the festival will be finalised in summer. By end of July the selected film-makers will be informed about their participation. For organisational reasons, unfortunately submitters of contributions that have not been selected cannot be informed personally.
  11. By end of September, the jury will have decided on the short list for the main prize and the innovation prize. The respective film-makers will be informed and asked, if either the director, producer, main actor or another representative could attend the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
  12. The organizer can award the following prizes:
    – The jury's prize – 1500 € – only awarded to the film-maker or their representative at the festival
    – Innovation prize of the jury – 750 € – only awarded to the film-maker or their representative at the festival
    – Prize of the audience – 250 € – instant payment or bank transfer
    – Best international film award by the jury of the festival team – 250 € – instant payment or bank transfer
    – Best children's film (kinderfilmzeit) by the audience – 250 € – instant payment or bank transfer
    The juries' decisions are binding and not contestable.
  13. Of participants awarded with a prize or commendation, the organizer requests a video message which can be published on facebook and on the festival website.
  14. The festival will be held from 2nd-8th of October 2017. The event is public. Venues: Stadttheater Kaufbeuren (city theatre), Rosental 6-8 and Corona Kinoplex (cinema), Daniel-Kohler-Straße 1, both in 87600 Kaufbeuren, Germany
  15. For personal attendance at the festival, film-makers can be granted a limited amount of travel expenses. Decisions are made according to the order of the incoming applications and the distance of the journey to Kaufbeuren. However, in general there is no entitlement to a subsidy. For application please contact Roman Harasymiw, roman(at)