OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #209 October 2020
N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers
of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent
film projects. The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC)
cannot be held accountable for it.
In this bulletin:
- Call for submissions: Submit your feature
film for consideration for the Oscar Awards
- Call for submissions: Berlin International
Film Festival 2021
- Call for submissions: Göteborg Film
- Call for applications: Torino Film Lab 2021
- Call for submissions: Mobile Film Festival
– Women Empowerment
- Call for submissions: Shasha Mobile Film
- Call for submissions: The International
Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia – Humans Fest
- Call for submissions: The 64th San Francisco
International Film Festival
- Call for submissions: Geneva International
Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
- Call for Submissions: YouSat is calling for
Creative Content Makers to Share Videos
1. Call for
submissions: Submit your feature film for consideration for the
If you are a Jordanian director or producer and have made a film
over 40 minutes – narrative, documentary or animation, you can
submit your film for consideration for the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.
Kindly check rule number 13, for eligibility requirements:
Due to COVID – 19, the following special rule was introduced this
“In order for films to more easily meet theatrical exhibition
requirements, the Academy will allow films to qualify outside the
country of origin, provided the film is theatrically exhibited
outside of the United States and its territories for at least seven
consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater for paid
An independent Selection Committee – established by the RFC – will
look into the submitted films that have to fit eligibility criteria
set by the Academy for the International Feature Film Award.
To submit, please send an email to: email@example.com with the title:
“Submission for consideration to the Academy Awards”
2. Call for submissions: Berlin
International Film Festival 2021
For the Festival 2021, the Berlinale plans to put into place a
physical edition, taking into account the necessity to redesign the
festival’s activities and programming including the total number of
films due to the then applicable rules and regulations. The
Berlinale guidelines for the 2021 festival reflect this situation.
The Berlinale programme usually consists of around 400 films and
comprises of the Official Programme (Competition, Encounters,
Berlinale Shorts, Panorama), the Generation and Perspektive
Deutsches Kino sections, as well as the Forum, which is organized
independently by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art.
Films can be submitted to one or more of the sections mentioned
- Only films that have been registered can be
considered for selection.
- Film registrations are accepted exclusively
online at www.berlinale.de
- Films which have been submitted and viewed
for previous editions of the Berlinale may not be registered
- Only films completed within the 12 months
prior to the start of the festival may be registered.
- Except for German films, a theatrical
release as well as a festival participation in the country of
origin will be accepted. The same applies to a participation
at an online festival as long as the streaming is only
accessible in the country of origin (by means of
“geo-blocking” technology). World premieres are preferred.
Kindly note the respective premiere status minimum
requirements of each section.
- While feature-length films need a minimum
running time of 60 min, Berlinale Shorts accepts films up to
30 min. Films for Perspektive Deutsches Kino (German
productions only) need a minimum length of 30 min, features
start with 60 min.
- Documentary forms can be submitted to all
- Every submitter will receive a written
notification about the result of the selection screening.
Details regarding film registration for the European
Film Market can be found at www.efm-berlinale.de
For receipt of
entry forms and films:
films: 3rd November 2020
17th November 2020
For more information please visit the website: https://www.berlinale.de/en/film-entry/submission/start.html
3. Call for submissions: Göteborg
Film Festival 2021
The global pandemic has altered the prerequisites for film
festivals. In 2021, Göteborg Film Festival plans to put into place
a physical edition, with programming and implementation in
accordance with relevant safety measures and applicable
restrictions. The physical festival will be accompanied by a
digital selection presented on Göteborg Film Festival’s streaming
platform Draken Film, to make access possible for audience and
industry without possibilities to attend the festival physically.
The festival is taking place from 29th January until 8th February
2021 and is now accepting feature-length fiction and documentary
films to its 44th edition.
The following does only apply to non-Swedish films. For Swedish
feature films, documentaries and shorts, click here: https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/filmanmalan/
The festival accepts:
- Feature films available on DCP or 35mm. The
length must be 50 minutes or longer.
- Documentaries available on DCP or 35mm. The
length must be 50 minutes or longer.
Please note that the festival does not take
applications for international shorts. To be considered the
festival, the submitted film must have had its first public
screening after 1st January 2020. Please note that any screening of
the film in Sweden prior to the Festival automatically disqualifies
the film from participating. All applications must be made through
our website: www.goteborgfilmfestival.se
for submissions is on 31st October 2021.
For further questions regarding the international film submission
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Call for applications: Torino
Film Lab 2021
The Torino Film Lab (TFL) is calling for applications for its
annual labs for feature film and TV series projects.
Structured around 3 workshops and a final presentation in front of
the industry, these comprehensive training initiatives are a unique
opportunity to enhance the project development, to network with
participants from all over the world as well as to acquire a deep
knowledge of the industry.
– for feature film projects in early development stage
Call for applications open from end of August to October 23rd
ScriptLab is TFL’s flagship screenwriting programme for
international writers/directors, with all ranges of experience.
Over a 9-month creative process, it focuses on the development of
the treatment and/or first draft(s) of the project, through peer to
peer group work and with the support of professional script
consultants. Additional film professionals are invited to discuss
their own areas of expertise and to give more specific advice and
inspiration for the projects & the filmmakers’ careers.
The first workshop will take place in Lviv, Ukraine, in partnership
with Lviv Film Commission. The programme will welcome one project
from Switzerland and the Flanders region of Belgium thanks to TFL’s
partnership with Swiss Films and VAF – Flanders Audiovisual Fund.
story editing – for film professionals interested in gaining an
insight into the development process and in working with authors
Call for applications open from end of August to October 23rd
ScriptLab - story editing is a hands-on training for film
professionals, who want to work with writers and directors in the
development stage of their fiction feature film projects.
Participants will acquire skills in the fields of treatment and
script analysis, assessment of project development and script
– for feature film projects in advanced development
Call for applications open from end of October to January 18th
FeatureLab is addressed to international creative teams of director
and producer (together with a scriptwriter, if on board),
developing their 1st or 2nd feature film projects – fiction, creative
documentaries, experimental, animation and any possible kind cinema
form. Throughout the year, the film teams benefit from individual
and group sessions with a variety of trainers, from the main areas
of filmmaking: script, directing, cinematography, sound,
post-production, but also of production, financing & sales and
The first FeatureLab workshop will take place in Madrid, Spain, in
partnership with Comunidad de Madrid and Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
– for European TV series concepts at an early stage
Call for applications open from beginning of December to February
SeriesLab is an advanced training course for European scriptwriters
and directors with long TV series projects at an early development
The lab stands out for involving all the main players of TV series
production – scriptwriters, producers and TV broadcasters – and for
offering a close link between scriptwriting process and TV
industry. The aim is to draft the treatment of the pilot and the
concept presentation (mini-bible) of the project.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.torinofilmlab.it/news/691-torinofilmlab-announces-dates-for-2021-calls-for-applications
5. Call for submissions: Mobile
Film Festival – Women Empowerment
The 16th edition of the Mobile Film Festival is calling for films
on the theme of “Women Empowerment” in the format of: 1 Mobile, 1
Minute, 1 Film.
Films should address feminist issues in positive, constructive and
activist ways. Issues could be specific to your country, culture,
religion, or family. They could be local or global.
Be inspired and write your screenplay around the theme: Women’s
Shoot your dream film with a mobile phone or tablet: sequence shot,
edited, stop motion or with added special effects. External sound
recording devices are permitted.
Any music you use must be free from copyrights.
Make your film in the language of your choice without embedding
subtitles. You can subtitle your film for free after registration
for submission is on 20th October 2020.
Submit your film through this website as there are 40 000 Euros
grants to win: mobilefilmfestival.com
6. Call for submissions: Shasha
Mobile Film Festival
Shasha Mobile Film Festival’s first edition is happening in El
Gouna, the Red Sea in Egypt from 25th until 31st
Shasha Mobile Film Festival promotes young talents to showcase
their filmmaking skills and talent in mobile filmmaking. This is
happening through the festival’s official competitions in addition
to a specialized filmmaking workshop alongside experts and
filmmakers meet & greet.
Films must be filmed by a mobile camera with a maximum duration of
- All films must be shot by a mobile,
using any external equipment for audio recording is allowed. Post
production (Editing / Color correction / Audio) can be done
either on mobile or any other alternative apps or devices.
- The film must be the participant’s personal
- The participant must be minimum 18 years
- Participants must complete the form on the
official website with all the required data. - The festival
will receive the participating films in (SHASHA Competition),
whether raised on the Vimeo website with a password or on
YouTube in an unlisted list.
- The application/film can only be submitted
by the producer or the director of the project. Applications
made by any other persons will not be accepted
- The film must be translated into English.
However, a copy can be sent without translation if the main
language is in English or Arabic, whereas the filmmaker
undertakes to send a translated version if it is chosen to be
a part of the festival screening.
- Filmmakers cannot use more than 15% of
online stock material from the whole film duration.
- The rights of the music usage document must
- A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the
chosen participants upon finalizing the participants list.
- An incomplete registration will not be
- The year of film production from 2018 -
- The competition accepts short narrative and
short documentary films up to ten minutes including the
introduction & credentials.
- The competition is focused on humanity
topics that promote human values in general, and will reject
any films that are related to racism, promote violence or
violates the rights of a distinct target group in society.
- Only 1 movie to be submitted by each
The deadline is on 20th
For more information and details on the festival, terms &
conditions, and application inquiries please visit the website: www.shashamff.com
7. Call for submissions: The
International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia – Humans
The International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia – Humans
Fest will be taking place from 9th until 21st February 2021. The
festival is still accepting film submissions for its 12th edition!
The festival is organized by Fundación por la Justicia, in
collaboration with different NGOs from Valencia. The main aim is to
sensitize and raise awareness about Humans Rights through art and
All productions must be finished after 1st
Works must be subtitled into English,
Spanish, or Catalan (included in file .srt format).
Open call for the following selections:
- Only films with a theme related to the
1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights may participate.
- In the Official International Selection of
Short Films, only productions whose topic deal with children,
youth, and Human Rights may participate.
- For the selections HumansVLC, One Minute
One Right, Web series, and Gamers, the films have to be
related to human rights in a general way.
- International Feature Films Competition
- International Short Films Competition
- International Web Series Competition
- Valencian Short Films, "Humans
- Valencian mini-shorts "Un minuto, Un
derecho” (One minute, One right)
- Humans Gamers I International Contest of
Serious Video Games and Virtual Reality.
The registration deadline is on 31st
October 2020. The deadline for selection 1 Minute 1 Right is on
January 15th 2021. The deadline for Serious Videogames
and Virtual Reality Selection is on March 8, 2021.
For more details in rules and regulations and how to submit, please
8. Call for submissions: The
64th San Francisco International Film Festival
The 64th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) is
scheduled from 9th until 18th April 2021 and
is now accepting submissions. Works in all genres, forms, and
lengths are considered.
SFFILM is currently moving forward with planning its edition for
April 2021 as a hybrid in-person and online event, in accordance
with all active health and safety recommendations from local,
state, and federal officials. Exact dates, venue footprint, and
in-person event structure are all subject to change based on the
realities of producing a safe and accessible film festival at that
deadline is on 16th November 2020 for mid-length
features/ Final deadline for short films.
deadline for mid-length features in on 7th December
For more information please visit: www.sffilm.org
9. Call for submissions: Geneva
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
Submit your film to the 19th edition of the Geneva International
Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH). The next edition
is due to take place from 5th until 14th
March 2021. The festival usually takes place in the heart of
Geneva, the human rights capital, parallel to the annual main
session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.
The FIFDH runs two international competitions – fiction and
documentary – offering a world class selection of feature films
that challenge the ways in which we see the world, in the presence
of filmmakers and protagonists. Two prestigious Juries award
the Grand Prix de Genève (10,000 €), the Grand Prix
Fiction (10,000 €) and the Prix Sergio Vieira de
The FIFDH selects recent feature-length documentary and fiction
films (year of production: 2020 or 2021). The minimal duration of a
film must be 50 min. Shorter films will not be considered.
for submissions is on 30th November 2020.
For more information, please visit the website: https://fifdh.org/en/the-festival/about-the-fifdh
10. Call for Submissions: YouSat
is calling for Creative Content Makers to Share Videos
YouSat is a newly established satellite channel in Egypt that
enables anyone to upload videos on its website: www.yousat.tv
YouSat accepts all films regardless of length, genre, year of
production and topic, as long as they meet general guidelines that
can be found on the website in the “About” section, mainly:
- no hate speech
- no pornographic material
- no actual violence or abuse
- no copyrighted material
- no political or religious speech
Subtitling is optional, but not required.
YouSat provides an opportunity for film makers to broadcast their
films on satellite television to hundreds of millions of homes
around the Middle East and North Africa at no cost to themselves.
YouSat offers an opportunity to make money with our Yousat
Pack Revenue Share Program. For more information go to www.yousat.tv/pack-program/
For more information about YouSat. please visit www.yousat.tv/