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Filmfest Dresden

International Short Film Festival

FILMFEST DRESDEN was founded in 1989 before the imminent collapse of the GDR and reunification of Germany. This short film festival focuses on short film in all its facets, and has become one of the most important festivals of its kind throughout Germany. Filmfest Dresdden is also one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe with prizes and awards worth approximately EUR 65,000. It attracts around 16,000 visitors annually, including up to 500 national and international media professionals.
Submission/Selection/Requirements The following film productions are eligible for submission to the competitions:
- Length 30 minutes maximum
- Produced after 31st December 2015
- Short fiction or animated film. 

To be considered for the special programmes, submissions must meet the following requirements:
- animation, short feature, experimental or documentary film
- Length 30 minutes maximum
- Produced after 31st December 2013

The festival has no restrictions in terms of content and is open to all themes, cinematic techniques and original film formats.

Please note, that films on 35mm or DCP only will be accepted for festival screenings! If needed, the production of DCPs can be handled by FILMFEST DRESDEN. Costs will be invoiced.
With roughly 80 short animation and short fiction films from around 30 countries, the International and the National Competitions are the centrepiece of the festival programme. In addition, the festival also has an extensive selection of special programmes focusing on a wide range of subjects and countries, as well as retrospectives and children's films. The festival section “etc. - events, trainings, connections” with masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions, talks, exhibitions and receptions supplements the film programmes. At the festival market accredited media professionals can watch more than 2,000 film entries of the current festival edition.

FILMFEST DRESDEN is a member of the German Short Film Association (AG Kurzfilm e.V.), as well as being listed as a reference festival by the FFA, Germany's main federal film funding body. Film submissions are accepted from 1 October to 5 December.