Are you Estonian? Then ask a friend to do a short film about you. Or bring out your photo album and share how your family came to Canada. There are all sorts of things you, your children, or even your grandchildren can pack into a video of under 7-minutes!
October 1, 2019
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Our popular Short Film Competition is back for the 16th time in 2019. We welcome films from both professionals and aspiring filmmakers. The EstDocs Short Film Competition welcomes any short film as long as it has some connection to Estonia (or to an Estonian!).
We encourage you to use your imagination. It's about having fun and sharing your insights or funny experiences or family history or whatever statement or observation you wish to make. Whether you live in Estonia, have visited it, or live as far away as Australia or Japan, we're ready for your films! (And, yes, we've had submissions from Japan, too.)
Select submissions chosen by independent jury will be screened in Estonia during the festival. Our prize pot this year is CAD 2,800. Don't forget to read the submissions guide below and get cracking on creating your film!
Please feel free to write to us with any questions.
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July 25, 2019
This year's award pot is CAD 2,800. Generally, the Professional category winner receives CAD 1,000, the Amateur category amount is selected by Tartu College, and an additional Audience award winner receives CAD 300. Depending on the quality of the submissions, the jury reserves the right to limit the number of prizes.
The EstDocs Short Film Competition welcomes short documentary films, live action or animated, with any content and in any style, provided that: a) the film has some connection to Estonia or Estonians; b) the film is a documentary or docudrama.
Entries must be 7 minutes or under in length, plus up to 15 seconds for credits.
Entries may not be, and may not have been, screened anywhere prior to October 19, 2019.
Submissions must be received, at the latest, by October 1, 2019. Note that this cannot be the postmarked date, but the actual received by date. No exceptions.
Categories are currently listed as Amateur and Professional. The independent jury has the discretion to create or eliminate award categories. Festival organizers and/or the jury reserve the right to assign submitted films to any category deemed appropriate.
Submission Video Format
Any common delivery format and container can be used, but DVD, Blu-ray or H.264 codec in MP4 container is preferred. The submitter must ensure that the film is accessible to EstDocs by the deadline. All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form. Once a film is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from competition. No submission materials will be returned.
Subtitling of non-English language films in English is mandatory. We want your film to enjoy as wide an audience in Canada as possible.
Copyright / IP
By submitting to the EstDocs Short Film Competition, the submitter expressly acknowledges that he or she owns all the rights in the film and grants nonexclusive, all media rights howsoever transmitted, in perpetuity, in the world, to EstDocs to exploit the submitted film.
EstDocs is open-minded but does not program porn or gratuitous violence. Such submissions will be disqualified. EstDocs seldom programs films that would receive an 18A or R rating if shown in a regular Ontario film theatre. Submissions that fit this description may be disqualified.
Submit Short Film