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    Short Films

    Short films allow for creative experiments and provocation and invite artists to play with cinematic styles – for many filmmakers the starting point of their career, others stay and explore the format’s possibilities. It is important for the European Film Academy to support and promote young and talented newcomers and to celebrate this variety in European film culture.

    The short film selection and nomination procedure is organised by the European Film Academy and European Film Academy Productions in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards. Once the list of candidates is complete in September 2022, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list.

    Afterwards, the more than 4,200 Academy Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 35th European Film Awards Ceremony in Reykjavik.

    For 2022: How to submit …

    To be considered for a candidacy for the award EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2022, a short film has to screen in competition at any of the participating festivals (see list below). Eligible are directors born in Europe or with a European* passport whose films (eligible are fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films) were produced or co-produced in at least one European* country in 2021 or 2022, do not exceed a running time of 30 min. and match the general regulations of the respective festival. At each of these, a jury selects a single candidate.

    Short Film Network 2022

    9 – 15 October 2021 International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
    14 – 24 October 2021  Riga International Film Festival  (Latvia)
    23 – 30 October 2021  Seminci – Valladolid Int’l Film Festival (Spain)
    25 – 31 October 2021 Uppsala Short Film Festival  (Sweden)
    4 – 14 November 2021  Cork International Film Festival (Ireland)
    9 – 14 November 2021  Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland)
    12 – 19 November 2021 ZINEBI – Int’l Festival of Doc. and Short Film of Bilbao (Spain)
    16 – 24 November 2021 Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF Shorts (Estonia)
    4 – 11 December 2021 Leuven International Short Film Festival (Belgium)
    26 January – 6 February 2022  Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
    28 January – 5 February 2022  Clermont-Ferrand Int’l Short Film Festival (France)
    10 – 16 February 2022  Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
    9 – 13 March 2022 Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
    6 – 10 April 2022  Go Short – Int’l Short Film Festival Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
    1 – 9 May 2022 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany)
    17 – 28 May 2022 Festival de Cannes (France)
    25 – 30 May 2022  VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival (Austria)
    29 May – 5 June 2022 Krakow Film Festival (Poland)
    31 May – 6 June 2022 Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Germany)
    15 – 24 July 2022 Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival (Portugal)
    26 – 30 July 2022 Motovun Film Festival (Croatia)
    3 – 13 August 2022  Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)
    12 – 19 August 2022  Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
    29 August – 4 September 2022  OFF – Odense International (Denmark)
    September 2022   Venice Film Festival (Italy)
    11 – 17 September 2022  Drama International Short Film Festival (Greece)
    September 2022   Encounters Film Festival (UK)

    * European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.