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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 EFA 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 2021, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list.

    Afterwards, the more than 3,800 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 34th European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin.

    How to submit …

    To be considered for a candidacy for the award EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2021, 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 2020 or 2021, 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 2021

    10 – 16 October 2020: International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
    15 – 25 October 2020: Riga International Film Festival (Latvia)
    19 – 25 October 2020: Uppsala Short Film Festival (Sweden)
    24 – 31 October 2020: Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain)
    3 – 8 November 2020: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland)
    4 – 15 November 2020: Cork International Film Festival (Ireland)
    17 – 25 November 2020: Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF Shorts (Estonia)
    5 – 12 December 2020: Leuven International Short Film Festival (Belgium)
    29 January – 6 February 2021: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France)
    1 – 7 February 2021: International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
    1 – 5 March 2021: Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
    10 – 14 March 2021: Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
    14 – 18 April 2021: Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
    27 May – 6 June 2021: VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival (Austria)
    30 May – 6 June 2021: Krakow Film Festival (Poland)
    1 – 7 June 2021: Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (Germany)
    6 – 17 July 2021: Festival de Cannes (France)
    16 – 25 July 2021: Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival (Portugal)
    27 – 31 July 2021: Motovun Film Festival (Croatia)
    4 – 14 August 2021: Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland)
    13 – 20 August 2021: Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
    30 August – 5 September 2021: OFF – Odense International (Denmark)
    1 – 11 September 2021: Venice Film Festival (Italy)
    1 – 30 September 2021: Encounters Film Festival (UK)
    19 – 25 September 2021: Drama International Short Film Festival (Greece)

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