The deadline for applications for the 44th Film Fest Gent (10-20 October 2017) is August 1st, 2017.
Film Fest Gent is, as you may know, Belgium's most prominent annual film event. It started in 1974 as a student's film festival and has developed into one of Europe's foremost film events. Variety called the festival one of the 50 "must attend fests", and The Wall Street Journal catalogues it amongst the 5 European "fest with character"!
Every year in October it presents some 100 feature films and 50 shorts from all over the world in various sections to an audience of over 100,000 spectators. Film Fest Gent is a competitive festival, focusing on "The Impact of Music on Film" at which some 12 feature fiction films compete for two prizes. The competing films are viewed by an international jury, which will pick out two films for following prizes:
* The Grand Prix for the Best Film
* The George Delerue Award for Best Music (Best Application of Music or sound design)
As to shorts we have a competition for European shorts (max. 30 minutes, main producer is European); and one for Belgian student shorts. We also present a program of non-competing international shorts, for this section no restrictions as to production year or length are set.
We will expect to present the film in (at least) it's Belgian première.
How to enter a film?
The 44th Film Fest Gent will once again include a wide choice of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (long and short) and, to a lesser extent, to documentary (mainly focussing on music- or film linked themes). Animation is also included. The festival presents films in digital and 35mm formats.
Submissions are welcome until 1 August 2017. All we need is a screener (online link, zone free BluRay or DVD) accompanied by documentation of the film (pressbook, CD with soundtrack, some stills, reviews, if any and a director's biography) (Film Fest Gent, Attn. Wim De Witte, Leeuwstraat 40b, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium). We will always prefer a DVD to ensure a better viewing experience. These materials will not be returned. Secure online links can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also fill-out the online entry form at http://www.filmfestival.be/en/if and pay the entry fee:
• Entry fee shorts (max. 30 min): €20 / title
• Entry Medium Length films (31-69 min.): €30 / title
• Entry fee features (+70 min.): €50 / title
An e-mail stating the programme committee's decision on the film's entry for the festival programme will be sent within 5 weeks after receipt of your tape.
The entry of a film implies knowledge and acceptance of the regulations (which can be found under the download page).