19 Apr 2017
Deadline for submitting your film to the 44th edition of the festival is 1st of August 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 we present 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 for 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.

Please also fill-out the online entry form (click here) 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

If you wish to send us additional material (zone free BluRay or DVD, pressbook, CD with soundtrack, stills, reviews, a director's biography, ...) you can mail these to Film Fest Gent, Attn. Wim De Witte, Leeuwstraat 40b, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. Digital extra info can be forwarded to applications@filmfestival.be.

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.