Press & Industry
Film Fest Ghent plays an important role for the film and film music sectors, both nationally and internationally. The industry programme is a meeting point for the Belgian and international film and film music profession. The festival also draws (international) attention to Belgian film and film music talent. With a festival accreditation you can experience all press and industry events from the front row. From August onwards you can apply for an accreditation.
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Submit your film
The 48th Film Fest Ghent is scheduled 12-23 October 2021. The deadline for entering your film for the next edition is 1 August 2021.
The deadline for Belgian student shorts (all films made at one of the official Belgian film schools) is 10 September 2021. Send your online screener to firstname.lastname@example.org. No entry fee needed for these student applications.
Film Fest Ghent is 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.
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 Ghent is a competitive festival, focusing on 'The Impact of Music on Film' at which some 12-15 feature films compete for two Awards. The competing films are viewed by an international jury, which will award two films with the following prizes:
- The Grand Prix for the Best Film
- The Georges Delerue Award for Best Music or Sound Design
Regarding shorts, we have a competition for international shorts (max. 30 minutes) and one for Belgian student shorts (max. 30 minutes, made at one of the official Belgian film schools). We also present a programme 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) its Belgian première.
The 48th Film Fest Ghent will once again include a broad range of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (long and short) and, to a lesser extent, on documentaries (mainly focussing on music- or film linked themes). Animation is also included. The festival presents films in digital and 35mm formats.
Submit your film before 1 August 2021.
Until 31 May 2021 you can enter at an early bird 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
From 1 June 2020 the entry fee will be:
- Entry fee shorts (max. 30 min): €30 / title
- Entry Medium Length films (31-69 min.): €40 / title
- Entry fee features (+70 min.): €75 / title
An e-mail stating the programme committee's decision on the film's entry for the festival programme will be sent within five weeks of receiving your screener.
The entry of a film implies knowledge and acceptance of the regulations.
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