Berlinale: Regulations Generation


Generation Regulations

Online submission for 2017 will be activated in early September.


Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2016 and is supposed to offer a general insight into film entry procedures.


1 – Aims

The Berlin International Film Festival has dedicated a section to children and young people since 1978. Generation makes the diversity of contemporary film culture accessible to young people and involves them in the Festival’s discourse on cinema, in an age-appropriate way. The selected programme provides a focus for productions which have appeal for children and young people due to their form and content and regardless of genre. The section is also a platform for outstanding children’s and youth films. Films screened within the Generation context are given the opportunity to develop and enhance their market potential.

2 – Structure

The section head invites films to take part in two competitions for different age groups. The feature-length and short films screened in Generation Kplus are aimed towards children and are given specific age recommendations which have no upper limit. Feature-length and short films aimed at young people aged 14 and up are presented in the Generation 14plus competition.
Feature films, documentaries and animation films compete side by side in both programmes.

3 – Eligibility

World premieres are given priority.
German films must be world premieres.

Accepted formats: DCP, HDCAM, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre)
Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the Festival

Eligible for Generation are:

feature-length films (at least 60 minutes running time) and
short films (maximum length of 20 minutes) which

  • have not been released in Europe (for European films: except country of origin)
  • have not been screened at any European film festival (for European films: a presentation at national festivals / national showcases or an exclusive children’s or youth film festival in the country of origin will be accepted)
  • have neither been broadcast nor presented in the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin

In case of international coproductions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin.

Films which have previously been submitted and viewed for Berlinale selection cannot apply a second time.

The Festival Director has the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations.

All films have to be registered online at online film entry. The entry fee is €  150 for feature-length films and € 60 for short films and payment can be effected by credit card only (Visa, American Express, Mastercard) during the online submission process.

4 – Selection and Programming

The online application and the preview screener for the selection process must be received by the appropriate deadlines:

  • Feature-length films: October 30, 2015
  • Short films: November 17, 2015

Formats accepted for selection: DVD (region free / all regions), Blu-ray (region free / all regions) as well as DCP. For other formats please contact the section directly.
Detailed information on technical specifications can be found here (62 KB).

If you apply for several sections and your submission format is DVD / Blu-ray, you are kindly requested to send one screener per section. All screening material for selection should be sent to the following address:

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Film Office

Voxstraße 3
10785 Berlin
Germany
phone +49 30 25920-888
fax +49 30 25920-899

There is the possibility to upload a short film within the online film entry process. More information can be found at Infosheet Short Film Upload.

All films must be submitted in the original version. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

After consultation with the section heads, the Festival Director invites films to participate in the Generation section. The section head also decides in which competition of the section a selected film will be programmed and receives advice and assistance from a selection committee.

5 – Version and Subtitles

All selected films are screened in their original version with English subtitles. The producer is required to meet the costs of subtitling. The version released or planned for release in the country of origin is regarded as the original version.

Generation Kplus films will be presented with an additional German voice-over performed by professional speakers. For this reason, a complete dialogue list in the original language must be supplied for every film invited to this competition.

A complete list of material required for the film’s presentation and a participation form will be sent out with the official invitation.

6 – Juries

In the Generation Kplus competition:

An eleven-member Children’s Jury (between 11-14 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.

The awards donated by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) are decided upon by the Generation Kplus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.

In the Generation 14plus competition:

A seven-member Youth Jury (between 14-18 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.

The awards donated by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are decided upon by the Generation 14plus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.

All jurors are appointed by the Festival Director at the recommendation of the section head.

No person who has participated in the production or commercial exploitation of a film in competition may serve on the jury of the same competition.

The four juries meet and deliberate separately, according to their own procedures. The section head may attend the deliberations but does not vote. Jury decisions are based on a majority vote. Jury members are sworn to secrecy, even after the Festival is over.

7 – Awards

In the Generation Kplus competition:

The Children’s Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film

In addition, the Children’s Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria which may change from year to year.

The Generation Kplus International Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk

In addition, the Generation Kplus International Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

In the Generation 14plus competition:

The Youth Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film

In addition, the Youth Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

The Generation 14plus International Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
In addition, the Generation 14plus International Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

Each film selected receives a certificate of participation.

For any further questions, please consult the General Regulations of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Organisation
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Germany
phone +49 30 25920-444
fax +49 30 25920-499
 

Contact

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Organisation
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Germany
phone +49 30 25920-444
fax +49 30 25920-499