CALL FOR ENTRIES 2024

As a theme for our festival’s second short film competition, we devote ourselves to all of our (un)holy desires:

The yearning for love, belief and liberation guides us through life. Sexuality and spirituality are intrinsic attributes of the human experience. But can they be combined? Modern denominations and institutions often reject this encounter, yet it is precisely for this reason that we embark on a search for contact points where the sanctification of the body and the spirit can converse and unite. By renouncing biases and embracing sex positivism, filmmakers can unravel culturally established taboos, engage in dialogues with the world and themselves, and create media that depict their fantasies. Welcome to HOLY DESIRES, where we celebrate the union of faith and sexuality in pornographic film.

Submission Process

You can submit your film or performance via paderporn.filmfestival@gmail.com until June 30, 2024.

Films can be entered to the following selection categories:        

  • Short film (Competition)
    Submit you short film here to participate in our first short film competition. The length of each individual short cannot be over 35 minutes. The films submitted to this category should be produced after December 31, 2021. Filmmakers/Artists of any nationality can submit films.
  • Feature film
    The length of each individual film cannot be less than 35 minutes. The films submitted to this category should be produced after December 31, 2021. Filmmakers/Artists of any nationality can submit films.
  • Installations and Performances
    Do you want to present your artwork during this festival? We welcome submissions of installations and performances from artists/artist collectives of any nationality in areas such as arts, music, design, new media, theatre etc. Your submission should include: a short abstract with a description or a viewing link. Documentation such as images, sketches, drafts, books, videos, etc. are welcome. If possible, please add a technical requirement description to the PDF document. 
  • Historical features and shorts (up to 1999)
    The length for the historical feature cannot be less than 35 minutes. The length for the historical short cannot be over 35 minutes. Films submitted to this category should have a production date not later than December 31, 1999. Filmmakers/Artists of any nationality can submit films.

The application is free of charge. At the same time, the PaderPorn Filmfestival cannot be charged with a screening fee. A selection committee will make a selection among the submitted films/works for the festival.

Regulations:

  1. In general, our current shorts competition is open to any films which meet the criteria described above and which are produced after December 31, 2021. If your intended submission precedes this date, please contact us beforehand.
  2. The entries must not be available on public online-platforms.
  3. Films (written or spoken) produced in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
  4. Films can be entered in all common formats (.mp4, H.264, ProRes, etc.). DCPs cannot be accepted until further notice.
  5. If there is a preferred physical copy of your films and we are equipped to screen them (8mm/16mm/35mm/analogue video formats), we would love to make it happen! In this case, we will discuss the details of shipments, handling and so forth if your film gets selected for a screening. If there is no digital viewing copy available, please contact us before submission.
  6. By submitting your films, you guarantee that all participants are of legal age and that any performance recorded was completely consensual. Also, any use of intellectual property in your films as well as the agreement of participants to public screening are to be cleared by you beforehand. You further declare that no rights of third parties are infringed and that any potential legal claims or charges connected to the film/work itself are handled by you.
  7. If selected for the competition, you automatically transfer the rights to screen your film at the festival and at our future best of programs for the year 2023. We are also allowed to use images and short instances of the video (not longer than 10 seconds) in new materials which are strictly used to promote the festival and the competition. These materials can be used on the website and social media accounts of the festival and other appropriate virtual or actual places. Your data will only be stored for as long as it is required for the above-mentioned purpose and will not be passed on to third parties.
  8. By submitting your films/works, you allow us to process the data you have provided for the purpose of organizing and executing our festival. This consent is the legal basis for the EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR/DSGVO). Your data will only be stored for as long it is required for the above purpose and will not be disclosed to third parties.
  9. The submitting parties will be contacted until mid-August 2024. A selected film may not be withdrawn from the respective competition. If entries receive distribution or aditional rights holders after selection, the PaderPorn Filmfestival agrees to contact this group or person for consent to participate in the competition.

Jury and Awards

Our second annual competition award will be presented by a multifaceted team made up of filmmakers, researches and curators.

Awards are to be announced. All awards are intended for the filmmakers.

Regarding any questions, please write to us at: paderporn.filmfestival@gmail.com