Rules and regulations
The OpenEyes Filmfest is an independent film festival that is organized by the Verein zur Förderung der Filmkultur in Marburg e. V. Films of every possible area and genre are welcome – there are no thematic restrictioins. Age certification assigned to the festival in general is 18/NC-17.
Selection of Films
All films submitted are viewed and selected by independent juries,
which are also responsible for curating the program. All entrants will
be informed by
e-mail no later than June 15th, 2023 if their film has been selected.
The OpenEyes festival’s audience awards one winner and two runner-ups in every category (feature film, documentary, experimental film/music video, animation).
The submitter certifies that all rights and clearances have been
obtained for a public screening in the course of the OpenEyes Filmfest.
The following requirements must be met by every film submitted:
a. RUN TIME: 30 minutes max [incl. credits]
b. PRODUCTION: The final production date must be later than January 1st, 2021.
c. SUBMISSION FEE: The festival does not charge a fee for submissions via the festival's own platform. Submissions via other platforms (e.g. FilmFreeway) are excluded from this. Any fee paid through these platforms is non-refundable under any circumstances.
d. VIEWING COPY: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, File, Online-Screener LANGUAGE/SUBTITLES: The dialogue of the viewing copy must be in German or English, if not, German or English subtitles must be provided.
e. SCREENING COPY: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, HD-File [H.264/265, ProRes422, max. 80Mbit/s], DCP. Different formats of screening copies are only possible after consultation with the OpenEyes Team. LANGUAGE/SUBTITLES: All films will be screened in their original language version. All festival selections must have English subtitles. [Upon request the OpenEyes Filmfest can offer support with creating subtitles.]
f. SYSTEM: PAL
g. Every film must be submitted in only one of the following CATEGORIES: feature film, documentary, experimental film/music video, animation. Thereby, the chosen category is the same as the category in which the film will be judged. The responsible jury reserves their right to adapt the category if necessary.
h. The festival reserves the right to use any PHOTO and PRESS MATERIAL that has been submitted for press and public relation purposes. Furthermore, the OpenEyes Filmfest may create stills from submissions for use in print and online media, as well as film sequences for possible use in the festival’s trailer. In case that only the photo and press material already submitted may be used, it must be noted as such in advance.
i. The festival has the right to make the viewing work public and for
this purpose to discuss the submission publicly (podcast). This also
applies to criticism and rejected films.
In the event that only the submitted visual and press materials may be used, or the film may not be discussed publicly, this must be stated separately in the submission.
j. Screening copies must be submitted by July 1st, 2023. Should a copy arrive too late, the festival reserves the right to use the viewing copy for screening at the festival.
Viewing and Screening Copies
a. Viewing copies are not returned to the sender. Viewing copies will remain in the archive of the Filmfest, which is entitled to show the film in follow- up events in course of the OpenEyes Festival.
b. The sender is responsible for the delivery of the screening copy. This includes all shipment fees. Screening copies will be returned or forwarded to other festivals as a parcel at the expense of the festival.
c. Screening copies which have not been delivered until July 1st, 2023 might not be considered for the festival. In this case, the sender will be charged for the return.
d. Shipments from non-EU countries must be declared as:
For cultural purpose only
No commercial value
e. Screening copies are insured for the duration of the OpenEyes Filmfest by Verein zur Förderung der Filmkultur in Marburg e.V.
f. Verein zur Förderung der Filmkultur in Marburg e.V. cannot be held responsible for screening copies that are damaged during return shipment.
g. Complaints for damaged copies can only be filed in the span of up to seven days after receiving the return shipment.