Regulations – Generation XYZ 2025

Tampere Film Festival is thrilled to announce that the fifth edition of the Generation XYZ Competition, presented in collaboration with XYZ Films, will take place at the 2025 festival. The competition will focus on short-form genre films, with films in the thriller, horror, sci-fi, action, and fantasy categories.



  • Genre films (thriller, horror, sci-fi, action, and fantasy)
  • maximum length 30 minutes (including credits)
  • completed 1 January 2023 or later
  • completed productions only (working copies accepted ONLY if agreed with the festival before submitting) 
  • film can only be submitted once
  • If you have submitted your film to the Tampere 55th International Short Film Festival’s International or National Competition and would like to submit the same film to Tampere Film Festival Generation XYZ Competition, please email us at We will send you a fee waiver code for your submission.
  • premiere not required
  • accepted screening formats: DCP or Digital File (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264)
  • screening copy must be in English or subtitled in English
  • submitter is responsible for all copyrights
  • by submitting the film, you commit to the film being screened if it is selected and the selection has been accepted by the filmmaker
  • no screening fee for selected films
Submission fee
  • Early Bird deadline 1 September, submission fee 11 €/film
  • Regular deadline 1 October, submission fee 13 €/film
  • Final deadline 1 November, submission fee 15 €/film


  • deadline 1 November 2024
  • submissions can be made via FilmFreeway or ShortFilmDepot 
  • register to the site (if not done earlier)
  • fill in the submission form carefully
  • upload at least one still photo of the film (300 dpi)
  • make sure the preview file is working correctly
  • preview file must be in English or subtitled in English
  • submit to Tampere Film Festival – Generation XYZ Competition 2025
  • make the payment
  • final selections are announced by the end of January 2025 on the festival’s website
  • the submitters of the selected films will be notified prior to the public announcement



Selected films will be showcased at the 2025 Tampere Film Festival and judged by an independent jury. The following prizes will be given to the film directors:

  • Main Prize: 2000 €  
  • Special Mentions
  • Audience Award

In addition to the prizes mentioned above and with the approval of the festival, it is also possible for other organisations and associations to award films in the Generation XYZ Competition.


  • information given in the entry form (synopsis, credits etc.) will be used as such in marketing and publicity
  • screening copy must be delivered at least four (4) weeks before the festival
  • screening copy must have English subtitles
  • festival is authorised to make one excerpt not exceeding 10% or max. three (3) minutes of the total running time of the selected films to be used in promoting the festival in various medias and online
  • festival will insure the screening copy while in the festival’s possession (The insurance will adhere to the regulations of FIAPF)
  • festival will cover the return expenses of the screening copy if needed
  • festival will not pay screening fees for films selected into the competition
  • festival will offer the representative of the film (one (1) person) accommodation in Tampere for three (3) nights during the festival
TFF Online Film Festival

The films selected into the Generation XYZ Competition will also be available online for online festival ticket holders, if agreed to by the filmmaker/submitter. The Tampere Online Film Festival will be available via for a maximum of two (2) weeks during March 2025 and geoblocked to Finland only. Submitters are required to inform the festival of any possible restrictions regarding the online screenings at least two (2) weeks prior to the festival.

TFF Online Film Library

The films selected into the Generation XYZ Competition will automatically be entered into Tampere Film Festival’s Online Film Library if agreed to by the filmmaker/submitter. The Online Film Library will be available worldwide via for the festival’s accredited professional guests only and will be open from the start of the festival until the end of March 2025. Submitters are required to inform the festival of any possible restrictions regarding the Online Film Library at least two (2) weeks prior to the festival.


Any such cases not mentioned in these regulations will be left to the festival’s consideration (in accordance with FIAPF International Regulations). By submitting the entry form, the submitter acknowledges that they have read, understood and accepted the regulations without reservation.



If you have any questions related to regulations, timetables etc., please contact