Regulations – International Competition 2025


  • all genres (animation, fiction, documentary, experimental)
  • 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
  • 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 the film to be screened if it is selected and the selection of the film 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 1st November 2024
  • submissions can be made either via ShortFilmDepot or FilmFreeway
  • 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 – International 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



The festival will nominate an International Jury consisting of five members. The following prizes will be given to the director of the awarded films:

  • Grand Prix: 5000 € and the Festival Trophy “Kiss” for the best film in the competition
  • three Category Prizes; fiction, animation, documentary: each 1500 € and the Festival Trophy “Kiss”
  • Special Mentions
  • EFA Tampere Candidate according to the regulations set by the European Film Academy
  • 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 International Competition.

If the Grand Prix of the International Competition is won by a Finnish film, the film is directly eligible to be nominated for the Jussi Award for short films.


  • 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
  • films will be subtitled in Finnish
  • 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 International 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 International 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 beginning 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.



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