Regulations – International Competition 2023

  • all genres (animation, fiction, documentary, experimental)
  • maximum length 30 minutes (including credits)
  • completed 1st of January 2021 or later
  • completed productions only (working copies accepted ONLY if agreed with the festival)
  • film can be submitted only once
  • premiere not required
  • accepted screening formats DCP or Digital File (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264)
  • screening copy must be in or subtitled in English
  • submitter is responsible for the copyrights
  • by submitting the film, you commit to the screening if the film is selected
  • no screening fee for selected films
  • Earlybird deadline 31st of August, submission fee 9 €/film
  • Regular deadline 31st of October, submission fee 11 €/film
  • Final deadline 1st of December, submission fee 13 €/film
  • deadline 1st of December 2022
  • submissions can be done 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 2023
  • make the payment
  • final selections are announced by the end of January 2023 at
  • the submitters of the films will be notified before the public announcement

The organizers will nominate an International Jury of five members. The following prizes will be given to the film directors:

  • Grand Prix: 5000 € and Festival trophy “Kiss” for the best film in competition
  • three Category Prizes; fiction, animation, documentary (categories include experimental): each 1500 € and Festival Trophy “Kiss”
  • EFA Tampere Candidate according to the regulations set by the European Film Academy
  • Special Mentions
  • Audience Award

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

  • information given in the entry form (synopsis, credits etc.) will be used as such in all printed and online publications, social media etc
  • screening copy must be delivered at least two (2) weeks before the festival
  • films will be subtitled in Finnish
  • screening copy must have English subtitles and be identical to the preview copy
  • festival is authorized to make one excerpt not exceeding 10% or max. 3 minutes of the total running time of the selected films to be used in promoting the festival in various medias and the Internet
  • festival will insure the screening copy while in the festival’s possession (The insurance will follow 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 offers the representative of the film (1 person) accommodation for 3 nights in Tampere during the festival

Films selected into the International Competition may also be screened online for the festival audience in Finland if agreed by the submitter. Tampere online film festival will be available via for two (2) weeks in March 2023


Films selected to the International Competition will automatically be entered into Tampere Film Festival’s Online Film Library. The Online Film Library is available for accredited professionals only and is open for one (1) month, March 2023


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 questions related to regulations, timetables etc., please contact