Regulations – National Competition 2021

There are two series in National Competition:

→ series for under 30 minutes animation, documentary, fiction and experimental films (under 30 minutes films will automatically enter also to the preview of International Competition)

→ series for over 30 minutes animation, documentary, fiction and experimental films. Fiction films cannot exceed 60 minutes

  • Finnish director OR Finnish production / co-production
  • completed 1st of December 2019 or after
  • complete productions only (working copies must be agreed separately)
  • film can be submitted only once
  • premiere not required
  • accepted screening formats DCP or Digital File (Apple ProRes 422 tai H.264)
  • screening copy must be in or subtitled in both Finnish and English
  • submitter is responsible for the copyright of the film
  • 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 2020
  • submissions can be done via shortfilmdepot or FilmFreeway
  • register to the site (if not done earlier)
  • fill in the submission form
  • upload at least one still photo of the film (300 dpi)
  • make sure the preview file is working correctly
  • choose Tampere Film Festival – National Competition 2021
  • make the payment
  • final selection is announced on 2nd of February 2021 at
  • only the submitters of the selected films will be notified personally

The organizers will nominate a National Jury of three members. The following prizes will be given in both series to the film directors:

  • Main Prize: 5000 € and Festival trophy “Kiss”
  • Special Prize 1500 €
  • Special Mentions
  • Prize of the Youth Jury (under 30 minutes series)
  • 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 National Competition.

  • please note that ONLY the submitters of the selected films will be notified personally
  • information given in the entry form (synopsis, credits etc.) will be used as such in all printed publications and on the website
  • screening copy must be delivered at least 2 weeks before the festival starts
  • screening copy must be in or subtitled in both Finnish and English
  • festival can electronically subtitle the film either in Finnish or in English provided that the readymade translations will be delivered latest 2 weeks before the festival starts
  • 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
  • festival will cover the return expenses of the screening copy if needed
  • festival offers the representative of the film (1 person) accommodation for 2 nights in Tampere during the festival

Films selected to National Competition can automatically be entered into Tampere Film Festival’s online Film Library without separate notification. Online Film Library is available for accredited professionals only and is open for one month, March 2021.


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