37. Stuttgarter Filmwinter
Festival for Expanded Media

Requirements for participation

Requirements for participation

Hybrid Festival
We are planning the next festival on-site from 18 to 21 January 2024 and again online. Our online platform is geo-blocked, time-limited and copy-protected for the films to be shown. Participants of Filmwinter Stuttgart and professional audience will get access to our protected festival hub. Artists may choose not to present their work online. We will inform you about possible changes to the plan due to Covid-19 in accordance with the constantly evolving facts.

General information on submission and selection of works
There is no fee for selected works. We invite the artists whose works have been selected for the competitions to the festival, grant them a travel allowance and, if possible, arrange for them to stay in private accommodation. Submitted works should not be older than production year 2022. Works submitted before during the last years are excluded. Exception: Submitted short films that are selected for the »International Short Film Competition« of the respective year and that cannot be shown due to competing premiere options (e.g. Berlinale).

Film & Video (International Short Film Competition, 2 Minutes Short Film, Supporting Program)
The screening copy of the films should have German or English subtitles. A dialogue script is sufficient for the preview copy. In the online submission form the preview copy must be submitted via link and be available until the end of January 2024. Films and videos submitted to the »International Short Film Competition« can’t be longer than 30 minutes. Submitted films and videos being longer than 30 minutes may run in a special programme outside the competition. Commissioned works and trailers are excluded from the participation. The winner films will be screened at a special event after the Filmwinter.

Media in Space, Network Culture (Expanded Media Exhibition)
Submissions can include installations, augmented reality, VR projects, media based performances, works of net art and app-based projects or works, and works at the intersection of Media in Space, Network Culture and Performing Arts. Please, enclose information about the work, illustrative material, detailed plans, and a technical requirement list (including insurance value of required equipment and/or equipment/material that can eventually be provided).

AV performances and live acts
For the supporting programme, we are looking for current positions at the intersection of expanded cinema, media and net art, and/or positions that cleverly link digital culture to the analogue and redefine this interface. (In individual cases, we reserve the right, after consultation with the artists, to include submissions in this area in our competition categories).

Confirmations and Cancellations for the Competitions
Notifications of confirmations for the competitions will be send out in December 2023 by email, notifications of cancellations will be send out before the start of the festival.

The applicant must cover shipment/mailing costs for preview material and screening copies to Stuttgart. The return shipment for the screening copies will be covered by Wand 5 e.V.
Return of the preview material on request only by sending an e-mail to archiv@wand5.de. Selected works will be kept in Wand 5´s archive. Entries from abroad must bear the notice: »Temporary import - no commercial value«. For shipment of screening copies from outside of the European Community, please, include a pro forma invoice with a declaration of value not exceeding 50 US $. The screening copies have to arrive at the festival office before December 15th, 2023.

The screening copies and installations are insured for the value of the material from the date of arrival until the date of return. Claims for damages have to be put in immediately after the return.