Regulations 59th ZFF

FESTIVAL STATUS

I. BASIC INFORMATION

ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth

The mission and goal of the ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL is the presentation of contemporary world film for children and youth in the Czech Republic as well as an exhibition of Czech films. An important aspect of the festival is not only the effort to entertain young audiences, but to also – through film – to educate, expand their awareness of the outside world, and develop esthetic, social and moral perceptions.

ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth is being organized by the FILMFEST, s.r.o., registered at Filmová 174, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic.

59th International Film Festival for Children and Youth will take place in Zlín from May 24 to June 1, 2019.

II. PROGRAMME SECTIONS

A) Competitions:
International Competition of Feature Films for Children
International Competition of Feature Films for Youth
International Competition of Short Animated Films for Children
Competition of European First Feature Films
Competition of European Documentary Films for Young Audience
Zlín Dog - International Competition of Student Films
B) Festival Classics:
Festival Gala
Panorama
New Czech Films and TV Programmes
C) Discover & Explore / Limited edition 2019:
Nature
People
Countries

III. CONDITIONS FOR SUBMITTERS

Only works with a release date after January 1, 2017 will be allowed to participate in the competitive sections. Films which are part of a series but can be judged separately may also compete. Animated films of up to a maximum of 15 minutes in length may participate in the animated film competitions.
Festival doesn´t accept short live-action films (with exception of student films).

In order to have a film screened at the Festival it is necessary to fill in the application form at www.zlinfest.cz and send a preview on DVD or an on-line screener with English subtitles by no later than March 1, 2019. The organizer will inform the applicants of their acceptance in writing by no later than April 1, 2019. 

IV. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Required formats for films in competitions are DCP. The festival may grant exceptions. Short animated films and student films included in competition are accepted only in the formats Quicktime H.264 HD that can be uploaded at the online application. Other films are acceptable on media formats: DCP, 35 mm, Blu Ray.
The Festival strongly prefers receiving a non-encrypted DCP. For any encrypted DCP the festival will require a KDM for all playback servers in use at the Festival from May 20 to June 1, 2019.

V. LANGUAGE VERSIONS

Competing films must be provided with English subtitles by the applicant. Competing films for children, animated films and non-competing films for children of up to 12 years of age are screened in their original version with simultaneous interpreting into the Czech language provided by the organizer. Other competing films are screened in their original version with English subtitles and at the same time with Czech subtitles provided by the organizer. The organizer may allow exceptions – especially in the case of historical and archival films.

VI. SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

Copies of invited films must be delivered to the organizer's address by May 5, 2019. This deadline must be met. When delivering the films, participants must follow the delivery instructions received together with the letter of acceptance of the films.

Unless specified otherwise, expenses relating to the transport of films, preview of films, promotional materials, and insurance from the country of origin to Zlín will be covered by the participant. Expenses relating to the transport of films, preview of films, and insurance to the country of origin are covered by the organizer. The transport of films and other materials for which the organizer is responsible are always covered directly from the organizer’s bank account and it is the organizer’s right to choose the transport company. The organizer does not cover any expenses for other transport of films and promotional materials unless it is approved by the organizer. Should a copy get lost or be destroyed during the festival, the organizer will be responsible only for costs relating to the making of a new copy in accordance with current laboratory price lists for the making of a standard copy.

VII. SCREENING AND ENTRY FEES

There are no entry fees.
In case of a screening fee the organizer requires to agree on a particular amount ahead of time. The invoice must be sent to the organizer by June 30, 2019. After this date any other invoices won´t be taken into account – they won´t be paid by the organizer.

VIII. VIDEO LIBRARY

Selected films may be a part of the festival video library. It is accessible only to accredited film professionals – aquisitors, festival programmers and journalists. Participation of a film in the video library will be discussed with rights holder separately and it is organized under particular rules. 

IX. DELEGATIONS

It is usual that a delegation of a maximum of 2 people be invited to accompany each feature competing film participating in the competition for a period of 4 days (3 nights). For other films taking part in the festival a 2-member delegation will be invited to stay for 3 days (2 nights). The organizer will cover accommodation. Only the festival management can make exceptions to these rules. If a single producer is going to present more than one film, the number of delegation members will be negotiated individually with the festival organizers. If the organizer covers the travel expenses of guests, it will be covered by the organizer only and according to the travel company chosen by the organizer. The organizer does not cover other travel expenses unless it is approved by the organizer.

X. JURIES

Competing films will be judged by the following juries:
Statutory juries:
a. International Expert Jury for Feature Films for Children and Youth
b. Joint International Jury of Children and Adults for Animated Films
c. International Children’s Jury for Feature Films for Children
d. International Youth Jury for Feature Films for Youth
e. International Expert Jury for European Feature Films
f. International Expert Jury for Student Films (Zlín Dog)
Non-statutory juries:
g. ECFA – International jury
h. International Ecumenical Jury

The organizer reserves the right to appoint other expert juries.

XI. FESTIVAL PRIZES

1. Prizes awarded by the statutory juries:
International Expert Jury for Feature Films:
Golden Slipper - for Best Feature Film for Children
Golden Slipper - for Best Feature Film for Youth 
Jury Prize for Best Children Performance in a Feature Film for Children
Jury Prize for Best Youth Performance in a Feature Film for Youth

Joint International Jury of Children and Adults for Animated Films:
Golden Slipper - for Best Animated Film
Hermína Týrlová Award - for Young Artists aged under 35

International Children’s Jury for Feature Films for Children:
Main Prize of the Children’s Jury - for Best Feature Film for Children

International Youth Jury for Feature Films for Youth:
Main Prize of the Youth Jury - for Best Feature film for Youth

International Expert Jury for European First Films:
Europe Award - for Best European First Film
Special Recognition for Best Visual Concept

International Expert Jury for Student Films Zlín Dog:
Main Prize for TOP Film of Zlín Dog with prize money of EUR 1000
Special Jury Awards

2. Prizes awarded by non-statutory juries:
EFCA – International jury
ECFA Award – for Best European Documentary Film for Young Audience

International Ecumenical Jury
Ecumenical Jury Award

3. Audience awards:
Golden Apple – The City of Zlín Audience Award for Best Feature Film 
ČT: D Audience Award – for Best Short Animated Film

4. Prizes awarded by the Filmfest:
Festival President’s Award
The Festival President’s Award is given for the significant development of films for children and youth

XII. CONCLUSION

The organizer pledges to show the films only within the scope of the festival including selected cities in the Czech Republic that are part of the festival programme.

By submitting the application, the applicant consents to the use of photographs and parts of competing films or their trailers free of charge, and for their use as part of festival promotional material, on any Czech TV station, festival TV and on the internet. The trailers must not exceed three minutes for feature films and two minutes for animated films. The applicant also acknowledges that winning films will be provided in DVD format to the Film Festival Zlín archive.

Participants of all selected films are required to use the logo of the ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL in their film’s publicity and promotional materials.

By submitting an application to the festival, participants express their consent to these Festival Regulations and commit themselves to comply with their provisions. In unclear or unaccounted-for cases, decisions will be made by the artistic director of the festival.


Markéta Pášmová, Artistic Director, ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL 2019