Extended submission deadline for shorts at the Video on the Beach – till 15 April

Extended submission deadline for shorts at the Video on the Beach – till 15 April

Dear folks. What to say? When we opened the Video on the Beach international call on February 25th, the 1st of April deadline seemed like a cute joke. Meanwhile, the joking stopped due to a certain virus, but we’re standing strong. Therefore we are very seriously extending the deadline until April 15th and kindly invite you all to apply. Although it is momentarily impossible to say when and how, the International Film Festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema will most definitely take place in 2020 and Video on the Beach shorts section will be part of its 16th edition.

In the Video on the Beach section, Kino Otok supports screenings of film production by new generations of emerging filmmakers, which explores the wealth and daring of film expression in both form and content.  In addition to Slovenian independent production, the section also screens films from neighbouring countries and beyond. Video on the Beach functions as an exploratory platform that enables not only public screenings of films, but also a dialogue, an exchange of ideas and experiences between the visiting established filmmakers and those who are either at the beginning of their film career or those whose work places them outside the established spaces of conventional and market-oriented filmmaking. One Video on the Beach evening is dedicated to the view on foreign productions of shorts, each year presented in partnerships with film festivals from Europe and beyond. This year’s partner festival will be Odense International Film Festival, the leading short film festival in Denmark (which incidentally also has the submissions open till 1 April).

We call on young filmmakers (young at heart, that is) from Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Austria and beyond to submit their works, which, if selected, will be screened during the festival in a relaxed atmosphere under the stars in close proximity to the Lighthouse beach in Izola.

The selected authors will be entitled to:

  • festival pass that enables access to all screenings, PRO and other events,
  • free-of-charge camping at the festival camp Scamp,
  • presentation of their film in the official festival catalogue.

There are no restrictions on film genres. Documentary, fiction, experimental or animated shorts should first and foremost be marked by unbridled, free and affiliative spirit that in one way or another does away with a series of constructed social, religious, cultural, ethnic, political, intergenerational and, of course, expressive barriers.

Length of submitted films: under 30 minutes. Films completed in 2020 or 2019 will be given priority. There are no limits to the number of entries by one filmmaker, but these have to be submitted separately. Video on the Beach does not require a submission fee.

You are invited to submit a completed online SUBMISSION FORM with attachments by Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

Video on the Beach programmer is Matevž Jerman, film critic and Programme Assistant at the Slovenian Cinematheque. As a curator and co-organizer, he cooperates with several film festivals (FeKK, Liffe, FSF,…). He has co-founded the Society for Short Film Promotion, Kraken, which fosters the growth of independent Slovenian production and overall development of short film. Jerman has written and directed several shorts and music videos.

For more information please write to video@isolacinema.org. We are looking forward to receiving your submission(s)!

See you at Otok!