From today on you can submit your films for the REC – Filmfestival Berlin 2023!
Please use the submission portal with further information:
We are looking forward to your films!
The most important at a glance
Films by young filmmakers up to the age of 25 can be submitted. All genres, themes and film lengths are permitted.
There is no entry fee.
The film registration must be done via the portal filmfestivals4u. (Films can also be submitted there for other youth film festivals).
The videos must be available for download. A link without a download option is not sufficient.
Files for download must be submitted in HD standard (1080p, 1080i or 720p) in h264 codec and must not be larger than 100 MByte per film minute.
Download links must be valid until the end of the festival.
It must be possible to download directly (with password if necessary), i.e. the download option must not be tied to a REC – Filmfestival Berlin registration with a service provider (e.g. Dropbox).
As we are a festival with an international audience and we would like to forward your films to international festivals, we recommend that you send us your films with English subtitles.
Conditions of participation
We invite all young filmmakers to submit their work to the festival. The festival is an international young filmmaker competition for works of a young filmmaker generation of pupils, teenagers and students aged 6 to 25.
We are looking for new films of all genres, lengths and formats: Experimental, Documentary, Animation or Feature, Short or Long Film.
The festival wants to show works that are imaginative, unusual, humorous, provocative and idiosyncratic.
Pupils, young people and students between the ages of 6 and 25 who have made films alone or in a group can take part; the decisive factor is the age of the filmmakers in the year in which the films were made. Each participant can submit one or more works.
The topics and lengths can be chosen freely. All works must have been completed after January 1, 2021. There is no entry fee. The film submission must be made as a download.
The festival languages are German & English. Since we are a festival with an international audience and we would like to submit your films to international festivals, we recommend that you submit your films with English subtitles. If the original language of the film is not English or German, the viewing copy should be subtitled in one of these two languages. Otherwise, please include an English dialogue list.
All films will be screened by an independent pre-selection jury, which will compile the festival’s competition program. The selection is not based on technical perfection, but on originality and independence of idea and cinematic realization.
The selected films are presented in individual program blocks, which are not arranged according to age groups.
Jury and prizes
An independent festival jury will award the „Media Clips“ during the festival. The jury will consider age groups in all decisions.
The decisions of the pre-selection jury and the festival jury are not contestable and will be communicated to all participants* by e-mail only, unless they are present in person.
Submission is possible online from December 15, 2022 until May 15, 2023 and is done via the portal filmfestivals4u. The entry form must be filled out online. By submitting, filmmakers* declare that they own all rights to the film without restrictions. Restrictions must be stated. The submitters agree to the publication of the data (e.g. festival catalog/program) and, if applicable, a film excerpt for promotional purposes (e.g. festival trailer).
Screening copies and uploads
Screening copies must be available for download together with the official entry form, as well as optional accompanying materials (e.g. texts on the content and making of the film) by May 15, 2023 (deadline). For downloads we need the files in the formats mpeg4, or h264 for viewing. (Please no gigabyte monsters, i.e. the file must not be larger than 100 MB per minute of film. If the movie is selected for the program and we need a higher resolution, we will contact you).
Download links must be valid until the end of the festival. A link without a download option is not sufficient. The download must be possible directly (if necessary with password), i.e. the download possibility must not be linked to a registration of the REC – Filmfestival Berlin with a service provider (e.g. Dropbox).
Information in the registration form
The information provided on the registration form regarding the program text will be used for the festival catalog. The text should have a length of min. 350 to max. 650 characters. The catalog editors reserve the right to make editorial changes.
All information given when registering a film, such as the year of production and the year of birth/age of the persons involved, must be truthful. With the registration and signature the regulations of the festival are accepted.
If the information provided in the registration form is not truthful – especially regarding the year of creation of the film and the year of birth of the persons involved – the selection / nomination for the festival and, if applicable, an award made by the jury may be revoked. This decision is made by the organizers and the supporting association of the festival and is not contestable.
Organizers and sponsors of the festival
The REC – Filmfestival Berlin is organized in cooperation with the Jugend- und Familienstiftung des Landes Berlin, the outreach gGmbH – Projekt Network and the non-profit association PUMA e.V. with its „Medienzentrum Clip“ (c/o Internetwerkstatt Netti, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz 11, D-12161 Berlin) and supported by Youth Welfare Office Berlin-Tempelhof-Schöneberg.