Ciclo de Cine Centroamericano - Viena (11)

Central American Film Festival - Vienna


24 Feb 2019
Call for entries

15 Aug 2019
Festival closed

16 Nov 2019
Notification date

15 Nov 2019
22 Nov 2019


Papaya Media Association, Brünner Strasse 31/2/34,  A-1210, Wien, Wien, Austria

Festival description
Short Films
Feature Films

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 Continental Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2017
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Required
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
German English
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Festival start: 15 November 2019      Festival end: 22 November 2019

The Central American Film Festival in Vienna, Austria has become an established event and a tradition for the city.

Vienna has long been one of the most important cultural cradles in the world, making it an ideal location to present the increasingly diverse and interesting productions from the Central American region.

This year's film festival will take place again in November, and we hope that our loyal audience will continue to join us to experience the most recent productions that Central American cinematography has to offer.

As in previous years, the parallel non-competitive sections include the following: “Pioneers of Central American cinema”; “Works in Progress”; “Guest film”; “Bonus films” and “Latin American View”. The latter is a selection of audiovisual works from Latin America that portray actual life in Latin American. These sections are fully described in the rules of participation.

The awards will result from direct voting by the public in attendance at the movie presentations. The festival organizers will award the following recognitions:

a) Best Feature Film of the Festival

b) Best Short Film of the Festival

c) Best Documentary of the Festival

d) Best Animated Film of the Festival

In the event of very close scores in the voting, shared prizes and special mentions will be awarded.

Rules for Participating in the 11th Central American Film Festival

The 11th Central American Film Festival will take place from November 15 to 22, 2018, in Vienna, Austria.

Papaya Media Association, organizer of the event, announces the call for submissions for the pre-selection of
participants in the official competition and parallel sections for the 11th film festival.

The submission of works for the selection process is free of charge and the deadline is August 15th, 2019. Details on how the works should be presented are explained

Only films that have been made within the last two years are qualified to participate
in the main competition. Films produced before this time will be entered into the
parallel sections.

Films will be exhibited in DCP, H264 HD, 35 mm, DVD (PAL) and Beta Digi formats in
various indoor and/or open-air venues throughout Vienna.

General Information About the 11th Central American Film Festival:

Since the beginning of the project, local interest in the audiovisual production of
Central America has been growing. In previous festivals a varied film program
divided into features films, documentaries, short films, and animations was shown,
providing the public access to the most recent productions of the region.

The enthusiasm with which the event has been received has motivated Papaya Media Association to take on the responsibility of making the festival a permanent event.

The following categories will make up
the official competition:

Fictional feature film

Fictional short film

Animated film


As in the last festival, the audience will vote directly for its favourite film from each category, and the winning film will be presented with a certificate of recognition.

These films will also be included in further presentations taking place in cities throughout Austria and/or Europe.


• Allow the public to become familiar with the audiovisual production of the Central American region, including Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and the South and East of Mexico.

• Promote the production and distribution of quality audiovisual work made in Central America.

• Provide space for reflection and debate, give professionals the opportunity to keep in touch with current developments, and support the communication between the artists of the Central American region and Europe.

• Facilitate the understanding of cultural diversity and the establishment of a culture of tolerance by putting diverse social realities in contact with one another.

• Promote the Central American region as an area of cinematic, social and touristic interest.

• Promote Central American cinematic production within Europe.

The Festival will provide a platform to:

• Identify and distribute the highest quality of Central American film and video production.

• Inform the public and attract the attention of the media and institutions that work in the audiovisual production industry.

• Convene distinguished directors, producers, distributors, cinematic personalities and specialists, both local and international.

• Promote and stimulate initiatives that develop policies and projects intended to increase, both in quantity and quality, the areas of work available to artists in the Central American region.

• Hold touring exhibitions in diverse cultural public spaces.


1. Organization

The exhibition is organized by Papaya Media Association.

2. Collaborators

The festival is organized in cooperation with the Festival Centroamericano de Cine y Video Icaro (Icaro Central American Film and Video Festival), independent producers and directors of the Central American region and Europe, as well as with academic, public, non-governmental, and private institutions and entities from various countries of the world.

3.- Submission of work.

a) The submission of works is free of charge. Central American works and coproductions made in 2017, 2018, and the present year may qualify for participation in the official competition.

b) Works having been awarded prizes in other festivals are still qualified to be considered for the competition. It is also possible to participate even if the film has been awarded a prize in its country of origin.

c) Works can be submitted for pre-selection in order to be considered for the official competition or any of the non-competitive sections. In the case of submission to a non-competitive section, there are no restrictions on the year of production. (See appendix 5. B)

4.- Requirements for participation

Parties interested in submitting audiovisual materials to the Festival’s pre-selection process should send the details of the intended works by email to or by uploading the works to a server or platform. The festival works with FESTHOME ( as a platform for submission. If you choose FESTHOME to submit your works, you will have to accept their terms and nullify the need to submit the works directly by email. Deadline: August 15th, 2019.

The following materials are required:

a) Submission form, adequately filled out (this can be found on the Festival’s website:

b) Attached materials:

• Posters and any other publicity materials about the film.

• Digital graphic material in a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

In addition, under special circumstances the following materials should be sent by normal post before 15 August, 2019. Special circumstances could arise on a case by case basis and are determined by the organizers. When necessary, this shall be directly communicated in a timely manner to the people or organization who entered the submission.

•3 new DVD (PAL) or Blurays of the film in high resolution.

• Paper copy of the submission form, adequately filled out and signed.

• Original letter attached to the submission form authorizing Papaya Media Association to use the material within the Festival and related events.

• CD/DVD, which includes photographs from the films in TIFF or JPG format (300 dpi), in case they are needed for the web page of the festival and/or in printed information.

• Complementary materials such as photos, posters, brochures and/or a trailer for the film may be included (not compulsory).


The submitted DVDs or Blurays will form part of the Festival’s archive.

Only those works that comply with these requirements within the submission deadline, August 15, 2019 at 24:00 Vienna time, will be considered as officially submitted. Note that works must receive an official notification of submission.

5.- Sending the materials

Participants are responsible for the postage costs of submitting the works for preselection.

The parcel should be sent with the following remark: “without commercial value and solely for cultural purposes.”

Packages should be sent to:

Enrique Bedoya
Brünner Strasse 31/2/34
A- 1210 Wien - Austria

The organizers of the Festival will not take on customs costs, and reserve the right not to receive those parcels which do not meet this requirement.

Works that do not fulfil all of the requirements numbered in points 3, 4 and 5 will not be considered as officially submitted.

6.- Sections of the Festival

a) Categories of the competition:

• Fictional feature film

• Fictional short film

• Animated short film

• Documentaries

b) Parallel non-competitive sections:

• "Pioneers of Central American Cinema”:
Recognizing those creators who initiated the development of cinema in Central America and, simultaneously, the search for a collective memory.

• "Guest film": Films that, according to the criteria of the festival’s coordinators, are considered important to present.

• "Latin American view”: Selection of audiovisual works from Latin America that
give a glimpse of life in that region. This year our guest country of honour will be Mexico.

• "Works in process": Special presentations and exhibitions will be held for distributors of works in the process of production and recent films which, without forming a part of the competitive and non-competitive selections, are available for commercialization in Central America and other countries of the world.

• "Bonus film": Films that complement some part of the festival in some way, or which, according to the criteria of the organizers, should be presented to the public.

7.- Selection of works

The selection of submitted works will be carried out by the Selection Jury, made up of the coordinators of the festival and their advisers. The results of the selection will be announced on the festival website or via Festhome after September 30, 2019. Works that are not selected will not be notified by any means. All official selections are final and not subject to appeal.

8.- Requirements of the copies intended for exhibition

The copies for exhibition should fulfil the following requirements:

The submitted work should be in one of the following formats: DCP, H264 HD, 35 mm, Beta Digital, Bluray or DVD (PAL).

The copies for exhibition that don’t fulfil these requirements will not be taken into consideration.

9.- Language

The Festival is principally aimed at the German-speaking public. Therefore, works must be subtitled in German or English.

10.- Official Awards

The awards will come as a result of direct voting from the public in attendance at the movie presentations. The Festival organizers will award the following recognitions:

a) Best Feature Film of the Festival

b) Best Short Film of the Festival

c) Best Documentary of the Festival

d) Best Animated Short Film of the Festival

In the event of very close scores in the voting, shared prizes and special mentions will be awarded.

11.- Rights of the organization

The organizers of the Festival reserve the right to make a digital copy of the selected works for the Festival archive. These copies will not be used commercially, and will only be used for other exhibitions of an educational or cultural nature carried out by the organization itself. The festival is based in Vienna. A selection of works will be exhibited in future activities organized in Vienna and other Austrian/European cities, depending on the interest created by the Festival.

The submission of works to the Festival implies the acceptance of the regulations presented in this document.

Once a submission is made, it cannot be retracted for any reason.

For submissions, more information, advice or suggestions, please contact:

Central American Filmfestival - Vienna



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