30º Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo ()

30th São Paulo International Short Film Festival


26 Mar 2019
Call for entries

31 Mar 2019
Standard deadline

15 May 2019
Late deadline

17 May 2019
Festival closed

21 Jul 2019
Notification date

21 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019


Av Vieira de Carvalho,  01210-010, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Festival description
Short film festival 25'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  25'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 21 August 2019      Festival end: 01 September 2019

São Paulo International Short Film Festival is one of the world's largest and most traditional events dedicated to short films. Held in the city of São Paulo since 1990, it has become a landmark in the city's cultural agenda for its broad and diverse programming, which is screened free of charge at several theaters and cultural centers in São Paulo.Every year, the Festival selects around 400 films from a wide range of countries, seeking to represent the diversity and variety of the world's short film production, as well as to broaden the dialogue between international audiovisual and Latin American production.The core axis of its agenda are the International, Latin American and Brazilian film Programs, and a series of special programs is created every year, based on the films submitted to the Festival and on suggestions by curators who visit the most important festivals in Brazil and the world. Programs selected by partner festivals from numerous countries are also screened.The Festival is directed by cultural producer Zita Carvalhosa; and it's organized by Associação Cultural Kinoforum (Kinoforum Cultural Association), a nonprofit organization that carries out activities and projects, and that supports the development of film language and production with emphasis on promoting Brazilian audiovisual.

30th Sao Paulo International
Short Film Festival
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Founded and directed by Zita Carvalhosa, the Festival is organized by Associação Cultural Kinoforum.

Festival Dates:
The 30th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival will take place in the city of São Paulo, from August 21th to September 1st, 2019

The Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival aims to promote a greater exchange between Latin American and International production. Being cultural in nature, the Festival intends to present films that may contribute to the development of the short film concerning its aesthetics, specific format and way of production.

Brazilian Programs:
Films enrolled in the Brazilian Programs may participate in national showcases, in addition to Kid and Teen Showcase and Special Programs. Taken into consideration the particularities of each film, a same short can be a part of more than one Festival’s sections. It’s the Festival organization's prerogative to program a selected short in one or more of its programs.

International and Latin American Programs:
Films submitted to the International and Latin-American Programs and the Parallel Section can take part on the following sections: International Showcase, Latin-American Showcase, Kid and Teen Showcase and Special Programs. Taken into consideration the particularities of each film, a same short can be a part of more than one Festival’s sections. It’s the Festival organization's prerogative to program a selected short in one or more of its programs.

1. Films of all genres completed after January 1st 2018, never before submitted to the Festival, with a maximum running time of 25 minutes (credits included).

2. Unconcluded films will under the conditions below:
- the videos submitted for selection should be, necessarily, in its final cut. The only differences accepted between the evaluation file and the exhibition print are sound mixing, color grading and mastering.
- the submitter should inform that the film is not in its final version by filling in the designated space in the submission form.
- the film’s conclusion must be informed until June, 30th, 2019 for the film still be considered in the selection process. A new video file may be sent to replace the original one.

3. If the dialogue language is not Portuguese, English or Spanish the film must have hardcoded subtitle in one of these languages for submission and exhibition.

4. Advertising and / or institutional videos will not be accepted.

Double deadline:
March 31th, 2019 for films completed in 2018
May 15th, 2019 for films completed in 2019

Entry procedures:
1. Entries are available at Shortfilmdepot (www.shortfilmdepot.com) and Festhome (www.festhome.com ). After registering your film on the platform, submit it to the 30th Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival.

2. At the registration stage, a screener of the film can be uploaded according to the platmorm instructions and specifications.

3. For the selection process, the Festival will accept the following as submission copies:

3.1. Uploaded file from Shortfilmdepo or Festhome. With this option, it is not necessary to send any further material to the Festival office.
3.2. The DVD option is restricted to the Parallel Sections and only if duly and previously authorized by the Festival's direction. In this case, the signed entry form must be sent along with the DVD to the same shipping address that will receive materials of the selected films.

4. Aside from the regular selection process, the Festival may invite films to be presented.

The Festival will not cover shipping costs or taxes regarding submission material. All expenses related to dispatch of submission materials are in charge of the person who submits the film.

Disclosure of selected:
The list of selected works will be announced until July 15, 2019 at www.kinoforum.org.

Partner companies and awards:
The audience of the Festival is asked to vote and a list of the 10 (ten) audience favorites will be announced during the closing ceremony. The event is also open to partnerships with different short film promoters and companies, which may result in other awards to be announced during the closing ceremony.

The short films produced in audiovisual courses are eligible for the Breakthrough Award, which consist of services and equipment for the production of a new work of up to 15 minutes long. The condition for the film to be eligible for this award is the express indication, at the time of registration, of the educational institution to which the short is bound and that this is also credited in the film.

More information about the partnerships and prizes will be available at www.kinoforum.org.br.

Brazilian Product Certificate (CPB)
Only Brazilian films with a Brazilian Product Certificate (CPB) issued by the National Film Agency (Ancine) will be eligible for prizes promoted by the Festival and its partners. The issue of the CPB is free and may be requested by an individual or legal entity registered with Ancine. More information on the website: www.ancine.gov.br.

The festival will accept the registration of works that do not yet have the CPB; however, only those works that prove the registration by August 2, 2019 can compete for the prizes and highlights.

Shipping instructions for selected films and its promotional materials:
Due to the international character of the Festival and consequently to the presence of foreign guests, it is necessary that at least one of the exhibition copies sent to the Festival has English subtitles burned to the image.

a) Digital exhibition copies:
Digital screening copies shall be provided to the Festival organizers in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and/or Quicktime (.mov) H.264 files until July 26th, 2019. The delivery address is below.

b) Promotional material
The Festival may use promotional material from the selected films strictly for the purpose of promoting the event and its programs in any means of communication. These materials include: 3 Still images (1 vertical), poster (.jpg, 300 dpi), trailer, teaser or an excerpt of no more than 3 minutes from the selected films.

c) Screening fee
The Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films.

E-mail for sending digital copies:

Shipping address:
Associação Cultural Kinoforum
30th São Paulo International Short Film Festival
Av. Dr. Vieira de Carvalho, 192 - ap. 101
São Paulo – SP - 01210-010 - Brazil
Phone: +55 (11) 3031-5522

Participation of the filmmakers:
Accommodation and transportation are offered to the filmmakers of selected films coming from cities outside of São Paulo in a democratic way and within the budgetary limits of the event, guaranteeing equal parameters for the representatives of each section. These representatives must be the director or the producer of the film, so the other cases will be subject to prior evaluation by the Festival.

Insurance and return of screening copies:
The insurance of the film print/DCP comes into effect at the moment the film arrives at the Festival office, and remains effective until the film is reshipped. Any damage to the film copy must be formally reported to the insurance company hired by the Festival organization before September 26th, 2019.

The costs of returning the films and videos screened during the event will be on the Festival´s organization responsibility. The films will be returned within two weeks after the Festival, to the address expressly informed in the entry form unless other agreement has been formally made before the beginning of the Festival (August 21th, 2019).

Festival collection:
All the material sent for selection will become part of the Festival collection, and can be used by the event strictly for cultural purposes with no commercial intent.

Festival tour:
A Festival Tour may be organized in the month following the Festival and only formally pre-authorized films, by the director or the producer, will be screened in this program.

Final considerations:
We remind you that by submitting your short film you take on the legal responsibility for the information provided, as well as images, the soundtrack or any other content in this work and, also, automatically declare to authorize its presentation in our Festival. In addition, the copyright holder agrees that the selected films have its screening in the Festival Program, and that any waiver must be formally communicated until July 14, 2019

Participation in the Festival implies recognition without reservation of these regulations and entry form.

In case of any doubts, please contact the Festival by sending an e-mail to inscricoes@kinoforum.org.



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