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Rules and regulations of the XVIII Nest Film Students
67th Edition - 2019
  1. The 18th Nest Film Students focuses on encouraging and supporting works produced by young talents by showing their short films and promoting the exchange of experiences and knowledge with the San Sebastian Festival guests.
  2. The section will take place on 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th September within the framework of the 67th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  3. The section is open to students attending intermediate or advanced level schools in any country in the world.
  4. Each school may propose a maximum of three works completed in the 12 months prior to the start of the Festival. The works shall have a maximum duration of 30 minutes and shall be presented in their original language. In the case of versions other than Spanish or English, the copies must be subtitled in English or Spanish,
  5. Registrations should be made online from 1st June to 1st of July, on
  6. The short films will be forwarded to the Festival in one of the following ways:
    • Link: It will be possible to provide a web link from which to download or watch the short film. In order to do this you must indicate both the web link and password to access to it in the registration form. Only links with restricted access will be accepted.
    • DVD: 3 copies in DVD format of each short film shall be sent to the Festival.
      The material will be sent by post or courier before 2 July, bearing the indication “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. FOR CULTURAL USE ONLY,” to the following address:
        Encuentro Internacional de Estudiantes de Cine
        Tabakalera – Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea
        Plaza de las Cigarreras, 1, 2ª planta
        20012 – DONOSTIA – SAN SEBASTIAN – España
  7. The selected short films will be added to the “LABURbilduz: shorts from around the world” collection at Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture.
  8. Two years after the 18th Nest Film Students concludes (September 2021) the shortlisted short films will be available to watch in the section’s and Tabakalera’s social networks and they will be also part of Tabakalera’s virtual library.
  9. The decision of the Selection Committee for the 18th Nest Film Students regarding the selected work will be communicated in the first fortnight of August, by e-mail.
  10. The selected works shall be sent to San Sebastian International Film Festival before September 1st in DCP format following the instructions bellow:
    • All the DCPs have to follow DCI normative.
    • Files have to be named according to the standard convention:
    • DCPs or PenDrives have to be formatted in EXT2 or in EXT3.
    • It's advisable that the DCP contains only the version that is going to be shown at the festival.
    • If you send a screening copy and a backup, please let us know which is which.
    • All copies must carry English subtitles, except English versions that must have subtitles in Spanish. The list of subtitles shall be attached in all cases.
  11. 11. Each selected school will receive an invitation including accommodation for a maximum of six students (National schools) and four students (International schools). The presence is required of at least both the director or directors of the selected work and one student not related to the film to sit on the jury. It is preferable that this student has knowledge of English.
  12. The selected works proposed to the Selection Committee will be made available to professionals in the Festival’s video library and will be included in the official Festival’s catalogue.
  13. A specific jury, consisting of students from the participating schools and chaired by a distinguished figure from the world of film, will be responsible for choosing ‘Nest Film Students Best Short Film Award’, sponsored by Orona Fundazioa,
  14. The prize carries €10,000, going to the director of the winning work.
  15. Any doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the Management Committee of San Sebastian International Film Festival.

FAQ - Film registration


Festival dates

The 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 20-28 September 2019.

Submission dates
  • General 18/01/2019 – 24/06/2019
  • Culinary Zinema 18/01/2019 – 14/06/2019
  • Nest Film Students 01/06/2019 – 01/07/2019
  • Films in Progress 30/04/2019 – 30/06/2019
  • Glocal in Progress 30/04/2019 – 30/06/2019
  • Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum 15/04/2019 – 15/06/2019
  • Ikusmira Berriak: 01/07/2019 - 30/08/2019 (at

Can I submit a documentary?
The Festival makes no distinction between fiction and non-fiction and both options will be considered for all of its sections.

Can I submit a short or medium-length film?

Yes, but only for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.

  • Full-length film More than 60’
  • Medium-length film From 30’ to 59’
  • Short film Up to 30’

If you have a short film made at your school, you can participate in Nest. Film Students.

¿Can I submit a Project under development?
If you have a project under development, you can register it in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program, as long as you meet the registration requirements.

Can I submit a film/short film to more than one section?
With the exception of the specific sections (indicated above), short films and medium-length films, all others can be submitted to any of the Festival sections. The Festival Committee will then decide which section is most suitable for the film submitted.


What formats do you accept for pre-selection?
  • Link/Screener with password
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • DCP

Does my film have to be subtitled?
Films whose original version is Spanish, Basque, English or French do not require subtitles. All other languages must have subtitles.

Can I submit a work in progress?

Can I submit a trailer?
No. We don’t accept trailers as pre-selection material.

What do you understand by premiere status?
  • World premiere
    The film has never been officially screened before an audience.
  • International premiere
    The film has been screened in cinemas or at a national festival in its country of origin, but in no other country.
  • European premiere
    The film has been screened or released in cinemas outside Europe, but has never been screened in a European country.
  • Spanish premiere
    The film has never been screened in Spain.
  • No premiere
    The film has been screened and/or premiered in cinemas including Spain. In this case its only option is inclusion in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections.

Can my film participate if it has been released in DVD or Blu-ray?
Yes, but only in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections (the latter only in the case of Basque productions).

Can my film participate in the Festival if it has been released in VOD?
Yes, the film can participate in the different Festival sections according to the rules on release corresponding to each section.

Submission Fee

How much is the submission fee?

The submission fee for films, short films and medium-length films is 70 euros.

The submissions for Films in Progress, Glocal in Progress and Nest. Film Students is free.

The projects submission in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program is for free.

Do I get my money back if the film is not selected?

Can I pay using PayPal?

How can I pay if I don’t have a credit card?

If you don’t have a credit card you can pay by bank transfer. In this case, please contact us at for instructions.

I’m a student, do I qualify for a discount?

No, students do not qualify for a discount on the submission fee. However, if you have a short film made at your school you can submit it free of charge to Nest. Film Students.


When will I know if my film has been selected?
Films will be considered during the pre-selection process. Films not selected will be informed of the decision by email 2-3 weeks after they are received.

Will I receive feedback?
No. The Festival receives more than 2,500 films every year and does give the reasons for its decision.


When will the announcement that my film has been selected go public?
The calendar for announcing the films will be decided by the Communication Department, which will first of all inform the person responsible for its submission.

What is the deadline for sending the DCP?

The deadline for receiving the final DCP is 1 September 2019.

I want to correct the information I initially provided on the form, how can I do it?

In the event of wishing to change any of the details provided you can contact us at, telling us what you want to change.

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