Rules & Regulations. Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum
For this initiative, the San Sebastian Festival launches a public call for the submission of film projects at the development stage. The call is circulated to all of the industry professionals in the Festival data database, is published in the media and is announced on its website www.sansebastianfestival.com.
The Festival will select a maximum of 20 projects for participation in the Co-Production Forum based on the reports of three international experts. Those responsible for the projects may find strategic, industrial and financial partners to co-produce their projects among the professional guests at the Festival. They will also have the opportunity to present their works to industry members at pitching sessions and will be provided with an individual agenda of meetings with professionals interested in their projects.
The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will take place on 20th, 21st and 22nd September 2021 in the framework of the 69th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.
Projects presented to the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum must meet the following conditions:
The call for submission is open to production companies in Europe and Latin America with projects at the development stage that meet the following requirements:
Minimum duration of 60 minutes and transmedia, crossmedia and multiplatform projects taking cinematographic film as one of their main platforms. Journalistic or informative audiovisual reports will not be considered as non-fiction projects.
The projects will be presented by the main production company (based in Europe or Latin America) and the director or directors must be involved in them.
European projects must have a direct link with Latin America: involvement of a Latin American producer, shooting locations, actors in the leading roles or subject in the script.
The producers of the projects must present a budget in euros and a funding plan with at least 20% already assured.
It will be an advantage if the project is being presented for the first time at a forum, if the production company has already carried out at least one international co-production, if it innovates in formats and addresses new distribution and financing formulas, and if complementary material is presented including earlier works completed by its director.
Projects can be submitted, free of charge by duly completing the online submission form and accepting these rules & regulations as a preliminary condition.
To present additional images, the interested party must provide a web link where the material in question can be viewed. Material in physical format will not be accepted.
The Festival will recognise the person who signs this confirmation as the sole representative for all aspects related to participation of the project in the Co-Production Forum and as the sole responsible as opposed to other companies or individuals involved in the project.
The decision taken regarding the selection of projects will be final.
The invitation made to each project will remain strictly confidential between the San Sebastian Festival and the producer or representative of the project until such time as the Festival decides to make an official announcement in this regard.
The producers of the selected projects undertake to:
Confirm participation of the project in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.
Confirm their presence and/or that of the director during the dates of the Forum. It is however recommended that both attend.
Send all additional information requested by the organisation for its catalogue or website in English, Spanish or Basque within the requested time.
The Festival will present the X Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Best Project Award carrying EUR 10,000 for the majority producer of one of the selected projects. The prize money will be handed over by bank transfer, always in Euros.
The Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual and Cinematographic Authorities, CAACI, and the European Film Agency Directors, EFADs, will bestow the DALE! Award, coming with EUR 20,000 and going to the producer of one of the projects selected for the Co-Production Forum.
Moreover, ARTE France Cinéma will present the ArteKino International Prize carrying EUR 6,000 for the majority producer of one of the selected projects at the X Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.
Once production of the projects is complete, those responsible for them must include the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum logo in the credits of the definitive copy. This logo is available in various languages on the festival official web site.
All doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the San Sebastian Festival Management.
In the event of discrepancy in the interpretation of these rules and regulations, the Spanish version will apply.
FAQ - Film registration
The 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 17-25 September 2021.
General 15/01/2021 - 15/06/2021
Culinary Zinema 15/01/2021 - 15/06/2021
Nest 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
WIP Latam 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
WIP Europa 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum 15/04/2021 - 15/06/2021
Zinemaldia Startup Challenge 19/04/2021 - 01/06/2021
Ikusmira Berriak: 01/07/2021 - 01/09/2021 (at ikusmiraberriak.eu)
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.
¿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
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?
The film has never been officially screened before an audience.
The film has been screened in cinemas or at a national festival in its country of origin, but in no other country.
The film has been screened or released in cinemas outside Europe, but has never been screened in a European country.
The film has never been screened in Spain.
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.
How much is the submission fee?
The fee for each film submitted for pre-selection by the Festival is:
Short and/or medium-length films (up to 59'): €70 (including 21% VAT)
Feature-length films (more than 60'): €100 (including 21% VAT)
DCP in physical format (2.5 hard drive, CRU or similar): €150 (including 21% VAT) or
DCP submitted digitally (Aspera, Media Shuttle or similar): €200 (including 21% VAT), no matter what the runtime.
Said fee will be payable in euros during the film submission process and can only be paid by credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) or PayPal.
The submissions for WIP Latam, WIP Europa and Nest 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?
How can I pay if I don’t have a credit card or PayPal?
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.
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 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us what you want to change.