FAQ - Film registration
The 71st edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 22-30 September 2023.
General: January 16, 2023 - June 19, 2023
Culinary Zinema: January 16, 2023 - June 19, 2023
Nest: June 1, 2023 - July 3, 2023
WIP Latam: June 1, 2023 - July 3, 2023
WIP Europa: June 1, 2023 - July 3, 2023
Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum: April 14, 2023 - June 15, 2023
Zinemaldia Startup Challenge: April 17, 2023 - June 3, 2023
Ikusmira Berriak: July 1, 2023 - September 1, 2023
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.
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 2022.
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 email@example.com, telling us what you want to change.