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WIP Europa Award
70th Edition - 2022

WIP Europa is organised by the San Sebastian Festival.

The San Sebastian Festival has its main offices at the following address:

TABAKALERA - International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Plaza de las Cigarreras, 1, 2ª planta
20012 Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain)
Tel.: +34 943 481212

Detailed information can be found on the official Festival Website:, which also explains how to contact the Festival and its different departments.

The public limited company, FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN S.A. is made up in equal parts of the San Sebastian City Council, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport, and its chairmanship is held by the Mayor of San Sebastian. The San Sebastian Festival organisation is headed by its Director, José Luis Rebordinos.

The San Sebastian Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (F.I.A.P.F.) in the “Competitive non-specialised film festivals” category.


The San Sebastian Festival seeks to make a positive contribution to developing culture and the film industry.


The 70th San Sebastian Festival will take place from 16-24 September 2022 in San Sebastian. WIP Europa will take place from 19-21 September 2022.


The films presented in WIP Europa will be chosen by its Selection Committee headed by the Festival Director.


The WIP Europa Award carrying EUR 10,000 gross, will be handed over as a bank transfer to the majority producer of the same WIP Europa Industry Award winning film.


The WIP Europa Award seeks to make a positive contribution to the cultural diversity and the development of the European film industry.


The WIP Europa Award cannot be declared void or be conferred on more than one film.


The WIP Europa Award winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022.


Once production of the winning film has been completed, it must include the WIP Europa Award logo in its credits. The logo is available in several languages on the official Festival website.


All doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the management of the San Sebastian Festival.


In the event of discrepancy in the interpretation of these rules and regulations, the Spanish version will apply.


FAQ - Film registration


Festival dates

The 70th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 16-24 September 2022.

Submission dates
  • General: January 17, 2022 - June 20, 2022
  • Culinary Zinema: January 17, 2022 - June 20, 2022
  • Nest: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • WIP Latam: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • WIP Europa: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum: April 13, 2022 - June 15, 2022
  • Zinemaldia Startup Challenge: April 26, 2022 - June 3, 2022
  • Ikusmira Berriak: July 1, 2022 - September 1, 2022 (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.

¿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 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?

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.


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, telling us what you want to change.

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