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Film submission for students and young adults

The film competition for student films and independent films made by young adults under 26.

This an info page about the film competition for films made by film students or independent filmmakers under 26. This competition was previously split into two (then known as Amandus STUDENT and Amandus OPEN), but are know merged into one.

The competition will gather films for a festival organized in the autumn in 2021, probably late September. Read more about the festival here.

The deadline for film submissions is 15. June

A prestigious jury will select the winners, and they will be announced at the prize ceremony at the festival.

To be submit a film to the main competition, you need to be logged in. You can register on this page.

Submission to the other main competitions, Amandus Ung and Amandus Junior, is at the moment only available in the Norwegian site.

Student film or under 26?

All Nordic filmmakers under the age of 26 that has made a film within the last year, can submit a film to Amandus. The majority of the key roles in the production (director, producer, screenwriter and other creative functions) must follow the age requeierments, and the production as a whole must have a young profile. Cast, music composer, and and non creative functions do not need to follow this.

If the film is a student film production, there isn’t an age limit, but all the key roles as described above must be students. We defines a student film as a film made in association to an educational institution and that is made by students. The competition is not limited to films made at film schools: A film made in relation to other subjects are also welcome.

The film has to be associated to the Nordic Region

The festival will initially only accept film submissions of films made in the Nordic Region, which is Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, in addition to the associated regions like Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland Islands. If the film is not made in this region, but has a strong connection to one or more of the countries (e.g. film makers are originally from one of these countries), exceptions will be considered. Please elaborate in the submission.

Max 30 minutes?

The film should not exceed 30 minutes in duration. This is an established norm for many short film festivals, which we also use.

In special cases we may accept a film that exceeds the limit i tiny bit, if there are good reasons for it being just a bit longer than 30 minutes.

Though we strongly recommend staying within this time limit, as it will make it easier for the film to be programmed at other festivals as well.

Use of copyright protected music in films

When you submit a film to the competition, all the rights for use of copyrighted material has to be in order. If you use a music track that you don’t own yourself, you need to have this clarified with the artist or the producer.

NCB is the Nordic company that is administrating the rights for the use of music tracks. See their website for more information.

We encourage every film maker to use royalty free music, or, even better, originally composed music.

What do you need for the film submission?

Before you proceed to the submission form, please have this information ready:

The screener

There’s no point of submitting a film if we aren’t able to see it. The easiest way to submit a screener is to use a streaming service like YouTube or Vimeo. On YouTube you can choose to make the film unlisted when you upload it, so only the ones with the URL link gets access to the film. With Vimeo you can also password protect the video. Remember to give us the correct password so we are able to get in. Note that Vimeo has a maximum limit of 500 MB on the free version. To upload bigger files, you need a payed version. Remember that this is only meant as a screener for the selection committee to see in beforehand. The film doesn’t need to have maximum resolution or the best quality for this purpose (but if the film is admitted to the festival, we would like a copy with maximum quality). You can also use other services to send the file, like Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer or Filemail. We would then prefer that the file size doesn’t exceed 1 GB.

Submit your film here!

Deadline 15. June