Regulations of the competition of student etudes – Etiuda


ETIUDA festival competition allows the applicants to submit student etudes and graduate films (excluding animated films) made in film and artistic schools as parts of the didactic process between years 2016-2018. The films should not exceed 30 minutes in length and need to be submitted to the Festival Organization Office in the form of a digital file (mp4, mov or a link to the film available on an open-access video platform).


The Festival Office shall collect the incoming competition registrations from 1st March until 30th June, 2018. The Festival organizers recommend to submit films for the preview through Filmfreeway – www.filmfreeway.com. It is also possible to submit a film by completing a registration form at www.etiudaandanima.com and sending a public or private link (with or without password) to the film (e.g. Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) with no expiration date and no territorial limits, accompanied by a film summary and a dialogue list in English, promotional materials including screenshots, and the director’s bio and photograph. Films without filled-in online entry form will not be accepted. Festival does not charge any fee for the submitting of the film.


The decision whether the film shall be accepted into the competition will be made by the Artistic Director of the Festival when the Selection Committee finish their work. The applicants will be informed about their films being accepted into the competition via email and on www.etiudaandanima.com until 15th September 2018.


Authors whose films are accepted into the competition are obliged to deliver to the Festival Organizers, at their own expense, the screening copies of their films in the following formats: DCP, Blu-ray or a link to a digital file (DCP, mov, mp4) until 30th September 2018. Failure to deliver a screening copy of a film before the deadline will result in withdrawing it from the competition.


The competition films are evaluated – foremostly on the basis of the artistic criteria – by the international Jury, headed by the Chairman of the Jury, selected by Festival Directors from among the members of the Jury. The Jury work and make decisions in accordance with the Jury Proceedings Regulations formulated by the Chairman of the Jury with the consent of the other members of the Jury and the Festival Directors. The Secretary of the Jury, who is appointed by the Directors of the Festival, facilitates the proceedings of the Jury.


The following Prizes will be awarded at the ETIUDA 2018 competition:

  1. Grand Prix – Golden Dinosaur and a cash prize
  2. Silver Dinosaur
  3. Bronze Dinosaur

Special Golden Dinosaur for the best set of films (minimum 3 film in competition) submitted by one of the film schools. The Jury have also the right to award the Honorary Diplomas.


The Directors of the Festival shall decide on the right and mode of awarding the Special Awards, including the Audience Award and the Student Jury Award. Under certain artistically justified circumstances, the Artistic Director of the Festival also reserves the right to award a “The Great Underestimated” Prize to the most undervalued film of the competition.


The official verdict of the Jury will be announced on 24th November 2018, at the official closing ceremony of the festival during which all prizes will be awarded. Should the winners be absent from the ceremony, the awards will be sent by post or handed over to them in a different manner within a month after the end of the Festival.


The Festival Office deems itself responsible to conform to all the rules concerning the exploitation of the films accepted into the competition.


The submission of the film for the Festival competition is equivalent to the agreement for three screenings of the film during the Festival and – if the given film is awarded a prize – screenings at the “Travelling Etiuda&Anima 2018” event, which is organized throughout Poland and abroad and presents the prizewinning films of the Festival. What is more, the Festival organizers have the right to use, free of charge, promotional materials and parts of the film (a trailer or 2-minute part of the film) in any promotional activities connected with the organization of the Festival.


Submitting the film to the competition is also equivalent to the agreement for placing the etude on a secured digital platform, made available to on-site and online festival participants during the ETIUDA competition, in order to hold an online voting for the best, in the audience`s opinion, competition film. Online voting shall be the only form of viewers` participation in the ETIUDA 2018 competition for the Audience Award.


All transportation costs as well as any other shipment costs of the film copies submitted to competition shall be covered by the applicants, who are also responsible for paying all customs costs outside Poland. Applicants are obliged to observe customs regulations related to film transport. A pro forma invoice amounting to max. EUR 15 should be attached to all non-EU film shipments. Packages should be provided with the following sentence “For cultural purposes only – no commercial value”.


DCP and Blu-Ray discs shall be returned at the Organizer’s expense within 4 weeks from the closing date of the Festival to the address specified by the applicant. A notice should be given to the Festival Organizers about any changes in the return address not later than one week before the commencement. The Organizer is not responsible for damages resulting from giving a wrong address. The Festival is obliged to return the film copy in a condition not worse than due to a standard use. The Organizer of the Festival shall assume financial liability for the submitted film copies, for the duration of the event in question, up to the amount specified in the entry form.


Kraków, 28th February 2018

Directors of the 25th IFF Etiuda&Anima 2018

Katarzyna Surmacz
Bogusław Zmudziński