FAQ - Film registration
The 66th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 21-29 September 2018.
General 15/01/2018 29/06/2018
Culinary Zinema 15/01/2018 29/06/2018
Nest. Film Students 01/06/2018 02/07/2018
Films in Progress 26/04/2018 30/06/2018
Glocal in Progress 25/04/2018 30/06/2018
Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum 16/04/2018 15/06/2018
Ikusmira Berriak 05/02/2018 05/04/2018 (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. Film Students.
¿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 dont 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 submission fee for films, short films and medium-length films is 70 euros.
The submissions for Films in Progress, Glocal in Progress and Nest. Film Students 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?
Can I pay using PayPal?
How can I pay if I dont have a credit card?
Im 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. Film Students.
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 2018.
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.