Frequently Asked Questions
How can I submit my film?
When may I submit for the next festival?
Submissions will open in September and close December 20. All submissions after that date will be considered for the festival on the following year.
What films do you screen?
ALFILM is showcasing in its OFFICIAL SELECTION a current panorama of feature films, documentaries, short films and video art with a completion date within the previous three years.
What is the difference between a short
and a feature film in terms of running time?
A short film has a running time of 30 minutes or less, including all credits. A feature film is defined as any film with a duration of more than 70 minutes. The majority of the short films we screen are programmed into approx. 90-minute blocks, while mid-length films are also combined.
What material do you need to complete my submission?
For feature length films we require 2 copies of a preview DVD with English or German subtitles, a selection of minimum 3 and maximum 7 film stills in 300 dpi resolution, a portrait photo as well as a complete bio-filmography of the director.
Can I submit my film on facebook or via email?
No way. No submissions will be accepted on Facebook or email. Moreover, messages regarding pending submissions or selection results on Facebook will be completely ignored.
I am having technical difficulties submitting my film on the submission form. What can I do?
Please note that the submission form has a session limitation of 60 minutes. So please do not leave it open in the browser window for a long time. Prepare the entry requirements before filling out the form. Try refreshing the submission form window prior to to filling the form and complete it within 60 minutes.
If your internet connection is slow, the files would need some time uploading after you click on „SEND“, so please be patient and do not close the window prematurely. If everything goes well you will receive a successful submission text on your screen and an email as well.
Still encountering problems? Please send us an email to email@example.com explaining in detail what happened. The more information you include, the better we can support you: e.g. what browser are you using on which system. Screenshots…, etc.
Can I submit my film with an online viewing copy rather than sending DVDs?
Any film longer than 30 minutes should be sent on DVD, while for short films we accept both mpeg4 files (please see technical specifications) as well as Vimeo links. Should you encounter any major difficulties sending your film on DVDs please contact us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I hear from ALFILM after I submitted my film?
All filmmakers will receive a notification via email in case their entries are complete, including all requested material. Notification about the completion of the submission will be sent out by the end of January. If you have sent all requested material and haven’t heard from us until February, please send an email to email@example.com with a scan of your post/shipment receipt, or any other proof you’ve sent your submission package in time.
How and when do I know if my film get selected or not?
Filmmakers of selected films will be informed via email as soon as their films get selected. Selection results will be published in time. Filmmakers whose films where not selected will be notified by the end of February. Messages regarding pending submissions or selection results by mail or on Facebook will be completely ignored.
Can I contact you on Facebook or mail and ask if my film got selected or not?
NO WAY! Please don’t ask about selection results while the process is still ongoing. Messages on Facebook regarding the selection process will be completely ignored.
I am a filmmaker from country XYZ, can I submit my film?
ALFILM is a platform for Arab films, that we define as but not limited to films by a director from the Arab world, produced or co-produced in an Arab country or about an issue closely related to the Arab world. If your films fits one or more of these three categories, you’re welcome to submit.
Can I submit more than one film?
Sure. You are welcome to submit more than one film, but please keep in mind that only films with a completion date within the previous three years of the festival are eligible for the OFFICIAL SELECTION. Older films will be considered for selected special programs only.
My film won't be done in time for your submission deadline.
Can I submit a rough cut? What about a trailer or assembly edit?
ALFILM does accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.), but we will not accept subsequent cuts of more complete versions. Our selection team will only preview the first submitted cut. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible. We will NOT view or consider anything sent in lieu of a nearly finished film, including trailers, screenplays, press kits or letters. If selected for the festival, you will be required to supply a screening copy of the final cut of your film.
I have already submitted to other festivals, can I still submit to ALFILM?
Yes, of course. If your film was accepted at other festivals in Germany prior to the screening at ALFILM, please let us know in advance.
Is my film eligible for any awards?
ALFILM is a non-competitive festival and offers no awards. Our audience nevertheless has the possibility to vote for its favorite film, results of that poll will be published and filmmakers informed.
What premiere status does my film need to have when screened at ALFILM?
We wish for the widest possible audience for Arab films and therefore do not insist on a specific premiere status. Nevertheless a Berlin premiere is favored.
I submitted my film last year and it was not selected, may I re-submit?
No. If your film wasn’t selected for the edition you’ve submitted for, it will be automatically considered for later editions. Therefore there is no need to re-submit and thus create multiple entries for the same title.
If my film is selected, what format will I have to provide for theatrical exhibition?
Film formats and video systems that can be presented at the festival are: 35mm, Digital Cinema Packages (DCP), BluRay and DVD, as well as MPEG files and Quick Time. Please check our digital film specifications in any case.
When do you need my screening copy?
The screening copy of your film should arrive in our office 4 weeks prior to the festival at latest. If that should not be possible because the screening copy is still at another festival or due to another important reason please contact us immediately.
If my film is accepted for ALFILM, will the festival pay for my housing and/or travel?
Dependent on the amount of travel funds raised we are only able to invite a handful of filmmakers to present their work in Berlin and cover part of their travel and accommodation expenses. For all filmmakers whose films were selected, we gladly offer festival badges for you and up to 5 members of your team.