Submission Portal

Entry Requirements

Please read carefully!

For your entry to be considered please complete the following steps for each submission:

  1. Fill out the entry form in this portal in English. In case of any questions please turn to our FAQs first.
  2. Upload the requested material: film stills (at least 3) and one photo of the director. Please use the upload area within the entry form for this matter and wait until the upload is completed. All images should have a resolution of 300 dpi and not be larger than 5 MB each.
  3. Send two (2) preview DVDs of the submitted film properly labeled with the necessary information: title of the film, full name of the director, country, and year of production, along with a printout of the confirmation email following the completion of your submission. Alternativly digital entries could be sent entry@alfilm.de. Please do not use wetransfer.
  4. IMPORTANT: Entries are to be sent via normal mail (not by registered post) or international carrier and the package labeled with:
    “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. Customs should be declared with a value not exceeding 5 Euros/US Dollars. Shipments held by customs authorities due to improper labeling or lack of value declaration will not be cleared.
  5. Submission deadline for the 7th edition of ALFILM is December 10th, 2015. Please send the complete submission materials to this address:

ALFILM Festival (Programme)
Potsdamer Str. 151
D-10783 Berlin
Germany

Guidelines and Regulations

Please read these guidelines and regulations in their entirety.

  1. The person who is filling out the Entry Form “Submitter” warrants that he/she has read and understood the guidelines, regulations, and requirements; and holds all necessary rights considering the usage granted to ALFILM Festival herein, and is authorized to grant and does hereby grant said rights to ALFILM.
  2. Submission to the festival’s main program is open to feature films, documentaries, animation, experimental films, video art and short films completed after January 1st, 2013. The festival accepts entries that are either produced or co-produced in an Arab country, or by an Arab director, or closely related to the Arab world.
  3. In case that films have dialogues in other languages than German or English, they must be subtitled either in German or English.
  4. To be eligible for ALFILM, the online submission form must be completed, as well as the upload of promotional material such as high-resolution electronic film stills (300dpi), full cast and crew credits sheet, and the director’s bio-/filmography. These materials shall be considered incorporated as part of the submission.
  5. Films must be submitted on DVD (region 0 or 2) accompanied by a printout of the confirmation email. All DVDs submitted will not be returned and will be added to the festival’s archive. DVDs should be labelled with the following information: title of the film, full name of the director, country, and year of production. Any film up to 30 mins. can also be digitally sent via Vimeo link.
  6. ALFILM accepts submissions on a year-round basis. Entries received after the submission deadline will be considered automatically for the following year, there is no need to resubmit the same film again.
  7. Submission does not guarantee a screening of the film in the festival.
  8. Due to an enormous number of entries the festival will only inform the entrants whose films were selected about the selection results. The festival’s programme committee is not obliged to explain their decisions.
    No requests regarding the selection results will be processed in the meantime. Please turn to our FAQ for more info.
  9. 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 technical specifications for clarification. Presentation of other formats and video systems requires the authorization of the festival.
  10. The Submitter is responsible for shipping the film copy to ALFILM, including payment of shipping, insurance, and customs fees. ALFILM is responsible for the return shipping. Please provide return mailing information and make sure all materials are properly labelled.
  11. Selected films will be presented up to three (3) times at the festival. A selected film cannot be withdrawn from the programme after February 15, 2016.
  12. The Submitter authorizes ALFILM to use all submitted promotional material and up to 3 minutes clips of the film for any promotional activity of the film or the festival, including the clip’s broadcasting on televisions and their web sites, as on ALFILM‘s website, and the festival’s partners media and promotional web sites.
  13. Entries are to be sent via normal mail (not by registered post) or international carrier and labelled with:
    No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. Customs should be declared with a value not exceeding 5 Euros/US Dollars. Shipments held by customs authorities due to improper labeling or lack of value declaration will not be cleared.

Submission form