Just Film 2019 Submission

Just Film 2019 submission is now open!

19th Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film
15.11 – 01.12 2019

Just Film presents films in the following programmes:
• International Competition programme of feature films for young people
• International Competition programme of feature films for children
• Non-competitive and / or informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations

Films eligible for the programmes are feature length (60 minutes and over) either fiction or documentary and produced after the 1st of January 2018 with a minimum requirement being their Estonian premiere. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on a case by case basis.

Detailed rules and terms can be found here  – https://filmfreeway.com/just


Awards & Prizes

Awards presented:

Just Film Grand Prix for the Best Youth Film
ECFA Award for the Best Children’s Film
Best Youth Film
Best Children’s Film
Up to two Special Mentions per Competitive Programme

Rules & Terms

Films eligible for the programmes are feature length (60 minutes and over) either fiction or documentary and produced after the 1st of January 2018 with a minimum requirement being their Estonian premiere. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on a case by case basis.

The applicable screening copies are in DCP format in English or include English subtitles. Films in the competitions may be presented in the PÖFF main programme non-competitive section and touring screenings after Just Film.

Dates & Deadlines

Regular deadline – July 1, 2019

Extended deadline – August 17, 2019

Notification date – October 1, 2019

Event date – November 15 – December 1, 2019


The Festival Director will appoint the Domestic Children’s Jury and Youth Jury, both consisting of five members. Also an international jury consisting of three film specialists and ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) jury consisting of three ECFA members will be invited. No jury member can be involved in the production or promotion of any of the films in the competitive programs.

Film submission entry procedures

Applicants for Competitive and Non-Competitive Programmes are requested to submit as a subcategory of Black Nights Film Festival through FilmFreeway or any other submitting platform indicated by the festival team.


Entry applications submitted by post, e-mail or any other form except the online submission form are not considered eligible for selection.

The regular submission deadline for Just Film competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 1st of July 2019. The festival asks a submission fee of €45 Euros or $55 USD per film during regular deadline.

The extended submission deadline for Just Film competitive and non-competitive feature film programmes is 17th of August 2019. The festival asks a submission fee of €60 Euros or $75 USD per film during extended deadline.

The Festival reserves the right to select films received at any time and through any means, or process and to refuse late submissions.

By submitting a film to the festival the applicant agrees by the submissions deadline to fill and submit the entry form via the festival’s online submission form.
Provide a screening link and password via the online submission form or e-mail
Acknowledge that “selected” status on the online submission or an any kind of automated letter from the submission platform form does not guarantee confirmation of the submitted film to the festival as the festival needs to consider multiple criteria, such as the screening fee, print/copy fees, availability issues in Estonian territory and other factors.
Deliver additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film, trailer and poster art-work (if already available) by the means specified by the festival.

Confirmation of films and reimbursement

Upon selection of the film, the Festival will inform the applicant no later than 26th of October 2019.

The applicant agrees that confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed and the producer or producer’s authorised representative has verified the confirmation of the film to the programme.

If, for exceptional reasons, the film has to be withdrawn three weeks or less before the opening of the festival, the applicant agrees to reimburse all costs to the festival related to the confirmation and programming of the film including screening fee (when applicable), print delivery and handling costs as well as associated travel costs for the film delegation.

The invoices for the film rights or print loans should be issued and delivered for payments no later than two months after the end of the festival. The festival does not accept or reimburse invoices issued after that date.

Upon confirmation of the film to the Just Film festival’s competitive or non-competitive sections the applicant agrees to:
Provide a trailer of the film either on DVD or online via a non-expiring link.
Deliver materials for localisation (subtitle files with time-codes and/or dialogue lists in the original film language and in English, spotting list and a screener of the finalised version of the).

Materials have to be delivered digitally to maarit.mannama@poff.ee. The festival does not accept deliveries on hard disk drives, memory sticks or any other physical format, as well as via file sharing programs or services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box etc.

Technical requirements and guidelines for film formats

The accepted screening format for all films in competition and non-competition sections is DCP. Provided DCPs must be DCI compliant (www.dcimovies.com) and adhere to all applicable conditions below.

DCPs must be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives or delivered digitally with previous confirmation from the festival technical department. Consumer grade hard drives and memory sticks are not permitted.

All films selected for the festival must be provided with English subtitles, unless they are already in English. A selection will be translated into Estonian. If the transfer of translated subtitles onto the DCP is not agreed with the representative of the film, the translations will be shown electronically.

All screening copies for all sections, if provided with any subtitles, must have the subtitles on the active picture area and not in letterbox area. Dubbed language copies are also refused.

The festival reserves the right to demand new DCP packages free of charge in case of non-compatible DCPs, files are on broken hard drives or other quality standards are not met. These include wrongly placed or missing subtitles, or wrong soundtracks.

Unencrypted DCPs are strongly preferred. In case of encrypted DCPs, the festival requires one test KDM per film free of charge for quality assurance and technical testing for our test-screen or DKDM for laboratory testing. The quality assurance purpose KDM or DKDM is requested to be valid from the date the DCP arrives at the festival till 2 days after the festival.

The producer or film representative is requested to provide appropriate screening KDMs valid from 3 days before the start of the festival and 2 days after the festival, but in minimum at least 72 hours prior to screenings, and 48 hours after the screening. The cost of generating all KDMs will also be the responsibility of the producers or representatives of the film.

If the festival is provided with broken or wrongly assigned KDMs, appropriate new KDMs must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative. Quality assurance purpose DKDM does not exempt from providing screening KDMs if not agreed upon otherwise.

The festival supports 2K and 4K content. However, not all screens have a 4K projecting capability. The festival therefore cannot guarantee that all 4K films will be screened in a 4K resolution.

The festival reserves the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film from the competition or any other section if all requirements are not followed.

Detailed technical guidelines will be available linked for download along with the festival regulations on the festival website from 1st of June 2019 and also provided along with confirmation entry form.

Our festival’s technical team, dcinema@poff.ee, will happily help with any queries for all confirmed films.

Delivery of materials

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters expense.

All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone number as well as the festival address:
Black Nights Film Festival
Attn: Just Film
Telliskivi 60a, 3rd floor
Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 56 208 308

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies to the festival are paid by the festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative, or party appointed by them.

The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days from the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. Returns before the Festival closing date must be agreed at least three weeks before the festival, and cannot be guaranteed after that.

The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

In the event of damage to a copy during the event, the Festival limits its responsibility to the cost of having a new standard copy made at current laboratory rates.

Film Delegations

The festival may invite members of the cast and/or crew of any film, in any section. Providing the travel and/or accommodation and Festival accreditation.


Festival director – Mikk Granström, mikk@poff.ee

Programme coordinator – Maarit Männama, maarit.mannama@poff.ee


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