January 22nd, 2019 to January 27th, 2019
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Minimalen is an annual, independent short film event, covering new international releases and retrospectives as well as premiere screenings of new International, Nordic and Norwegian shorts. Over five days in late January each year, Minimalen screens more than 200 shorts, roughly divided in two sections: International, Nordic and Norwegian competitions, and retrospectives/focus/special programmes. The Nordic section offers a convenient way for foreigners to be updated on the state of shorts in the whole region.
Over the years Minimalen has refined its main objective into finding new ways to use the film as a medium. This often means independent productions with a free spirit attitude to filmmaking and an emphasis on images and film language more than words. The ideal filmmaker should be on a constant quest to find the right form for each story. Not that they necessarily need to tell a story, but basically, each film should have its own fingerprint; a uniqueness which goes far beyond the constant re-telling of the same storyline as in the contemporary film industry. The small gems of up to 15 minutes; fiction or animation films told by experimental means. Not necessarily artistically ground breaking or technically perfect; but with a conformity of form and contents. These are the films that Minimalen are looking for; and this is what sets us a apart from many festivals.
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
– Nordic Competition (Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden – Best Film Award etc.)
– International Competition (Best Film Award & Audience Award)
– Norwegian Competition (Best Film, Best Pre-runner)
– One Minute Film Competition (For Norwegian films)
Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, ...
MAXIMUM SHORT FILM DURATION: 30 minutes
FESTIVAL HAS AN ENTRY FEE
Norwegian & Nordic Competition: Free submissions.
International Competition: Early Bird (before October 1): Submission fee of USD 10; Final deadline (November 1): USD 15.
Please note: The submission fee for Intl. Comp. will exclusively be used to cover prize money and host expences for the participating filmmakers and jury.