Vienna/Austria 12.-17. July
Mainz/Germany 27.-29. July

With access to affordable production techniques for the creative it can be hard to tell the difference between home-made video and high-end film productions. The medium video though shall not be understood only as an alternative to the long tradition of celluoid, but also in it’s unique aesthetics. “Film- and Videolook” will be concerned in the programming as well. The festival offers a stage for all productions and producers who are unable to find broad resonance due to the economic situation of the cultural landscape or those lacking the support of a network like a film-school. It aims at highlighting innovative ways and means that enable producers to nonetheless create amazing works. It offers a plattform for exchange of innovative solutions before, during and after the festival. Being able to knit international cooperations at the first edition of “Ohne Kohle”, selected programs travel through whole Europe.

Regulations for participation:

  1. open short film competition (all genres) short movies up to 15 minutes are preferred for this category! Commercial productions, commissioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded. The displayed works must not have received substantial public subsidies. (Lend of equipment and compensation for material costs are not considered as subsidies – salaries for technicians and writers, however, are.) Main criterium in the evaluation of the film is not mainly the film as such, but rather the relation between the circumstances of production and the final result, i.e. the innovation and creatvity of the producers enabling them to make a film with “No Budget”.
  2. Documentary Movies “No Budget” (no restrictions in length) Commercial productions, commisioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded. The definition of “No Budget” is the same as at the open short film category. Additionaly, choice of subject and and quality of investigation are also criteria of evaluation.
  3. Special Theme “Human Rights/Dignity”: all genres, documentaries preferred. This is a special category for works dealing with the subject of human rights or dignity in general. What was once an idea of setting a standard of values can be described as often violated by major forces. Dignity in general may be the right term to describe the subject without a religious context. Open also to commercial and subsidised movies. Main criterium for evaluation is the the handling of and reflexion on the subject. What we also want to see are also works dealing with the topic in an extraordinary way.
  4. “Longplayers” As budgets are not available/tight for our definition of “No Budget” – film-making it seems to be an almost impossible task, to do a high quality piece of fiction/art which is longer than 20 minutes. If you think you are up to prove that this is wrong, please send us your fiction/art longplayer! Like categories 1 and 2: Commercial productions, commisioned works and productions on contractual order are excluded.

The displayed works must not have received substantial public subsidies. (Lend of equipment and compensation for material costs are not considered as subsidies – salaries for technicians and writers, however, are.) In Vienna there will be a broad offer of free workshops and lectures from professionals, who will focus on “no budget” alternatives. Also there will be screenings from international independent festivals and parties. In Mainz (27-29th of July) will be a “light” version of the festival (screenings only), but it will be open air.

Please download the entry form from: www.ohnekohle.net