The backup_festival is a short film festival for young talents, who handle the different styles of production and expression in a creative analysis. They cross the borders of film in order to reflect and define the different possibilities of filming formats.

The backup_festival is a place for an inspiring meeting of a young media scene and as well as a platform for contacts to established artists in film, art and design.

backup began 1999 in the European Cultural Capital Weimar. During the past backup has reached a level that secures it a respectable place among the European festivals.
There are always fruitful cooperation with media businesses, and likewise joint events with other German and European universities besides Weimar’s Bauhaus University.

The deadline for entries is April 15, 2008 (postmark and online) the date of our festival in 2008: June 18 – 22

For the international backup.award we are interested in shorts which are no longer than 15 minutes and not older than two years.
We are interested in film and video productions developed using digital means.
(shorts, music video, experimental, trailer and so on)
Prizes will be awarded with a total value of 3,750 euro.

We also have the backup.clipaward for music video.

It is a national (German) award for experimental music videos that investigate the possibilities of digital media technologies. The clips should also not be older than two years.

We will be glad to receive your entries and we will be pleased if you offer the information to interested filmmakers.


For general information on backup and for online submission, please visit

c/o Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien
Bauhausstraße 11
99423 Weimar

in cooperation with:
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Medien