International Short Film Festival Winterthur 2012

Short films of all genres are accepted for submission to the competition of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, as long as they have been completed in the years 2011 or 2012 and their length does not exceed 30 minutes. Contractual films made for advertising or PR purposes are not eligible.

Films submitted for the Swiss Competition (CHurzfilm) can be films made by either Swiss filmmakers or non-Swiss nationals residing in Switzerland.

Films that have already been shown at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur or films that have previously been rejected can not be submitted for evaluation a second time.


  • Grand Prize CHF12,000 for the best short film of the Competition.
  • Promotional Award CHF10,000 for an outstanding directorial achievement.
  • Swiss Prize CHF10,000 for the best film of the Swiss Competition (CHurzfilm).
  • The Swiss Cinematography Award is awarded to the best camera work in a Swiss Film and consists of in-kind products and services worth CHF8,000.
  • The audience awards the Audience Prize worth CHF10,000.
  • The jury is made up of five international experts. The jury watches all Competition films during the festival.
  • All Swiss short films selected for the Competition are eligible to be nominated for the Swiss Film Prize “Quartz”. Further eligibility criteria are defined by the provisions set forth by the Federal Department of Home Affairs in respect to the Swiss Film Prize. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit an application for the Swiss Film Prize.
  • All short films submitted to the International Short Film Festival Winterthur made by an author or producer with a private or business domicile in the Canton of Zurich (for at least 2 years), or which have a close relationship to the Canton of Zurich in regards to content, are eligible for the Winterthur Short Film Award (CHF 12,000.-), which is awarded at the “Cadrage”.

Entry Procedure / Deadline

The entry form for every submitted film should be completed online on together with all required documentation at the latest by 31 July 2012. The festival does not charge a submission fee. You are highly welcome to submit your application at an earlier date.

You also have the possibility to upload your film digitally via In this case, the submission procedure is dealt with by reelport and it is not necessary to complete an application form on

Preview Copies

If you apply via, you need to send a DVD preview copy (Pal or NTSC) at the latest by 31 July 2012 (post mark) to the International Short Film Festival Winterthur (see postal address below).

Preview copies, where the spoken language is not German, English or French, should be submitted with subtitles in one of these languages. Films that are submitted on unreadable or damaged preview DVDs will not be considered for selection. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview DVD is in full working order.

For cost reasons, the preview copies can not be returned to the applicant and are stored in the archive of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur for research purposes. Television stations may use up to two extracts and max. 10% of the total length of the selected films.

All films that are entered for the competition of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur are copied onto a local server and can be accessed in the video library by accredited guests during the festival. These films will also be made available online in a password-protected area three weeks prior and six month after the festival – albeit in a reduced quality – allowing a select number of journalists and film professionals to preview the films.


The festival will not confirm the receipt of submissions and preview copies. We kindly ask you to refrain from calling us to confirm the receipt of your material. All applicants will be notified via e-mail about the selection or rejection of their film at the end of September.

The selection committee’s decision to select or reject a film is final. No correspondence will be held in regards to this decision. If a film is selected for the Competition programme of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, it can no longer be withdrawn.

Screening Copy

For screening purposes, only the following film and video formats will be accepted: 35mm, HDCam, Digibeta, Beta, DV. If the original version of the film is in a language other than English or German, the screening copy should have English subtitles. The screening copy should arrive at the office of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur no later than five working days before the beginning of the festival.

With his application, the applicant authorises the International Short Film Festival Winterthur to screen a submitted film at a maximum of five projections in connection with the Competition of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, free of charge.

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