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World Film Festival is a event dedicated to the documentary cinema. The festival develops interest towards anthropological, analytical approach to cultures and societies, welcoming film entries from all over the world. Our film program turns attention to cultural exchange as well as cultural representations of everyday life across the world.

Each year, the festival becomes a lively community of filmmakers and the audience. As film screenings are accompanied by a brief presentation and discussion of the film, the directors of the selected films are preferably present at the festival in order to introduce their films and discuss their works after the screening.

Festival does not have competition program. In addition to the film program, the festival involves discussions, round tables, exhibitions and special programs. 

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For the festival, all films and video productions, which have been produced after January 1st 2012 and have not yet been submitted to World Film Festival at earlier years, are eligible.

Entry fee
No fee is charged for film entry.

Screening fee
For the screening of the selected films no charge will be paid.

Deadlines for entry

All materials needed for completing the film entry must have arrived to the festival by 23.59 at that date (local time).

Please note that it is important to enter your documentary at the earliest possible moment to facilitate previewing the films.

Format, language and version

World Film Festival accepts the following screening formats (PAL): Blu-Ray, HDV, MiniDV. DVD is not eligible as a screening format.  

Films and videos should be in English, or in their original versions with English subtitles.

Expenses and returns policy of the preview copy

All postal/shipping expenses to the festival are to be paid by the entrants, as well as all other expenses incurred, such as insurance, etc. When filling out shipment or customs forms, please assign the package a value that does not exceed 10 Euros or 10 dollars and state on the envelope: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”.

Please note that World Film Festival will not return submitted preview materials to the entrants. 


In case of selection, the copyright holder of the film authorizes the World Film Festival to:
- use a trailer or a 4 minute clip of the production for promotional purposes (in case of short documentaries the length can be agreed separately). It will be included to the festival web site, but could be used also for promotion in social media, television or at the festival location.
- use all publicity material, including separate press kits of the film to promote the festival
- keep the DVDs of selected documentaries in its archive for non-circulating use and educational and research purposes

Transport of the screening copy


The festival must receive the screening copy of the selected film by  March 1rst 2014 at the following address:

World Film Festival 2014
J.Kuperjanovi 9
Tartu 50409

The festival will return the copy within four weeks of the end of the festival to the address specified by the applicant at the entry form.  

Transport costs
The costs of transport of all videos (both from the EU as well as from outside the EU) to the festival office are the responsibility of the applicant, but World Film Festival will pay for their return delivery to the destination of choice.

Insurance for the shipping of films and videos to and from the Estonia is the responsibility of the participants. 


How to enter your film

In order to submit your film, the festival must receive:

- preview copy of the film on DVD or Blu-Ray (PAL) (English subtitles, dialogue or voice-over). The DVD's will stay in the possession of the festival for internal/educational use only, any other use will be negotiated separately with the copyright holder

- completed entry form

Selection procedure and authorizations

The documentaries will be selected by the festival program committee with international expertise in social and cultural research, media and film making, including experience in visual anthropology and documentary film making.

In case of a film being selected, the festival will notify the successful applicants by the end of December 2013. We also try to contact those whose film has not been selected, but in case no notifications received, the entrants should consider their film entry as not selected for the festival program.

Entry form


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Distribution (this contact address will be published on the website and in the catalogue)

Technical data of the film

35 mm
Blu Ray
mini DV


DEADLINE FOR FILM SUBMISSION OF PREVIEW COPY (latest date of postmark): October 20th 2013

Your entry will be accepted only if all the required materials and information are received on time.

Contact information

Preview copies and other correspondence should be addressed to:

J.Kuperjanovi 9
Tartu 50409
phone: + 372 735 0447

By filling the entry form and submitting it the applicant accepts the World Film Festival’s regulations.