Years running: 23 (since 1999)


International experimental film festival for young filmmakers.


Compared to other film festivals for young talents, the backup_festival is not directed primarily at film schools, but students and graduates of art, media and design schools. It thus looks for new approaches to the medium of film and supports creative exploration of the limits and possibilities of the cinematic format. Here it is more about captivating new ideas and innovative ways than about costs and technical perfection.

The festival creates an inspiring space for communication, discussion and reflection where media professionals from around the world can present their projects to the general public and make contacts for future collaboration.


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Send by post to the festival office:

  • a filled in application form,
  • a preview copy of the film (preferably on a DVD or via internet link),
  • filmstills,
  • a transcript of the dialogues,
  • a synopsis,
  • director's bio- and filmography.

Additional Information

The submitter is responsible for the acquisition of the rights and explicitly exempt the organizer from possible legal recourse regarding unauthorized usage.

All deliveries from non-European Union countries must be marked "No commercial value - for cultural purposes only" and must have a "pro forma invoice" with a print value of less than US $20.

The festival has the right to use various clips for PR-purposes, on television, on the Internet.

The festival will store application material in the its archive.

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Audio language: any

Subtitles language: English​

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website



Bauhaus-Universität Weimar 
Bauhausstrasse 15
99423 Weimar

Phone: +49 (0) 36 43 – 58 39 29
+49 (0) 36 43 – 58 39 30
Fax: +49 (0) 36 43 – 58 36 01


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 17, 2018
  • Deadline
    January 15, 2019
  • Notifications
    March 03, 2019
  • Event Dates
    29 May — 2 June 2019
Categories & Fees

Short films up to 30 minutes

  • Deadline — free

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