Years running: 20 (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.


  • backup.award in short film category,
  • backup.clip.award in music video clips category,
  • backup.herzblut.award is given by the audience in programme.


  • The submitted entries should not have been completed before January 1st, 2016

Documents and Other Requisite Items

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
    July 01, 2017
  • Deadline
    September 30, 2017
  • Notifications
    April 30, 2018
  • Event dates
    30 May — 3 June 2018
Categories & Fees

Music video clips which create an unusual symbiosis between film and music by using miscellaneous media related production techniques. It is the capacity to unite the characteristics of music video clips with its artistic possibilities and limits that will be awarded. Consequently images are made audible and sounds become visible (runtime of 7 minutes).

  • Deadline — free

Short films characterized by their creative examination of the different ways of expression and various production techniques that reflect and define the boundaries and possibilities of a film. The interaction of varying forms of media and methods as well as their influence on narration, production and distribution chains is considered to be at the heart of this competition. As a result, present categorizations have to be left behind and hybrid forms have to be created (runtime of 15 minutes).

  • Deadline — free brings selected short films into the cosy ambience of local student residential communities. The backup.herzblut.award which is given by the audience is sponsored by PARTISAN Vodka (runtime of 15 minutes).

  • Deadline — free
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