Reglement 2020

Rules and Regulations 2020

for the 14th ETHNOCINECA International Documentary Film Festival Vienna

May 7th – 13th 2020 VOTIV KINO Vienna

Please read the following Rules & Regulations for the 2020 ETHNOCINECA carefully before submitting (link to Filmfreeway at the bottom of this page). By submitting you confirm that you have read and understood the Rules & Regulations and that you fully agree to the conditions of entry. Questions regarding the Rules & Regulations and/or film submission should be directed to programm(at) You can find the link to the entry form at the bottom of this page.

1. General Information

ETHNOCINECA celebrates its 14th edition in Vienna’s Votiv Kino and Kino De France from the 7th to 13th of May 2020. As Austria’s film festival for ethnographic and documentary film, ETHNOCINECA is dedicated to diverse realities of everyday human life. With our Call for Films we are looking for films of any length and approach that make accessible the diversity, uniqueness as well as the commonalities of social and cultural life worldwide, while narrating this view critically and innovatively.

In addition to the general program, in which all films run out of competition, there are five competition sections, that films may be submitted to. 

2. Competition Sections 

For each film it is mandatory to specify in the online entry form, if you are entering one of the  the five competitions (EVA, IDA, ADA, ISA, ESSA) or if you are submitting your film to the main programme without entering competition. It must be ensured that the film meets the respective competition criteria (multiple choice is not possible). 

2.1 Overview of Competitions 

EVA – Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award

This competition reflects the diversity of ethnographic film and honors outstanding achievements and innovative works that contribute to a progressive understanding of Visual Anthropology. Films, which have been made within scientific research as well as independently produced films will be accepted. Traditional and experimental methods and approaches are equally welcome, as long as they correspond to anthropological principles in perspective and style. Prize money: EUR 1.000.-

•   Innovative films in the field of Visual Anthropology
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

IDA – International Documentary Award 

IDA celebrates documentary film as a dynamic art form and transmits the experience of its rich diversity: here the format has no set limits – submissions from classic to animated documentaries, are welcome. Outstanding works that go beyond the factual communication of content and stimulate a reflexive and undogmatic analysis of human lifeworlds and society will be honored. Films from each region and on any subject are welcome, as long as man and society are at the center focus. Prize money: EUR 1.000.- 

•   International documentaries, traditional to experimental
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

ADA – Austrian Documentary Award

To promote Austrian Documentaries an international jury will select the best Austrian film. Film can be submitted for this category if they have a minimum length of 45 minutes and if they are either produced by an Austrian production company or made by a director with residence in Austria. Prize money: EUR 1.000.- 

•   Films by Austrain prouction companies or by directors with residence in Austria
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

ISA – International Shorts Award

The International Shorts Award (ISA) pays short films their well-deserved attention within the festival program. The nominated documentaries stand out due to their range of subjects and show the dynamics and expressive opportunities of the short film format. Apart from the formal requirement of films being under 30 minutes, there are no limits to their audio-visual expression. The audience will elect the winning film of this competition. Prize money: EUR 500.-

•   International short documentaries, traditional to experimental
•   Length: max. 30 minutes

ESSA – Ethnocineca Student Shorts Award

Young talents – Big cinema! With the ESSA, ETHNOCINECA gives due attention to the multifaceted inspiration of young documentary filmmaking. The award not only presents an international platform for young filmmakers of documentary filmmaking, but allows the participants to discuss their works side by side with established filmmakers and a large festival audience. Student works and first works from the documentary field and ethnographic filmmaking with a maximum length of 30 minutes are sought for this competition. ESSA is an audience award. Prize money: EUR 500.- 

•   Student works and first works
•   Length: max. 30 minutes


You can submit your film also to our main programme to run out of competition. For example If your film doesn’t fit into any of the award criteria or for any other reason. 

2.2 Programme Focus: B R E A T H E

This year’s festival theme B R E A T H E is devoted to poetic and experimental approaches of sensory documentary filmmaking and sets a focus on those dimensions of world events that are difficult to approach solely by the means of language. Emphasising a cinema of the senses, we thus immerse ourselves in the realities of the lives of protagonists persistent in their quest for change. Whether personal destinies, political upheavals, moral or social controversies, religious conflicts or the climate crisis, in these turbulent times, faced with uncertainties and many open questions for the future, we address the beauty and goodness between the lines of cinematic narratives.

2.3. Information on the Selection of Films and Prize Money

The curators of ETHNOCINECA carry out the selection of films for the festival program and their final assignment to the competition sections. It is therefore possible, that the selected films for the program run in a competition other than that which was selected. The organizers reserve the right to change the type andnumber of the listed competition sections. The overall amount of € 4.000.- will be awarded to all competition sections. All mentioned prizes are subject to change. An external jury decides on the winning films in each competition section; the winners will be notified by email. Submitted films that were already shown in the program of ETHNOCINECA cannot be taken into consideration for the 2019 program.

3. General Submission Criteria & Film Entry

Films must have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2018. If submitting for a competition, the film must meet the stated criteria. All films will be shown in the original version with English subtitles. Thus only entries with English subtitles will be taken into consideration for the program selection. The entry form must be fully completed and all the requested documents submitted. One entry form must be filled out for each film. Applications will only be accepted if all required information is submitted by December 1, 2019.

Overview of General Submission Criteria

•   Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019
•   Year of production 2018 or more recent
•   Original version with English subtitles
•   Fully completed submission form
•   A preview copy

4. Preview Copy

Preview copies can be submitted via download link (no date limitation!) or online screener (e.g. vimeo). In exceptional cases we offer an upload to our FTP server or you can send us a DVD/Blu-ray. In that case please contact us via e-mail: programm(at)

5. Legal Information

The applicant warrants that s/he is authorized to allow the Festival the use of the film, as well as that its use during the festival does not violate rights of third parties (e.g. copyrights, performance, personal rights). It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. ETHNOCINECA is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, or screening of any film.

The filmmaker agrees that organizers can use clips or trailers of her/his work as well as any additional materials, which have been submitted to our organization for advertising purposes for the film as well as for the festival.Costs of sending screening copies to the festival are at the expense of the sender. Submitted viewing material cannot be returned. ETHNOCINECA will not incur any shipping fees of the screening copies.