Program Submission

The submission process for the 34th FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE is open.

See now what will be important tomorrow! – with this claim, we will once again present outstanding works of audiovisual storytelling in our competition sections from 17 – 24 October 2024.

Feature films, television films, documentaries and series can be submitted for the following sections:

  • NRW Competition
  • Best of Cinema Fiction
  • Best of Cinema Documentary
  • Top Ten TV
  • Look
  • Special Screenings

We honor the best works with these awards:

  • Filmpreis NRW, endowed with 20,000 euros, for the best entry in the NRW Competition
  • The Hollywood Reporter Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, for the best fictional contribution in the Best of Cinema Fiction, Top Ten TV or Look sections
  • phoenix award, endowed with 10,000 euros, for the best documentary entry in the Best of Cinema Documentary, Top Ten TV or Look section

We also award the Filmpreis Köln, endowed with 25,000 euros, and the International Actors Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, to outstanding German or international directors and actors.

Admission to the competition

Submission
Online submissions are made via the Filmchief platform. For the presentation at the festival, a DCP must be provided by the submitter. FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE does not charge any registration or submission fees.

Application deadline
July 31, 2024

Genres
Feature films, documentaries and TV films as well as series of all genres with a running time of 45 minutes or more are eligible. Short films with a running time of less than 45 minutes will not be considered.

Year of production
The project must have been completed no later than October 2023.

Theatrical release and first broadcast
Submitted programs must not have been released in Germany before FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2024.

Premiere status
Potential German, European or world premieres will be given priority in the program selection.

Subtitles
Submissions that are not in German or English language must carry English subtitles.

Filmpreis NRW
Films qualifying for the Filmpreis NRW must not have had a theatrical release in Germany before the start of FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2024 and must have been produced primarily by a company based in NRW or have been shot to a significant extent in NRW.

Other agreements
If an entry is selected by the jury, the organizers receive the right to screen it during FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2024 within a festival series to be determined by the jury. In addition, submitters agree to the free use of film excerpts. By submitting an entry, the above guidelines are recognized. Submitted entries may be rejected without justification.other agreements

If an entry is selected by the jury, the organizers receive the right to screen it during FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE 2024 within a festival series to be determined by the jury. In addition, submitters agree to the free use of film excerpts. By submitting an entry, the above guidelines are recognized. Submitted entries may be rejected without justification.

The FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE is supported by the Minister for Federal and European Affairs, International Affairs, and Media of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Head of the State Chancellery, the City of Cologne, and the Film and Media Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.

FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE
Cologne Conference GmbH
Machabäerstraße 5, D-50667 Köln
Phone: +49 221 788 785 10
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