State: January 22, 2021
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Next Juries. Take this list of festivals and juries as a snapshot of a situation that is constantly evolving. Also double-check on our website for changes before applying.
* For all correspondence concerning juries please only use the email jury@fipresci.org. This mail is read by everybody in charge of juries at FIPRESCI. Apply only via your national section, not directly to us.
* Inform if you are available for a physical participation, for an online jury or for both. This is essential!
* Add also a work-related reason for your interest in a particular festival and jury. It helps!
* For online juries, the regular participation fee will be waived.

Next Juries

Palm Springs (USA, usually beginning of January). The festival writes: “We have made the decision to skip the 2021 edition.” www.psfilmfest.org/film-festival-2021-update
* No festival in 2021

Dhaka (Bangladesh, January 16–24, 2021). Because of current restrictions for cultural events (caused by the corona virus) the jury will exceptionally be composed of three (physically present) Bangladesh critics: A M Mamunur Rashid (“Celluloid”), Ershad Kamol Khan (“The New Age”), Sadia Khalid (“Dhaka Tribune”). Focus for our jury: the “Bangladesh Panorama” of new feature-length national films. http://www.dhakafilmfestival.org www.dhakafilmfest.org
* All-Bangladeshi jury, finalized.

Tromso (Norway, January 18–24, 2021, virtual event). Jury (online): Giuseppe Sedia, Italy (“Il Manifesto”), Sven Hollebeke, Belgium (“Knack Focus”), Britt Sørensen, Norway (“Bergens Tidende”). www.tiff.no Update Jan 13: “We have had to cancel all physical screening, and go fully online on very short notice.”
* The jury started to work.

Gothenburg (Göteborg, Sweden, January 29 – February 8, 2021). The festival informs: “The 44th Göteborg Film Festival … will run as an online festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic.” Our jury (online) will see the films of the “Nordic Competition”. Streaming begins before the event. https://goteborgfilmfestival.se. Updated Jan 15.
* The jury has been finalized.

Rotterdam (The Netherlands, February 1–7 / June 2-6, 2021). Adapting to the Covid-19 restrictions, the International Film Festival Rotterdam changes in its 50th anniversary (and at its February period) to an online edition. Our jury will focus (online) on the Tiger Awards”. https://iffr.com/ Updated Jan 17.
* The jury has been finalized.

Kerala (India, International Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum, postponed from December 2020). The festival will kick off in Trivandrum (February 10–14) and will then move (until the beginning of March) to other cities in the south-Indian State of Kerala. Our online jury presents by February 15 one prize to a film in the international competition and another prize to the best Malayalam debut. https://iffk.in Updated Jan 13.
* The jury has been finalized.

Berlin (Germany, Berlinale, March 1–5, 2021 / June, 2021). Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Festival has developed “a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public.” The industry online offer will be in March (online only), the public event is scheduled for the first half of June. For details, see the press release https://fipresci.org/news/berlinale-2021/. – Our jury will see films (streaming) in March. We will adapt the work to the changed modalities, and will present again four prizes: for a film selected for the competition, for the Panorama, the Forum and for Encounters. The jury is still open, apply for one of these sections (essential information). We will keep all interested colleagues posted about all details. Websites: www.berlinale.de (Competition, Panorama, Encounters) and www.arsenal-berlin.de/en/forum (Forum). Updated January 15.
* Apply for one of the sections by January 8, 2021 – extended to January 28.

Havana (Cuba, “International Festival of the New Latinoamerican Cinema”, March 11–21, 2021). At the original December-date, a part of the program has been shown to the local public. Another part of the official selection will be presented in March. “This second part in March,” writes the festival, “will include the Competitions (Features and Shorts in Fiction, Documentary and Animation), and it’s where traditionally the FIPRESCI jury delivers its prestigious award.” The festival in March “will be live, we cannot hold an online edition.” Colleagues wishing to attend (and speaking Spanish) are asked to make their interest known. http://habanafilmfestival.com
* The jury is under construction.

Luxor (African Film Festival, Egypt, March 12-18, 2021). Interested colleagues are asked to apply. They will receive an information on details (as soon as available). http://www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com
* The jury is under construction.

Toulouse (France, Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse, March 19-28, 2021). Showcase of recent Latin American films. Our jury (three members, Europe) is invited for five days (flight and hotel), to see the films in the fiction films competition. Fluent French or Spanish is obligatory. If a physical presence will not be possible, the jury will work in hybrid or online mode. Updated / Added on January 18.  www.cinelatino.com.fr
* Open for requests, apply asap.

Saguenay (Canada,”Saguenay International Short Film Festival – Regard”, normal date middle of March). For 2021 the festival announces a special edition, June 9-13. We’ll inform of details in our next circular 2/2021 (and will wait until then for requests). http://festivalregard.com/
* Postponed to June, wait for next circular

Zagreb (Croatia, Zagreb International Documentary Festival – ZagrebDox, normal date middle of March). The 2020 edition was moved from March to October. The date for 2021 has not yet been announced. www.zagrebdox.net
* See next circulars.

Vilnius (Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, Lithuania). Two parts of the event are planned: an online part, for juries and guests (March 18 – April 5, our jury will work online within this period), and a physical part (in May, as soon as the cinemas will re-open). Our jury will see a selection of new films from the Baltic region. http://kinopavasaris.lt/en Updated January 21.
* Apply if interested, but hurry up.

Guadalajara (Mexico, normally in March). The festival in 2020 had been postponed to November (with our online jury). The 2021 date has not yet been announced. https://www.ficg.mx
* See next circulars

Hong Kong (April 1-12, 2021). Our jury focuses on young Chinese-language cinema and young world cinema. Details have not yet been arranged. Make your interest known nonetheless. www.hkiff.org.hk
* Apply by January 22, 2021.

Bangalore (Bengaluru, India, first week of April, 2021). “The festival is scheduled for April first week,” informs the festival. “The details are being worked out. At this point of time we have no idea as to whether it will be a physical or virtual jury.” Our Indian colleagues will prepare a selection of new Indian films, as candidates and nominees for the FIPRESCI Prize. www.biffes.in Updated January 22.
* Announce your interest asap and stay tuned.

Thessaloniki (Greece, Documentary Film Festival, postponed to June 24 – July 3, 2021). “The Festival will start in March with screenings of our tribute and documentaries for kids”, informs the festival, “and from June 24 to July 3 there will be the main program, with the competition sections and the Greek films.” Our jury should present two prizes, for an international and for a Greek documentary. Interested colleagues should be available, in June/July, for a physical trip to Thessaloniki, with hybrid mode or online as options. www.filmfestival.gr/en/ Updated January 22.
* Open for requests. Apply by April 23, 2021.

The juries in April, May and June will be announced in a later circular. Text edited by Karsten Kastelan

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