State: April 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.
* For all correspondence concerning juries use only the email firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply via your national section, not directly to us.
* Inform always if you are available for a physical participation, for an online jury or for both. This is essential! Hybrid = Traveling or staying home.
* Add a work-related reason for your interest in a particular festival and jury.
* Most festivals offer hospitality (air ticket, hotel). If a festival offers limited or no hospitality, it is specially mentioned.
* For online juries, the regular participation fee will – for now – be waived (for international jury members).
Ended Festivals (within the previous three months)
Dhaka (Bangladesh, Jan 16–24, 2021) more
Tromso (Norway, Jan 18–24, 2021) more
Gothenburg (Göteborg, Sweden, Jan 29 – Feb 8, 2021) more
Rotterdam (The Netherlands, February 1–7, 2021) more
Kerala (India, Feb 10–14, 2021) more
Berlin (Germany, March 1-5, 2021 more
Sofia (Bulgaria, March 12–22, 2021) more
Buenos Aires (Argentina, March 17-28, 2021) more
Toulouse (France, March 19-28, 2021) more
Luxor (Egypt, March 26–31, 2021) more
Vilnius (Lithuania, March 18 – April 5, 2021), more
Hong Kong (April 1–12, 2021), more
Seattle (USA, April 8-18, 2021), more
The list of festivals and juries in the second quarter (April, May, June) is in preparation and is completed daily. Latest update: April 17
Nyon (Switzerland). “Visions du Réel – International Film Festival Nyon”, April 15–25, 2021. Our jury sees first feature-length films in both competitions, the International Competition and the Burning Lights Competition. Jury (online): Nachum Mochiach, Israel (“HABAMA”, “Atmosphere”), Marla Jacarilla, Spain (“Contrapicado Escritos sobre Cine”, “Miradas de Cine”), Max Borg, Switzerland (“Corriere del Ticino”, “Clap.ch”). www.visionsdureel.ch Updated April 14 .
* The jury has been set up and began to work.
Wiesbaden, goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Germany, April 20–26, 2021. Fest head Heleen Gerritsen manages to bring international guests to the city and the cinemas (including our critics jury). The FIPRESCI prize will go to a fictional and to a documentary film in the international competition. Jury members: Nino Kovacic, Croatia (“Filmonaut”, “Croatian Film Chronicles”), Hélène Robert, France (“Bande à Part”), Michela Manente, Italy (“Messaggero di Sant’Antonio”). www.filmfestival-goeast.de Updated April 17.
* The jurors are on their way to Wiesbaden.
Moscow, Russia, Moscow International Film Festival, April 22 – 29, 2021. The organizers invited international guests and jurors to Moscow, to physically experience the city, the festival, the films. Jury: Alexandra Porshneva, Kazakhstan (www.vosmerka.kz, “Look”), Darya Amialkovich, Belarus (“Kultura”, “reform.by”), Vasileios Kechagias, Greece (“Makedonia”, “Yellow Radi”), Karen Avetisyan, Armenia (“Sputnik Armenia News Agency”, “kinoashkharh.am”), Nina Romodanovskaya, Russia (“Nina Romodanovskaya”, “ProfiCinema”). www.moscowfilmfestival.ru/eng/ Updated April 19.
* The jury has been finalized and will soon fly to Moscow.
Oberhausen, International Short Film Festival (Germany), May 1 – 10, 2021. The festival will go online, so will our jury (the jury period will be May 5–10, 2021). www.kurzfilmtage.de Updated April 15
* The jury has been finalized.
Istanbul. The national competition will take place May 20–29, 2021. Our jury (online) will present prizes to a Turkish short film and to a Turkish feature-length fiction film. https://film.iksv.org/en The international part of the festival follows in June. Updated April 9.
* Open for requests. (Air tickets within Europe.)
Tehran, Iran, Fajr International Film Festival, May 26 – June 2, 2021. Our first jury will follow the “Eastern Vista” section, a competition of films from Asia and Islamic countries. The jury can work online. If travels are possible, the jurors can be provided with a roundtrip ticket (from a major Middle Eastern / European city to Tehran and back), plus accommodation etc. https://www.fajriff.com/en/ Updated April 9.
* Open for requests (hybrid – Tehran or your home)
Krakow, Poland, Krakow Film Festival of Documentaries and Shorts, May 30 – June 6, 2021. The organizers prepare an online event. https://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/ Details will follow. Updated April 19.
* Open for requests (worldwide)
Ankara, Turkey, “Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival”, June 3 – 10, 2021 (attention: postponed from May). The festival in the Turkish capital focuses on films by and about women. Azize Tan (formerly Istanbul IFF) is the new head. She tries to invite guests (and juries) to Ankara. http://ucansupurge.org.tr/ Updated April 16.
* The jury has been finalized.
Saguenay (Canada, International Short Film Festival – Regard”, June 9–13, 2021). While our Canadian colleagues-critics judge the international competition, our international jury judges the national competition. The festival writes: “The idea of our summer version is to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a physical edition, with competition, awards, juries, and I hope, some guests! We will mainly use drive-in to have outdoor screenings. However, just to be sure, we also plan to have the whole program online.” http://festivalregard.com/ Updated April 7
* Open for requests (hybrid)(air ticket: Europe, the Americas).
Krakow, OFF CAMERA – International Festival of Independent Cinema, June 11-20, 2021. Details will follow. www.offcamera.pl Updated April 9.
* Open for requests (from Europe).
Zagreb (Croatia, Zagreb International Documentary Film Festival – ZagrebDox, June 13-20, 2021). Our jury will probably focus on a selection of regional documentaries. www.zagrebdox.net Updated 7-Apr-21
* Open for requests (from Europe)
Annecy. the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, June 14 – 19, 2021. Details to follow. Updated February 10.
* Open for requests. Deadline: April 23. (Hotel, no traveling expenses)
Thessaloniki (Greece, Documentary Film Festival, postponed to June 24 – July 4, 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 March 16.
* Open for requests. Apply by April 23, 2021.
Munich. The FilmFest takes expectedly place on its normal date, June 24 – July 3, 2021 (overlaps with Thessaloniki). The jury will see and judge new German films. Updated February 10.
* Open for requests.
Havana (Cuba, “International Festival of the New Latinoamerican Cinema”, June / July, 2021). The festival, which takes normally place in December, had been postponed first to March 2021. Then, because of a stronger outbreak of the epidemic in the country, it has again been postponed, to summer (possibly June/July, a concrete date has not yet been fixed). http://habanafilmfestival.com Updated April 9.
* Stay tuned.
Bangalore (India, Bengaluru International Film Festival, June/July, 2021). Our jury colleagues see a selection of 12 new Indian films. Jury (needs to be reconfirmed when the new date is known): Hugo Emmerzael, The Netherlands (“De Filmkrant”, “Senses of Cinema”, “MUBI The Notebook”), Paola Dei, Italy (“TaxiDrivers”, “Arte Magazine”), Lalit Rao, India (“Cinematography Art Magazine”). http://biffes.in/ Updated April 6.
* Wait with your application until a new date has been fixed.
Cannes (France, July 6–17, 2021). The organizers wish and hope to set up a “real festival”. Colleagues wishing to serve on this jury should be ready and able to travel to the Côte. If films or sections can be seen online is not yet known. Our jury (nine members) will be split up in three “sub-juries”: A – competitive section; B – Certain Regard; and C – parallel sections (Directors Fortnight and Critics Week). We’ll infom about details as soon as available, stay tuned. www.festival-cannes.org Updated April 16.
* Open for requests. Mention the sub-jury you’re interested in. The festival does not offer accomodation or travel expenses. Deadline: May 14.
Istanbul. The international competition of the Istanbul International Film Festival has been scheduled for June 18–28, 2021. Our jury (online) will follow the national competition. https://film.iksv.org/en Updated March 26.
* Open for requests.
More festivals and juries (updated April 9):
Cluj-Napoca, July 23–August 1, 2021
Locarno, August 4–14, 2021
Odessa, August 14–21, 2021
Schwerin, Filmkunstfest, August 31 – September 5, 2021
Toronto, September 9–18, 2021
Venice, September 1–11, 2021
Miskolc, September 10–18, 2021
San Sebastian, September 17–25, 2021
Guadalajara, Mexico, October 1–9, 2021
Yerevan (Armenia), October 3-10, 2021
Busan (Korea), October 6–15, 2021
Cottbus (Germany), November 2–7, 2021
Sofia (Bulgaria, public part), November 10–21, 2021
This list will permanently be updated, according to our level of knowledge.