The Estonian Film Institute and the Year of Digital Culture 2020 are announcing an open call for creating 1-minute short films.

Let your creativity shine and see the walls of your home collapse!

The current dramatic situation requires a swift response and needs to be captured by filmmakers. Isolation and limited resources are not an obstacle to creativity – it is the best time to create a 1-minute short film. Let's use this idle time productively, while staying healthy. The quarantine sets boundaries, this competition provides opportunities within those boundaries.

All types of films and their symbiotic forms, experiments and investigations are welcome. The only frames are the one-minute limit and professional implementations, which enable the film to be screened both on TV and streaming media. The common creative denominator of the competition is digital culture, in other words all the life that surrounds us, which is intertwined with the digital world. In assessing the works, an additional bonus will be given to ones that can be used in the education system, that is, films that can be linked to an academic subject.

The 1-page description of the idea must include the name of the filmmaker, the content of the film, techniques and other things that the author deems necessary to point out. One person can submit a maximum of 3 ideas. Both individuals and film companies can participate.

The ideas will be evaluated by an EFI expert committee, which will select up to 15 ideas.

Deadline for the contest: April 24, 2020.
Where to send your ideas:

Announcement of decisions: April 30, 2020.

Completion deadline for the films: June 15, 2020.
Grant amount: EUR 1000, to be paid in two installments, 30% on signing the contract and 70% on delivering the film.

Technical specifications for the film:
1) total length: 1 minute;
2) image resolution: at least 1920x1080;
3) sound: 2.0 or 5.1;
4) 4 seconds at the must be reserved for the author's name and the logos of EFI and DIGIAASTA. The net length of the film is thus 56 seconds.