FAQ

In general… 
What is the objective of upfront?
Why is the upfront Award happening this year? 
Dates and deadlines?


How to participate?
Who can participate?
Costs?
What information is required for submitting?

What’s the difference between registering and submitting?

Video requirements:
Video length?
Format requirements?
Language and subtitles?
What are you looking for and what style should I choose?
Do I need to have all my music and other rights cleared?
Where is my video shown and what licenses do I need to give?

Jury & Prizes
How and by whom is the winner chosen?
What prizes can be won?

Event
When are the screening and the award ceremony?
Where will the screening and award ceremony take place?
What’s happening at the screening?
Do I have to travel to Düsseldorf? Is there going to be a live-stream?

What do I do with my other questions?

What is the objective of upfront?

With upfront! we want to offer young adults from all EU countries and the United Kingdom the opportunity to take a videographic stance on European issues and to promote artistic freedom of expression. We are interested in what you are interested in! Use the medium of video to ask questions, express your opinion, and point out beautiful or unpleasant things in Europe. We want your videos on European issues and relevant, interesting European topics.
We call ourselves upfront! for a reason: We want you to be open, honest, and direct. We are looking for documentation on critical social and political issues that reflect young adults’ views of Europe and the European Union – both positive and negative.
Use the medium of video in its pure form – as art and documentation. Observe attentively, play and experiment, and don’t be quiet:
Let’s be upfront! 
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Why is the upfront Award happening this year? 

The medium of video and the exchange of video via the Internet are in more demand than ever before. Inside and outside, as well as on its old and new borders, Europe is facing major social, ecological and economic challenges. The world is upside down. Taking a clear position and drawing attention to both positive and negative aspects is more important than ever.
With upfront! we want to offer a professional platform for these exchanges and bring together people who work in the arts. The year 2020 is important for Europe, and for us. This is an opportunity to launch a new European video competition. Upfront! is the first video competition focusing on artistic and documentary-style films for young adults on the central theme of “Europe”.
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Dates and deadlines?

The submission period for videos has ended on November 15th, 2020. 
Festival evening with screenings and award ceremony: planned for February 20th, 2021

For news on the award ceremony and future upfront! events register here.
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Who can participate and what are the requirements?

Our subtitle “young European video award“ might be a hint, but let’s break down who is actually eligible to participate:
Young – The filmmakers (producer, director, and other key roles) must be between the ages of 16 and 26 years old at the time the video is released.  Actors and members in the extended team may vary.
European – The competition is open to residents of all 27 EU member states and the United Kingdom.
Video – The video must have been released in 2018 or later and must not exceed 15 minutes (excl. credits) 
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Costs?

Participation and registration are completely free. Thanks to the support from EDIC Düsseldorf and the European Parliament, we are able to waive all fees.
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What information is required for submitting?

You should have the following data handy for your submission:

  • Team: Team-Name, (Website &  Social Media), City, Country
  • Contact: Name, Birthday, Education, Address, (Website)
  • Video: Genre, Title, Length, Format, Language, Year of Production, Year of Publication, Initial Release, (Awards), Director, Age of Director, (Additional Crew, Cast and Personnel), Short Description, Synopsis, Stills or Posters (jpg, tiff, png).
  • Video File: MP4 File with descriptive Title (Name or Team). Upload via dedicated WeTransfer Page. 
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What’s the difference between registering and submitting?

Registering on our website is the first step. All you have to do to register is enter your name and e-mail address. As soon as you have done so, we will keep you informed about the competition by e-mail.

Once you have registered, you can log in at any time (within the deadline) and submit your video under Submit your video. You should have all information and the finished video ready, because the submission cannot be saved temporarily. Only after submitting your video will you officially take part in the competition.
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Video length?

Up to 15 minutes (without title and credits).
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Format requirements?

Video is a creative format, file types are not!
File-Types: MP4 with H.264-Codec
There are no specifications regarding the formats. However, should you want a recommendation, here are some proposals:
Aspect-Ratio: 4:5 or 16:9
Resolution: FullHD – 1920×1080 or 4k
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Language and subtitles?

Every film has to either be in English or have English subtitles to be accepted.
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What are you looking for and what style should I choose?

In short: We’re looking for videos. 
That means creative, artistic or critical concepts. The boundaries are fluid! There is no exclusion of art videos, documentary videos, and narrative short films.
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Do I need to have all my music and other rights cleared?

Yes! Absolutely! All used pieces and sounds must be either public domain or cleared. This also applies to visuals, of course.
Every video has to either be in English or have English subtitles to be accepted.
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Where is my video shown, what licenses do I need to give?

What we need is a license to show your video as part of our screening and award ceremony in the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. All events will be live-streamed and available on youtube.com and our website for the following four weeks.
In addition, excerpts of all videos (max. 15 sec.) may be used for promotional purposes and selected videos will be published on our website (upfront-award.eu).
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How and by whom is the winner chosen?

The winners will be chosen from a pre-selected list by a jury of experts on video and European politics. Who is on that jury will be revealed at a later date. Follow us to be the first to know. InstagramFacebook
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What prizes can be won?

With our awards we do not only want to distinguish the artist, but also give them new opportunities and insights on their way through Europe. Therefore, you can win the following prizes:
1st place: 1.500€ gift certificate for film equipment
2nd place: 1.000€ gift certificate for film equipment
3rd place: 500€ gift certificate for film equipment
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When are the screening and the award ceremony?

The specific date will be announced at a later date. We are planning for February 20th 2021.
Register or follow us to be the first to know. InstagramFacebook
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Where will the screening and award ceremony take place?

At the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf:
Birkenstr. 47 (backyard)
40233 Düsseldorf / Germany
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What’s happening at the screening?

At our screening, in the theatre of the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, we show all videos that made it onto our shortlist. We will hear the jury’s reasons for a nomination and as a crowning finale, the best videos are awarded.
The screening evening ends with (live) music and drinks, so there will be enough time for networking and exchange.
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Do I have to travel to Düsseldorf? Is there going to be a live-stream?

Even though we hope that as many people as possible will come to the award ceremony, it is not absolutely necessary to travel to Düsseldorf. The award ceremony will also be broadcast live on this website. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the number of guests may be limited.
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What do I do with my other questions?

If you still have a question that is not listed here, or if there is a problem with your registration or submission, please email us at contact@upfront-award.eu or contact us directly on Instagram or Facebook.
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