Rules and conditions

The conditions for taking part in the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL are simple and as follows.

IMPORTANT: Each film submitted to Blacksphere film festival must contain English subtitles (even if the movie is English spoken), as we are an international festival and we will target the online part of the festival also outside of English-speaking countries, where not everyone understands the English language perfectly. It would also be nicer for disabled persons to see visible text.

Therefore, English subtitles are required even if the movie is spoken in English. (Preferably embedded subtitles in the movie. Or less preferably .srt file or .vtt but we are able to handle .txt as well.) Delivery of English subtitles is part of the rules of our festival. Since providing ENG subtitles is strictly in Blacksphere rules, submitted movies will not be included in Blacksphere main competition for prizes if submitters fail to deliver us English subtitles. But it is not going to be disqualified, it is still going to be streamed for the Blacksphere online part for 7 days (if chosen) and according to the number of views and quality it still can make it to the final live event.

Only exceptions are movies without dialogues.

  1. Every applicant must also be the owner of the received audiovisual work or must have permission by the author to distribute their work.
  2. Everyone has the right to submit their audiovisual work without any limits as to genre, length, date of production, age of either the creators or their work, but under the condition that they feel their film achieves the required level of filmic quality.
  3. Any student, amateur, or professional film can be submitted, and can have any length and be of any genre.
  4. We accept audiovisual works created by means of any technique or style of narration. All live-action, animated, documentary works, both narrative and non-narrative, are welcome.
  5. We accept films rated G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17.
  6. The date of completion is not important.
  7. Films containing dialogues must be submitted with English subtitles.
  8. The limit for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL screening is 100 films. These films will be selected by an expert European jury from all the films submitted.
  9. The limit for the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL screening is 50 films. These films will be selected from the maximum of 100 films screened as part of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL, based on the number of audience views and jury decision.
  10. All 100 selected films for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL are uploaded onto the BLACKSPHERE online platform where each film is made available for a period of seven days. The 50 films with the highest number of views on the BLACKSPHERE online platform will continue on to the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL. The BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL is part of the online television websites www.binarycode.one and www.blacksphere.one is part of their program which aims to support creativity, art and cultural development.
  11. There are no restrictions for accepting films which may have been previously screened at cinemas, festivals, museums, etc.
  12. The submitted audiovisual work is not supposed to be freely accessible for online viewing, but this in itself is not a condition for the film’s disqualification from the event.
  13. The sign-up fees are non-refundable, even in the case that the submitted work will not have been selected.
  14. If the film is selected for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL, the contributor will be contacted regarding additional information and regarding the method of sending the film for purposes of screening at the online television websites binarycode.one and blacksphere.one.
  15. The contributor has the right to withdraw their film until the beginning of the first online part of Blacksphere festival event without providing any reason, and without the right to reclaim the submission fee.
  16. We reserve the right to cut any film from the selection if we deem it to be inappropriate for the audience or if it does not possess basic filmic qualities.
  17. The festival’s organizers reserve the right to determine the films’ scheduled publication for the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL.
  18. By submitting their film, the contributor agrees to all the listed conditions.
  19. The festival reserves the right to change the terms and conditions.
  20. The company Binary code s.r.o. is the owner and organizer of the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL. The online festival is screened under the auspices of the online television websites binarycode.one and blacksphere.one. The festival's partner and supporter is Black Sphere, z.s.
  21. The conditions of sending in the audiovisual work are: a paid fee and a properly submitted application through Filmfreeway. In case you are selected you will be asked to send in the entire film in adequate quality by means of the online link for download of the given work. Also, you will be asked to fill out an affidavit.
  22. The contributor is responsible for making the film available through a link which will be sent to the organizers until BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL, unless informed otherwise in writing. If the contributor does not do this, they will be automatically disqualified from the festival.
  23. The contributor grants the organizers of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL the right to screen, send and otherwise share the submitted work with the members of the jury who will decide on its inclusion in the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL.
  24. By submitting a film to the Blacksphere Festival, the filmmaker gives us permission to use the previews, film’s press kit, screen the entire film, the filmmakers bio, graphic material and photographs and other promotional material for the Blacksphere festival and Blacksphere open air screenings.
  25. By submitting the film to the Blacksphere festival, the submitter agrees to include the film's press kit, filmmakers bio, previews, graphic material, photographs and other promotional material to the promotional materials of the Blacksphere festival, Blacksphere live festival and Blacksphere open air screenings.

As the organizer of the BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL, the BLACKSPHERE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL and the BLACKSPHERE LIVE FILM FESTIVAL, Binary code s.r.o. reserves the right to change these conditions.