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Submitting your film to Pärnu Film Festival

Pärnu Film Festival welcomes submissions from all over the world. When selecting films for the festival, organizers will focus on the artistic achievement, also on the high value and quality of the film. We accept documentary films of all lengths.

Films may be submitted by filmmakers, producers, distributors or legal entities. To submit your film to the Pärnu Film Festival, please fill the entry form below.

Before entering your film, please read through festival regulations. By submitting your film you accept festival regulations.

1. Read through festival regulations
2. Fill in the entry form on our homepage
3. Add your preview video link to the entry form.

Deadline for submission is July 1, 2020!
E-mail for sending your submission materials:
festival @

REGULATIONS for the Pärnu International Documentary and Science Film Festival


Born from Lennart Meri’s idea in 1987, Pärnu International Visual Anthropology Film Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Baltic countries.

The festival was renamed Pärnu International Documentary and Science Film Festival in 2019 and is also known as Pärnu Film Festival.

The 34rd Pärnu Film Festival will take place from October 12 to 25, 2020.

We seek authentic documentary stories, masterpieces on survival of indigenous peoples and scientific recordings of high artistic value. The program also includes audiovisual interpretations of contemporary society, portraits of fascinating people and human relations as well as films on music and art. Children and youth have always been included, both at workshops and as viewers of the films for our youngest. 

The aim of the festival in general is to support cultural survival of peoples. Only documentary films of high value and quality, recording human activities in social, historical or ecological context are accepted for competition screenings. We do not accept films which are against human values or encourage hatred and discrimination between races and nations. Films of high level of creativity and rigorous scientific content, as well as new forms of audiovisual expression are preferred.

The official language of the festival is English.


The length of films for the competition is not limited.

In terms of screenings at other festivals and earlier awards, there are no restrictions for the submission of films.

In terms of years of production, and dates of first public screenings, there are no restrictions for the submission of films.

Films which have not been selected for competition may be shown in the information program of the festival.

Films can only be shown at the festival if they have English commentary and/or English dialogue, or English subtitles in their original versions.

The Pärnu Film Festival accepts the following screening formats:

a) files with full HD resolution: mov, avi, mp4, etc.

b) discs: BluRay, DVD

c) DCP

Presentation of other formats and video systems requires the authorisation of the festival.



The deadline for entries is July 1, 2020.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could enter your documentary as early as possible.

The early deadline for entries for Estonian People’s Award is June 1, 2020. The early deadline is necessary because of the long purchase process to obtain a TV broadcast license.

The Pärnu Film Festival must receive:

a) A completed entry form available at our homepage ( On the entry form, you will be asked to provide detailed information of the film, and a synopsis.

b) Preview screener in file format or as an online link. Submitted films must have an English voice-over or English dialogue or English subtitles.

The e-mail address for sending video files, links and other submission materials is “”

Please send all questions concerning submissions to the e-mail: 


No entry fees are required for submitting films to the festival.

The festival is a low budget non-profit event and does not pay screening fees!

The submitted material will not be returned to the entrants.

Preview DVD or Blu Ray discs of the films will stay in the library of the festival, located in the Museum of New Art of Pärnu, for educational use only.


The festival management selects the documentaries that will participate in the Pärnu Film Festival program. In case of a film being selected, the festival will notify the applicant of the film (who submitted the entry form) by September 1, 2020 the latest.

After the selection, the following materials must be sent to the festival by September 15, 2020:

* Two high-resolution film stills or 2 photos of the film (full-colour, resolution of 300 dpi, preferably in JPG format).

* The dialogue list in English for the translation department. .srt file with time codes is preferred. 

The e-mail for sending required materials is “” .



After the selection of a documentary, the festival has a right to:

* Screen the film at the festival theatres during the festival dates as many times as the program department has decided.

* Use a maximum of 5 minutes of video from the documentary or the film trailer for broadcasting, publicity and online purposes.

* Use the publicity material of the selected film (electronic press kit, press books, posters, stills, etc.) to promote the festival.

* Keep the DVDs, Blu Rays and video files of selected documentaries in its archive for non-circulating reference and educational purposes.

* After the festival, the selected films may be screened at the “Pärnu Film Festival on Tour” for free. This selection of festival films will be screened after the festival in a limited number of Estonian theatres.

* After the festival, the selected films may be screened twice at the Museum of New Art to promote Pärnu Film Festival. The screenings are free of charge to the public.

The festival must receive the screening copy of the documentary by October 1, 2020.

Only the shipping costs of returning the screening copy will be paid by the festival. The festival will not cover the international insurance costs of the screeners.

The festival can use the preview DVD/BluRay disc or preview file as a screening copy if the submitter of the film confirms it on the entry form!

The festival will return the screening copy within four weeks after the festival.



The authors of the films selected to the competition will be invited to the festival. The festival is unable to cover travel expenses or accommodation of film makers.



The organizers of the festival will nominate the jury members from different countries among outstanding film makers and professionals of film art and production. 



There are 4 categories of competition:

International Documentary Competition

• Grand Prize of the festival for the best artistic achievement

• The best film on survival of indigenous peoples

• The best scientific audiovisual recording

• The best short documentary

• The best music film and/or • The best art film

Docs for Kids

• The best children documentary

National Documentary Competition

• The best Estonian documentary

TV-Competition on Estonian Television

• The Estonian People’s Award (according to TV-voting)

During the festival, a selected program of up to six outstanding documentaries will be broadcast on Estonian TV. The TV-audience will vote for the best film to be awarded with the ESTONIAN PEOPLE’S AWARD. The award ceremony will take place by late night on Saturday, October 17th, 2020.

The jury may grant Special Jury Awards.

All decisions made by the festival management and the jury are final. The entry and participation of documentaries implies acceptance of the festival regulations.

CLOSING ENTRYBefore submitting an entry form to Pärnu Film Festival, please read through the festival regulations! By submitting (sending) the entry form you accept the festival regulations.If the documentary does not meet all the requirements mentioned above, it will not be eligible for selection.All materials, as well as correspondence, should be addressed to Pärnu Film Festival, Esplanaadi St. 10, Pärnu 80010, Estonia. Other contacts of the festival:Tel +372 55661974E-mail: festival@chaplin.eeWebsite: www.mona.eeFacebook: concerning regulations and/or entry forms should be addressed to or to the chief of the festival, Mark Soosaar: .




October 12-25, 2020
Entry form
Attention! Postponed deadline for entries: July 1, 2020

*requested information


Original title
*International title (in English)
*Runtime (min.)
*Production format
You can select multiple choicesby holding down Ctrl key.
If you chose `other`, please specify
*Screening format
*I agree to the use of the preview copy (file)
as a screening copy

If you select YES, you allow the festival to use your preview copy as the screening copy, and if your film is selected, you do not have to send an extra copy for screenings.

*Year of release
*Country of production
*Country of shooting
*Original language
*Directed by
*Camera by
*Editing by
Sound by
Original Music by
*Production company
Co-Production Companies