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This page provide information on frequent concerns about the festival. If you can't find the answer to your question, you can contact the team by email at the address contact@nikonfilmfestival.fr. We're also on Twitter and Facebook.

It is a free short film festival. The concept: to propose a short film of 2 min 20 on a theme imposed each year.

This atypical format reduces the constraints of realization and encourages creativity with a total freedom of content and form. To participate, simply submit your entry on the official website that broadcasts the films in competition. Year after year, it has established itself as an essential event and an important springboard for those who wish to develop projects in the audiovisual industry. 

This Contest is open to all individuals, no matter your country. 

Minors must obtain permission from a parent or guardian to enter the Contest. The Organiser may require written parental consent before awarding a prize.

To participate to the 11th edition, you must send your film to the site before noon on February 17, 2021. No delay will be tolerated.

Yes, each director can upload as many videos as they would like, as long as they are related to the theme of “A GAME”.

To guarantee that the works submitted are recent, the first broadcast or streaming of the video on any platform must not be earlier than 1 January 2019.

To participate, you must register on the website at the following address : www.festivalnikon.fr/inscription then complete your profile, information about your film and upload it before the closing date for entries.

No other means of participation will be taken into account (sending DVDs by mail, wetransfer...).

Each director can upload as many videos as they would like, as long as they are related to the theme of “A GAME”. To guarantee that the works submitted are recent, the first broadcast or streaming of the video on any platform must not be earlier than 1 January 2019.

The length of the video must be between 120 and 140 seconds including credits. As video players used to show films sometimes round length up to the next second, an additional second will be tolerated.

Videos submitted must be in High Definition, with minimum resolution of 1080 pixels (1920x1080p).

A French version or version subtitled in French of the work must be submitted to be eligible for the following awards and prizes: Grand Jury Prize, Media Award, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Student Film and Audience Award.

An English version or version subtitled in English of the work must be submitted to be eligible for the Best International Film Award.

The length of the video must be between 120 and 140 seconds including credits. As video players used to show films sometimes round length up to the next second, an additional second will be tolerated.

Videos submitted must be in High Definition, with minimum resolution of 1080 pixels (1920x1080p).

The file can be in .mp4, .mov, .avi or .mpeg4 format.
It must be less than 500Mo

Recommended video format :
- Codec: H.264
- Frame rate: 24 FPS
- Data rate: 5000 kbps
- Minimum resolution: 1920x1080

Recommended audio format :
- Codec: AAC
- Data rate: 320 kbps
- Sample rate: 44.1 kHz

If there are black stripes in the film, they must be present for the entire duration of the film, including the credits.

For playing films, the Organiser also recommends a frame rate of 24 PsF and the following codecs:

- ProRes HD HQ 422 or 4444 or XQ files in.mov format
- DNX HR files in.mxf format
- TIFF or DPX image sequences

A French version or version subtitled in French of the work must be submitted to be eligible for the following awards and prizes: Grand Jury Prize, Media Award, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Student Film and Audience Award.

An English version or version subtitled in English of the work must be submitted to be eligible for the Best International Film Award.

Videos that do not meet these requirements will be excluded from the Contest.

If the upload of the film via the site does not work, check that the file respects the recommendations and try again with a better internet connection, wired if possible. If it still doesn't work, contact the organizers at contact@nikonfilmfestival.fr : they will tell you the alternative procedure to follow.

Yes, it is quite possible to submit your film to other festivals during or after the Nikon Film Festival. There is no exclusivity imposed, on the contrary we invite participants to share these films as much as possible.

The preselection of fifty (50) videos designated by the preselection committee based on artistic and technical criteria is presented to the jury prior to deliberation. In the event of dispute, the Organiser’s selection will prevail without appeal.

Jury decisions are primarily based on the following criteria :

- The video’s relevance to the theme of the Contest
- Quality and originality of screenwriting
- Technical filmmaking, photography and directing
- Personal taste

A preselection of 50 films will be selected by a committee made up of several members of the Organiser’s staff and industry professionals. The list of committee members will be publicly announced at the same time as the preselection of films on the Site.

The pre-selection of the 50 finalist films aims to represent as best as possible the diversity of views proposed each year on a common theme. The choice of this list is made in 3 steps that we explain below.

Preamble: the number of votes or views has no influence on the selection. The different stages are based solely on the qualities of the films in competition, without distinction of amateur/professional status and consideration of the team they are made up of.

1st stage: The members of the festival's organization view all the films in competition to make an initial selection of several hundred films for the second stage. This selection can vary between 300 and 500 films.

2nd step: each member of the pre-selection committee receives a list of 100 films or 200 films according to their availability to evaluate them on the same criteria as the members of the jury. This step is carried out individually and remotely.

A first deliberation is carried out to validate the films to be sent in step 3.

3rd step: a selection of 150 to 200 films (between 6 and 8 hours) is screened in a cinema to deliberate and validate the list of 50 finalists.

It is on this selection of 50 films that the jury bases itself to award the different prizes for which it is responsible. For the other prizes (International Prize, Media Prize, Gross Talent Prize and Audience Prize), this selection has no impact.

This pre-selection committee is composed of members of the organization and professionals from the audiovisual sector. Its exact composition will be revealed at the same time as the list of finalist films.

The selection criteria are the following (in no order of importance): quality of the script, photography, interpretation, direction, editing, sound, emotion, originality and relevance of the film to the theme.

The award for Best Student Film is designated by the main jury from among the preselection of finalist films. Jury decisions are primarily based on the criteria mentioned above. The Entrant must be a student on, or a graduate within one (1) year prior to, the date of the entry deadline of 13 January 2021.


Only students or graduates from the list of schools designated by the Organiser within one (1) year prior to the entry deadline are eligible for this award. If requested, Nikon reserves the right to add a school to the list of schools participating in the Best Student Film Award until 13 January 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

To support a movie, you have to click on the "support this movie" button available on the movie page, located below the video player. To vote, it is necessary to log in or create an account in the window that will open.

To create an account, there are 2 possibilities: by facebook connect, or by email, in which case you have to activate your account by clicking on the link received by email.

Each voter can only vote via the "support this film" button once per film throughout the voting phase. There is no limit on the number of films that can be supported.

The Audience Award is given to the Entrant whose film achieved the highest score based on the following calculation formula:

Score = ((1 x N1) + (1.25 x N2) + (1.5 x N3) + (2 x N4) + (2.5 x N5))

N1 = number of votes submitted by a voter who supported one (1) film in competition
N2 = number of votes submitted by a voter who supported between two (2) and five (5) films in competition
N3 = number of votes submitted by a voter who supported between six (6) and ten (10) films in competition
N4 = number of votes submitted by a voter who supported between eleven (11) and twenty (20) films in competition
N5 = number of votes submitted by a voter who supported more than twenty-one (21) films in competition

The minimum number of supporting votes to be eligible for the Audience Award is set at 50% of the average number of supporting votes for all films. In case of a tie between several Entrants, the jury will designate the winner.

The Best International Film Award is open to all.

An English or English subtitled version of the short-film must be submitted to be eligible for this Prize.

It is possible to propose subtitles after uploading the film during the participation phase, which will then allow to apply for this prize. To do so, you just need to log in to your personal space where you have entered the information related to the proposed film.

No, only one upload is necessary
You need to upload an english (original or subtitled) version to be eligible for this award.

If you want to be eligible to oher categories, you need to add french subtitles, directly in your movie or after uploading with SRT file.  

Yes, calendar announced at the launch of the 11th edition was adapted according to the conditions imposed by government measures.

In the event of a significant change in the calendar, information will be communicated to participants, published visibly on the site and disseminated on our social networks.

To stay informed, we invite you to subscribe to the Nikon newsletter and follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

A pre-registration on the official Nikon Film Festival website also allows you to keep informed as a participant.