PROVINZIALE, the Eberswalde Film Festival, will be held for the 17th time in 2020. From now on up to 1st May, we invite filmmakers from all over the world to submit their work. We are looking for films that resonate with our programmatic line: territorial reference, management of resources, arriving, leaving, staying on and creating – films that show landscapes, regions or places as major players in human lives. Our competitions follow guidelines set out in the manifestos we have published online.

Entries will be reviewed and checked against our programmatic guidelines by a twelve-person selection team which will then compile programmes for the following four international competitions:

Short documentary (up to 45 minutes): A prize of €1,000 will be awarded by the audience.

Short feature film (up to 30 minutes): A Jury Award for the best overall cinematic achievement will be accompanied by a €2,000 prize money. There will also be an Audience Award whose prize money of €1,000 will be donated by Sparkasse Barnim.

Animated film (up to 30 minutes): From now on, entries to this competition will also have to respect our programmatic orientation towards exploring the dialectic of people and places, although abstract or playful ways of dealing with the topic are welcome. A prize of €1,000 will be awarded by the audience.

Long documentary (more than 45 minutes): Entries to this competition cannot be submitted directly but will be invited for viewing by our selection team. Up to 1st April, applications are only possible if accompanied by an exposé and sent via email to The Jury Award for the best overall cinematic achievement includes €4.000, donated by the Brandenburg State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy. There will also be an Audience Award of €1.000, donated by the Mayor of Eberswalde.

In addition, the selection team will nominate a number of films from all four categories for the special award “Der Stachel”. This prize is awarded for the best cinematic exploration of the theme of sustainability. The prize money will be donated by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.

All PROVINZIALE awards carry the name “the e”. Awards will be handed over at the festive award ceremony on 17 October 2020 at 8 pm.

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