the Pärnu International Documentary and Science Film
Information and Background
Born from Lennart Meri’s idea
in 1987, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology
Film Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Baltic
countries. We seek authentic documentary stories and
masterpieces on survival of indigenous peoples through
dramatic conflicts in highly developed societies.
Program also includes social interpretations of contemporary
society, portraits of interesting people and human relations
as well as films on music and art.
Children and youth have always been included, both at
workshops and watching the competition program of children
and youth films.
Main subjects of the festival are: Human Interest, Social
Issues, Art, Music, Culture, Survival of Indigenous
Cultures, Docs for Kids, Author's POV.
Documentary and Anthropology Film 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 October 18, 2020.
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, neighbors, and nations. Films
of high level of creativity and rigorous scientific content,
as well as new forms of audiovisual expression are
The official language of the
festival is English.
General Festival Screening
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 and videos can only be
shown at the festival if they have English commentary and/or
English dialogue, or English subtitles in their original
The Pärnu Film Festival
accepts the following screening formats:
a) files with full HD resolution: mov, avi, mp4, etc.
b) discs: BluRay, DVD
Presentation of other formats and video systems requires the
authorisation of the festival.
Entering Your Film
The deadline for entries is
July 1, 2020.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could enter your
documentary as early as possible.
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 TV
Film Festival must receive:
a) A completed entry form
available at our homepage (http://mona.ee/filmfestival/entry.htm). 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 film or films should have an English
voice-over or English dialogue or English subtitles.
address for sending video files, links and other submission
materials is "festival @ chaplin.ee"
Please send all questions concerning submissions to the
e-mail "festival @ chaplin.ee"
fees are required for submitting films or videos to the
festival is a low budget non-profit event and does not pay
screening fees! All our screenings are public and free
of charge to the audience.
submitted material will not be returned to the entrants.
there are sent preview DVD or Bluray discs of
the films, these discs will stay in the library of the
festival, located in the Museum of New Art of Pärnu, for
educational use only.
Procedure and Follow-Up
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 August 15, 2020 at the latest.
selection, the following materials must be sent to the
festival by September 1, 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
for sending required materials is "festival @ chaplin.ee" .
Authorizations. 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
* Use a maximum of 5 minutes of video from the documentary
or the film trailer for broadcasting, publicity and online
* Use the publicity material of the selected film (electronic press kit, press
books, posters, stills, etc.) to promote the festival.
* Keep the DVDs, Blurays and video files of selected documentaries in its
archive for non-circulating reference and educational
* After the festival, the selected films may be screened at
the ‘Pärnu FF on Tour’ for free. This selection of festival
films will be screened after the festival in a limited
number of Estonian theatres, and all screenings have to be
free to public.
* 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 public.
festival must receive the screening copy of the documentary
by September 15, 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.
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
festival will return the screening copy within four weeks
after the festival.
Invitations. 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.
Juries and Awards
The organizers of the festival
will nominate the jury members, who are outstanding film
makers and professionals in the field from different
prizes. 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 of rituals
• The best short documentary
• The best music film and/or
• The best art film
• The best children documentary
• 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 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.
may grant Special Jury Awards.
decisions made by the festival management and the jury are
final. The entry and participation of documentaries implies
acceptance of the festival regulations.
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.
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.
contacts of the festival:
Tel +372 4430772
Tel +372 5024947
Tel +372 55661974
E-mail: festival@ chaplin.ee
concerning regulations and/or entry forms should be
addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the chief of festival