Submit your film for the 44th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Thursday 18 May 2017

Submit your film for the 44th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Dear filmmaker,

Film Fest Ghent is Belgium’s most prominent annual film event. It started in 1974 as a student’s film festival and has developed into one of Europe’s foremost film events. Variety called the festival one of the 50 “must attend fests”.

Every year in October we present some 100 feature films and 50 shorts from all over the world in various sections to an audience of over 100.000 spectators.

The 44th Film Fest Ghent is scheduled from 10 to 20 October 2017. Deadline for entries is 1 August 2017.

This edition will once again include a wide choice of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (long and short) and, to a lesser extent, to documentary (mainly focussing on music or film linked themes). Animation is also included. The festival presents films in digital and 35mm formats.

Film Fest Ghent is a competitive festival, focusing on The Impact of Music on Film at which some 12 feature fiction films compete for two prizes. The competing films are viewed by an international jury, which will pick out two films for following prizes:

  • The Grand Prix for the Best Film (€20.000 distribution grant)
  • The George Delerue Award for Best Music (Best Application of Music or sound design) (€10.000 distribution grant)

As to shorts we have a competition for European shorts (max. 30 minutes, main producer is European); and one for Belgian student shorts. We also present a program of non-competing international shorts, for this section no restrictions as to production year or length are set.

We will expect to present the film in (at least) it’s Belgian première.

Submissions are welcome until 1 August 2017 through the online entry form at

Please note an entry fee is required to register:

  • Entry fee shorts (max. 30 min): €20 / title
  • Entry Medium Length films (31-69 min.): €30 / title
  • Entry fee features (+70 min.): €50 / title

Hope to see you in October!

Film Fest Ghent Team