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18th International Short Film Festival
18 – 25 November 2017

The International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers is a festival dedicated to live-action, documentary and experimental short films, held in Tallinn, Estonia.

ISFF Sleepwalkers is a ‘sub-festival’ of the Black Nights Film Festival, a FIAPF accredited film festival, which runs between the 17th of November and 3rd of December 2017.

Films meeting the festival requirements must:

  • Be  short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes): fiction, documentary or experimental.
  • Premiered after the 1st of January 2016 (regarding competitive programmes).
  • Be presented in a HD video screening format (minimum 1920x1080px, Prores, DNxHD), DCP.
  • Have English subtitles if they are not in English.
  • Films submitted to the International Student Film Competition must be directed by a film or media student.

NB: Please note: Sleepwalkers DOES NOT accept animation films. Please submit such films to the Animated Dreams sub-festival.

Films produced in Estonia or are Estonian-co-productions, which have premiered previously in Estonia are also eligible.

The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for the competition and assign the programme section for the film on a case-by-case basis.


Submitting films 

  • Applicants for competitive and non competitive programs are requested to submit the film and required supplementary materials (including high quality stills, trailer and photo of director) via the indicated online submissions page.

Information about the platform and submission deadline details will be announced on the festival website ( as well as on social media.

NB: Entries submitted by post, e-mail or any other form except the online submission form are not considered eligible for selection. The festival reserves the right to refuse late submissions.

  • Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail with further information on how to deliver the screening copy.
  • Confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed.


Technical requirements

To ensure the highest quality of the presentation of confirmed films, all screening copies must be in high quality High Definition video (minimum 1920x1080px) in low compressed format (Prores, DNxHD etc.), DCP and with English subtitles.

Damaged or dubbed copies, non-compatible DCPs, files on broken hard drives are refused.

Requirements for files:

  •  File formats: Prores, DNxHD, h264
  •  File container: mov
  •  Resolution: FullHD 1920x1080px
  •  Framerate: 24 or 25fps;
  •  Field order: None/Progressive;
  •  Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square
  •  SOUND: Stereo
  •  Samplerate: 48kHz
  •  Bitrate: 16 or 24bit
  •  SUBTITLES: Hardcoded (if needed). If hardcoded subtitles are present, they must be on the active picture area! That means on the picture area, not on the letter box area (if present).

DCPs have to be provided either as Interop or STMP with subtitle tracks with clearly stated DCP format, aspect ratio, subtitle and soundtrack information marked on the casing and drive (or accompanying tech sheet). In case of SMTP DCPs a separate spotting list has to be provided to avoid possible projection issues due to incompatibilities between certain DCP servers and projectors. The festival has the right to demand new copies as well as KDMs free of charge for damaged and non working DCP packages.


Delivery of materials

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies to the festival are paid by the festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative or a party appointed by them.

The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.