The University of Seville, together with the Seville Festival of European Cinema, calls for applications to the XII European Film Contest “University of Seville” 2019, in the field of screenplay, subject to the following submission rules:

  1. Participants

In order to participate in this contest, the participants must meet at least one of these requirements:

– Students enrolled for the academic year 2019/2020 at any European university in any studies that lead to an official degree.

– Anyone who successfully obtained a university degree in the year 2010/2011 and subsequent years.

– Anyone born after the 1st January 1980 who has not released a commercial film yet.

The participants must meet at least one of the three requirements presented above, being able to justify it with the convenient documents if declared winner.

Those who received awards in previous editions are excluded from participation.

  1. Short films screenplays

Each participant can submit only one screenplay per category (fiction or non-fiction) destined to the realization of a short film not longer than 30 minutes, unpublished and not previously used in any films by the submission date. Likewise, the screenplay cannot have been awarded in other contests, neither at the submission date nor at the prize-giving day.

The screenplays can be original or adapted. In the latter case, the participant must own the adaptation rights from the original work, if its domain is not public.

The participants must state that they are the original authors and own all the exploitation rights by the submission date.

  1. Contents

Every participant shall provide the following information:

– Synopsis.

– Final screenplay.

– Screenplay treatment (one page maximum per three of the final screenplay).

– Author’s CV.

Participants can include, if appropriate, more documents such as motivational/direction statements, etc.

  1. Projects submission

The projects must be submitted in digital format through the CICUS (Cultural Initiatives Centre of the University of Seville) website (http://cicus.us.es/convocatorias/). The general registry of the University of Seville will not accept printed projects.

The participants can submit their projects until September 30th, 2019 (11:59 PM Central European Time).

Once the winners are known, they must prove that they fulfil the requirements described in the clauses 1 and 2 above.

  1. Prizes

The institution establishes two prizes:

– EUR 1,500.00 for a fiction short film screenplay.

– EUR 1,500.00 for a non-fiction short film screenplay.

Both prizes are subject to taxes by law. To this end, the following retentions have been allowed: the organic/functional/economic -451-482 section of the University of Seville budget will be charged with EUR 2,400.00 for the tax year 2019 and EUR 600.00 for the tax year 2020.

  1. Production of the short film and release as part of the Seville Festival of European Cinema and the CICUS programme

If the filming comes into being, the Seville Festival of European Cinema commits itself to contact with the final authors (short film based on the winner screenplay) in order to study the benefits and possibilities of including it in a future edition of the festival.

  1. Jury

The jury will be chaired by the general director of Culture and Heritage, appointed directly by the rector, and composed of other leading personalities in the field of cinematography, appointed by the University of Seville and the Seville Festival of European Cinema.

The general direction of Culture and Heritage may designate a commission responsible for the previous selection of works.

The jury can declare the prizes null and void or give an accessit without a monetary prize. The decision of the jury shall be final and is not subject to appeal.

  1. Language

The screenplays must be presented in Spanish. Those participants who are not from Spain and who have attended to a university in a non-Spanish speaking country can submit their projects in Spanish or English.

  1. Authorization for use of imagen and disclosure of private information

The information provided by the participant will be included in a file property of the University of Seville, which manages the services from the CICUS. They will be used as well for the European Film Contest “University of Seville”. Their full names presented to the contest will only be shared with the jury members for that sole purpose.

In compliance with the Organic Act 1/1982, of 5 May, which guarantees the right to honour, to personal and family privacy and to one’s own image, along with the General Data Protection Regulation, the participant expressly authorises the University to publish his or her full name, origin, nationality and a photography, if declared winner.

  1. Appeals

In compliance with the article 123 and subsequent ones of the Law 39/2015, of 1 October, of the Common Administrative Procedure of the Public Administrations, this call for submissions, which puts an end to the administrative procedure, likewise subsequent administrative proceedings and jury decisions, can be contested via the lodging of an appeal for reconsideration within the period of one month from the day after being announced, or by filing an administrative appeal in accordance with the article 58 of the Law of Judicial Jurisdiction.

Seville, Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Rector

Miguel Ángel Castro Arroyo



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