The submission of films for the 15th edition of the festival is now open.
The 2023 edition will take place from March 30 to April 6.
The Festival was created to promote documentary cinema and its creators, a cinema that reflects social and cultural, economic, humanitarian and environmental issues. The aim of the Festival is to support and promote the work of independent filmmakers, to discover new talents, to support the development of film language and to contribute to dialogue with the public.
Article 1. Selection
The theme, the cinematographic quality of the films, the authenticity of the author’s approach are priorities during the selection process. The Festival is open to all filmmakers regardless of their nationality. Reports and magazines will not be considered. Films must have been produced after January 1, 2021. We accept films with a minimum length of 10 minutes.
Directors or producers register electronically on the festival site by completing the registration form below.
Registration is 25€ for features (40+ minutes) and 15€ for short films (10-40 minutes).
The films must be:
- Presented in their original language
- Subtitled in French or English
Informations regarding the “comments” section in the form :
- If your film is still in post-production, please notify us and guaranty the sending of its final version imperatively before the 20th January 2023.
- If your film is registered in other festivals taking place in Brussels or projected during a special event in Brussels before the 30th march 2023, we ask you to notify us in the special clauses.
- Any other remarks or comments are also welcome in this section
Article 2. Competitions and Awards
A Jury composed of film professionals, culture professionals and personalities from the development world will award the following prizes:
- Objectif d’Or – Best Film Award
- Objectif d’Argent – Prize for the best director, in its commitment and investment with the subject
- Objectif de Bronze – Prize for the most creative use of sound
- Special Jury Prize – Prize for the most original film in terms of content and cinematographic qualities
- Public Prize – awarded by a jury of 15 public volunteers
Youth Vision Competition
A special selection of international films that broaden the vision of young people. The jury is composed of 15 young volunteers that will award the “Youth Vision” Prize.
“Belgian Cinema” Competition
The “Belgian Cinema” Competition offers a panorama of the best Belgian documentary production of the year.
“Belgian Cinema” Competition
The Young Belgian Talent Competition offers a wide variety of first films and graduation films (10-40 minutes) from young directors living in Belgium.
Article 3. Sending
It is essential to send us a copy for selection viewing:
- by post on a DVD at the address of the Festival – Rue de la Vanne 2, 1050 Brussels or
- electronically in.mov,.mp4,.avi format via WeTransfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or on a Vimeo, Youtube link, etc.
The sending of the documents and the DVD copy is at the expense and risk of the candidates who waive any recourse against the organisers. Do not hesitate to mention “For cultural use only” in order to avoid any problems with customs. Selection copies of the films must be sent to the festival no later than December 1st, 2022 (postmark). Any film received without prior registration will not be accepted.
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Article 4. Principles of selection organization
The selection committee ensures that the applications are fully compliant and that the festival’s philosophy is respected. In addition, it may propose the programming of films in competition (s) or panorama.
Article 5. Selected films (competition or panorama)
Candidates will be informed by e-mail of the selection in competition(s) or in panorama of the films entered.
If the film is selected, the producer, or any other authorised person, undertakes to send it by 31 January 2023 at the latest:
- Promotional material (photos, trailer, charts, posters, etc.)
- A projection copy of the film in perfect condition and in a high quality definition (Apple ProRes 422HQ or H264 minimum speed 8000 Kb/s, 25 fps, Audio 48 kHz)
- The list of dialogues/subtitles
In case no trailer or film’s extract is provided by the director/producer, the Festival reserves the right to produce one in order to publish it on its website for promotional purposes.
Selection copies (DVDs) will not be returned. The directors and producers agree to entrust them to the Millenium Festival for archiving. The Festival will only be responsible for the reshipment of screening copies of films presented during the Festival in accordance with the instructions given for this purpose.
The producer or any other authorised person also undertakes to:
- Involve the respective winners in the award ceremony.
- Mention to the media and in promotional material the prize(s) obtained at the 11th edition of the Millennium Festival.
- Notify the organisation of the Millenium Festival of any known, past, present or future inscription of the film in any other festival in Belgium.
If a film is withdrawn by its director(s)/producer(s) after signing the registration form or the selection of the film, compensation will be due in the amount of 300 euros. No film selected will be subject to a screening rights fee.
Article 6. Presence of authors
The invitation of the directors of the selected films is at the sole discretion of the Festival Management. The associated costs will be expressly defined by letter (letter, e-mail, etc.) for each person concerned. The Festival will only invite directors to attend to the extent of its possibilities and the support of its partners. In the case of a co-production, the Festival will only pay for one invitation.
The Festival shall bear the insurance costs exclusively between the receipt and reshipment of the copies. In the event of loss or damage during this period, the Festival is only liable for the replacement value of the film or video copy.
- Rights: The candidate guarantees to have the agreement of all rights holders for the use of the film rights within the framework of the festival.
The rightful claimants authorise the festival organisers:
- to proceed with the free distribution of the work’s rights during the Festival
- to broadcast television, radio or webcasts of excerpts of approximately 3 minutes for promotional purposes.
- Archiving: Any film entered in the Millenium Festival – selected or not – will remain accessible to an audience of professionals (festival programmers, journalists, students, etc.), on royalty-free DVD media, at the Festival’s permanent video library in its offices, outside the Festival period. The Festival undertakes not to commercially exploit these copies.
In order to ensure the continuity of the objectives of the Millenium Festival, which are the promotion of quality documentary cinema, lifelong education and public awareness, the rightful owners of the film authorise the Millenium Festival to present the film within 12 months of the end of the 2023 edition of the Millennium Festival competition as part of non-commercial screenings for a school audience in educational establishments or cultural centres.
Registration for the Millenium Festival implies acceptance of these rules. All cases not expressly provided for shall be the subject of a final decision by the Festival’s Executive Board, taking into account FIAPF’s international regulations.
The Millennium Festival aims to offer ever greater visibility to documentary cinema among the Belgian public. If the director authorises it, a film from the 2023 edition has the possibility to be projected online for a limited time (a few days), in the form of an event accompanied with interviews/discussions/articles with the directors on our social media.