Submit your Film

The 7th BEYOND Festival will take place from 3. to 7. October 2018 in Karlsruhe. It is dedicated to the theme of "Future Design" and is a festival of films, audiovisual installations and at the same time a symposium that exhibits various art formats and media, such as 2D, 3D, virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
The festival is open to films of all genres, lengths and formats, ranging from independent and arthouse films to block busters, with future themes. You can submit animated films, hybrid films, experimental films, documentaries and VRs that are not older than 12 months. A selection committee selects films for the competition. The selection process is not public and there is no legal right to participate in the competition. A successful registration does not automatically mean the submission to the festival program. Each applicant will be informed in writing about the result of the selection.
Only officially invited films can participate in the BEYOND festival. The invitation to participate is made by the festival director or section head.
To submit a film or a VR film to BEYOND, you must submit the film and the completed film registration form to the festival within the registration deadline.

The deadline for entries is August 15, 2018.

In case you want to submit a movie after the deadline, please contact us at:


BEYOND will only accept the submission of a film if the submitter is the holder of all usage rights to the film necessary for the submission and use of the film within the context of participation.
BEYOND reserves the right to demand appropriate proof of these rights and to reject the submission upon failure to provide it.
The filmmakers assure the organizers that all image and sound rights lie with them. In addition, BEYOND reserves the right to save a digital copy of each participating film in its internal archive and to use it in future as part of the BEYOND festival. The filmmakers allow the organizers of Beyond-Festival to use illustrations of the films as part of the exhibition. This includes publications, press work, advertisements and the posting of images on the Internet (websites of Beyond Festival and other Internet portals).
The participant uploads various film and audio excerpts to the Beyondfestival for coverage of the festival in television, radio and in online media (including podcasting and other multimedia formats as well as social media channels) in suitable formats. The material will be made available to the press as a download or in any other way. The excerpts will be shared by the Beyondfestival for the purpose of editorial coverage of the festival to broadcasters, broadcasters and online media including their social media channels. The participant has the opportunity to present a film clip of 30-60 seconds in length (no trailer!) for the presentation of his film in the online media of the Beyond Festival.
The full cost of sending the material, including customs fees and insurance, must be borne by the submitter or their authorised representative. All shipments must be sent prepaid. Shipments sent via international courier services must clearly indicate on their waybill that all costs for duties and taxes are to be billed to the sender.
Deviations from this rule are only possible in justified individual cases and after personal consultation with the festival management. No liability is assumed for the submitted material.
All selected movies will be included in the program. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been publicised.
Selection prozess: For our selection process, please fill out the entry form completely and send it with all attachments and a DVD / BluRay with English subtitles to the following address:
BEYOND Festival
c/o ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst- und Medien
Lorenzstr. 17-19
D-76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
A DCP of the film is only to be sent after receiving an official invitation. This must be done at least two weeks before the beginning of the festival.
Very important: Always mark your packages with: „No commercial value! For cultural purposes only!“
The DVDs/BluRays submitted for the selection will not be returned.
DCP/ Film Copies: After you have received an official invitation we will provide you with further details on shipment issues. The entry of a film implies the full acceptance of the festival’s rules and regulations. The entrant is authorized to enter the film or has made sure in regard to third parties involved in the production that they agree to entering the film.

Prizes and Awards

Best Film Award

Every year the BEYOND festival presents different film genres and media. The award recognises films that address the past, present and the modern way of life, whilst simultaneously drawing attention to the future as a bearer of hope.

Best Art Award

Light and sound art, photography, painting, installations, VR and 3D - art has many facets and offers numerous possibilities to stage and depict them. The award recognises the most innovative artistic representation.

Best Leading Thought Award

A thought, a theory, a concept - this is necessary to initiate a change and redesign the future. The winner is the person who presents a promising approach to shaping the future in a positive way.

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