TORONTO, CANADA, March 9, 2015– The eleventh annual EstDocs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto is now accepting domestic and international submissions for its Short Documentary Film Competition. The complete EstDocs Film Festival will run from October 16-20, 2015.
Competition winners have the chance to be rewarded up to a thousand dollars individually. The prizing is generously sponsored by the Tartu College in Toronto and Otto Rannamäe Audience Award. Audience goers will be able to enjoy the top short films in a Toronto theatre during the festival in October.
"Interest in the Short Film Competition continues to grow. Last year we were pleased to have an increase in the number of youth entrants," said EstDocs Short Documentary Film Competition Director, Tauno Mölder. "Entries continue to arrive from the world over, though mainly from Canada and Estonia."
Films are accepted from both professionals and aspiring filmmakers and entrants do not have to be of Estonian descent.
"One does not need to be Estonian to appreciate a good story with an Estonian theme," Mölder added. "We've had a number of films by non-Estonians who have offered a different and refreshing point of view."
The EstDocsTEN Short Film Competition welcomes short documentary films (7 min or under) with any content and either live action or animated and in any style, provided that:
a) the film has some connection to Estonia or Estonians;
b) the film is documentary or docudrama.
The entry form and guidelines for the Short Film Competition are available at www.EstDocs.com. Past competition submissions and winners can be viewed at Youtube.com/EstDocsTO .
The EstDocs Short Film Competition continues to be the only international short film contest of its kind to focus on Estonian-themed content. Entrants may submit films by mail or by electronic means for the September 23, 2015 deadline. The maximum length for films is seven minutes, excluding credits. Winning submissions and honorary mentions will be announced and screened in Toronto film venues for EstDocs audiences.
Filmmakers may submit multiple entries, but each film requires a separate entry form.
EstDocs is a not-for-profit Estonian Documentary film festival and competition held in Toronto that presents the unheard stories from the Baltic nation of Estonia. Its mission is to provide a 360 perspective on Estonian history, politics, arts, culture and more. During the past ten years EstDocs has raised the profile of up-and-coming filmmakers and has had the pleasure of featuring the country's top internationally recognized filmmakers. All public screenings are either in English or have English subtitles.
EstDocs is presented by Tartu College, whose mandate is to study and promote culture through the literature, music and art of minority nationalities in Canada, particularly those of the Baltics. Find us @EstDocs on Twitter and at Facebook.com/estdocs