The Snowdance Independent Film Festival is one of the few festivals in Germany that exclusively shows productions made with little or no state funding. Furthermore, Snowdance prefers films which are not dominated by the influence of TV stations or major studios. Snowdance is the main German festival for independent, free-thinking film makers. The Sundance Film Festival in the US is the model it emulates.
Sponsored by SKY and supported by important creatives of the German film scene, Snowdance developed in its first two years to one of the hottest und most passionate film festivals in Germany.
Its Festival Director Heiner Lauterbach is a famous actor in Germany. Festivals Creative Director Thomas “Tom” Bohn realized “Straight Shooter” with Dennis Hopper and parts of the “Tatort” series as a film maker.
So this festival is made by engaged film creatives for engaged film creatives and their audience. Snowdance does not offer any red carpet or any VIP-corner. But it’s a meeting and melting point for actors, directors, producers and all sorts of people who are interested in film.
Come and have a look!
Awards & Prizes
Snowdance Award for the best director of the festival – presented by HOREX
Prize money of $ 2.000,-
Snowdance Award for the best documentary
Prize money of $ 1.500,-
Snowdance Award for the best feature film – presented by DELO
Prize money is $ 2.000,-
Snowdance Award for the best TV-Series – presented by Sky
Prize money: $ 1.000,-
Snowdance Award for the best short film – presented by VR Bank Landsberg-Ammersee eG.
Prize money is $ 500,-
Snowdance Award for the best Music Clip
Prize money is $ 500,-
Snowdance Human Rights Award – presented by Junge Liberale Bayern
Prize money: none
Dates & Deadlines
- March 26, 2016: Opening Date
- June 17, 2016: Early Entry Deadline
- September 16, 2016: Official Entry Deadline
- October 31, 2016: Late Entry Deadline
- December 4, 2016: Extended Deadline
- December 9, 2016: Notification Date
- January 28 – February 5, 2017: Event Date
Categories & Submissions
Independent Feature Productions (longer than 70 minutes)
We are looking for national and international feature films of all genres that are longer than 70 minutes and are professionally made.
Independent Documentary Productions (longer than 40 minutes)
We are looking for national and international documentary films of all themes that are longer than 40 minutes and are professionally made.
NOW also open for:
Independent Short Film Productions (not longer than 15 minutes)
We are looking for national and international short films of all genres that are not longer than 15 minutes and are professionally made.
Independent Music Clip Productions (not longer than 7 minutes)
We are looking for national and international music clips that are not longer than 7 minutes and are professionally made.
Rules & Terms
When submitting to SNOWDANCE you are agreeing to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. SNOWDANCE will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film to SNOWDANCE.
SNOWDANCE is a competitive showcase for domestic and international feature films and documentaries. SNOWDANCE reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in the last two years are eligible for selection.
We only accept online-Screeners (Filmfreeway). When you send DVDs, BluRays or any other material before being invited, SNOWDANCE will not judge it and will not send it back. SNOWDANCE does not accept additional e-mail informations about your film.
All non-english language entries must have English subtitles. Works in progress will not be judged. From SNOWDANCE selected screening material will be returned, press and any application materials will NOT be returned. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in BluRay or DCP for festival presentation.
The SNOWDANCE Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers and film aficionados.
If selected, SNOWDANCE will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.
Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep SNOWDANCE notified of any address/phone number changes.
The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. SNOWDANCE will resent the prints of the shortlist back to the filmmaker. SNOWDANCE will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. Also, SNOWDANCE cannot guarantee shipment of prints to other festivals during the days of the festival. All international entries must be sent ‘free domicile’ to the SNOWDANCE office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.
Submission of an entry gives SNOWDANCE permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities realted to the festival.
Films selected for SNOWDANCE will be notified no later than December 16, 2016.