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General Information

HARD:LINE International Film Festival aims to present the various faces of extreme cinema.

The question as to what is meant by the term “extreme” can be understood by looking at the content of our wide selection of fantastic films. “Extreme” is often defined by an explicit splatter aesthetic but it can also be represented by unusual story-telling methods or an exotic visual language. Thus, we are meticulously selecting such examples that could be important in the future of the genre. We have not set any boundaries in our search and whether a film is a pearl of the independent scene, fun splatter or no-brainer, H:LIFF loves special films!

HARD:LINE International Film Festival is no warehouse festival where the priority is to show as many films as possible but rather concentrates on presenting a few glowing examples of everything that extreme film can be.


Awards and Prices

We are primarily an audience-driven festival that focuses on entertaining the festival attendees which is why we have dispensed with an elaborate jury process and have instead left it up to the festival goers to decide what they find interesting and exciting. Every film has the chance of becoming the festival favourite except for the opening and closing film. These films are part of special events with parties, concerts, speeches and a lot of fun.

The audiences favourite will be awarded with the Golden Razor Blade for the best feature film. The best short in the eyes of the festival goers will be provided with the Silver Razor Blade. The prizes are not doted.

Besides that we are aware of how important a professional point of view may be for you as a filmmaker. This is why an international jury will judge your short films in order to hand out the Silver Melies Award of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF). Please note that the submissions for the short film section need to be German productions. The winner will be nominated for the best European short, awarded by the Federation itself at Sitges Fantastic Film Festival every year. Therefore, your short film must not be awarded at another Melies D’Argent competition. If your film won at another MIFF-Festival, you cannot be awarded at H:LIFF.

Beside the German productions we do select the same amount of shorts from the international genre circuit. Eight films are running in the competition for the Méliès D’Argent Award, eight titles will be screened out of competition.

– Golden Razor Blade (Audience Award, Best Feature)
– Silver Razor Blade (Audience Award, Best Short)
– Melies D’Argent Award (Best German Short)

Special Selections:
– Directors Spotlight (Just the latest film is in competition)
– Opening Night (Out of competition)
– Closing Night (Out of competition)
– International Short Highlights (Out of competition)

Rules and Terms

H:LIFF is an annual festival held in Regensburg, Germany. The festival is dedicated to exploring and celebrating extreme cinema. This term means that we are strictly focused on horror, thriller and science-fiction. The festival concentrates on presenting a few glowing examples of everything that extreme film can be.

a) Your film must be a genre flick (more precisely: horror, thriller or sci-fi).
b) We only screen fictional films (no documentaries).
c) For films in languages others than English, we require English subtitles.
d) Submitted films should have been produced within the last two years.
e) Films must not have been publicly screened in Germany previously.
f) The submitting person must have the permission of the right owner to submit.
g) All rights (music, based on, etc) are clarified by the filmmaker.
h) As for the screening itself the movie should be available as BluRay, HD-Video-File or DCP.

Please note that submissions which are going against these simple rules will be rejected automatically.

II. SHORT FILMS (competition)
a-h) Same as I
i) In order to run in the mélies competition where we are searching the best German production the submitted films needs to be German (team from, made in or money from Germany).
j) In case the film is not German at all, it is not allowed to be part of the Melies-competition. But it can be selected anyway.
k) Non German shorts will run out of competition labeled as international Highlights.
e) All (!) selected films are eligible to win the Audience Award for short films (Silver Razor Blade)

a) We will view all the submissions until the middle of February.
b) We will determine which titles we would like to present and will contact you should your submission be among the selections.
c) Thereafter we can negotiate the conditions for the screening.
d) By the end of February, every film should have been either accepted or rejected. In any case, you will hear back from us.

We are looking forward to get your movie submitted!

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Wenn nötig | If neccessary

Über den Film | About the film

Hinweis: Wir sind ein Genrefestival. Falscheinreichungen werden disqualifiziert. | Please note that we are a strictly genre driven festival. False submissions will be disqualified.
Zusammenfassung in ungefähr 500 Zeichen | Please try to outline the movie in about 500 characters

Technische Angaben | Tech and details

Hauptproduktion | Main production
Minuten | Minutes
Sprachfassung | Spoken language
Untertitel (falls vorhanden) | subtitles (if any)
Zum Beispiel | For instance 1:2,35
Für das Screening | for the screening at the festival

Weiterführende Information | Additional Information

Rechte | Rights

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