Frequently Asked Questions

To enter the contest, you must collaborate with a director over the age of eighteen (18) who is either currently enrolled in a graduate/master’s level/post-graduate film program at an accredited university or has successfully completed such a program no earlier than January 1, 2012. The director will be the contest entrant. If you are the sole producer of the film, you cannot also be its director. As long as there are two or more producers attached to the film, one of them may be the director/entrant.The screenwriter and director can be the same person.

No, you are not eligible to enter the contest.

If you have a Holocaust related film project, you might be eligible to apply to our film grant for funding. Please visit the film program website at film.claimscon.org.

No, you are not eligible to enter the contest.

If you have a Holocaust related film project, you might be eligible to apply to our film grant for funding. Please visit the film program website at film.claimscon.org.

No. With the exception of cast/actors, everyone involved with the project in any capacity must be at least eighteen (18) years of age as of the date of contest entry. You must comply with all state and/or federal laws in your jurisdiction concerning the employment of minors if you work with actors under the age of eighteen (18).
No, you cannot enter the contest. However, you might be eligible to apply to our film grant program for funding. Please visit the film program website at film.claimscon.org
The Holocaust, defined as the systematic persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945 (and in the immediate post-war period), must be the main focus of your film project for the purposes of the contest.

While your film cannot use the Holocaust as a backdrop to discuss other issues, you are not limited to the World War II period itself. For example, your film may portray the experiences of Holocaust survivors after the war up to the present day, or focus on a topic such as current issues in art/property restitution.You are also not limited to the use of Jewish protagonists/main characters to portray the Holocaust experience.

As long as your project is historically accurate and portrays the Holocaust realistically, it is eligible for contest entry. The events or characters portrayed in the film can be fictional.

No, you cannot enter the contest in the narrative category without a screenplay. A screenplay not exceeding twenty (20) pages and in standard industry format is required for all narrative short film entries. Treatments are acceptable only for the documentary category.

You can submit up to two entries for the contest. Each entry must be for a different project; the second entry cannot be a revision of the first entry. If you submit more than two entries, we will consider only two and the rest of your entries will be disqualified.

We allow adaptations only if the original work is already in the public domain or if you adapted the screenplay from your own original work in a different format. Entries featuring any other kind of adaptation will be disqualified.
No. You cannot enter the contest with that screenplay unless the option expires and has not been renewed by the time of entry, or the individual/entity that has the option is one of the producers of the film and you are attached to the film as a non work for hire director.

No. You cannot enter the contest with a project in an advanced stage. Principal photography cannot begin before the winner has been announced.

The winner must sign all documents required by the Claims Conference in order to receive any of the prize money and to proceed to production stage of the short film.

Yes, the budget of your film can be over $40,000. However, at the time of contest entry, you must document that you have secured the necessary additional funding commitments.

No, it can be in any language. However, screenplays in other languages must be accompanied by English translations at the time of entry. If the prize winning film is in a language other than English, it must have English subtitles.

The director’s prior work will be assessed by the judges to evaluate director’s technical and artistic ability. The director’s prior work will be among the factors considered in choosing the finalists and winner.

No. You must submit a prior work sample that displays your directing skills. However, if you were not the sole director on your prior work sample and were part of a two-director team, then that is acceptable.

You must have screened your film to the general public at a festival, museum, educational institution, professional film organization, movie theater or other similar venue. We reserve the right to confirm such public screenings. Private screenings for individuals involved in the film and unpublicized screenings such as classroom showcases do not fulfill the public screening requirement.

No, you may not. Your entry will be disqualified.

No. You must attach the link for the prior work sample to the online entry form. You can password-protect the online work sample and enter the password in the appropriate field on the entry form. We will not accept your prior work sample in any other format or after the submission of your contest entry.

As long as it fulfills the public screening requirement, that is acceptable.

No. Your prior work sample can be a publicly screened short or feature-length film.

Your prior work sample can be in a different language as long as it has English subtitles.

Please contact us at filmcontest@claimscon.org before the entry deadline. We will not respond to inquiries over the phone/fax or in person.

Background image: Family pictures of the Florentine Family of Tel Aviv from before and after the Shoah.
Photo: Sarah Levin.