44. Grenzland-Filmtage Selb International Film Festival
After the cancellation of the 2020 festival at short notice, the Grenzland-Filmtage team planned the 44th Grenzland-Filmtage International Film Festival 2021 as a hybrid event from the very beginning. This means that the usual cinema screenings in Selb and Aš - of course with a carefully planned hygiene concept and limited attendance - were to be supplemented by an additional online offering. The current developments of the Corona pandemic with rising incidence levels nationwide, the particularly tense situation in the Czech border region and the increased spread of particularly contagious virus mutants have now led to the difficult decision that the presence events in Selb and Aš can unfortunately not take place in 2021. The 44th Grenzland-Filmtage will therefore be an online-only festival.
"As much as we regret the renewed cancellation of the cinema screenings in Selb, we are also pleased that we are well prepared for this situation and can bring the Grenzland-Filmtage International Film Festival directly into the living rooms at home. We have put a lot of thought into creating as much festival atmosphere as possible at home. Like in the cinema, there will be an opening event and introductions to each film block. We have also received greetings from some filmmakers and there will be recorded film talks, so that in the online festival you also have the opportunity to get to know the people behind the films and gain additional insights around the films," emphasises Kerstin Fröber. "For our visitors, the online festival also means more Grenzland-Filmtage than ever before. In the online festival, we don't have to limit ourselves to just a few cinemas and days and can therefore present as many films as never before and for as long as never before. In a period of a whole two weeks, almost 100 films from all over the world are waiting to be discovered by our visitors."
To ensure that personal encounters during the festival are not neglected even under the current restrictions, a virtual "festival pub" will be open as a meeting place for visitors, filmmakers and the festival team during the Grenzland-Filmtage from April 8-21, 2021. The traditional award ceremony will also take place there on April 23, 2021.
First select the relevant film on our website. As soon as the advance sale is running, you can buy a ticket via the Online Ticket option. To do so, click on one of the payment buttons below the film description. Then select a payment option. After you have entered the necessary data, you will receive a purchase confirmation and your ticket ID. This is a sequence of letters and numbers that you can use to play the selected film immediately or at a later date. Once the film has started, it will be available to you for 24 hours.
- Single ticket
- Single ticket children's film
- Soli-Ticket *
- Festivalpass **
* With the Soli-Ticket you have the opportunity to voluntarily pay a little more for your ticket, e.g. to additionally support the Grenzland-Filmtage or if you watch the film at home as a couple or in a larger group (i.e. you would buy several tickets at the cinema).
** The contingent of festival passes is limited to 100. One Festival Pass allows you to watch all films - 96 films in total - during the online festival (April 8 - 21). Anyone who forwards us the confirmation email about the purchase of the Festival Pass by e-mail with the subject "Goodie Bag" and also provides their postal address will receive a goodie bag with lots of great surprises as a thank-you gift. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online tickets can be purchased with PayPal and credit card (VISA, MasterCard).
As in the cinema, the number of viewers for the films at the online festival is limited. A contingent of 300 tickets is available for sale for each film block. For early ticket purchase we offer a pre-sale from (date - to be announced).
The presale starts on Thursday, 01 April 2021, 18:00. This means that visitors can already purchase ticket IDs with which they can activate the selected film after the festival begins. Ticket IDs purchased in advance are not personal and therefore also a nice gift idea.
Many questions are certainly answered in the "FAQ" section (further down this page). However, if you experience any problems or have any questions during the online festival, we will be happy to help you by calling 09287-9652771 at the following times during the festival period:
- Monday to Thursday
- 16:00 to 22:00
- Friday to Sunday
- 14:00 to 22:00
You can also reach us at the following email address: email@example.com
Frequently asked questions
- How much does a ticket or festival pass cost?
€ 3,00 (children's blocks), € 6,00 and € 10,00 (Soli-Ticket) and € 100,00 for a festivalpass.
- What is the Soli-Ticket and how much does it cost?
The Soli-Ticket costs € 10,00. It is intended for all those who want to support the Grenzland-Filmtage or who want to watch the film at home as a couple or in a larger group (i.e. who would buy several tickets at the cinema).
- What is a festivalpass and how much does it cost?
The festivalpass costs € 100,00. A festivalpass allows you to watch all films - 96 films in total – during the online festival (April 08 to 21). The number of festivalpasses is limited to 100.
Anyone who forwards us the confirmation email about the purchase of the festivalpass by e-mail with the subject "Goodie Bag" and also provides their postal address will receive a goodie bag with lots of great surprises as a thank-you gift. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What does "limited contingent" mean?
Just as the number of seats is limited in the cinema, the number of accesses to the film blocks is also limited in streaming. A contingent of 300 tickets is available for each film block.
- Do I have to buy several tickets if I want to watch the film together with friends?
In order to relieve the financial burden on us, this would be nice for the Grenzland-Filmtage, but it is not necessary. You are also welcome to sit in front of the monitor/TV in a group and watch the film for a one-time fee of € 3,00, € 6,00 or € 10,00 (in a private setting and taking into account infection control measures).
- How do I buy a streaming ticket?
1. Select a film:
On the "Program" page, select the desired film/film block in the desired category (by clicking on the film title or the overview list in the listing on the left).
2. Buy a streaming ticket:
As of (date), an embedded player with a "Buy Ticket" (or "Ticket"/"Soli Ticket") button appears on the film description/overview list page. Click on the button and follow the instructions. After payment has been made (by PayPal or credit card), a ticket ID will appear - please make a note of it, this is the access code for streaming. In addition, the ticket ID will be sent to the e-mail address you have entered. During the Grenzland-Filmtage, the stream for this film can be activated (either immediately or at a later date).
3. Watch the film later:
Visit the film page again during the festival. Click on "I already have a ticket ID" in the embedded player and enter the ticket ID. The selected film will then be available for 24 hours.
- What payment methods are offered for streaming ticket purchases?
PayPal and credit card (VISA, MasterCard).
- Can several films/movie blocks be purchased at once with one payment transaction?
No, the films/film blocks must be purchased individually. The exception is the Festival Pass – this includes the entire festival program (see explanation of the Festival Pass above).
- Wie nutzt unser Streaming-Partner Pantaflix (Plattform für das Streaming-Angebot) meine Daten?
- hy am I not shown a ticket ID when I order?
Why have I not received a confirmation email?
Why was my PayPal/credit card account not charged?
At the end of the order, the purchase must be triggered by clicking on the button "Order subject to payment". This button is located directly under the check mark "By submitting the order ...". – If necessary, the window must be scrolled down. Only by clicking on this button will the purchase be confirmed and the ticket ID displayed, and only at this moment will the PayPal/credit card account be charged.
- In which language version are the films shown?
Films can be shown in different language versions:
OF → original version
OmdU → Original with German subtitles
OmeU → original with English subtitles
Omd/eU → Original with German and/or English subtitles
Omd/cU → Original with German and/or Czech subtitles
In the film descriptions you can see which languages are spoken in the film, these are shown in brackets.
- How long can I watch the film online?
Booked films can be watched as often as you like within 24 hours of the first start. The 24 hours start regardless of the purchase of the film. The ticket can be redeemed during the duration of the festival. The film start is done by entering the previously purchased ticket ID.
- Can I still watch a film/block of films for which I have purchased a ticket ID after April 21?
No. The tickets are only valid for the duration of the Grenzland Filmtage (April 08 - 21), so for licensing reasons they must be redeemed during the festival.
- Why is my ticket ID not accepted (instead the message "This ticket ID is invalid" appears)?
When entering the ticket ID, special attention must be paid to distinguishing between the similar-looking letters "L" and "I" (in lower and upper case). The ticket ID consists of exactly 12 characters (letters, digits, hyphens).
- I don't live in Germany, can I watch the program online?
Unfortunately no – due to our licensing agreements with the filmmakers we are only allowed to offer the films in Germany. Geo-blocking is activated for all films.
- Can I watch every film in HD?
In principle, yes, as all films have been made available to us in sufficient quality and resolution. However, depending on the available internet connection and end device, the quality during streaming may be adapted to the available bandwidth.
- How will the film display look if I have a poor internet connection?
We do our best and automatically adjust the quality of the films to the available internet connection and player. If you have a slow internet connection, the film may not play in the best possible quality.
- What are the minimum requirements that an end device must fulfil for streaming (hardware and operating system)?
Basically, the end device must have an up-to-date browser or browser app. Details can be found at https://support.pantaflix.com/hc/de/articles/209300989
- With which browsers and browser versions is streaming possible?
A sufficiently recent browser version from recent years is required (from around 2017 or later), in particular the browser must support the playback of DRM-protected content. Details can be found at https://support.pantaflix.com/hc/de/articles/209300989.
- Can I stream on multiple devices?
Simultaneous streaming of the same title on different devices/browsers is prevented by Pantaflix. A paid title can only be streamed on two devices/browsers. If you try to stream a title on a third device/browser, an error message will appear. Details can be found at https://support.pantaflix.com/hc/de/articles/360001059318.
- Does streaming via Google Chromecast work?
No, unfortunately Google Chromecast is not compatible with playlists and cannot process them. This means that the automatic transitions between the individual contents of a playlist do not take place.
- Can a film be transferred from a computer to a TV screen via an HDMI cable?
Yes, this is possible in most cases. Alternatively, playback can also be started directly on the TV if it is a smart TV with a browser app or if a corresponding player is connected to the TV (e.g. Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV).
- Why can't I vote for the children's films and the films in the special programme?
The Special Programme and the children's films are not in competition for the Audience Awards.
- How can I participate in the voting for the Audience Awards?
During the film credits, a rating scale with five stars will automatically appear. You can then give your rating here, e.g. five stars if you particularly liked the film; one star if you didn't like the film so much. The rating scale can also be called up manually at any time during the film stream by clicking on the "thumb symbol" at the top of the film window.
The best comes at the end - the traditional conclusion of our festival is the Filmtage Brunch at JAM at attendance times, including the award ceremony. Which prizes are awarded during the Grenzland Filmtage is explained on this page. We would also like to tell you here how the awards ceremony will be held this year.
IIn cooperation with Rosenthal GmbH the annual audience awards are presented in the form of a high-quality porcelain vase. The winners in the categories feature film, documentary, short film and medium-length feature film are determined by the audience.
In the online festival, voting is as simple as clicking after the film. During the film credits, a rating scale with five stars is automatically displayed. Here you can then give your rating, e.g. five stars if you particularly liked the film; one star if you did not like the film so much.
The rating scale can also be called up manually at any time during the film stream by clicking on the "thumb symbol" at the top of the film window.
Each ticket (ticket ID) has only one vote per film. As long as you can access the film (24 hours from the time you first started the film stream), you can change/update your rating at any time. After the 24-hour period has expired, voting is no longer possible.
In film blocks (documentary, short film and medium-length feature film), each individual film can be rated. The supporting films for the feature films can also be voted on.
The films of the special programme and the children's films are not in competition for the audience awards.
For many years, the prize for the best Eastern European film has been awarded in the name of the city of Selb. A changing jury chooses the one that impresses you the most from a selection of films. This prize is donated by the city of Selb and comes with prize money of € 500,00.
Thanks to a cooperation with the Sparkasse Hochfranken, the best works of young filmmakers are selected and the winning film is rewarded with prize money in the amount of € 500,00. This film award is also decided by a changing jury, which selects the most successful work by young filmmakers in their eyes.
And finally, there is one prize that is always awarded first and foremost in presence: The selection of the best children's film. To determine this, usually about 250 ZuKis (Zukunft Kinder e.V.), i.e. day nursery kids, storm the cinema on Thursday morning before the official opening and vote for the best children's short film. This year, the cinema comes to the after-school clubs beforehand and the winner is announced at the big award ceremony.
This year's award ceremony will only take place after the end of the Online Festival (08 - 21 April) on 23 April at our virtual meeting place via the online platform "Wonder.me".
Virtual meeting point
To ensure that personal encounters during the online festival are not neglected even under the current restrictions, a virtual "festival pub" will be open as a meeting place for visitors, filmmakers and the festival team during the Grenzland Filmtage from 08 - 21 April 2021. The traditional award ceremony will also take place here on 23 April 2021. This virtual meeting place will be realised via the online platform "Wonder.me". Click here for the virtual meeting point Grenzland-Filmtage.
The online platform "Wonder.me" offers a virtual space where you can spontaneously and easily connect with others. Many people in one room, but you are not confronted with everyone at once. This platform is intuitively designed. When entering the room, you enter your name, take a digital photo and release the camera and microphone for the application. Once in the room, you move your own avatar by clicking and holding on the area you want to "visit" in the room. You can "walk around" the entire area of the room, similar to a real event. Various areas (e.g. documentary zone, short film lounge, etc.) are indicated in the room for orientation. By means of the areas, you can see at first glance where like-minded genre fans are and then start a conversation with them. Once you have entered such an area, you can connect and talk to people who are close enough to your own character. Up to 15 people can interact with each other at the same time in such a conversation circle. You can switch from one conversation circle to another at any time, all you have to do is move your character.
Wonder.me will be available as a virtual meeting place during the festival days (08.04.-21.04.2021) and team members of the Grenzland-Filmtage Selb will also be there at certain times. During the festival, a contact person from the team will be present every day for the "Social Hour" between 7 and 8 p.m.. However, this platform will mainly be used for the award ceremony, as there is a "broadcast" option for this. All conversations are then interrupted and attention is focused on the people "on stage". This gives you the feeling of being present at the award ceremony without having to leave the house.
Please note that access to "Wonder.me" is only fully supported with the Chrome or Edge browsers. Smartphones and tablets are currently not supported. In addition, there may be interference if another programme or app such as Zoom or Skype is open in addition to "Wonder.me" and has access to your webcam.Further details and answers on how to use "Wonder.me" are linked here: https://help.wonder.me/en/articles/4947041-faqs
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