(21/06/07) – The 2008 edition of the Clermont Film Festival (01-09 February) is accepting entries up to 15 October 2007. Films must have been completed after 01 January 2006 and have a maximum running time of 40 minutes. There is no entry fee.

Betting on Shorts in Europe and Beyond is inviting filmmakers from around the world to submit short films (animation, music video, artist films, feature films, documentary etc.) up to 10 minutes on the theme ‘mad or bad’. ‘Break the conventions, break free, break your heart or someone else’s, take drugs, become a criminal, become a victim, wherever your fancies take you – are you mad, or are you just bad? You could look at trick or treat, crime and punishment, genetics and eugenics, or: simply consider Michael Jackson,’ say the organisers.

The audience will be able to bet on which film will be the winner, with bets placed before the screening. All contestants will be asked to write a short but informative blurb about their film and give some background information about themselves. This information, together with a still from the film will be available to the audience 2 hours

before the screening, when they will also be asked to place their bets.

The entry form with all required information accompanied by a DVD-preview copy should reach the ICA in London by 31 August 2007. For preview only DVD copies will be accepted. If the original language of the film is not English, the preview copy should be subtitled.

Elsewhere, the long-established venue Stuttgarter Filmwinter is accepting applications for its next edition which takes place between 17 and 20 January 2008. The deadline is 01 September and there is no entry fee. Emphasis is on experimental film.