BEST FILM 2017 "Glücklich"
by Christoph Dürkopp


#STARTTHEFIRE – Spark the fire in you! Grab your video or reflex camera or simply your smart phone and tell us your story in 99 seconds.


Here are the main facts for the 99FIRE-FILMS-AWARD 2018:


Who can participate?

Everyone with a passion for great pictures and fascinating stories. From up-and-coming film makers, hobby producers, video content creators, YouTubers or students to young professional. In short: All creative heads over 18 with residency in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.


What is it all about?

You conceptualize, shoot and edit a precisely 99 second-long film. Your biggest opponent: time.


What do you need to take part?

Spontaneity, 99 hours of time on your hands, a camera, a smart phone...


What’s important?

Creativity, speed and most of all enjoying what you do.


How can you participate?

1. Register

From December 01th 2017 on you can register on our website www.99fire-films.de and sign up for the participation in the competition. Registration deadline is January 31th 2018, 6:00pm CET


2. Confirm

After successful registration, you will receive an e-mail with a confirmation link.


3. Participant number

After the registration deadline you will receive your participant number as well as all further relevant information for the submission of your film in a separate e-mail.


4. Receive the topic

You will receive the topic of the 2018 99FIRE-FILMS-AWARD on February 01th, 2018 via e-mail.
February 01th, 2018: Read here about the topic.


5. Produce a short film

The production period starts on February 01th, 2018, 10:00am CET and ends on February 05th, 2018, 1:00PM CET


6. Upload your short film

All 99FIRE-FILMS submissions must be uploaded till February 05th, 2018 1:00PM CET using the upload section on our website www.99fire-films.de. You can only submit one film. Every channel ID can only be used once to upload a film.  You will receive all details via e-mail. A postal submission of the film is not possible.

Don’t forget your submission form!


7. Catch up on sleep

and wait for the jury’s decision. Mark the award ceremony date in your calendar: February 21th, 2018.


99FIRE-FILMS-AWARD 2018 – Take 10!

Be part of the anniversary edition of the world’s biggest short film and content creator competition!


Persons who have reached the age of majority and are resident in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are eligible to participate. Only one film may be submitted per registered participant. In the event that a film is produced by a team, registration by one of its members shall suffice. Participation in the competition is free of charge. The jury's decision is final.


Interested parties may register to participate in the competition until Wednesday, January 30th 2018 at 6:00 pm. After completing the online registration form and accepting the conditions of participation, the registration shall be confirmed in writing via e-mail. The participant number, which entitles participants to compete, shall be issued in a further e-mail. The registration data serves solely for the purposes of establishing contact with and communication between the participant and CAMPUS99 GmbH; it shall be treated with the strictest of confidence and not passed on to third parties.

Film content

Films containing material which is anti-constitutional, pornographic or glorifies violence, in addition to content which advocates discrimination against minorities, shall be excluded from the competition.

Film length

The completed short film must be exactly 99 seconds (1 minute and 39 seconds) long. Opening and closing credits are hereby excluded. Films which fail to meet the length specification shall not be submitted to the jury for appraisal and shall thus be excluded. The film's introduction may only include the award title, film title and the name of the submitting parts / team.

Film upload

The film upload must have commenced at the latest by Monday, February 05th 2018 at 1:00 pm on our website www.99fire-films.de. Uploads commenced after 1:00 pm shall be excluded. You will receive an e-mail with all details for the upload process on the February 01th 2018 via e-mail. It is not possible to send the film by post.


All submitted films may be shown on television, online and, in part, live during the closing event. Those submitting the top 99 films shall be informed by the jury by telephone and shall receive an invitation for two people to attend the awards ceremony, held in Berlin on February 21th 2018. Applicants shall remain entitled to release the film for non-commercial purposes, even after submitting the film. Applicants shall grant CAMPUS99 GmbH the sole right, unlimited in terms of time, place and media context, to show the film and/or film content (hereinafter: the film) to the public with commercial intention and/or to make it accessible to the public. Applicants shall agree explicitly to the following: the film's presentation in TV broadcasts, on websites (nationally and abroad), the excerpted or complete release of the film and/or film stills in a documentary catalogue and online, including public accessibility via full-text search, databases and the use of parts of the film for PR work performed by CAMPUS99 GmbH. Applicants agree that CAMPUS99 GmbH may grant further usage rights. In the event that applicants' films fail to win any of the offered prizes, they shall be entitled to use their films for commercial purposes on the day following the first anniversary of the awards ceremony; CAMPUS99 GmbH shall, however, retain the right to release the film commercially and in social networks such as YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook, and may also transfer this right to third parties. In the event that applicants' films are awarded one of the offered prizes, they shall continue to refrain from licensing the film to third parties for commercial use or from using it to further their commercial ends in any way. Applicants shall remain entitled to release the film for non-commercial purposes. Applicants shall further declare that they are the owners of all rights to the film necessary for distribution and use (including the music used), and shall exempt CAMPUS99 GmbH from the obligation to pay damages, the costs of litigation, including the costs of an appropriate legal defence, in the event of a third-party claim. The submitter accepts that only the German version of the conditions of participation is legally binding.

Staff of organizers, sponsors and partners can´t take part in the competition.


Independent jury

The winner of the main prize shall be determined exclusively by the jury. The jury shall be appointed exclusively by CAMPUS99 GmbH. Jury sessions shall remain private. The jury shall be comprised of experts, filmmakers, celebrities and sponsor representatives. The jury shall reach its decision via voting and majority consensus in the wake of extensive discussion. The jury's decision and assessment is final.



  • How can I register?

Registration is simple. All you have to do is enter your details on our website www.99fire-films.de. After your successful registration you’ll receive an e-mail including your details and a confirmation link. As soon as you click the link, you’re registered.


  • When is the registration deadline?

All participants have to register online and click on the registration link by 6:00pm on January 25th 2017.


  • Do I have to de-register if I don’t want to shoot a film after all?

No, even after the topic is revealed the participation remains voluntary.


  • I’d like to shoot my film together with other people. Does each team member have to register separately?

No, only one person in the team has to register.


  • Can I take part if I’m under age?

Participants, who register for the competition, must be 18 years of age or older.

Yet team members, which are under age, are generally allowed to participate in a team.


  • Can I still take part if I don’t live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland?

No. Only participants from Germany, Austria or Switzerland can submit a film.




  • How can I submit a film?

On the day we reveal the topic you will receive an e-mail including all the details on uploading your film to the website www.99fire-films.de. For the upload that must be completed by January 30th 2017, 1:00pm, you will need a YouTube account, your participation number as well the film in one of the required formats. A submission via mail is not possible.

  • When is the submission deadline?

The submission period ends at 1:00pm on Monday, January 30th 2017. You can only upload one film. You can only use your channel ID once.


  • Can I submit a film if I haven’t registered prior to the registration deadline?

In short, no. A film can only be submitted by registered participants. Even if several people have worked on a film, it must be submitted by the team member who registered for the competition.


  • Can I submit multiple films as a participant?

No, only one film may be submitted per registered participant.


  • Will all team members be notified if their team is nominated?

Only the person who registered for participation will be notified.



  • What will the topic of the film be?

The topic including all the important information was send via e-mail to all participants on January 26th 2017. You find the topic as well on our website and Facebook page.


  • How long is the production period?

After we reveal the topic, you have 99 hours to produce your film. That’s 4 days and 3 hours.


  • How long does the film have to be?

The film must be exactly 99 seconds long (that’s 1 minute and 39 seconds). Opening and closing credits are not included.


  • How long should the opening credits be?

The opening credits must not be longer than six seconds. Of course they can also be shorter.


  • How long should the closing credits be?

The closing credits must not be longer than 10 seconds.


  • What should be included in the opening and closing credits?

Every registered participant will receive these and any other specifications for the film production via e-mail once the topic is revealed.


  • Can I use music in my film?

Technically yes. But every submitter must make sure that he or she is in full possession of the rights for the musical material that’s being used. This includes the possession of rights for personal AND commercial usage. Alternatively, license and GEMA-free music may be used.


  • Can the music from the film begin in the opening credits and continue until the end of the closing credits?

Yes, that is generally allowed. But it’s important that the opening and closing credits can be clearly visually differentiated from the film itself. The film may not extend artificially into the opening and closing credits.


  • In what format should my film be and what is the maximum file size?

Before you begin uploading your file, please make sure that the film is in one of the following formats:

  • mov (Codec H264)
  • mp4 (Codec H264)
  • avi (Codec DIVX oder Codec XVID)
  • mpg (Codec MPEG2)

The film should not significantly exceed a file size of 250MB.

  • What about the transfer of rights?

Further details can be found in the terms and conditions.




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