27th International BALTIC HERRING Short Film Competition

These ceramic sculptures has designed Kirsi Backman. The former winners have named one of them as "Baltic Herring Oscar"

  •  for short films with maritime or aqua themes
  •  for filmmakers in the Baltic Sea countries only
  • for short films max. 30 min.

Three competition categories:
● amateurs ● film students ● professional filmmakers


Jānis Ķirpītis, Latvia/suomi, ohjaaja ja tuottaja
Heini Mielonen, Raumars-taiteilija
Risto Kupari, museo- ja kulttuurijohtaja
Tarmo Hotanen, kilpailun koordinaattori

(Submit your short film online: https//www.shortfilmdepot.com/ )


Please find the regulations of the competition below. Good luck!

Films selected to the competition will be announced on festival finalists website on August 5, 2021.




Baltic Herring Short Film Competition is intended only for the filmmakers in the Baltic Sea coutries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

Films offered for the competition should have a maritime or aqua theme, we are looking for films about water (in some form).

Maximum duration of the film is 30 minutes.

There are no limitations to the original format of the film.

One film may compete only in one category.

Subtitles or synopsis of the film in English required.

The filmmakers are responsible for the recording permissions and reimbursements of the possible copyright protected material in the film content.

Competition categories are:

Amateur filmmakers

  • open for amateur filmmakers

Professional filmmakers

  • open for professional filmmakers

Student filmmakers

  • open for students of media and film schools

Please submit your short film online: https://www.shortfilmdepot.com

The films selected into the competition will be announced on finalists page on August 5, 2021

If your film will be selected into the 27th Baltic Herring short film competition:

  • the festival organisers will inform the directors of the selected films and invite them to the festival
  • we will need a.s.a.p. your film with English subtitles for the festival screening compilatios

The short films selected to the competition will be screened for the international jury and the festival audience of the 28th Blue Sea Film Festival in Rauma, Finland, on August 19 – 22.08.2021.

The International Jury will award the best short films with money prizes.

The very best short film of the competition will also win the Golden Baltic Herring Award, a ceramic sculpture designed by Kirsi Backman. The former winners have named it as the “Baltic Herring Oscar”.

Also the festival audience has a chance to vote for their favourite and win film-related prizes.

The International Jury of the Baltic Herring Short Film Competition 2021 will be announced later on this page.

For more information:

Tarmo Hotanen
tel: +358 44 584 3009