Short Film Competition: Competition information



25th International BALTIC HERRING Short Film Competition

Already the 25th edition of Baltic Herring Short Film Competition!

● for short films max. 30 min.

● for short films with maritime or aqua themes

● for filmmakers in the Baltic Sea countries

Three competition categories:
● non-professionals ● film students ● professional filmmakers

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Regulations and instructions for the online submission below. Good luck!

Films selected to the competition will be announced on this page on August 5, 2019.


Baltic Herring Short Film Competition 2019



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

Films offered for the competition should have a maritime or aqua theme.

Three competition categories:


Non-professional filmmakers

  • open for amateur filmmakers

Professional filmmakers

  • open for professional filmmakers

Student filmmakers

  • open for students of audiovisual/ media schools


One film may compete only in one category.

Maximum duration of the film is 30 minutes.

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


Submit your short film to Baltic Herring Short Film Competion as follows:

  • fill in the online submission form
    (you must fill in a submission form for each film submitted)
  • send the Youtube/ Vimeo link of the video
  • deadline for the submission is May 31, 2019
  • English subtitles or a synopsis of the film in English is required


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

The films selected to the competition will be announced on this page on August 5, 2019.

If your film will be selected to the Baltic Herring competition…
● festival organisers will inform about the selection and contact the directors of the selected
short films

● we will need a.s.a.p. your film with English subtitles for the festival screening compilations

The short films selected to the competition will be screened for the international jury and the festival audience of the 26th Blue Sea Film Festival in Rauma, Finland, on August 22–25, 2019.

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 Kaarina Selin. 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 2019 will be announced
later on this page.


More information

Tarmo Hotanen

tel: +358 44 584 3009