28th International BALTIC HERRING Short Film Competition - SUBMISSION NOW OPEN!

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

  • theme: films about water
  • or filmmakers of the Baltic Sea countries + Iceland
  • for short films max. 30 min.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Films selected into the competition announced on festival website on August 5, 2022.

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

Submit your film: https://www.shortfilmdepot.com/

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

Please find the regulations of the competition below.

Films selected to the competition will be announced on festival finalists website on August 5, 2022.


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

Films offered for the competition should have a maritime or aqua theme – we are looking for films about water.

Maximum duration of the film is 30 minutes.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2022.

Competition categories are:

1. Amateur filmmakers

• open for amateur filmmakers

2. Professional filmmakers

• open for professional filmmakers

3. Film students

• open for students of media and film schools – please tell the name of your school

One film may compete in one category only.

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

Subtitles or 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.

Submit your short film online via this link: https://www.shortfilmdepot.com/ 


The list of films selected into the 28th Baltic Herring short film competition will be announced on August 5, 2022 on festival finalists website.



● we will need the film with English subtitles for the festival screenings a.s.a.p.

● screening format: Digital File (MP4 preferred)

The short films selected to the competition will be screened for the international jury and the festival audience at the 29th Blue Sea Film Festival in Rauma, Finland, on August 18–21, 2022.

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. The previous winners have named it as the “Baltic Herring Oscar”. Also the festival audience has a chance to vote for their favourite short film and win film-related prizes.

Competitions international jury

Saara Hakkarainen, Baltic Herring winner 2021

Maira Dobele, Latvia

Dylan Glatthorn, Yhdysvallat, composer, Raumars-artist

Colette Krogol, Yhdysvallat, dancer, Raumars-artist

Matt Reeves, Yhdysvallat, dancer, Raumars-artist

Tarmo Hotanen, Baltic Herring-coordinator



Mr. Tarmo Hotanen, tarmo.hotanen@gmail.com, tel: +358 44 584 3009