30th Minimalen Short Film Festival

From Jan. 24, 2018 until Jan. 28, 2018


30th Minimalen Short Film Festival

Minimalen is an annual, independent short film event based in Trondheim, Norway. Please note: Submissions are strictly limited to films from the Nordic Countries. For films from the rest of the world, please find more info at

Festival Dates: January 24 - 28, 2018
Deadline: 15. October 2017


* Origin (i.e. main country of production OR Director citizenship): Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and their territories.
* Types: All categories of film can participate, except commercials.
* Production year: 2016 or 2017.
* Running time: Max 30 minutes.
* A film can only be submitted once.
* Screening formats: DCP; 35 mm film; HD file [Please note: Delivering a HD file as screening copy implies allowing the festival to create a DCP for temporary screening purposes (the DCP will be deleted after the festival is over, and will not be available for anyone else). The HD file must be Quicktime HD with codec Apple ProRes 422, 1080p.]

The organizers will nominate an international jury of three members.
* Best Nordic Film: EUR 1000 + Trophy + Diploma
* Best Norwegian Film: NOK 5000 + Trophy + Diploma
* Best Nordic Fiction: Diploma
* Best Nordic Documentary: Diploma
* Best Nordic Art or Animation: Diploma

• Nordic Competition - Productions from Nordic Countries ONLY can submit - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and their territories.

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.


This Festival was founded in 1988

Minimalen is an annual, independent short film event, covering new productions from Norway, Scandinavia and the rest of the world, as well as focus programmes and retrospectives.

Based in the attractive old town of Trondheim, Norway, Minimalen came to life in 1988. Trondheim is the main city in Trøndelag, the central part of Norway by latitude, and the country's first capital back in the good old Viking days.

Over the years Minimalen has refined its main objective into finding new ways to use the film as a medium. This often means independent productions with a free spirit attitude to filmmaking and an emphasis on images and film language more than words. The ideal filmmaker should be on a constant quest to find the right form for each story. Not that they necessarily need to tell a story, but basically, each film should have its own fingerprint, a uniqueness which goes far beyond the constant re-telling of the same storyline as in the contemporary film industry. The small gems of short fiction, documentary or animation told by experimental means. Not always artistically ground breaking or technically perfect, but with a consistency of form and contents. These are the films that Minimalen are looking for, and this is what sets us a apart from many festivals.


Minimalen Kortfilmfestival
Kjøpmannsgata 35
7011 Trondheim