entrance requirements

The 1st Series Festival Basel will take place from 9 to 10 October 2021 in Basel. The association Serienfestival Basel is organising the associated competition 'Cliffhanger 2021', which explores the miniaturisation of serial storytelling. The registration for the competition is open from 15 May to 15 August 2021.

What are ‘cliffhangers’?

The notion ‘cliffhanger’ (with quotation marks) refers to audiovisual series consisting of at least 5 episodes and having a total duration of 35 minutes at most.

A series of 5 episodes, each lasting 7 minutes, is a ‘cliffhanger’. However, neither a series of 3 episodes of 11 minutes each (too few episodes) nor a series of 6 episodes of 6 minutes each (exceeding the time limit of 35 minutes) is a ‘cliffhanger’. A ‘cliffhanger’ is subtitled according to the following rule:

Language Rules and Subtitles

If the language mainly spoken in the series is one of the four Swiss national languages (German, French, Italian or Romansh), the subtitle language may be one of the other three Swiss national languages or English. A ‘cliffhanger’ whose main language is not a Swiss national language must be subtitled in at least one of the four Swiss national languages.

The following table serves to clarify the above rule:

Main language

Subtitle language

 
GermanEnglishallowed
EnglishFrenchallowed
RomanshItalianallowed
ItalianFrenchallowed
Swiss GermanFrenchallowed
Swiss GermanEnglishallowed
SpanishEnglishnot admitted
SpanishGreeknot admitted

It is in the interest of the participants to match the language combination to the target audience.

What are valid competition entries?

A valid competition entry consists of a ‘cliffhanger’, a trailer of 20 seconds maximum duration, two or three still images and an abstract not exceeding 250 words. In addition, the transcribed subtitles must be submitted as a text file.

File formats and codecs

mp4: ProRes 422 or H.264

Submitted material that does not meet the competition requirements will not be entered into the competition. The files relating to rejected entries will be removed from our storage media and participants will be informed accordingly.

Registration and submission of materials

The registration as well as the submission of the corresponding video files and accompanying materials can be done electronically. Up-to-date information on the competition can be found on the website of the Basel Series Festival.

Advertising

The Organizing Committee of the Basel Series Festival may freely use the submitted trailers, stills and abstracts for advertising purposes for the Basel Series Festival 2021. This includes publication in the festival program, in print media and cinemas as well as on the Internet (on the Facebook page and the website of the Series Festival Basel).

The Organizing Committee of the Basel Series Festival may freely use the submitted trailers, stills and abstracts for advertising purposes for the Basel Series Festival 2021. This includes publication in the festival program, in print media and cinemas as well as on the Internet (on the Facebook page and the website of the Series Festival Basel).

Copyright, screening rights and archiving

By submitting their competition entry, participants confirm that no copyrights are infringed upon by the presentation of their ‘cliffhanger’ at the Basel Series Festival. The Verein Serienfestival Basel assumes no liability for any copyright infringements.

For technical reasons, video and audio data entered in the competition will be copied to other data carriers. The Organizing Committee of the Series Festival Basel has no right to show the provided ‘cliffhangers’ in public on occasions different from the Basel Series Festival 2021. The right to present the ‘cliffhangers’ remains with the participants of the competition.

However, the Organizing Committee is free to use the submitted trailers and stills beyond the 2021 series festival, for example in advertising subsequent editions of the Basel series project, provided the participants agree.

The Organizing Committee will archive the competition entries. At the request of the contestants, all video files submitted will be deleted. After the competition has been held, the Basel Series Festival may not advertise against the wishes of the competition participants.

The Series Festival is intent on acting in the interests of the series producers and rights holders and will forward media enquiries directly to the series producers.

Awards

The competition entries are reviewed by a selection committee, which chooses about a dozen ‘cliffhangers’ from the entries received. The shortlisted entries will be shown at the series festival and judged by a jury. The three to five-member jury makes its decision on site and awards the "Big Cliffhanger" (1000 CHF), the audience the "Small Cliffhanger" (500 CHF).

The decisions of the selection committee and the jury cannot be contested.

Further regulations

By registering and submitting competition entries, participants confirm that they have read and that they accept the regulations.

Für die Anwendung des Reglements ist die Festivalleitung des Serienfestivals Basel zuständig.

Basel, 25. März 2021

The German text is legally authoritative. Place of jurisdiction is Basel, Switzerland
(Translation 22.08.2020 | mz)