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Nest Section. Rules and regulations
69th Edition - 2021
  1. The 20th Nest Section focuses on encouraging and supporting works produced by young talents by showing their short films at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. 
  2. The section will take place in September within the framework of the 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  3. The section is open to the works of students attending intermediate or advanced level schools in any country in the world.
  4. Each school may propose a maximum of three works completed in the 12 months prior to the start of the Festival. The students will not be able to do the submission, the registration must be done by the School.
  5. The works shall have a maximum duration of 30 minutes and shall be presented in their original language. In the case of versions other than Spanish or English, the copies must be subtitled in English or Spanish.
  6. Registrations should be made online from 1st June to 1st of July, on
  7. The short films will be forwarded to the Festival in the following way:
    • Link: It will be possible to provide a web link from which to download or watch the short film. In order to do this you must indicate both the web link and password to access to it in the registration form. Only links with restricted access will be accepted. 
  8. The selected short films will be added to Tabakalera's Medialab archive. Since 2008 Medialab has been working on catalogizing the shorts screened in the section.
  9. The decision of the Selection Committee regarding the selected works will be communicated in the first fortnight of August, by e-mail.
  10. The selected works shall be sent to San Sebastian International Film Festival before September 1st in DCP format following the instructions bellow:
    • All the DCPs have to follow DCI normative.
    • Files have to be named according to the standard convention:
    • The DCP can be sent through our receiving system Signiant or through a PenDrive or HardDrive. 
    • DCPs or PenDrives have to be formatted in EXT2, in EXT3 or in NFTS. HFS + EXTFAT will be rejected. 
    • The DCP should only contain the version that is going to be shown at the festival.
    • If you send a screening copy and a backup, please let us know which is which.
    • All copies must carry English subtitles, except English versions that must have subtitles in Spanish. The list of subtitles shall be attached in all cases.
  11. Each selected school will receive an invitation including accommodation and accreditation for a certain number of students. The presence of the selected film director will be required.
  12. The selected works proposed to the Selection Committee will be made available to professionals in the Festival’s video library and will be included in the official Festival’s catalogue.
  13. A specific jury will be responsible for choosing Nest Award.
  14. The Nest Award carries €10,000 gross, going to the director of the winning work.
  15. Any doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the San Sebastian International Film Festival Management.

FAQ - Film registration


Festival dates

The 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 17-25 September 2021.

Submission dates
  • General 15/01/2021 - 15/06/2021
  • Culinary Zinema 15/01/2021 - 15/06/2021
  • Nest 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
  • WIP Latam 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
  • WIP Europa 01/06/2021 - 01/07/2021
  • Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum 15/04/2021 - 15/06/2021
  • Zinemaldia Startup Challenge 19/04/2021 - 01/06/2021
  • Ikusmira Berriak: 01/07/2021 - 01/09/2021 (at

Can I submit a documentary?
The Festival makes no distinction between fiction and non-fiction and both options will be considered for all of its sections.

Can I submit a short or medium-length film?

Yes, but only for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.

  • Full-length film More than 60’
  • Medium-length film From 30’ to 59’
  • Short film Up to 30’

If you have a short film made at your school, you can participate in Nest.

¿Can I submit a Project under development?
If you have a project under development, you can register it in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program, as long as you meet the registration requirements.

Can I submit a film/short film to more than one section?
With the exception of the specific sections (indicated above), short films and medium-length films, all others can be submitted to any of the Festival sections. The Festival Committee will then decide which section is most suitable for the film submitted.


What formats do you accept for pre-selection?
  • Link/Screener with password
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • DCP

Does my film have to be subtitled?
Films whose original version is Spanish, Basque, English or French do not require subtitles. All other languages must have subtitles.

Can I submit a work in progress?

Can I submit a trailer?
No. We don’t accept trailers as pre-selection material.

What do you understand by premiere status?
  • World premiere
    The film has never been officially screened before an audience.
  • International premiere
    The film has been screened in cinemas or at a national festival in its country of origin, but in no other country.
  • European premiere
    The film has been screened or released in cinemas outside Europe, but has never been screened in a European country.
  • Spanish premiere
    The film has never been screened in Spain.
  • No premiere
    The film has been screened and/or premiered in cinemas including Spain. In this case its only option is inclusion in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections.

Can my film participate if it has been released in DVD or Blu-ray?
Yes, but only in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections (the latter only in the case of Basque productions).

Can my film participate in the Festival if it has been released in VOD?
Yes, the film can participate in the different Festival sections according to the rules on release corresponding to each section.

Submission Fee

How much is the submission fee?

The fee for each film submitted for pre-selection by the Festival is:

  • Short and/or medium-length films (up to 59'): €70 (including 21% VAT)
  • Feature-length films (more than 60'): €100 (including 21% VAT)
  • DCP in physical format (2.5 hard drive, CRU or similar): €150 (including 21% VAT) or
  • DCP submitted digitally (Aspera, Media Shuttle or similar): €200 (including 21% VAT), no matter what the runtime.

Said fee will be payable in euros during the film submission process and can only be paid by credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) or PayPal.

The submissions for WIP Latam, WIP Europa and Nest is free.

The projects submission in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program is for free.

Do I get my money back if the film is not selected?

How can I pay if I don’t have a credit card or PayPal?

If you don’t have a credit card you can pay by bank transfer. In this case, please contact us at for instructions.

I’m a student, do I qualify for a discount?

No, students do not qualify for a discount on the submission fee. However, if you have a short film made at your school you can submit it free of charge to Nest.


When will I know if my film has been selected?
Films will be considered during the pre-selection process. Films not selected will be informed of the decision by email 2-3 weeks after they are received.

Will I receive feedback?
No. The Festival receives more than 2,500 films every year and does give the reasons for its decision.


When will the announcement that my film has been selected go public?
The calendar for announcing the films will be decided by the Communication Department, which will first of all inform the person responsible for its submission.

What is the deadline for sending the DCP?

The deadline for receiving the final DCP is 1 September 2021.

I want to correct the information I initially provided on the form, how can I do it?

In the event of wishing to change any of the details provided you can contact us at, telling us what you want to change.

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