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Nest Section. Rules
70th edition - 2022


The 21st Nest Section focuses on encouraging and supporting works produced by young talents by showing their short films at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.


Nest will take place in September within the framework of the 70th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.


The section is open to the works of students attending intermediate or advanced level schools in any country in the world.


Each school may propose a maximum of three works completed in the 12 months prior to the start of the Festival (September 2021 – September 2022).

Students will not be able to submit their short films themselves. Short films must be registered by the school.


The works shall have a maximum duration of 30 minutes and shall be presented in their original language with English subtitles.


Registrations should be made online from  June 1st  to July 1st, 2022, from


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.


The decision of the Selection Committee regarding the selected works will be communicated in the first fortnight of August by e-mail.


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 Pen Drive or Hard Drive.
  • DCPs or Pen Drives must 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.


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, and one student not related to the film to sit on the jury. It is preferable that this student has knowledge of English.


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.


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.


A specific jury will be responsible for choosing Nest Award.

The Nest Award carries €10,000 gross, going to the director of the winning work.


Any doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the San Sebastian International Film Festival Management.


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