Rules and regulations of the international documentary film festival One World

 Article I. 

The international documentary film festival One World is a specialised film festival organised by the non-profit organisation People in Need, based in Baštová 343/5, 811 03 Bratislava ( The goal of the festival is to contribute to the development and propagation of documentary film and through this lead society towards open and critical discussion.   

Article II. 

The 23rd edition will take place in Bratislava from 5 November to 11 November 11 2022, and subsequently in the regions of Slovakia on various dates from November 2022 to October 2023. 

Article III. 

The festival competition programme consists of the Slovak and Czech International Documentary Film Competition for Human Rights, which comprises five predominantly Slovak and five predominantly Czech films. The festival competition programme can feature only works over 50 minutes long and produced after 1 January  2019. The ratio between Slovak and Czech films in the competition section can change marginally every year and depends exclusively on the decision of the selection committee. The main goal of the selection committee is to achieve and maintain a high standard of competition entries. 

The purpose of the competition programme is to annually point out the best in our region and generate discussion about the quality, intersections and differences in domestic and local art. 

The non-competitive programme of the festival consists of screenings of films about one of the central themes of the festival (e.g. climate change, interpersonal relationships, technological progress and social conditions, political regimes), screenings for children, workshops, thematic events, book launches, exhibitions and discussions. 

 Article IV. 

The formats of the films accepted into the festival programme will be specified after the film is officially invited. All films included in the festival programme are screened in their original language and must be accompanied by English subtitles, which are the responsibility of the party submitting the film. 

Article V. 

The pre-selection of films is realised by the programme team of experts (Eva Križková, Diana Fabiánová and Katarína Gališinová), and is approved by the programme board consisting of Mária Ferenčuhová, Margje De Koning, Emília Perez, Tomáš Hudák and Lukáš Osvald. 

The time schedule of the programme, including the order of the film screenings, is also determined by the programme team. Owners of screening rights (hereinafter referred to as applicants) can register their films for the international competition until 1 August 2022. Applications for the competition are available on the festival website by filling out the online form at and uploading the film online according to the instructions in the application. The applicant cannot withdraw the film from the festival programme after officially confirming its inclusion. Copies of films sent to the competition will be returned to the sender or another addressee according to the applicant’s instructions after the event. The programme team may move the registered film to another section. Participants will be informed about the results of pre-selection by 1 September 2022. 

Article VI. 

Films entered to the non-competition programme are selected by the same programme team, but not through the programme form. The programme team selects films other than Slovak or Czech ones over 50 minutes long and shot after January 2020, based on their own initiative and research of the international audiovisual environment.  

Article VII. 

It is mandatory for the applicant to follow the instructions regarding copies of films, which will be delivered together with notification of the inclusion of the film in the programme. Applicants will send copies of the invited films after receiving detailed instructions on the specified format of the submitted film from the festival’s organisational team. All films that will be included in the festival competition programme will be screened without a claim to an honorarium for the rights to screen the registered film. 

Article VIII. 

For each selected film, the festival must receive detailed documentation by the set deadline, including: a) a properly completed application; b) a synopsis of the film (in electronic form); c) a photograph of the director, CV and filmography of the director (in electronic form); and d) a copy of the original script and its translation into English (in electronic form). The provided documentation will not be returned to the applicant. The applicant agrees that a maximum of three minutes of the film may be used by the non-profit organization People in Need to promote the One World 2022 festival in any medium. Previews of the films will be presented on the festival premises, broadcast on TV stations promoting One World, on the festival website, during multimedia presentations and during the festival itself, or within the programme of One World regional festivals throughout the year. One World reserves the right to use still shots from the films in its promotional materials (in the festival catalogue, festival diary, leaflets, posters, billboards, website, in multimedia presentations) and to provide them to the media for the purpose of informing about the festival. 

 Article IX. 

The festival’s organisational team decides on the invitation of guests, while the festival gives priority to the invitation of the creators of the competition films. Applicants whose film will be included in the (competitive and non-competitive) festival programme receive accreditation for the festival.  Accommodation costs will be reimbursed to the invited creators up to an amount that corresponds with the financial possibilities of the given year of the festival. Invited guests will be contacted personally via email. 

 Article X. 

The international jury consists of prominent representatives of culture, filmmaking, theory and criticism, filmmakers and producers, journalists, and other significant figures, while one of its members is the former winner of the competition section Slovakia and the Czech Republic for Human Rights. A member of the international jury cannot be a person who participated in the creation of any of the films presented in the relevant competition. All jury members are bound by confidentiality. The director of the festival, the artistic director, the coordinator or their representatives can participate in the jury sessions, but they do not participate in the voting. Juries make decisions based on a majority of votes of the members present and voting. The jury announces the results at the festival closing ceremony. The jury has the right to award non-statutory prizes, so-called special recognition, also to other films. Filling out an application form and sending/uploading a film presupposes agreement with these rules and regulations. 

Article X. 

The winning film of the festival receives the Main Prize, which includes a financial reward of €2,000. 


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