PELICAM International Film Festival, 10th edition

15th – 24st October 2021, online, Romania

1. Summary

PELICAM International Film Festival is organized by Les Herbes Folles Association and is the only international film festival in Romania entirely focused on the environment.

The main purpose of PELICAM is gathering in one place the diversity of the best international film productions dedicated to the environment and promoting them, in order for the Romanian audience to discover the culture of other countries and also to enrich their cinematographic culture, in Tulcea and in Romania and to raise awareness to this film genre.

Pelicam IFF is an annual event and the Xth edition will take place online between the 15th -24st of October 2021. Each film is screened maximum two times.

2. Sections

Official Documentary Competition

Competitive section focused on documentary films released after 1st of January 2020, with a running time of more than 40 minutes. They must be screened in national premiere at Pelicam IFF.

Fresh Perspectives Competition

Competitive section focused on documentary films particularly conceived for younger audiences, films that present or show alternative lifestyles and solutions for a sustainable future, released after 1st of January 2019 with a duration of more than 40 minutes. They must have their national premiere at Pelicam IFF.

Classic Pelicam

Non-competitive section presenting older or heritage films, fiction or documentaries, that approach the festival’s focus.

Out of Competition

Green Film Network Special

Non-competitive section presenting thematic films, documentary or fiction curated by another film festival member of Green Film Network. Not necessarily national premieres.

Besides these sections, the 10th edition of Pelicam IFF will also contain special events like master classes, workshops, music concerts, photo exhibitions etc.

3. Juries and awards


The jury for the official competition, an international jury composed of three figures from cinema, culture and environmental area, will award:

PELICAM Trophy – awarded to the best film in the Official Competition, worth 2.000 Euros (goes to the director of the film).


Fresh Perspectives Jury, composed of at least four teenagers, coordinated by an adult, will award:

Fresh Perspectives Award – for the best film in the Fresh Perspectives competition, worth 1.000 de euro (the award goes to the director of the film).


Audience Award

In 2021 the audience will vote online for the best film (the Audience Award) selected among all the films presented during the festival.

Audience Award – worth 1.000 de euro (the award goes to the director of the film).

4. Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, the films submitted for one of the three sections must fulfill the following requirements:

1. They must be released (the date of first screening) after the 1st January 2020 for Official Competition, and after 1st January 2019 for Fresh Perspectives Competition.

2. They must be Romanian premieres, except for the Romanian productions.

3. The films are screened exclusively on HD (Blu Ray, DVD video HD or HD file at 1080p).

4. The films must be screened in the original version with Romanian and English subtitles (if they are made in a language other than English). If a film is selected, the distributor/producer of the film must provide the festival with the English dialogue list.

6. Submission process

The distributor/producer of the film must fill out the entry form before 15st May 2021.

The distributor/producer of the film is fully responsible for the accuracy of the data provided in the entry form.

7. Festival participation

The organizers will announce the producers and directors of selected films before 30th July 2021.

The Festival organizers determine the official screening schedule (order and date, time and place of the screening).

The Festival is open to the general audience, from young audience (8-14 y.o. for which we have special screenings) to teenagers and adults. The themes are diverse, covering a wide and specific range of interest, regarding both the films and the extra activities during the festival.

A significant number of accredited members of the written and audio-visual press, as well as representatives of non governmental organizations with activity related to the environment, will also attend the festival.

Participation in the Festival implies the unconditional acceptance of all the aforementioned rules and regulations.

8. Selection rules:

The screening copy with English subtitles burned in should be sent together with 10 posters of the film by courier to the Festival Office, address to be announced in the correspondence with the film producers.

The festival should receive the film no later than 1st of August 2021.

Press and publicity materials for each film should also reach the Festival by online transfer at [email protected] no later than 1st of August 2021.

The press kit must include booklet, hi-res stills, director’s photo and biography, English dialogue list, trailer and technical specs.

Preview tapes and DVDs of films not selected will be returned only if the owner of the rights covers in advance the shipping costs.