Short Movie Festival Submission Instructions

Welcome, filmmakers! We look forward to reviewing your movies for the 2016 Bridges Conference taking place in Jyväskylä, Finland from August 9-13, 2016. Please read through the following instructions carefully.


The 7th Annual Bridges Short Movie Festival will include a variety of juried and curated videos and short films. The program will include movies, videos, and animations that have been created for educational and artistic purposes, and will provide another opportunity for attendees to experience innovative and integrative techniques in the fields of mathematics and art. You can see the programs and some of the short films from previous years here:
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

If you would like to submit your work, please follow the instructions below. Nonconforming submissions will not be entered into the review process.

By submitting your work to Bridges and/or exhibiting your work at Bridges, you grant Bridges, for any accepted works, non-exclusive rights to use your text and images on its website, in its print and CD proceedings and catalog, and for promotional purposes. You further grant third parties the right to reproduce your text and images in reports on and reviews of the conference. For collaborative works, or works submitted on behalf of another individual, the submitting individual warrants that he or she has obtained any rights necessary to grant the rights described above. Bridges will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all text and images are properly attributed to the artist(s).

Review Criteria and Scoring

This short movie festival is organized and curated by Robert Bosch, with input from the local organizers and board members of the Bridges Conference. All submitted movies will undergo a refereeing process by a panel of jurors.

The time allotted to the movie festival will only accommodate a limited number of works, which may necessitate rejecting some good quality pieces, especially if they are longer than five minutes. The entire program will be approximately one hour, so there is also a possibility that only excerpts will be shown from some of the longer submissions due to time constraints. Review criteria include:

  • Math content (This is a mathematically sophisticated audience.)
  • Esthetic appeal (This is admittedly highly subjective.)
  • Craftsmanship (The level of skill and effort that goes into making an effective presentation of the idea.)
  • Originality (It helps if the submission differs appreciably from work that has been submitted previously.)


Submissions must be completed between April 15, 2016 and May 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by June 1, 2016.

Requirements and Submission Process

Log in with an existing account or create a new account

All filmmakers must have an account on this website in order to submit to the Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous art exhibitions (Bridges or JMM), click Log In. If you have forgotten your username or password, click Request new password and enter the email address you registered with previously. The system will email you a one-time login link that will allow you to recover your username and set up a new password.

If you don’t have an account, click Create a new account and provide a username, valid email address, and password. Once you create your account, you will be automatically logged in and can create your submission.

Creating and editing your submission

Log in to the website and click Add Submission, and fill out the form. Note that required fields will be marked with an asterisk (*). When you are finished, click Save. You can go back and edit your submission at any time up until the submission deadline by clicking My Short Movie Submission.


You may submit 1 to 3 movies. In the event the jury is forced to choose among submissions that received comparable jurors’ scores, movies will be selected in the order in which they appear. You may wish to consider this when ordering your movies.

There is not a strict guideline in terms of length, but 1 to 5 minutes is a good target for a movie / short film for this program. Also, please note that most of the short films have a soundtrack of some sort, as they will be screened in an auditorium to a large group of people (i.e. it is a film festival type setting, not a gallery type setting).

Representative images (a still frame from your movie) should be JPEG files with a dimension of 600 pixels in the larger direction, RGB format, saved with maximum quality.

For reviewing purposes, you will need to provide a URL to a location online where the jurors can view your movie. This can be a YouTube or Vimeo link, or a link to your personal website. The jurors will not download movie files for reviewing; the movie must be available to stream online. If you have privacy concerns, you can upload your movie to YouTube or Vimeo and make it password protected. If your movie is password protected, please provide the password in the appropriate field in the movie submission form.

Upon Acceptance

If your movie is accepted, you will be responsible for delivering a production quality copy of the movie for projection at the conference. The production quality copy should be a .mov file, using either H.264 or ProRes 422 compression. The finished size should be either 720×480, 1280×720 or 1920×1080 and the finished frame rate should be either 29.97 or 23.98 fps.

Final movie files should be transferred to the short film committee at utilizing Dropbox” or Do not email movie files to the committee.

Final production quality copies will be due by June 15th, 2016.


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