Rules and regulations

  • Begun in 1969, the European Festival of TV and Online Religious Programmes takes place every three years in a European city. The Festival is a joint effort of the European regions of the international associations SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) and WACC (World Association for Christian Communication). The 20th edition of the Festival is taking place in Helsinki fromJune 10th-12th 2020with the collaboration ofthe Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE and ChurchCommunication of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland
  • This Festival provides an unique opportunity to present and reward the very best of television and online programmes made in Europe that express, explore and examine values in relation to religion, , faith, belief and ethics.
  • The Festival also aims to encourage networking and co-production, particularly between European TV producers, content providers and broadcasters and promote innovative and popular religious broadcasting and online content.
  • The festival welcomes religious programmes in any genre, from drama and comedy to documentaries and innovative formats.

1. Programme Entries

  • Programme entries are invited from all national and international broadcasting organizations, regional broadcasting organizations, independent production companies that produce programmes made in Europe for television and online platforms.

1.1 Programme entries will be accepted provided that:

  • The programme has been transmitted between March 2017 and the end of February 2020 inclusive 
  • Each individual programme entered is accompanied by the correct fee of 100 Euros
  • There is no limit to the number of programmes that can be entered
  • Programmes that are intolerant or dismissive of another’s faith will not be accepted.
  • Programmes should recognize the culturally diverse character of European societies and contribute towards understanding, equality and tolerance between people of different, religions, cultures and origins.
  • Final date for Entries and programme files to be received and payment of entry fees is: TBC later

IMPORTANT: if we have not received all of your information by the deadline, your entry will not be accepted

1.2. Rules for pre-selection

  • Entrants must fill in an online entry form that includes a short (not longer than 1500 characters including spaces) resume in English, describing the programme contents. 
  • If the programmes submitted for pre-selection are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a dialogue list or script in English.
  • Programmes should be a maximum of 60 minutes in length. If the programme is longer than 30 minutes the producer may be asked to provide a shorter version for public screening. The festival reserves the right to screen a section of the entry.

The organizer will give more detailed information later.

1.3 Programmes selected for the competition:

  • Programmes, other than in English, chosen for screening in the Festival competition must have subtitles or dubbing in English.

The organizer will give more detailed information later

2. Selection Procedure

The Continuation Committee consists of representatives of the organizers, SIGNIS and WACC. It appoints a Pre-Selection Committee and an International Jury. Both of these shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of the competition.

The Pre-Selection Committee will shortlist the best programmes for screening in competition during the Festival.

3. Pre-Selection Committee and Criteria

3.1 Pre-Selection Committee

The Pre-Selection Committee is appointed by, and responsible to, the Continuation Committee.  The members shall be media professionals and in shortlisting programmes shall aim to reflect the diversity of Europe. One member of the Continuation Committee will act as Secretary of the Pre-Selection Committee.

The Pre-Selection Committee shall be responsible for :

  • ensuring that entries accord with these Rules and Regulations.
  • viewing all entries in order to reach a shortlist for screening and judging within the Television Festival.
  • determining the running order for screenings at the Festival.
  • providing the Continuation Committee with a written report on its work, including reasons for rejecting entries.

Entrants will be notified of the decision of the Pre-Selection Committee. The Committee’s decisions are final.

3.2 Pre-Selection Criteria

The Pre-Selection Committee will make a selection of programmes, taking into account criteria from the following list:

  • Initial impact
  • Message and content
  • Originality and innovation
  • Structure
  • Technical quality
  • Creative use of resources

4. International Jury

The Jury shall consist of five people, of which one shall represent SIGNIS and one WACC. The jury members shall come from different language areas and cultures. The members shall be media professionals.

Should a jury member have a professional link with any entry in the competition they must declare it and take no part in any discussion about or voting on that programme.

The Jury will elect its own Chairperson. All Jury decisions are final and shall be taken by simple majority vote.

A Secretary (without voting rights) shall be appointed to assist the Jury.

5. Prizes

The International Jury will select the best programmes for Prizes from those in competition.

Jury Prize

Awarded by the International Jury, this prize will honour the film which has been judged best overall in competition.

Special Prize for Innovation

The Jury may award a special prize for the programme, which in the opinion of the Jury, has been the most innovative.

Audience Prize

At the conclusion of the screenings, each member of the audience will be invited to vote for the best film. The vote will be by secret ballot.

In addition to these prizes, the Jury reserves the right to award a special commendation to a film of its choice.


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