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Deadline 1 October 2018: Film Competition "Why TU Dortmund University"

Dortmund and the university have a lot to offer international students - show us from your own perspective in a short film why, and you could win prize money of up to €500! The deadline for entries is 1 October 2018.

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Be original and creative and transform this topic into your own short film. You may choose your own subject and approach for the film, and there are only two conditions: the film may not exceed two minutes (plus film credits) and the language used should be English.


Some ideas for getting started (but not required!):

  • Find an aspect that corresponds to the task and make it a central theme.
  • Choose a format - a report, a documentary, a short film, or…
  • Find a unique perspective and edit your film in an original way.
  • Come up with an imaginary target audience – e.g. a student from abroad who has never heard of TU Dortmund University.
  • Use the International Office’s websites targeted at international degree-seeking and/or exchange students to research data and facts.
  • Participate in events for international students, e.g. the Second Mondays in the IBZ or the orientation events for international students at the start of the semester to film scenes or get ideas.
Technology  |  Have a look at the ITMC’s rental service to find filming devices that you can check out. You may of course also use your own mobile device or digital camera.
Language  |  Please film in English. Other languages may also be used, but the film should be understood by a non-German-speaking audience.
Background Music   |  Be careful to only use royalty-free (please see the “Teilnahmebedingungen”)!
Format  |  Your film may be submitted on a DVD or a memory stick (the memory stick can be returned after the competition). Please use the MP4 file format. Do not forget to write your name and e-mail address on the device and/or the case. You may also turn in a written explanation or commentary about your film if you like (max. 1 A4 page).
Participants  |  Only registered students at TU Dortmund University who are amateur film producers may participate. You may also work together in a team and turn in one joint film.
Prize  |  Prizes totaling €1,000 € will be awarded (€500 for 1st, €300 for 2nd and €200 for 3rd place).



Download the entry form and the conditions for participation (“Teilnahmebedingungen”)  here. The conditions are only available in German. If you have any questions regarding them, please come by Laura Hope’s office hours.

Send your entry form, any written explanations, and your film on a DVD or memory stick to

          Referat Internationales/International Office

          Code: Filmwettbewerb

          Emil-Figge-Straße 61

          44227 Dortmund

Or hand in your DVD or memory stick and documents personally at the reception desk (hours of operation here). Entries can be left in the International Office’s mailbox in front of the building Emil-Figge-Str. 61 up until midnight on 1 October 2018.


Deadline  |  Please send your entry by 1 October 2018.
Notification  |  A selection committee will choose the winners by 31 October 2018. A selection of videos will be shown during the International Week (5 to 9 November 2018). The winners will be honored at the International Reception on 6 November 2018.


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Laura Hope