1) The objective of the Five Lakes Film Festival (FSFF) is, to give the film in all its forms, as an art and as entertainment, public and support; as well as promotion in the sense of cinema as diversity, innovation, commitment, and in particular the quality.
2) Different volunteer juries, consisting of personalities from the fields film, cinema, culture, journalism and public life, all of which are neither involved in any participating productions, nor have an interest in their distribution, will choose which film will win the FIVE LAKES FILM AWARD, the FIVE LAKES DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD, THE PERSPECTIVE YOUNG CINEMA FILM AWARD, and the HORIZONTE FILM AWARD. The director of the winning film will receive the prize money.
3) Admitted to the section "Five Lakes Film Award" are international movies with participation of Germany, Austria, Switzerland or other Middle-european countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estland) and with at least 70 minutes of length, the production year not older than 2 years from the current festival and films which have not yet been officially released and evaluated in theatre or on Television.
4) Admitted to the section "Five Lakes Documentary Award" are documentaries from Middle Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estland) with at least 70 minutes of length, the production year not older than 2 years from the current festival and films which have not yet been officially released and evaluated in theatre or on Television.
5) The section "Five Lakes Short Film Award" is divided into two areas:
To the section "Golden glowworm“ are admitted feature films and documentaries with a length up to 20 minutes films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and borderline countries of the Alps region.
To the section "Short Plus“ are admitted featured films and documentaries from Germany , Austria , Switzerland and borderline countries of the Alps region with a length of 20 to 60 minutes. The winners of both areas are voted by the public.
6) The deadline for submission is April 1st of the festival year. In special cases the deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the festival management.
7) The selection of entries are set by the festival management under line of ruling competition regulations and the self-understanding of the FSFF.
8) The meetings of the juries are conducted by the “Jury Chairman” as determined by the festival director.
The awardees of each section are determined in the final jury sessions after careful deliberation and exchange by vote of the jury members and which obtained an absolute majority of votes. Should this initially not be the case, the method of the runoff ballot shall apply.
The Jury Chairmen informs the festival management about the awardees of the various sections and the awards are handed over personally at the official awards ceremony.
9) Awarded films of FSFF may and should carry in their marketing and advertising materials, the signet of FSFF with appropriate addition.