Your film at the HARD:LINE International Film Festival

Dear filmmaker! We would like to welcome you to the HARD:LINE Film Festival. On this page you will find all the information you need for your submission. The following menu should help you to find your way around.


The aim of the HARD:LINE Film Festival is to present extreme cinema in all its facets. The term "extreme" is often associated with a dedicated splatter aesthetic. However, in our opinion, this definition falls short. The term can also be used, for example, to describe an outstanding visual language or unusual narrative style. In order to represent the genre in its entire spectrum, we are looking for films that stand out. It doesn't matter to us whether your film is a fine pearl of independent cinema, a flawless terror film or a no-brainer. In short: we love special films.

So every year the HARD:LINE Film Festival presents some shining examples of everything extreme cinema has to offer. It's not about showing as many films as possible, but special ones!


Conceived primarily as an audience festival, our main focus is to entertain festival-goers. Instead of letting an elaborate jury decide the weal and woe of a film, we prefer to give the audience a voice. Almost all films at the festival have the opportunity to win one of our coveted audience awards. Exceptions are the opening film and the closing film. These special evenings with parties and concerts are simply about celebrating the freest of all genres!

Two awards are reserved for audience favorites: The "Golden Razor Blade" is awarded for the best feature-length film of the festival, while the "Silver Razor Blade" honors the best short film from an audience perspective. There is no prize money for either award.

Of course, we know how important it is to have your work professionally judged as well. That's why an international jury of experts decides on the awarding of the "Méliès D'Argent", which is given for the best European genre short film. The "Méliès D'Argent" is determined on behalf of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF) by each member festival in its own competition. The winners of the individual competitions then enter a final competition at the prestigious Sitges Catalonian International Fantastic Film Festival. The goal: to find the best European fantastic short film of the year.

In addition to the Méliès Short Film Competition, we are making a careful selection of international short films. Eight European short films will thus be screened in the official competition, while eight other international productions will be shown "Out of Competition".


  • Golden Razor Blade (Audience Favorite, Best Feature Film)
  • Silver Razor Blade (Audience Favorite, Best Short Film)
  • Melies D'Argent Award (Best European Short Film)

Special Selections:

  • Directors Spotlight (Three films by one director)
  • Opening film (Out of competition)
  • Closing Film (Out of competition)
  • International Short Film Highlights (Out of competition)


HARD:LINE is an annual film festival held in Regensburg with a clear focus on genre cinema. In this case, that means we devote ourselves entirely to the fringe genres of horror, thriller and sci-fi.

I. General rules

a) The film must be a genre film (horror, thriller or sci-fi).
b) The film must be fictional. We do not show documentaries.
c) English subtitles are mandatory for non-English language films.
d) Submitted films must not be older than two years.
e) Submitted films must not yet have been released in Germany.
f) The submitter must have full authority to submit the film.
g) All rights (music, based on, ...) have been fully cleared.
h) High-resolution material must be available for the screening itself (DCP, file, Blu-ray).

If a film violates these simple rules, it is automatically rejected without consultation.

II. short films (competition)

a-h) See I.
i) It must be a European production (European team, shot in Europe or financed with European funds).
j) A film must not have won a Méliès D'Argent competition at another Méliès festival. Nominations are not an exclusion criterion.
k) If a film is non-European, it cannot run in competition. Nevertheless, selection for the festival program is possible. Non-European short films will be labeled as "International Highlight".
l) All (!) selected short films can win the Audience Award (Silver Razor Blade).

III. the selection process

a) We will have screened and judged all submitted films by mid-February.
b) We will decide by then which films we want to show and contact you to clarify the legal framework.
c) The programme will be complete by the end of February. By then you will have heard from us whether your film has been selected or not. Either way: You will hear from us.

We look forward to your submission!



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