The 22nd edition of the International Film Festival (IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA) will take place from November 8th to November 11th, 2022 in the Kysuce Region. The centre of the film festival is placed to the House of Culture in Čadca.

The IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA seeks to present and confront contemporary worldwide documentary and ethnographic film production. The international competition shall present films on topics relating to social and cultural anthropology and ethnology ranging from various expressions of traditional folk culture up to mapping lives of a modern man in the complexity of the changing world and its way of life.
The main aim of the festival:
• presenting the latest documentaries on cultural and social diversity of the human community and raising awareness on the need of its protection among the public, filmmakers, scientists, and media,
• encouraging the creation of new films, student, and non-professional production,
• contributing to the development of Slovak film production in the field of visual anthropology,
• organising professional and educational events within the festival itself with an emphasis on the involvement of the public.
IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA 2022 shall pay special attention to films dealing with the cultural diversity of the peoples of Europe, which is the basis of Europe's cultural heritage.

Competitive categories
A) professional documentary film (films of film agencies and television studios)
B) non-professional documentary film (amateur, student, cultural - educational)

Non-competitive categories
A) "From our archive" IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA
B) Slovak documentary film

a / Films can be submitted by filmmakers, producers, distributors - institutions, as well as natural persons.
b / Filmmakers, producers, distributors - institutions as well as natural persons can submit an unlimited number of films. Submission of the first film is free of charge. If submitting a higher number of films (more than 1), the submission fee has been set at 5.00 Euros. The festival organizers are not bound to pay the fees related to the screening of the film.
c / The Entrant shall fill out a free online application form available on the festival website www.etnofilm.sk and shall submit it no later than May 30th, 2022 so that the film can be registered and presented to the Selection Committee. The fee for each submitted film shall be paid no later than June 10th, 2022.
d / The films produced after January 1st, 2020 and not registered at the 21st IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA 2020 may be accepted for the current competition.
e / The Entrant declares he/she is authorized to submit the film to the competition and does not infringe any copyright and license rights. The organizer is not responsible for possible violations of law resulting from unauthorized film submission.
Films can be submitted from March 1st, 2022.
a / Electronic submission form should be duly filled out and submitted no later than May 30th, 2022.
b / The film can be submitted electronically via a video link /e.g. via VIMEO, YouTube and other video channels /, if protected, please, indicate a password.
c / A complete list of dialogues in Slovak or English language has to be uploaded via the submission form.
d / The following promotion material has to be submitted through the electronic submission form: synopsis, information about the director / filmography, 1 photograph of the director, 3 photographs from the film (poster), video trailer in the length not exceeding 2 minutes.
e / Technical requirements for film entries: video files in the recommended screening format HD 1080p, codec H264 or X264, H265, container mp4, mov, mkv.
f / Submitted films shall be used for the screening purposes during the festival. After the festival they will be saved in IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA archives for documentation purposes and eventual further non-commercial use (research, education, post-festival screenings).
g / Failure to meet the above requirements entitles the organizer not to include the film in the competition.
h / The registration of the submitted entry form with all the required attachments will be confirmed by the organizer electronically. If the Entrant does not receive the registration confirmation electronically within 7 days of submitting the form, we recommend the Entrant to contact the organizer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The admission of the registered films to the international competition of the festival is decided by the Selection Committee of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA. The members of the Selection Committee are nominated by the Preparatory Committee of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA. Each Entrant of a selected film shall be notified on the decision of the Selection Committee by e-mail no later than July 31st,2022. The results of the selection process will also be presented on the festival website: www.etnofilm.sk. The films advancing into the competition will be screened in the Kysuce Region as part of the current edition of the festival and during post-festival screenings in Slovakia. The Selection Committee is entitled not to include a film in the main competition if the technical quality or content of the film do not comply with the festival statute and its mission.
International Expert Jury of IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA appointed by the festival Preparatory Committee shall evaluate films included in the international competition and decide on awarding the prizes. The Jury consists of five members, all of them outstanding figures in filmmaking, science and culture. The Jury may award one or more honourable mentions or not to give an award. The decisions of the Jury are conclusive.
GRAND PRIX - Golden Turoň
Silver Turoň
Bronze Turoň
VIA EUROPA Award - for the best film on European cultural heritage - awarded by the Chairwoman of the Žilina Self-Governing Region
The Martin Slivka Award - for the best individual achievement of a Slovak filmmaker - awarded by the Literary Fund
Ethnologist Behind the Camera - awarded by the Ethnological Society of Slovakia
Čadca Mayor's Award - awarded by the Mayor of the Town of Čadca
The International Jury and the festival director may decide to award further prizes.
The award-winning filmmakers are entitled to mention the award in further promotion of the film.

Registrations of personal attendance at the festival should be sent electronically to the organizer's e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than September 30th, 2022.

The Entrant gives the festival organizer a full consent to use for free an excerpt, not exceeding 2 minutes, from the selected films as well as photos from the film in electronic and print media, including the festival catalogue, for promotion purposes.

The complete material required for the festival registration should be sent via the online submission form no later than May 30th, 2022. Eventual further information relevant to the organizer should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The decisions of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA Selection Committee on the films advancing to the international competition shall be announced to the respective Entrants by e-mail no later than July 31st, 2022. The list of films admitted will also be published on the festival website: www.etnofilm.sk.
Requests for personal festival attendance should be notified to the festival organizer no later than September 30th, 2022 to the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via the registration form published on www.etnofilm.sk.
Upon submitting the submission form, the Entrants express their consent to all the provisions of this Statute.
Both Slovak and English versions of this Statute are equivalent.
In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of the Statute, its Slovak wording shall prevail. Any complaints and disputes possibly arising in the process of preparation of the festival and during the festival shall finally be resolved by the Festival Director.
The Director of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA and at the same time, the Director of the Organizing Committee of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA – acts as the Head of the Festival and also the Organizing Committee which ensures organization of the festival. The Festival Director is appointed by the Director of the Kysuce Cultural Centre in Čadca.
The Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the IFF ETMFILM ČADCA – acts as the professional manager of the festival and as the Head of the Preparatory Committee of the IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA which ensures the preparation of the festival in terms of its professional level. The Chairman is appointed by the Director of the Kysuce Cultural Centre in Čadca.
The Preparatory Committee of IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA - appoints the Selection Committee, the Programme Committee, and the International Jury. It proposes the festival accompanying events and takes part in their organization.
The Organizing Committee of IFF ETNOFILM ČADCA - provides overall organization and promotion of the festival.
Main organizers of the festival:
• Kysuce Cultural Centre in Čadca
• Žilina Self-Governing Region
• Town of Čadca

Main partners (towns):
• Turzovka
• Kysucké Nové Mesto
• Krásno nad Kysucou

Co-organizers of the festival:
Slovak Film Institute, Literary Fund, Slovak National Museum, Radio and Television of Slovakia, House of Culture in Čadca, Kysuce Museum, Kysuce Cultural Foundation Bratislava, Kysuce Library in Čadca, The Ethnological Society of Slovakia.
Festival partners:
Professional organizations participating in the event, primary and secondary schools in the region, universities focusing on ethnology, partner organizations providing post-festival productions.