An Overview of the Submission Process
Every year, television producers around the world are invited to submit programs to the National Selection Committee comprised of broadcast professionals from their country. These committees are led by INPUT's National Coordinators(NC)—respected television-makers representing each country or region involved in INPUT. The recommended programs are then sent to an International Selection Committee, who for ten days each February reviews the hundreds of submissions, choosing the best 80-100 programs to screen at the upcoming INPUT conference.
Call for Entries
INPUT selectors look for programs that:
- are innovative, original, unusual, controversial, courageous or experimental in form and content
- go beyond conventional programmatic formulas in order to find new ways to reach the public
- serve the public interest by addressing the viewer as a citizen, not as a consumer
- will stimulate debate and discussion during the conference
How Programs Are Selected
There are two stages of the INPUT selection process: national pre-selection and final international selection.
In countries where INPUT has a National Coordinator (NC), the NC organizes a pre-selection process. Submissions from all other countries (where no NC is designated) are handled by INPUT's International Program Coordinator, Sergio Borelli. Mr. Borelli is also one of the founders of INPUT.
About 2000 programs are considered each year during the pre-selection process.
Of those initial 2000, some 350 or 400 programs are sent to the final International Selection, which takes place in Berlin, Germany in February. For ten days, 18 practicing professionals from all over the world (known as INPUT's Shop Stewards) screen and evaluate the entries.
Finally, about 80-100 programs are selected for the conference. The results of the International Selection are announced to producers at the beginning of March 2006 and will be posted on this website shortly thereafter.
Who is Eligible: Broadcasting stations, independent producers and public television entities are all eligible to submit programs to INPUT.
Broadcast: Programs must have aired on at least one public television station, or have a station's promise to be aired before the INPUT conference. On rare occasions, a program aired by a private station may be accepted if the program carries a substantial public interest value. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact your National Coordinator.
Production Date: Programs must have been produced after September 2004.
Genres: All programming genres will be considered.
Deadline: National Coordinators set their own schedules for national pre-selection. Contact your NC to confirm the deadline for your country.
For all countries without National Coordinators, the deadline is January 1, 2006.
Program submissions will not be accepted after the applicable deadlines.
Tapes: Two (2) VHS-PAL tapes of each program should be submitted. If a program is selected, its producer will be asked, in most cases, to provide 2 Digital Beta tapes with English subtitles for screening at the conference.
Entry Fee: There is no charge for program submissions.
Key Person: INPUT is a screening and debate conference. If the program is selected, the director or a key person closely connected to the making of the program (usually the producer) is required to attend the presentation during the conference. If the key person does not attend the conference, the program will not be screened.
How to Submit a Program
- First, review the list of National Coordinators. If you are in a country which has an NC, contact him or her to inquire about the eligibility of your program and the actual deadline for submissions.
- If you are in a country that has no NC, contact INPUT's International Program Coordinator Sergio Borelli. (His contact information can be found on the same list.)