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REGISTER YOUR FILM & GET IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Shoutout to independent & student filmmakers!
Worked tirelessly on your short film?
Don’t know where to begin with distribution?
Hoped your film will get noticed by the industry, yet your phone is not ringing?
Don’t give up – go to the light!
Professionals can now view your film online and contact you directly.
T-Port is a nonprofit online platform aimed at promoting emerging talents
and facilitating the distribution of short films amongst the professional industry.
Got a short to upload?
What do I get for registering my film?
More than 1500 professionals within our community receive access to your film and can contact you directly. Including A-list festival programmers, sales agents, distributors, producers and buyers.
Personalized film page & profile
A unique page you can edit, share and use as a useful tool to promote your work.
T-Port films are only accessible to professionals and protected with the most advanced SSL encryption protocol technologies available.
The platform's intuitive interface allows direct communication between filmmakers and professionals - no further fees involved!
We provide opportunities to promote your film thanks to over 15 collaborations with leading institutions and festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, ARTE, Clermont-Ferrand Market, Les Arcs Film Festival, Torino Short Film Market.
Nomination for T-Port Selection
Films uploaded to T-Port are automatically submitted for the consideration of T-Port Selection – a curated section of the website that will be promoted to our professionals.
So… who can submit?
Independent filmmakers, film students or just about anyone with a short film!
Which films will be accepted?
Films that have been produced after January 1, 2019, from any genre, or theme and do not exceed 35 minutes.
See regulations for more details.
How does it work?
You Sign up & register your film
We bring the professionals.
They watch it. They contact you.
Upload fee per film: €12
Deadline: March 1, 2019
T-Port is held with the support of Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union.
Got a question? See our FAQ below or contact us:
Yes. If your film fills all of our requirements, the film will be immediately uploaded to T-Port upon registration.
Your film will be showcased in our online market. Once you have signed up and uploaded your film, you will receive your own personal film page and profile that you are also able to share outside of T-Port (see Can I share my film with individuals who are not T-Port members?). Additionally, every film is also eligible for the consideration of T-Port Selection – a section of the website curated by our guest leading programmers that will receive additional promotion (see What it is T-Port Selection?).
No. Having your film on T-Port is not considered as a public screening as we restrict viewing access to industry professionals only and so, this should not compromise your chances in taking part in other festivals with the film. This is similar to having a private link, but simultaneously allows professionals who haven’t been exposed to the film yet to access it when they wouldn’t otherwise.
Our online community includes more than 1500 film industry professionals who receive regular updates through our newsletters and social media platforms, informing them of new films uploads, recommendations, etc.
We use innovative technological infrastructure – advanced search tools, customized recommendations, and more – to help professionals find exactly what they are looking for. If your film gets chosen for T-Port Selection, you will receive even more exposure and further opportunities for your film (see What it is T-Port Selection?).
For you, this means your film details need to be as informative, accurate and as up to date as possible; in particular, this includes details about festivals, awards, and other programs your film is currently or has taken part in. Films that are currently being screened at top festivals will be showcased on the ‘Festival Spotlight’ of the website.
Our work continues offline too. We regularly attend major film festivals around the world such as Cannes, Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand, where we hold a variety of events, panels and one to one meetings in order to maximize opportunities for your film.
We also have partnerships with leading institutions such as the Les Arcs Talent Village and the Torino Short Film Market so that we can provide our filmmakers with exclusive opportunities to promote your films.
In recent years we have also attended POFF ,Go Short, Winterthur, Festival de Nouveau Cinéma, Watersprite, to name but a few.
Since launching, T-Port has established itself as a leading platform for industry professionals around the world. It has proved itself as a useful tool for festivals and many other film establishments who are scouting for films, producers who are looking for the ‘next talent’, or distributors interested in purchasing films.
Only verified Industry professionals and our selection team. Additionally, you can share the film with anyone outside of the platform that you wish to by using our ‘share’ feature (see ‘Can I share my film with individuals who are not T-Port members?’).
In general, individuals and company representatives who are involved professionally with the global film industry for the purpose of promotion and distribution of films. This includes, but is not limited to, festival programmers and executives, sales agents, buyers, distributors, producers,and film school executives.
All users go through a process of examination to verify their professional background and details. Filmmakers can only watch their own films and do not have access to view other filmmakers’ films.
Every film that is uploaded to our platform is protected using the most advanced SSL encryption protocol technologies and is stored in a secure server that can only be accessed by registered T-Port users, only on T-Port. Additionally, films are not downloadable and can only be accessed via streaming.
Absolutely not. T-Port is only allowed to stream the films online on T-Port and to use part of the film for promotional purposes. We will not publicly or commercially screen a film without consent of the owners of the films. For more details see our Regulations.
When an industry professional is interested in your film, they may choose to contact you. Any contact made will be received as a message sent directly to the email address that you signed up with. We do not intervene in that process, it is the filmmaker’s responsibility and choice to handle it as s/he sees fit. If an industry professional approaches you with a proposal that is not currently relevant to you, we do still encourage you to respond in order to maintain contact for any potential future propositions.
Yes. T-Port aims to showcase the latest films being made and so is updated regularly. Your film will remain on T-Port for two years. If your film is selected as part of T-Port selection it will be featured there for one year (see What is T-Port Selection?).
T-Port Selection are featured films on the website that are curated by leading professionals and receive further promotion amongst our industry professionals. This is based on a pre-selection process. Our pre-selection team views and evaluates every film that is uploaded to T-Port. T-Port Selection will be announced in April.
Yes you can! We even encourage it. You can share your film, along with your personal profile (including your filmography, pictures, items from the press and more) to individuals who aren’t T-Port members. We recommend that you do so as it is an effective way to promote your work within the industry.
Yes. Each film registration costs €12.
T-Port is a non-profit organization which means that the fees contribute towards the upkeep of our service.
Every filmmaker can register up to ten films per call. However, please note that the fee is per each film registration.
Yes. To upload your film to T-Port Lighthouse, log in and then go to ‘My Films’.
Films that have been produced no earlier than January 2019 from any genre or theme. Films cannot exceed 35 minutes in length. See regulations for more details.
Yes! Submissions are open to students and independent filmmakers, as long as you own the rights for the film or have obtained the appropriate approvals (for more info see our regulations). As we also work with film schools worldwide, we suggest checking if your school is a T-Port member. If it is, we recommend that you contact your film school first regarding your film upload.
No. T-Port aims to facilitate connections between you and industry professionals only. Therefore we restrict access to films to industry professionals only (see ‘Who do we consider to be an ‘industry professional’?).