Submission Guidelines

A drama is not necessarily more “serious” than a comedy, but the emotions of the story are meant to connect with or move the audience. The ending may be happy or sad, but the tone of the story must be sincere (i.e. it isn't making fun of the events within the story or its characters).

Having trouble determining if your story is a comedy or drama? Here are some quick “litmus” tests:

  • If your story includes special effects or sudden plot changes in order to create laughter, then it is a comedy.
  • If a character dies or disappears in your story and this creates laughter, then your story is a comedy.
  • If your story portrays strong, unironic emotions (example: students sincerely frustrated with the difficulty of learning German prepositions), then it is a drama.

Submisssion Requirements

1) MAX 10-minute video recording (staged performance or combined videos and/or monologues - be as creative as you like!) The quality of the video production is not the winning criteria, rather it is the theatrical performance of the students that merits the awards.
2) Each participant school limited to 4 entries
3) Performance must be memorized and entirely in German (at any level)
4) Completed photo/video release forms for public viewing (for accepted submissions)
5) All submissions must be subtitled to qualify for entry

Accepted submissions receive

  • Reimbursement for transportation costs up to $150
  • Refreshments and lunch at festival
  • T-shirts and plenty of swag for ALL festival day participants!
  • Prizes for Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Audience Choice Award winners!

Submission instructions

  1. Format your video as one of the following: .avi, .mov, .wmv, .mp4, .mpeg. (max size 2GB).
  2. Email the German Film & Theater Project ( to request upload instructions. Contact will send further instructions and details. All submissions must be uploaded by the deadline.

    German Film & Theater Project
    Germanic Studies
    Indiana University Global and International Studies Building #3113
    355 North Eagleson Avenue