BERLIN — Organizers of the 2021 PornFilmFestival Berlin and Berlin-based independent production company Vitium have announced a call for entries for a new festival category, titled "Sex Tape," in response to what a rep described as "an overwhelming amount of DIY content being created by amateurs and professionals at home in the past year."
A judging panel will include Sean Ford, Rebecca More of the Cock Destroyers, Billy Vega and reigning XBIZ "Gay Performer of the Year" Max Konnor.
"The evolution of XXX content and what that even means will surely be evolving to a space that’s more and more about entertainment and escapism in addition to getting off," director and Vitium co-founder Matt Lambert told XBIZ about the formation of the new category. "From innovative XXX dance films to greater representation than ever before, the XXX space is rapidly evolving — in large part due to the democratization of the creation and distribution process. We wanted to shine a light on this work and see what the next step of ‘home content’ is."
Mainstream artists Juliana Huxtable and Jordan Firstman will also serve on the selection committee.
"Jordan and Juliana are both people who intrinsically understand sex and sexuality in a digital space — their identities are intertwined with it and have both been pioneers, respectively," said Lambert. "XXX content is culture and everyone consumes it."
Films submitted for consideration must have been created in 2020 or '21 and run between 3-10 minutes. The deadline is April 30. The festival will unspool October 26-31.
"The 'Sex Tape' category celebrates first-time filmmakers, self-shot films by pros and people who are generally pushing boundaries in the world of OnlyFans and similar platforms," a rep explained.
"The winning filmmaker will receive a cash tip of €500 as well as mentorship from the Vitium team on their next XXX film project," noted the rep.
Click here for complete submission rules.
Vitium was formed by Lambert and producer Jannis Birsner. Lambert's recent short film "Pleasure Park," a collaboration between Men.com and the Tom of Finland Foundation, was included in "Tom of Finland: Master Cut," a 2021 XBIZ Awards nominee for "Gay Movie of the Year."
The filmmaker's first foray into adult was 2018's "Flower," a collab with Helix Studios.