The tournament started on December 1st, 2019. This is how it works:
- Round 1: 32 countries will be divided into 8 groups of 4 countries. #1 and #2 from each group proceed. Each match lasts for 4 weeks. Matches overlap 1.5 weeks.
- Round 2, quarter finals, semi finals and final: Countries compete one on one. Winner proceeds.
- Each match lasts for 2 weeks. Matches overlap 0.5 weeks
There are few restrictions:
- The film must have <1000 checks on iCM.
- The film must be no longer than 3 hours.
- You may only use 1 film per director throughout the entire tournament.
Voters are obliged to watch all four films from a specific group in order to vote by a ranking system (1-4). The countries that end at 1st and 2nd place proceed to the next round. The ranking of the match will be decided using these rules:
- Ranked by lowest average case of a tie between two movies, head-to-head determines the winner (how many people thought A>B and how many thought B>A).
- In case there’s still a tie after the previous rule or there is a tie between three or four movies, most #1-votes determines the winner.
- Still a tie? Fewest #4-votes determines the winner.
- Still a tie? The match will have a 3 day extension (except when the tie is only between #3 and #4).
GROUP A: 1. Estonia 70-35, 2. Iran 63-42, 3. England 49-56, 4. Canada 28-77
GROUP B: 1. Senegal 67-20, 2. Italy 42-45, 3. Slovenia 37-50, 4. Taiwan 28-59
GROUP C: 1. Russia 51-33, 2. Cuba 47-37, 3. Iceland 39-45, 4. Albania 31-53
GROUP D: 1. Tajikistan 36-24, 2. Australia 35-25, 3. Portugal 28-32, 4. Hungary 21-39 (ongoing)
GROUP E: 1. France 7-2, 2. Georgia 6-3, 3. Mexico 5-4, 4. Czechia 0-6 (ongoing)
GROUP F: Brazil, Greece, Japan, Poland
GROUP G: Germany, Pakistan, Ukraine, USA
GROUP H: China, India, Spain, Sweden