General Rules – Short Films Competition


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1 – Submission & Selection
Films are to be submitted in their original version for the selection process. Films in English do not require translation. Films in other languages, including Italian, must be subtitled in English.
Formats accepted for selection are online screeners only (at least 720p resolution)
Formats accepted for screenings are Blu-ray (region free / all regions) and Apple Pro Res 422 Files.

2 – Dispatch of screening material
After selection, the successful applicants will receive an official communication with all the relevant information regarding their participation at Terre di Cinema 2016, including the address to which the material for the screenings should be sent to.
The full cost of sending the material, including customs fees and insurance, must be borne by the producer or his authorised representatives. All shipments must be sent prepaid. Shipments sent through international courier services must clearly indicate on their waybill that all costs for duties and taxes are to be billed to the sender. Please note, that any charges for shipping incurred by the Festival will be invoiced back to the sender with an additional € 25 administrative charges.
All shipments from outside the European Single Market must get customs clearance before being imported to Italy. For this purpose all shipments sent by courier from outside the EU must have three copies of proper customs documentation, containing all the necessary information (i.e.: proforma/commercial invoice), attached on the outside of the package together with the courier’s waybill.
If you are shipping via international post, a customs declaration label must be affixed to the outside of the package instead.
Shipments sent without proper customs documentation can be withheld by customs and subjected to an ex post customs clearance, which may lead to additional costs that must be met by the consignor.
Blu-rays should be marked as “Sample” and with the following declaration: “For cultural purposes only. No commercial value”. Their declared value for customs should not exceed € 10.

3 – Warranty
Terre di Cinema expressly notes that the online screening of films involves risks. In particular, these include the risks of illegal transfer and illegal copying of films, as well as other forms of illegal access, abuse and manipulation of data.
Terre di Cinema makes reasonable efforts to minimise these risks. Our staff and authorised third parties receive access to the film only if they have previously submitted a formal statement to obey the Terre di Cinema screening policy, which defines the type and extent of binding safety measures to be taken in order to protect the film. However, this does not give rise to any duty on the part of Terre di Cinema to assume liability for third-party conduct.

4 – Storage of film
Terre di Cinema will bear the costs for the storage and insurance of film media for the period during which such media is within its area of responsibility. In the event a medium is damaged or gets lost during selection or during the Festival itself, the Festival’s liability is limited to the costs for replacement of the damaged component, for instance, the cost of the data carrier/hard disk). The corresponding damage report and/or compensation claim must be received by the Festival within 14 days after return shipment of the medium.

5- Return of Screening Material
Provided the entry fees have been paid, all the media formats submitted to Terre di Cinema for the public screenings will be returned according to the owner’s instructions.
All transportation costs are the responsibility of the owner.
Requests for return of material can be made to within two months after the Festival.
Upon explicit demand, the Festival may also destroy the submitted material. In this case it is similarly necessary to send the respective instruction to within two months after the festival.
After this period all unfinished versions of films will be deleted and the remaining media will be archived in the reference collections of Associazione Terre di Cinema for the sole purpose of onsite documentation and research – excluding any loan or public presentation, in order to protect the interests of the filmmakers and the producers.

6 – Entry fees & procedures
Films will only be considered for selection after the entry fee is received. The fee for submitting a short film is 6 €.
The following documents:
an online screener link (720p resolution minimum)
a synopsis (max 2000 words)
Director & Cinematographer short biographies (max 2000 words each)
technical note including: Main cast and HoD’s credits, shooting format, aspect ratio, camera specs
evidence of the Paypal Entry Fee payment
must be sent to within the deadline of 15 April 2016.

Alternatively you can submit your film through Movibeta.

7 – Means of Payment
Payment of the entry fee is to be effected by Paypal during the online submission to the following account: or through Movibeta.

8 – Programming
Programming is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director and his decision is final and irrevocable. Each short film may be screened up to three times during the Festival.

9 – Participants’ obligations
No film selected may be withdrawn from the Festival programme within 45 days before the start of the Festival. During the Festival no film selected may be screened outside the Festival venues before its official presentation at the Festival.
Participation in the Festival requires the unconditional adherence to its regulations as set out here. Producers, distributors or other organisations submitting a film must ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival.
The Festival Director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these regulations.

10 – Awards
A Jury, consisting of at least three international personalities is appointed by the Festival Director to award:
Iris Award for Best Young Director – 500 € worth vouchers for technical equipment
Iris Award for Best Young Cinematographer – 500 € worth vouchers for technical equipment
The Festival Director reserves the right to add more prizes and awards to the main competition that will be officially communicated before the deadline of April 15 2016.