Bellaria Film Festival

Bellaria Film Festival

September 22nd | 26th

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39th Edition

Born in 1983 as a preview for the Italian independent cinema, Bellaria Film Festival boasts a prestigious curricula among Italian festivals: over the years, the list of festival’s director has included scholars, critics and curators such as Morando Morandini, Gianni Volpi, Marco Bellocchio, and Enrico Ghezzi.
Bellaria Film Festival has become one of the most authoritative Italian film event, also thanks to the participation of talents like Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Gianfranco Rosi, Pietro Marcello, Silvio Soldini, Daniele Segre, Ciprì and Maresco, Roberta Torre and many others.The very recent affirmation of the documentary as a genre, and the increase in events dedicated to it, shows that the direction taken by Bellaria Film Festival represents a clear contemporary tendency. Documentary cinema- as a mayor tool to express and witness our times – sets new styles, identifies new languages and expressive forms, connecting modern scenarios.
Art. IX of the Italian Constitution and the visual declination of its main principles, are the key values of Bellaria Film Festival: “The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific research and technique [..]. It protects the landscape and the historical and artistic heritage of the Nation”.Keeping the same sensitivity, the Festival organization intends to confirm art. IX of the Italian Constitution as the Festival theme and the objectives of enhancing and protecting the historical, artistic, cultural and environmental heritage, promoting expressive freedom and knowledge of people’s own and other’s cultures, through the use of multiple and mixed arts and languages: from music, to theater, to cinema.The festival has two main competitions: Bei Doc – for short movies, of any format, lasting no more than 90 minutes – and Bei Young Doc, for short movies realized by filmmakers younger than 30 years old.

A special mention for Equal Opportunities and the Luis Bacalov Award for the best soundtrack are also confirmed.

Awards & Prizes

The documentaries will be evaluated according to their inherence and their ability to visualize the following principles of fundamental importance for our society:
Culture promotion;
Historical and Artistic heritage enhancement;
scientific research and technological innovation;
protection and respect for the environment.
Each author will be asked to justify in the registration form the relevance of the documentary to the aforementioned principles.

Bellaria Film Festival in structured into two main competitions:

– BEI DOC
a. the competition is open to films produced after January 1, 2020
b. films may be unreleased, already presented in other festivals or distributed in cinemas,
c. minimum duration is 20 minutes. Films must not exceed 60 minutes (including titles) duration.
d. all Citizens from the 27 states of the European Union can participate.
e. films may be the result of international co-productions, national and international premieres.
f. Italian documentaries must be subtitled in English.
g. foreign-language docs must contain appropriate Italian subtitles.

– BEI YOUNG DOC
a. the competition is open to film makers who are under 30 at the time of submitting the application.
b. Unpublished films, presented in other festivals or distributed in cinemas, of a minimum duration of c. minimum duration is 20 minutes. Films must not exceed 60 minutes (including titles) duration.
d. all citizens under 30 from the 27 states of the European Union can participate.
e. films may be the result of international co-productions, world, European or national premieres.
f. Italian docs must be subtitled in English.
g. foreign-language documentaries must contain appropriate Italian subtitles.

AWARDS

* BEI DOC and BEI YOUNG DOC
The winner of Bei Doc competition will receive a prize of € 3,0000.00 + plaque, while the winner of the Bei Young Doc competition will receive a prize of € 1,000.00 + plaque.

* “Luis Bacalov” AWARD
The jury will reward a prize of € 500.00 + plaque to the film with the best soundtrack.
The work will be voted directly by the audience; consequently it is not possible to register your documentary for this award.

* “Equal Opportunities” special mention
In order to promote knowledge and awareness on equal opportunities and / or diversity issues, in 2019 the art direction introduced the mention for “equal opportunities”, dedicated to those films that place the emphasis on social issues related to, for instance, gender or disabilities.

All the rewards will be validated during the award ceremony only with the presence of at least one representative of the film. The Festival Direction has the right to cancel, vary, integrate prizes and mentions.

Films will be evaluated on the basis of their inherence and their ability to visualize the following principles of fundamental importance for our society:

• Culture promotion;
• Historical and Artistic heritage enhancement;
• scientific research and technological innovation;
• protection and respect for the environment.

Each author will be asked to justify in the registration form the relevance of the documentary to the aforementioned principles.

Annex A
To complete the registration, it is necessary to fill in and send the registration form available on the Festival website: www.bellariafilmfestival.org
Please fill in the form and send to the following e-mail address: info@bellariafilmfestival.org.

The registration can be made also by using the on-line submission website FILM FREEWAY

APPLICATION
Application will be open from Wednesday 08th April 2020 to Saturday 9th May.
To apply, each author must upload the entire film and the following additional information:
1) Film detailed technical info-sheet;
2) Film synopsis;
3) directors note;
4) filmography;
5) two images of the film in high quality;
6) a photograph of the director (in 300 dpi jpeg format);
7) trailer / short excerpt of the film (uploaded directly on FilmFreeway, or sent via link)

It is possible to load the material by following the instructions provided by the platform. In case of difficulty, please contact the Festival secretariat: info@bellariafilmfestival.org

SELECTION

The selection is an exclusive competence of the Artistic Direction, which will appoint a jury, made up of representatives of the artistic and academic world, whose decision is irrevocable.
The authors will be informed of the selection outcomes starting from 30 June 2021.

PARTICIPATION TO THE FESTIVAL

It is a condition sine qua, under penalty of exclusion from the competition, that at least one member of the cast (producer, director/actor), attend the Festival on the screening day. On this occasion, the Festival offers hospitality for only a member of the cast. Travel costs and any days of staying at the Festival are in charge of the applicants.

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