Giornate degli Autori
17th edition - Venice, 2-12 september, 2020
on the occasion of the 77. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica
The seventeenth edition of Giornate degli Autori, promoted by ANAC (The National Association of Filmmakers) and by the authors of Associazione 100autori, will take place in September 2020, during the 77. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia.
Article 2. Eligible films
With the exception of special cases, all feature films submitted to Giornate degli Autori must fulfill the following requirements:
1) only features and documentaries longer than 60 minutes are eligible;
2) films must have been produced after September 30, 2019;
3) if selected, films must be screened in DCP;
4) films already theatrically released or distributed in home video or broadcasted on television or streamed on Internet are not eligible;
5) films presented, out of their country of origin, to any International festival or major film event (except in the context of only one film market), are not eligible. Priority will be given to films in absolute world premiere;
6) European films must be World Premieres.
Article 3. Submissions
- Submissions are free of charge.
- Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 19th 2020.
- A filled Entry Form must accompany each submitted film. Please CLICK HERE
to open it.
- A link for streaming/download or, as an alternative, 3 copies of DVD or Blu-Ray screeners must be sent.
DVD or Blu-ray submitted to the pre-selection must be delivered to:
Giornate degli Autori
Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, 107 - 00185 Roma, Italy
Tel +39 06 8603111
The shipped screeners must necessarily contain (on the cover or in an attached document) the following information: film title, director's name, country of origin and duration.
- For the pre-selection, subtitles in English or Italian are compulsory, also for movies in O.V. English.
- On the pro-forma invoice required for shipments originating out of the European Union, please mention: "For cultural purpose only - Not for commercial use".
- Shipments by courier are entirely at sender's charge.
- For pre-selection, unfinished copies of films can be submitted, as long as they are final cuts. What is still missing must be clearly stated (i.e.: temporary score, no color correction, no sound mix, etc.) via e-mail, or included in the information attached to the Blu-ray/DVD copies, as well as in the Entry Form.
Giornate degli Autori won't consider further versions of the same film. The Selection Committee could ask for a possible new version of the film, if this has been included in a short-list of candidates.
Article 4. DCP for pre-selection
In case of a film submitted to pre-selection in DCP, shipments, insurance and duty fees are all at submitter's charge for both the incoming and return shipments. Address for the delivery of DCP must be agreed with Giornate degli Autori before the shipment.
Article 5. Selection and programming
Films presented to Giornate degli Autori are chosen under the responsibility of the Director, who is appointed by the Association Giornate degli Autori's board. The Director is the sole responsible of the calendar and the programming.
Article 6. Subtitles
6.1 All films selected by Giornate degli Autori must be presented in Venice in the original version with Italian subtitles on the print.
6.2 Producers agree to provide to Giornate degli Autori - within August 7th - the spotting list and a screener of the film, required for the electronic subtitling in English. This subtitling is at Giornate degli Autori charge and it is made exclusively for the Giornate degli Autori film presentation.
Article 7. Prints of selected films
With the exception of special cases, films are screened at Giornate degli Autori in DCP only, in perfect technical conditions. A quality check must be done before the delivery to Venice.
7.1 Shipping expenses
All transport costs to and from the Festival (including transport costs from Venice airport to Venice Lido and custom charges for films sent from outside the European Union), are to be borne by the participants.
7.2 Shipping Insurance
All insurance costs covering the transport of films to and from the Festival are to be borne by those presenting the films.
The organizers will provide an "all risks" insurance coverage for the DCP for the entire period. The insurance value of a film may not exceed the average laboratory cost for a standard DCP. Furthermore, all necessary measures will be taken to safeguard the author's copyright protection.
Article 8. Screeners (DVD / Blu-ray)
All screeners received for the pre-selection are not sent back by Giornate degli Autori. Exceptions can be made upon request of the sender and agreed reshipments can take place only at submitter's charge.
All required measures will be taken to safeguard the author's copyright protection. After July 31st 2020, all screeners will be destroyed by Giornate degli Autori.
Article 9. Selected films
Producers must provide for each selected film the materials required for the press conference, the official catalogue and the websites of Giornate degli Autori and of La Biennale, as well as for press and TV journalists.
In particular the following must be sent not later than July, 17th:
- film trailer or clips;
- a minimum of 5 high resolution stills of the film;
- a minimum of 1 high resolution photo of the director;
- synopsis of the film;
- bio/CV of the director;
- director's note;
All materials provided will remain available on the Giornate degli Autori web site with no time limitation and on the digital press boxes of Biennale.
Within August 7th, materials for subtitling must be provided (see #6).
We strongly suggest to contact the Press Office of the Mostra (email@example.com
) regarding the distribution of promotional materials for the press accredited.
Article 10. Dates, times and locations of the screenings
The program of Giornate degli Autori will be communicated to participants in August 2020. Dates, times and locations of the screenings may be changed by Giornate degli Autori without limitation, upon previous communication to the people concerned.
A press screening of selected films can be organized prior to the festival. No opposition by the rights owner is possible.
Article 11. Media Partners and Photocall
The directors of the selected films undertake to be interviewed during the festival by all the Media Partners of Giornate degli Autori. In addition, they accept to attend an official photocall comprising both the director and the cast of the film. A detailded schedule of these activities will be communicated before the beginning of the festival.
Article 12. Awards
The Official Awards of Giornate degli Autori are:
* the "GdA Director's Award", given by the Official Jury of Giornate degli Autori, headed by a filmmaker and composed by the participants to the program 27 Times Cinema of the European Parliament. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of € 20,000, to be split equally between the filmmaker and the film's international distributor, who agrees to use the amount received for the international promotion of the film.
* the "BNL People's Choice Award" for the films of the Official Selection, offered by BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Main Sponsor of Giornate degli Autori.
* the "Label Europa Cinemas", only for films produced and co-produced in Europe. The Label was created by a network of high-calibre European exhibitors, with the support of the EU's MEDIA Programme. It consists of a financial contribution towards distribution and promotion of the film as well as a guarantee for the winning film that it will be shown in the cinemas belonging to the network.
* All first feature films presented at Giornate degli Autori are eligible for the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award (Lion of the Future), organized and promoted by the Mostra.
* All the films participating to the Giornate are also in competition for the parallel awards, with a ceremony due to take place on the last day of the Festival.
Article 13. Additional Screenings
All films selected by Giornate degli Autori can be also screened at "Esterno Notte" event, organized by Comune di Venezia and Circuito Cinema Venezia&Mestre, "Venezia a Roma" (Venice in Rome) and "Panoramiche Milanesi" (Venice in Milan) events, organized by Agis-Anec in cooperation with the Mostra, with no exception. The producer of each film must inform the Italian right owner, if existing, and the International sales agent of this compulsory additional screening. No screening fee can be charged for these additional screenings when they represent the 4th and 5th of the five screenings allowed by FIAPF regulations to festivals.
Giornate degli Autori may be invited to hold repetition screenings elsewhere in Italy or abroad, in agreement with the right owners.
Article 14. Promotion
The producer of each film selected at Giornate degli Autori commits to include the logo of Giornate degli Autori in all promotional materials accompanying the commercial release of his film in any country (posters, trailers, theatrical prints, DVD, Blu-ray, streaming video, etc.). Giornate degli Autori logo can be required sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Article 15. Responsibilities of the organizers
Giornate degli Autori will use the information provided on the entry forms according to Reg. 2016/679/UE.
Giornate degli Autori declines any responsibility for submissions not received.
The Association Giornate degli Autori has the right to settle any and all cases not mentioned in the present regulations. It has the right to suspend, cancel or postpone the event or to modify the regulations, at any time, according to the requirements of its exploitation. No compensation of any kind can be made to the participants.
Participation to Giornate degli Autori implies the full acceptance of the aforementioned regulations.
These regulations and entry form are only valid for Giornate degli Autori selection.
Selections for other sections of the Mostra are processed by distinct entities:
- Venezia 76, Orizzonti: Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica (www.labiennale.org
THE GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI 2020
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS
Art. 1) Giornate degli Autori presents the world premieres of an international selection of feature-length films, one of which, each year, is assigned the GdA Director's Award. The award goes to the film considered to be of greatest significance in terms of its creative power and the originality of its contents and style.
Art. 2) The award consists of an expressly-designed trophy handed to the filmmaker and a cash prize of €20,000, to be split equally between the filmmaker (of the winning film) and the film's international distributor (or, in the absence of it, the majority producer), who agrees to use the amount received to promote the winning film internationally. Said amount will be deposited via wire transfer to the film rights' owners.
Art. 3) The jury that will bestow the award, at its sole discretion, on one film only (no splitting of prizes allowed) is composed of 27 young viewers, one from each European Union country, jointly selected by the European Parliament Commission on Culture and Education and Europa Cinemas (Media Programme). The jurors agree to view all the feature films selected for the competition by the Giornate degli Autori General Delegate, observe the secrecy of all the jury debates, and accept the final verdict, even if it is made by a majority of the voters and not unanimously.
Art. 4) The President of the jury is chosen from among a shortlist of the world's leading filmmakers. He or she oversees the jury's activities and is assisted by another film personality (known as the "tutor"), as well as the office staff for the jury. The jury president's choice for best film receives five votes during the final deliberations.
Art. 5) The Tutor is also selected from a shortlist of international film personalities with special qualifications regarding contemporary filmmaking. He or she assists the members of the jury and coordinates at least 3 of their discussions during the Festival. The Tutor has the right to express his or her own opinions in both the private sessions and the final deliberations open to the public, but may not vote him or herself.
Art. 6) During its preliminary sessions, the jury will devise a shortlist (maximum 3 titles) which will be discussed in the final session. If no film receives two thirds of the votes, the winning title of the 3 pre-selected will be voted by a simple majority (50% of the voters); in this case, the President's vote will count double and will be decisive.
Art. 7) The final session at which the GdA Director's Award will be assigned will be open to the public and members of the press (with no interventions allowed until the verdict is proclaimed). Moreover, the session will be live-streamed in the language used by the jury for its deliberations (English). The discussion, at which the titles in the shortlist will be reviewed, will be limited to 90 minutes and must necessarily conclude with the bestowing of the award on a single film (no splitting of the prize allowed).
Art. 8) The jury president's choice for best film will receive 5 votes during the final deliberations. If no candidate for best film receives two-thirds of the votes, a run-off vote will be held, in which a film can win with a majority (+50% of the votes). Voting by proxy is not allowed.
Art. 9) The jury will be available to discuss the outcome of the voting process immediately after the winner is announced, answering any questions asked by the press or the public.
Art. 10) The international distributor of the winning film (or the film's majority producer if there is any international sales) agrees to provide the GdA Director's Award with maximum visibility in all promotional material concerning the film, and to bring the award to the attention of the national distributors acquiring rights to the film.