14th Annual

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives

June 08, 2018 to June 18, 2018



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
December 12, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
January 23, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
February 27, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 20, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Final Deadline
March 27, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately May 8, 2017

Features: minimum 50 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Italy

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

REGION 0    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Premio Hera “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival
for the Best First Feature Film
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Award | Biografilm Festival

Category Rules

This section invites the audience to reflect on questions, themes and debates of modern day society. A minimum of 10 documentary films, Italian and international, receiving their Italian premiere, which discuss themes connected to contemporary society and have a minimum length of 50 minutes, must be completed after the 1st of January 2016.

Applicants can submit more than one film by the same person. The inscription fee is required for each film submitted.
Inscription is deemed valid once the rules of the announcement have been adhered to, the link for the screener of the film uploaded, all of the requested information provided and the subscription fee paid via the online portal WITHOUTABOX.
Please note that WITHOUTABOX also allows Vimeo links.
All of the films which apply for the call which have dialogue in languages which are not English or Italian must by uploaded to WITHOUTABOX with English subtitles.
DVDs will be accepted, but they cannot substitute in any way an online link.
Unfortunately we are unable to return DVDs.

Biografilm reserves the right to select films for a different part of the programme than that which the film has applied.
The selected films will be sent an official written communication with all the details regarding participation, applicants must respond to the letter accepting the offer within a week of receiving the mail.
The selected films must be available for the number of public screenings necesssary for the Festival and for one or two press and industry screenings during Biografilm. The selected films will also be shown in other Italian cities during the Biografilm Festival Tour, which is immediately after the main Festival. The calendar and screening times for the public, press & industry will be released at the discretion of the Programming Office and will be communicated as soon as available.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are submitting an Italian film, the information requested during the application stage needs to be completed in Italian.

The selected films will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles and for some screenings there will also be English subtitles.

Requested formats for the screenings include:
- DCP ‘clean version’
- DCP with English subtitles
- BluRay with English subtitles available   
- Quicktime ProRes 422 HQ of the film on hdd or Aspera Faspex digital delivery (ftp or other platforms of sending the file, such as Dropbox and WeTransfer are not accepted) textless, or to be more precise: without any subtitles but with original graphics and captions.

Please note: the DCP must be in 24 fps and it is advised to have a back up hard disk such as CRU with formatting EXT2/3.
Upon receiving conformation of a film’s selection for the festival, the organisation will communicate which type of format listed above will be required for the festival.
The projection materials, apart from specific cases which have been authorised by Biografilm, must be available for the whole duration of the festival and must arrive in Bologna by the 8th May 2017.
More information and details will be shared, regarding the screening materials, with the official selection communication.

Selected films must send the following communication material for the film within five working days of the official selection mail being received and before the 10th of April 2017.

If this is not adhered to there is the risk of being excluded from the festival programme:

- Spotting list
- Subtitles list in original language and in English (with timecode in and out)
- Press book in English
- High res poster (.jpg or .tiff, 300 or more dpi)
- High res photo (.jpg or .tiff, 300 or more dpi with dimensions 1000pixels or more per side)
-  Digital head shot of the director
- Filmography of the director in English (and in Italian where available)
- High resolution trailer of maximum 3 minutes (via digital delivery)
- High resolution video clips for the TV of maximum 2 minutes (via digital delivery) 
- Screener online for internal use (link Vimeo, with a dedicated password which is active until the end of the Festival)
- Synopsis in Italian  
- Declaration of debut film or second film
- Premiere status information
- Information regarding the film’s presence at other festivals and eventually regarding award status before Biografilm.
- Country of production / co-production (please specify the main co-producer)
- Main credits of the film (Crediti principali del film - main crew and leading actors)

Once the presence of the film at Biografilm has been confirmed, the Communications Team reserves the right to use extracts of the film of a maximum of 2 consecutive minutes for promotional use both nationally and internationally.
Once the official invite has been accepted, a selected film can’t be removed from the official programme.
Biografilm Festival does not take responsability for any eventual errors or mistakes in the material sent which accompanies the film.

It is the responsibility of producers, distributors and other subjects who present the film to guarantee their authorisation to submit the film to Biografilm Festival. By submitting the film through the current call, participants declare themselves as the rights holder to the film (also for the part of other co-filmmakers who do not intend to participate), this also includes any copyrighted material included in the film.
Biografilm cannot be held responsible for the unauthorised insertion of material protected by copyright which is included in or related to the film which is to be presented.

Biografilm reserves the right to disqualify films containing any unauthorised material which is protected by copyright.
Applying for the call and participating in Biografilm Festival means accepting and adhering to all of the current rules. In non specified cases, the final decision is at the discretion of the Biografilm Festival team.

For further information you can contact the Programming Office of Biografilm Festival, who would be happy to respond to any queries: programma@biografilm.it  

Biografilm Festival 
Programming Office
Via della Zecca, 2  - 40121 - Bologna - Italy
Tel: +39 051 4070166