15th Annual

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives

June 07, 2019 to June 17, 2019


Fiction Films


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 10, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
January 21, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Late Deadline
February 25, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
WAB Extended Deadline
March 18, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Final Deadline
March 25, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 95.00 90.00

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

Category Details

Approximately May 6, 2019

Features: minimum 50 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2018

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
Media Files
  Other - Digital

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.

Audience Award | Biografilm Festival
Audience award for the films selected in Biografilm Europa

Category Rules

Are accepted fiction films, Italian and international, receiving their Italian premiere with a minimum length of 50 minutes, completed after the 1st of January 2018.

It is at the absolute discretion of the Artistic Direction of the Festival, and only in exceptional cases, that films which do not adhere to the above mentioned guidelines will be accepted.

More than one film can be submitted by the same person. The inscription fee is required for each film submitted and must be paid by the methods indicated via the WITHOUTABOX portal.

Inscription is only deemed valid once it is confirmed that the rules and regulations of the call have been adhered to, the link for the screener uploaded, all of the requested information provided and the subscription fee paid via the online portal WITHOUTABOX.
When loading a screener to WITHOUTABOX, VIMEO links are preferred.
All films which apply to the call which have dialogue in languages which are not English or Italian must by uploaded with English subtitles.
DVDs will be accepted, but they cannot substitute in any form an online link.
Unfortunately, the Festival is unable to return DVDs.

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

Biografilm reserves the right to select films for each of the main festival sections (International Competition, Biografilm Italia, Contemporary Lives, Biografilm Europa, Biografilm Art & Music) or eventual new sections which are created for the 15th edition of Biografilm. The selection of films will be made under the undisputed guidance of the Festival Direction.

Selected films will receive an official written communication with full details regarding participation. Applicants must respond to the letter accepting the invitation within five working days of receiving the mail. Selected films must be available for the entire duration of the public screenings necessary for the Festival and for one or two press and industry screenings during Biografilm.

The selected films can also be shown in other Italian cities, at the discretion of the Festival Direction, during the Biografilm Festival Tour which immediately follows the main Festival.

The programme and screening times for the public, press & industry screenings will be released at the discretion of the Programming Office and will be communicated as soon as they are available.

The Festival team will create a Festival catalogue for the public for the films presented during the festival.

For all of the films’ selected, any form of promotion after the official announcement of the programme will, by explicitly engaging the rights holders of the selected film, indicate the film’s participation at the 15th edition of Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives with the official festival logo – which will be provided by the Programming Office of the Festival.
Producers and Distributors related to films presented at Biografilm Festival are required to ensure that the official Festival logo is included in the promotional material for the film (poster, trailer, social media and web activity) and in the copy of the film for screenings, indicating the participation of the film at the Festival and, if awarded, the prize received, using the official awards graphics provided by the Programming Office of the Festival.

Selected Films will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles and for some screenings there will also be English subtitles.

For screening purposes, only the following formats are accepted. At the time of film selection, the organisation will disclose which of the following formats will be required to be sent to the Festival:
- DCP clean version
- DCP with English subtitles
- BluRay with the option of English subtitles
- Quicktime ProRes 422 HQ of the film on hdd or Aspera Faspex digital delivery (ftp or other file sending platforms such as Dropbox and WeTransfer are not accepted), textless or to be more precise: without subtitles but with the origical graphics and captions.

We kindly ask you to note that: the DCP must be strictly 24 fps and delivered with a hard disk of type CRU with EXT2/3 formatting.

The screening material of the film selected, apart from exceptional cases when authorised by the Biografilm Programming Office, must be available for the whole duration of the Festival and must arrive in Bologna, before and not after, the 6th of May 2019. Further information regarding the submission of screening materials will be sent in the official selection communication.

Selected films must send the following communication material related to the film within five working days of the official selection mail being received. Inability to respect the deadlines risks exclusion from the Festival programme (unless otherwise communicated at the discretion of the Festival):
- Spotting list
- Subtitles list in original language and English (with timecode in and out)
- Press book in English
- High res poster (.jpg or .tiff, 300 or more dpi)
- High res foto (.jpg o .tiff, 300 or more dpi with dimensions of 1000 pixels or more per side)
- Digital head shot of the director
- Biography and 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 (Vimeo link, with dedicated password which is active until the end of the Festival) with subtitles in English if the film is in any other language than English.
- Synopsis in Italian (optional for non-Italian films) and in english (max 700 characters)
- Declaration of whether the film is a debut or second film
- Information regarding the premiere status of the film
- Information regarding the film’s presence at other festivals and where relevant award status prior to Biografilm.
- Country of production / co-production (please specify the main co-producer)
- Main credits of the film (main crew and leading actors)

The link to the online screener will be used until the end of the festival for internal use. Once the film’s presence at Biografilm has been confirmed, the Communications Team reserves the right to use the online screener to present the film to certain selected journalists.
Furthermore, 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 3 consecutive minutes for promotional use both nationally and internationally.
Once the official selection invite has been accepted, a selected film cannot 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 of 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 implies the unconditional acceptance of this regulation. In unspecified cases, the final decision is at the full discretion of Biografilm Festival.
The Festival Management may take decisions on matters which are not covered by these rules and regulations.

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

Biografilm Festival | Programming Office
Via della Zecca 2, 40121 – Bologna (Italia)
E-mail: programma@biografilm.it , assistantprogrammer@biografilm.com
Tel.: +39 051 4070166