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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives is the only international event entirely dedicated to the promotion and support of life stories through documentaries and fiction films. The aim of the Festival is to present, promote and appreciate cinema which is focussed on life stories and experiences, little and big stories which have influenced and shaped the world.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Since 2005 Biografilm Festival, which is directed by the cinema critic Andrea Romeo, has brought to Italy the best international documentaries and fiction films. The Festival hosts filmmakers, directors, producers, artists, musicians and the leading figures of international contemporary culture.
The Festival takes place across central Bologna (Italy) in various locations, including the Cineteca with the two screens at Cinema Lumière and also four other cinemas in the city centre: Cinema Arlecchino (Biografilm Hera Theatre), Pop Up Cinema Jolly, Pop Up Cinema Medica Palace and Cinema Europa. Also during the same period the Parco del Cavaticcio (Biografilm Park) offers a rich and dense programme of events and concerts open to the public, rendering it not just a food and drink area but also a space which offers afternoon activities for babies and children. Biografilm Park runs for 22 days.
The musical programme of Biografilm Park, organised in collaboration with Lokomotiv Club, is renowned for the presence of the best independent and alternative Italian bands (but also international groups), becoming the hub for the Bologna musical summer. Musical events are accompanied by the best local, national and international gastro cooking in the Biografilm Food District (more than 20 stalls made up of pop-up restaurants and bars).
Furthermore, during the period of the Festival, Biografilm organises Bio To B | Doc & Biopic Business Meeting, an event dedicated to business to business networking for international cinema professionals. BioToB has the main objective of promoting and supporting European productions of documentaries and film biopics (Bologna, 14th – 16th June 2019).
Also within the programme there is an important educational programme: Biografilm School which is dedicated to young people under the age of 25. This initiative has theorhetical and practical sessions led by cinema professionals who are attending Biografilm.
For more detailed information on the nature of the festival and its programme, previous festival programmes, news on the next edition of the festival and the activity which Biografilm runs all year-round it is advised to visit the Festival’s site: www.biografilm.it
The rich cinema programme divides itself between various themed sections, tributes and retrospectives dedicated to unforgettable figures, who with their personal contribution have had the ability to change our vision of the world.
The main festival sections are: International Competition, Biografilm Italia, Contemporary Lives, Biografilm Europe, Biografilm Art & Music.
Any international and Italian documentary films, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2018.
The films selected for International Competition will be competing for the following prizes:
Best Film Unipol Award | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best film, the Life Tales Award | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best life story, the Hera Award “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best debut film and the Audience Award | Biografilm Festival awarded by the public.
Documentary films of Italian production and co-production, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2018.
The films selected for Biografilm Italia will be competing for the following prizes: Best Film Award | Biografilm Italia the jury’s prize for the best film, Life Tales Award | Biografilm Italia the jury’s prize for the best life story, Hera Award “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best debut film and the Audience Award | Biografilm Italia awarded by the public.
This section invites the audience to reflect on questions, themes and debates of modern day society. Any International and Italian documentary films discussing current global themes, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2018 are valid. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Contemporary Lives.
Biografilm Festival dedicates this section to the best of European cinema.
Fiction films, of European production or co-production inspired by life stories, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2018 will be considered. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Europa.
BIOGRAFILM ART & MUSIC
Any Italian and international, documentary and fiction films, of a minimum running time of 50 minutes, completed after the first of January 2018, with an Italian premiere will be considered. Films will discuss themes and people linked to music and art in all of its forms: from theatre to poetry, from comics to critics, from painting to performance. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Art & Music.
The Direction of the festival will select two international juries, composed of noted figures from cinema and culture: International Competition and Biografilm Italia.
Aside from aforementioned prizes and juries, the Biografilm Festival programming team reserves the right to add additional awards and juries prior to the 15th edition of the Festival.
Biografilm Festival has earned the continuous support of numerous international personalities, culturally respected figures, who are appreciated on a humanistic level and are also part of the Honorary Board of Biografilm Festival. A few noted members of the Honorary Board include: Patricio Guzman, Matteo Garrone, Giuliano Montaldo, Joshua Oppenheimer, Hussain Currinbhoy, Amy Adams, Jaco Van Dormael, Clint Eastwood, Charlie Kaufman, Ed Lachman, Leonard Maltin, Michael Palin, Don Alan Pennebaker, Ulrich Seidl, Gianfranco Rosi, Julien Temple, Gianni Minà, Cass Warner, Jeremiah Zagar and Rebekah Maysles.
These figures are also noted for their appreciated support of the Festival: Elio Fiorucci, Margherita Hack, Judith Malina, Mario Monicelli, Diane Disney Miller, Jimi Mirikitani, Bert Stern, Saverio Tutino, Michael White and Saul Zaentz.
Organised by the Associazione Fanatic About Festivals.
Artistic Director Andrea Romeo.
Andrea Romeo (Artistic Director)
Please read the full Terms and Conditions before submitting.
An Italian version of the call can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.biografilmfestival.com/guest/BandoBIOGRAFILM2019_it.pdf
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Tel.: +39 051 4070166