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17-Apr-2014 12:02am PDT  

 

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives

10 Annual June 06, 2014 to June 16, 2014

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Biopic
Fiction narrative features based on true stories ad life tales.

This category is part of the Biografilm Festival Official Selection and it is judged by an international Jury and the audience of the festival.

It includes a selection of 10 International feature length films.

Narrative Feature
Biographies or life tales. Narrative fiction features, not necessarily based on true stories, which describe a period of time or the whole life of one or more characters.

This category is part of the Biografilm Festival Official Selection and it is judged by an international Jury and the audience of the festival.

It includes a selection of 10 International feature length films.
Documentary Feature
Biographies and life tales.

This category is part of the Biografilm Festival Official Selection and it is judged by an international Jury and the audience of the festival.

It includes a selection of 10 International feature length films.

Contemporary Lives
We select great italian premieres, never been distributed in Italy, that shows thematics that would encompass and deal with the Contemporary scenario, including:

- fiction and documentaries starting from 50 minutes length.
This section includes 10 to 15 films.

Biografilm Festival presents a selection of 15 great premieres in the section titled “Contemporary Lives”, section that aim to reflect tensions, questions and thematics proper of the contemporary society.

In 2013 Contemporary Lives had the priviledge to host important Italian premieres such as “Searching for Sugar Man", "The Gatekeepers", "Big Easy Express”, “Detropia”, “The House I Live In”, “The Queen of Versailles”.
Building The Future
Documentaries and films of any length expanding reflections around best practices towards contemporary issues and thematics. The films should explore the following thematic sections:

- Migration and Cultural Identity
- Multiculturalism and social cooperation
- New ways and strategies to face the contemporary tensions and challenges of our daily life

In the past editions this section had the pleasure to host the following documentaries, among the others, "Urbanized" by Gary Hustwit, "Confessions of an eco-terrorist", "Surviving Progress", "Critical Mass", "LoveMEATender" and "Sushi The Global Catch".
Biografilm Italia
Biographical documentaries and narrative features based on true stories and life tales. Short films and full length movies. Italian filmmakers can submit their films to this special category.
The premiere status is kindly requested but not strictly required.

Documentari biografici, fiction basate su biografie e racconti di vita. Corti e lungometraggi. I registi italiani possono iscrivere le proprie opere in questa speciale categoria.
Si accettano preferibilmente anteprime.
Shorts
Short films up to 20 minutes length.
Biographies and life tales exploring and expanding the followig topic: "Good ideas/Good memories : positive attitudes towards life".



MISSION & OBJECTIVE
"Biografilm Festival - International Celebration of Lives" is the first event entirely devoted to biographies and life tales. The aim of the Festival is to find and to show life paths and experiences, big and small stories that influenced and determined the world's history.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Since its foundation in 2005, thanks to the cultural profile of the extremely rich programme and the consistency of the inspiring theme, Biografilm Festival achieved a critical success and an enthusiastic audience response. Over 55,000 people attended the ninth edition of Biografilm Festival for 11 days, with more than 100 screenings, 4 venues, 200 events and 100 international guests.

During the eleven days, Biografilm has had the pleasure to host a continuosly growing community of filmmakers, actors, producers, screenwriters, distributors sharing their passion and expertise in creating both visual and literary biographies and life tales.

Biografilm Festival showcases, within a wide and articulated programme, a selection of recent feature and short films, both fictional narratives and documentaries. The Festival also promotes tributes to directors and artists who, with their work, have contributed to the development of the biographic genre, and schedules national and international premieres of brand new films, along with related special events, thematic programmes, panels and retrospectives.

Biografilm Festival featured important tributes to Charlie Kaufman, Ed Lachman, Ron Mann, Julien Temple, Donn Alan Pennebaker, Peter Whitehead and the 2013 Golden Lion winner Gianfranco Rosi and had the pleasure to present to the Italian audience important national premieres such as “Searching for Sugar Man”, “The Act of Killing”, “The Gatekeepers” , “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”, “La Maison de la Radio”, “Propaganda”, “Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington”, “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters”, “Rebellion”, “Marina ABramovic the Artist is Present” , “The Dictator”.

Biografilm Festival presents a selection of 15 great premieres in the section titled “Contemporary Lives”, section that aims to reflect tensions, questions and thematics proper of the contemporary society and its life stories. Traditionally, the section “Contemporary Lives” (previously called “Biografilm 2011”) has featured relevant feature-films such as “Ai Weiwei Never Sorry” by Alison Klayman, 2th & Delaware” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, “Reagan” by Eugene Jarecki, “Synecdoche New York” and “Tarnation” by Jonathan Caouette and in 2012 Contemporary Lives had the priviledge to host important Italian premieres such as “Big Easy Express”, “Detropia”, “The House I Live In”, “The Queen of Versailles”.

Moreover, Biografilm Festival has always pursued an additional attention to including Academy Award winners. In 2013 Biografilm Festival opened the festival with the Best Documentary winner “Searching for Sugar Man”, while the previous years the Festival hosted the 2012 Best Documentary Academy Award winner “Undefeated”, “The Cove” by Louise Psyhoyos, “Inside Job” by Charles Ferguson, and Academy Award nominees such as “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, “Recycled Life” by Leslie Iwerks amd “Waste Land” by Lucy Walker, among the others.

Throughout the previous nine editions, Biografilm Festival has always dedicated wide visibility and attention to the international selection of films, in particular the American film production; in 2013 we received more than 400 films from seventeen different countries. Moreover, Biografilm Festival always pays great attention to the following film festivals: Telluride, HotDocs, Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW Festival.

Biografilm Festival has always committed itself in order to create a strong bridge between the films selected and the main Italian buyers and sellers. Thanks to this collaboration with the main leaders in the Italian theatrical and home-video distribution, many movies presented at Biografilm Festival have been bought by Italian distributors as well as by TV channels.
For the 2014 edition, the films selected for the Official Selection - Competition will be presented to a list of the 10 most important Italian distributors.


Biografilm has a wide press coverage both on national newspapers, magazines and national tv. For a complete press and tv review please visit our website (http://www.biografilm.it/2013/area_stampa/) and our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/BiografilmFestival).
Our press office is committed to get a wider coverage on national and international newspapers and magazines of the films programmed.


THE JURY

Each year Biografilm Festival hosts a prestigious international jury which is composed by internationally renowned documentary filmmakers, producers, actors, journalists, scholars and film critics. The Jury awards, with the Best Life Award, the most breathtaking life tale of the Official Selection, and the Lancia Award, aimed to the best film of the competition. The 2013 Biografilm Festival jury members: Ed Lachman, Alison Klayman, Paola Pallottino, Filippo Vendemmiati, Jane Weiner.

The awards for the 2013 Biografilm Festival edition:

Lancia Award | Biografilm Festival 2013
The Act Of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer

Richard Leacock Award | Biografilm Festival 2013 for the Best First Feature Film
For No Good Reason by Charlie Paul

Best Life Award | Biografilm Festival 2013 for the Best Biographical Tale
Alias Ruby Blade di Alex Mellier

Special Mention by the President of the International Jury
Propaganda di Slavko Martinov

Unipol Award | Biografilm Festival Italia 2013
Zero a Zero di Paolo Geremei


EXHIBITION TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

For exhibition purposes, we kindly require the following formats:
> DVD
> Blu-ray
> DCP
> MPEG4
> Apple Pro Res

It is also strictly requested, after acceptance for exhibition, a timecoded dialogue list.



HONORARY BOARD

Biografilm Festival has gathered a continuous consensus and support from many influential international personalities throughout the years, that are now part of Biografilm Festival Honorary Board. Among the others: Amy Adams, Robert Brinkmann, Clint Eastwood, Charlie Kaufman, Ed Lachman, Leonard Maltin, Ron Mann, Michael Palin, Don Alan Pennebaker, John Scheinfield, Spiros Stathoulpoulos, Julien Temple, Jaco Van Dormael, Cass Warner, Jeremiah Zagar.


ORGANIZERS
Andrea Romeo, Emanuela Ceddia, Monica Ghisleri; Chiara Liberti (programming office).



ORGANIZERS
Andrea Romeo ; Andrea Romeo (Artistic Director) ; Chiara Liberti (Programming Office)

GENERAL RULES
The Festival will only accept films produced between 2013 and 2014, which have never been distributed in Italy nor seen on Italian TV.

DVDs will be accepted for preview screening.

More than one entry may be submitted.

The following material is required for each entry selected: 1 Italian and/or English subtitles list, synopsis and bio/filmography of the director for catalogue purposes, 4 images (min. 300 dpi).

Entries sent for selection will not be returned

ORGANIZERS
Andrea Romeo ; Andrea Romeo (Artistic Director) ; Chiara Liberti (Programming Office)

GENERAL RULES
The Festival will only accept films produced between 2013 and 2014, which have never been distributed in Italy nor seen on Italian TV.

DVDs will be accepted for preview screening.

More than one entry may be submitted.

The following material is required for each entry selected: 1 Italian and/or English subtitles list, synopsis and bio/filmography of the director for catalogue purposes, 4 images (min. 300 dpi).

Entries sent for selection will not be returned.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Submission to the Festival implies acceptance of the Festival Rules. Biografilm Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Biografilm Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.