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19-Apr-2015 5:51am PDT  

 

MIFF Awards - Milano International Film Festival Awards

15 Annual May 07, 2015 to May 17, 2015

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Via Tertulliano, 55
Milano 20137
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Phone: +39 02 92871578
info@miff.it / programmer@miff.it
http://www.miff.it

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Feature Films
Any feature length film (minimum 60 minutes) that has not yet been theatrically released, televised or already distributed in DVD in Italy. Italian premiere not required, though.
Documentary Films
Any documentary film (no less than 30 minutes) that has not yet been theatrically released, televised or already distributed in DVD in Italy. Italian premiere not required, though.
Short Films (15 to 30 minutes)
Any short film between 15 and 30 minutes. Please review the category details page for specific information on entry requirements, Short address and press kit submissions.
Short Films (under 15 minutes)
Any short film under 15 minutes. Please review the category details page for specific information on entry requirements, Short address and press kit submissions.
Short Films (Italian)
Any short film up to 30 minutes made by an Italian production. Please review the category details page for specific information on entry requirements, Short Address and press kit submissions.
Fashion Movies
Films under 15 minutes about a Fashion Designer philosophy, expressing his mood collection and evoking atmosphere and feelings able to emotion through a story bound to the brand.
Green Screen
Any documentary or Feature film about or related to Environment or Sustainble issues (no less than 30 minutes) that has not yet been theatrically released, televised or already distributed in DVD in Italy. Italian premiere not required.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
NOT FILM-TITLES, FILM-MAKERS ARE THE STARS!
15th EDITION, MAY 7-17, 2015 - MILAN, ITALY

From its inception, MIFF successfully presented some of the best independent productions from around the world. Referring to Sundance, as a role model, MIFF was the representative International film festival in the city of Milan for about a decade. Now, with the additional component of a Film Society (Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society), the film festival was transformed with a revolutionary format, MIFF Awards; a new concept for International film events - a hybrid of the conventional film festival and the traditional award ceremony format on TV, dedicated to help the distribution of new independent films.

Founded in 2000, MIFF, now MIFF Awards, has been conceived with a steadfast mission to encourage and support the distribution of independent films that reflect the best story-telling attributes on screen from all over the world. MIFF Awards also make available to Winner films to participate to "MIFF Best" showcase at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles during AFM (American Film Market), thereby facilitating further exposure for the awarded films.

Apart from MIFF Awards’ commitment to illuminate excellent independent productions, LDV Film Society is dedicated to promoting the glamour and history of its host city of Milan, well-known as the Capital of Fashion, LDV Film Society gives the option to Fashion Designers to have a runway show during the Leonardo's Horse Awards ceremony in Milan.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
MIFF AWARDS: PROVIDING AN INTERNATIONAL HUB FOR
THE BUSINESS OF INDEPENDENT MOVIES.

MAY 7 -17, 2015 - MILAN, ITALY

Following the pattern of Sundance, with films based on a strong story-telling attributes, MIFF is distinguished as the leading international movie event of Milan. After 10 years, MIFF has introduced itself as a brand new genre in the world of international cinema events, and evolved with MIFF Awards in 2010.

MIFF Awards is an innovative twist between the traditional Film Festival and the conventional Awards Ceremony formats, and the only event in the world referring to the Academy of Motion Pictures rules with "nominations" for new and not released films, able to maintain the premiere status of the nominated films, and running an exclusive Winner filmmakers' film program in competition for a Top Audience Best Film Award at the festival.

That's the core content of the festival. This new format offers a full program of multiple public screenings for the awarded films only, with an additional Closing night held by the Grand Winner Audience Award to certificate the ultimate Winner film with the public audience and giving a great push towards the distribution market. However all Nominated filmmakers' films are exhibited privately to LDV Film Society Member only and therefore able to maintain their premiere status.

OPPORTUNITY (FOR FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY NON-ITALIAN LANGUAGE ONLY): if the film will be provided with Italian subtitles - and both English for non-English films - the fee will be waived, and returned. Please contact programmer@miff.it to know how.

For the complete rules and regulations in Italian please visit www.miff.it

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MIFF - Milan International Film Festival was founded in 2000, and changed his name in MIFF Awards, in 2010.

MIFF Awards is organized by "Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society" (LDVFS), a non-profit Italian cultural organization, holding its Fifteenth Annual International cinema exhibition in Milan, Italy in 2015 (May 7-17). Following its past editions, the Festival will highlight the art of moviemaking – the ingenuity and integrity of artistic audiovisual expression with strong story-telling attributes.

The Festival took its first step in 1999, born from the vision of its founder Andrea Galante, and made its first official appearance in a press-conference at AFM 2000.

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MIFF has been highlighted by the support of many important names in the film industry, such as George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Radford, Franco Nero, Daryl Hannah, Minnie Driver, Mark Damon, Peter Falk, Sandra Oh, Alexander Payne, Danny De Vito, Vincent Schiavelli, Pupi Avati, Pietro Scalia, Ezio Greggio, Martin Landau, Josh Hartnett, Vera Farmiga, Paul Sorvino, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Claudia Cardinale, etc.

The Festival awards its filmmakers with the Leonardo's Horse, a prestigious statuette symbolic for the city and designed by one of the most significant people of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci. Among the recipients of the Leonardo's Horse are many Oscar and Golden Globe Awardeed such as Martin Landau, Charlize Theron, Sandra Oh, Renèe Zellweger, Josh Hartnett, Peter Falk, Kristen Stewart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daniel Baldwin, Paul Reiser, Alexandra Maria Lara, Gary Sinise, Thomas R. Tognazzi, Chris Paine, Anne Walton, Pietro Scalia, John Daly, Mario Monicelli, Paul Sorvino, Claudia Cardinale and many others.

As statistics have shown, MIFF is experiencing a consistent annual increase in notable media coverage and in the size of the festival audience. Leonardo’s Horse Awarded Film have consistently been acquired by major Italian distribution companies as was the case with Lucky Number Slevin, Matching Jack, Finchè Nozze Non Ci Separino, Bubble, Becoming Chaz, Head in the Clouds, How Much Your Building Weights Mr Foster?, Girl Model, LennoNYC, etc.

ORGANIZERS
Andrea Galante (Director/Founder) ; Anna Kim (Senior Programmer) ; Naike Gualtieri ; Serena Savardi (Fashion Director) ; Tiziana Fanelli (Fashion Director)

GENERAL RULES
Film entries submitted to MIFF Awards go through the selection process by our programming committee. The selected films are then notified of their "nominated for awards" status.

The nominated films are then privately shown prior to the festival to Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society (LDVFS) Members, to determine the winner in each category. The ballot takes place online, exactly the same as Film Independent and the Spirit Awards.

A filmmaker announced as a Nominee, will be provided with one (1) hotel room to participate to the Award ceremony. In addition, for Feature and Documentary filmmaker winners in each nomination category will be offer accommodation for the Winner screenings and reimbursed one (1) basic rate Flight R/T to Milan by LDVFS organization.
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Nominee filmmakers' films are exhibited privately to LDVFS members only and therefore are able to maintain their public premiere status. In fact only the Winner Films will be screened at the festival for the Audience. This new format offers, a full program of public screenings for the awarded films, with an additional Closing night held by the Grand Winner Audience Award - ultimate Best Film Category Winner certificated by the public opinion - giving a push towards the Italian distribution market.

OPPORTUNITY (FOR FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY NON-ITALIAN LANGUAGE ONLY): if the film will be provided with Italian subtitles - and both English for non-English films - the fee will be waived, and returned. Please contact programmer@miff.it to know how.

Per il regolamento in Italiano si prega di consultare il sito www.miff.it

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Each Category has specific Terms that applicants can see in the Category section chosen. All these regulations are also specified in both English and Italian on MIFF website www.miff.it ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here the Terms and Conditions of Entry to which all applicants must agree in general. • The Selection or Programming Committee's decisions (for the Nominations), LDVFS Members' (for the different Categories Winners) and Audience's voting opinion (for Best Film Top Leonardo's Horse Award Category) are final. • Entry constitutes agreement with the Rules and Regulations as set forth in the application. Please read the rules of entry on WAB carefully and communicate it to all appropriate parties of your organization prior to registering your title on Withoutabox.com and mailing the DVD screeners of the film. Submission does not guarantee the Nomination of your film for MIFF Awards. • IMPORTANT: Texts, images, film info, entry fee and so forth must be uploaded and paid via Withoutabox.com, but please note that two (2) DVD screeners of the film need to be physically mailed to the appropriate MIFF office address (see DIFFERENT FEATURE AND SHORT ADDRESSES FOR SELECTION PURPOSE). • MIFF reserves the rights to show all the Nominee films to LDVFS Members (close to the public) and Awarded films to a public audience during the festival and to LDVFS events. Short films may be screened on MIFF Website or partners, during the voting session and/or during the festival dates. • A filmmaker announced as a Nominee will be provided with one (1) hotel room for the Award Ceremony. If a Feature or Documentary film is announced as a Winner, they will be offered one (1) hotel room to participate at the festival Winner screenings and reimbursed of one (1) basic rate Flight R/T to Milan by LDVFS organization for the Awarded. DIFFERENT CATEGORY RULES APPLY. • DVDs submitted for selection previews will not be returned. Please, do not send your original. but make sure the DVD works up to the end. • Missing information may delay processing and/or cause rejection of application. Entries will not be considered unless the submission is completed and the entry fee is paid online at Withoutabox.com. • Films/videos that have received television exposure, including network, cable, pay TV and/or theatrical release in Italy prior to the Award Ceremony are not eligible for MIFF Awards. Different rules apply for Short Films and Italian TV categories. • Work-in-progress will be considered only if a “first cut” can be previewed. • More than one entry may be submitted by a single applicant. An Entry online, a corresponding Entry Fee on Withoutabox.com and a WAB code (to be written on the top the DVD screeners of the film) must accompany each and every entry. • If your film is nominated for Awards, to allow the Winner ballot in each category, original format print/tape (or format accepted) must be sent to our Subtitling Department as soon as requested (should there be any problem, please let us know immediately). If exhibition material is not received early enough to allow the subtitles production, the entry may be forfeited and replaced with the withdrawal of the Nominee Status (filmmaker highlighted in the applications will be contacted shortly after the Nominees are announced). • Non-profit Cultural Association LDVFS reserves the right to use footage, title and information of the nominated films for promotional purposes on media (web included) as set forth by the Law. • Films submitted must provide press kit material as set forth in the Withoutabox.com submission process. A video-trailer in .MOV format High Res and one in Low Res for the web will be requested to the Nominee films announced. Different materials apply to different categories, and various items in HD for TV exposure and promotion may be added if the film will be Awarded as a Winner. • Film produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles. If selected as a Nominee, complete dialogue in English of the movie must be provided in a Word doc format. English language films will be screened with Italian subtitles*; Italian language films will be screened with English subtitles. All other films will be screened with Italian and English subtitles. MIFF Awards Nominees grant permission to “audio-describe” the film for the sight-impaired and to translate and dub dialogues in Italian for promotion purposes. *OPPORTUNITY (FOR FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY NON-ITALIAN LANGUAGE ONLY): if the film will be provided with Italian subtitles - and both English for non-English films - the fee will be waived, and returned. Please contact programmer@miff.it to know how. • If informed in advance, Nominees and Winners are strictly prohibited from communicating their winning status before the Award Ceremony. Divulging the status before the official LDVFS/MIFF announcements may result in the withdrawal of the Nominee Status or the award, and replaced with the runner-up. • Title of work and category of submission along with the WAB code must be labeled or well written on DVDs sent for selection. • IMPORTANT: all non-Italian films and eventual material must follow the procedure to be imported temporarily for Cultural purpose. Please inquire at your expedition companies on regulations for clearing DVD films through Italian customs with the minimum charge. Extra fees on customs expenses due to negligence/misinformation will be quoted and charged to the sender. • Nominee and Winner films have the rights to quote the recognition and the respective Winner logos for all activities related to the promotional life of the film and distribution, in Italy and around the world. • MIFF Awards organization, Non-profit Cultural Association LDVFS, reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or Festival scheduling without prior notice for the best result of the event.