17th Annual

MIFF Awards - Milano International Film Festival Awards

May 01, 2017 to May 31, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

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.
Short Films (under 15 minutes)
Any short film under 15 minutes.
Short Films (Italian)
Any short film up to 30 minutes made by an Italian production.
Film Lungometraggi in Lingua Italiana
Tutti i film lungometraggi (lunghi almeno 60 min) in lungua italiana.

Non sono eleggibili i film usciti in sala e distribuiti da una casa di distribuzione ufficiale; i film usciti in più di una Regione italiana; i film usciti su network televisivi o già distributi in DVD in Italia.

Sono eleggibili i film completati dopo il 1 gennaio dell'anno precedente all'edizione in corso che abbiano avuto una distribuzione indipendente di sala in sala; che siano usciti esclusivamente online.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

NOT FILM-TITLES, FILM-MAKERS ARE THE STARS!
17th EDITION, MAY, 2017 - 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 film events - a hybrid of the conventional film festival and the traditional award ceremony format, dedicated to help the distribution of the new films submitted.

Founded in 2000, MIFF, now MIFF Awards, has been conceived with a steadfast mission to encourage and support the distribution of films that reflect the best story-telling attributes on screen from all over the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

MIFF AWARDS: HIGHLIGHTING CREATIVITY FOR MOVIE STORYTELLING.

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 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. MIFF Awards is 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. In this new format all Nominated filmmakers' films are exhibited privately to LDV Film Society Members - and therefore able to maintain their premiere status - and follows with a full program of public screenings for the awarded films only, to elect the Grand Winner Audience Award, the ultimate Winner film with the public audience, giving a push towards the distribution.

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.

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

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MIFF - Milan International Film 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 so the first edition 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 Seventeenth Annual International cinema exhibition in Milan, Italy (May 2017). Following its past editions, the Festival will highlight the art of moviemaking – the freedom and integrity of artistic audiovisual expression with strong story-telling attributes.

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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, Giancarlo Giannini, 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, Vera Farmiga, Paul Sorvino, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Claudia Cardinale, Matteo Garrone, Mira Sorvino, etc.

The Festival awards its filmmakers with the Da Vinci Award, a prestigious statuette of the Horse sculpture, symbolic for the city, and designed by one of the most significant people of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci. Among the recipients of the Da Vinci Award are many Oscar and Golden Globe Awardeed such as Martin Landau, Charlize Theron, Sandra Oh, Renèe Zellweger, Giancarlo Giannini, 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, Mira Sorvino and many others.

As statistics have shown, MIFF is experiencing a consistent annual increase in notable media coverage and 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); Andrea Galante (Director/Founder); Anna Kim (Senior Programmer); Filomena Velotto (Best Italian Language Film Category Nominations); Leonardo Motta (Programmer); Naike Gualtieri

GENERAL RULES

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

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 only to members.

Online Screeners can be sent with a link and password, after registration and uploading of all the info requested and WAB payment, prior or along with the link, via email.

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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 Grand Winner Audience Award - ultimate Best Film Category Winner certificated by the public opinion - giving a push towards the Italian distribution market.

FOR FEATURE AND DOCUMENTARY 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.


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
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Here the Terms and Conditions of Entry to which all applicants must agree in general.
(Per le regole generali alle quali tutti gli iscritti devono acconsentire in lingua Italiana si prega di consultare il sito www.miff.it)

• 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 Da Vinci 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 address indicated.

• 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.

• A Nominee filmmaker announced as a Winner will be provided with one (1) hotel room to receive the Da Vinci Award and participate at the festival's Winner screening.

• 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. Be aware that missing information may delay processing and/or cause rejection of application. IMPORTANT: Entries will not be considered unless the submission is completed and the entry fee is paid online at Withoutabox.com.

• Films/videos that are planning to receive television exposure, including network, cable, pay TV and/or theatrical release in Italy (different rules per category apply) prior to the Winner Announcement are not eligible for MIFF Awards.

• 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, a film file (specify format requested) must be sent to our Subtitling Department as soon as required (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 announced 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 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.
*FOR FEATURE AND DOCUMENTARY 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 Announcement. 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 following film in the ballot 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. IF Online Screeners are available and sent with a link and password, all the info above must be sent along with the link, via email.

• 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. A Winner logo will be sent as soon as a verdict will be officially reached and announced.

• 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.