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Call and Regulations

EIFF 2021

Call for entries

The Contemporary Art Addiction Cultural Association, in collaboration with Officinema Srls, announces the eighth edition of the Ecologico International Film Festival.

The Festival aims to discover and give value to national and international independent social cinema active in current issues typical of contemporary society and to offer the public the possibility to know authors and works that otherwise would be difficult to enjoy through traditional and approved distribution channels.

The Festival will take place in Rome and Puglia, in a location in Salento, in October 2021 (dates and places available on the website www.eiff.it).

Following the particular situation caused by the Covid-19 emergency, the Festival Management reserves the right to change the dates of the EIFF 2021 and to consider the online screening of some or all of the selected works. The dates and modaly of screening of the works will be announced on the official website and during the press conference for the presentation of the Festival.

Participation in the Ecologico International Film Festival implies the acceptance of presenting the selected film also online.

The international competition is open to everyone, professionals and non-professionals (authors) who have turned the age of 18.

The registration for the competition is free.

Films that deal with contemporary social issues can participate in the competition, such as: stories and explorations of urban, industrial and rural spaces; relationship between social communities and between these with the environment; right to water; biodiversity; climate change; coexistence of peoples, religions and ethnic groups; pluralist democracy and rule of law; human rights, globalization; green and blue economy; integration, landscape protection, equal opportunities, fight against racism; health and environment; food safety, sustainable development.

Registrations are only accepted online through the FilmFreeway platform, by accessing the link: filmfreeway.com/EcologicoInternationalFilmFestival, from March 7th to June 7th 2021. The selected works will be announced on September 25th 2021.

The international competition is structured into four categories:

  1. International Feature Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian, completed after January 1st 2018 are admitted. The minimum duration allowed is 51 minutes. The works selected in this section will compete for the EIFF Award for the Best Feature Film;
  2. International Mid-lenght Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian, completed after January 1st 2018 are admitted. The duration allowed is between 17 and 50 minutes. The works selected in this section will compete for the EIFF Award for the Best Mid-length Film;
  3. International Short Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian, completed after January 1st 2018 are admitted. The maximum duration allowed is 16 minutes. The works selected in this section will compete for the EIFF Award for the Best Short Film;
  4. International Animated Film Competition: All international and Italian animation works completed after January 1st 2018, of any duration, are admitted. The works selected in this section will compete for the EIFF Award for the Best Animated Film.

The jury will also award the EIFF Special Prize for the Best Italian Film.

All winners will have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company and the awarded film will be included for free in the Amazon Prime Video catalog.

All selected authors will have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company and to include their films in the Amazon Prime Video catalog at a reduced rate.

All the authors selected in the International Animated Film Competition category will also have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company to include their films on a specialized platform.

Furthermore, the Jury can assign special mentions.

At the discretion of the artistic direction, only in exceptional cases, exceptions to the above admission conditions are possible.

EIFF 2021

Regulations

1.    ORGANIZATION

The international film competition “Ecologico International Film Festival” is curated by the cultural association Contemporary Art Addiction, in collaboration with Officinema Srls.

2.    PURPOSES

The Festival aims to discover and give value to national and international independent social cinema active in current issues typical of contemporary society and to offer the public the possibility to know authors and works that otherwise would be difficult to enjoy through traditional and approved distribution channels.

3.    PLACE AND PERIOD

The eighth edition of the Ecologico International Film Festival (EIFF) will take place in Rome and Puglia, in a location in Salento, in October 2021 (dates and places available on the website www.eiff.it).

4.    THEMES

The main theme of the Festival and the Competition is Ecology. The term should be understood in its widest sense of man’s relationship with natural, cultural, social, political and economic environments and the dynamic relationships between them.

This includes everything: from the bodies we live in to the physical structures, institutions and industries that human beings build; from the politics to the languages and cultural practices we use to communicate and, of course, to the Earth-environment and its complex multitude of life and processes.

The themes to be inspired, listed in a non-exhaustive way, are: stories and explorations of urban, industrial and rural spaces; relationship between social communities and between these with the environment; right to water; biodiversity; climate change; coexistence of peoples, religions and ethnic groups; pluralist democracy and rule of law; human rights, globalization; green and blue economy; integration, landscape protection, equal opportunities, fight against racism; health and environment; food safety, sustainable development.

5.    CATEGORIES

The competition is structured into four categories:

  1. International Feature Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian are admitted. The minimum duration allowed is 51 minutes.
  2. International Mid-lenght Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian are admitted. The duration allowed is between 17 and 50 minutes.
  3. International Short Film Competition: All works (fiction and documentaries), international and Italian are admitted. The maximum duration allowed is 16 minutes.
  1. International Animated Film Competition: All international and Italian animation works of any duration are admitted.

6.    REQUIREMENT

The international competition is open to everyone, professionals and non-professionals (authors) who have turned the age of 18.

International and Italian films, belonging to any cinematographic genre, dealing with contemporary social issues, shot in any format, in Italian or foreign language, can be entered into the competition. Foreign films must be subtitled in Italian or, at the time of submission, must be accompanied by a dialogue list with timecode in English.

The submitted works must have been completed after January 1st 2018.

Each author can participate in the competition with more than one work.

7.    REGISTRATION

The registration for the competition is free.

Registrations are only accepted online through the FilmFreeway platform, by accessing the link: filmfreeway.com/EcologicoInternationalFilmFestival, from March 7th to June 7th 2021.

Registration will be considered valid only if the registration form is filled in correctly, the link with the film screener will be uploaded and the required material will be attached as follows:

  • trailer;
  • the director’s photo (jpeg format, resolution 300 dpi);
  • two scene photographs of the work (jpeg format, 300 dpi resolution);
  • the poster of the work (jpeg format, resolution 300 dpi).

8.    SELECTIONS

Contemporary Art Addiction reserves the freedom to select the films entered for one of the categories of the festival or any new sections created for the eighth edition.

The selection of the finalist films will be made at absolute discretion of the artistic direction of the Festival.

The selected work will be directly included in the program without the need for further acceptance and can no longer be withdrawn.

The authors of the selected works will receive an official communication via email containing all the information regarding the participation in the Festival, including a data sheet to provide all the details relating to the formats allowed for the screening copy and the consent form, which they must return duly signed by email to the address info@eiff.it. The consent form can also be downloaded from the official website of the Festival, at www.eiff.it.

The final copy of the film for screening must be sent, within fifteen days of communication, to info@eiff.it  via the WeTransfer online service.

If the copies for the screening are not received, at the sole discretion of the artistic direction, the selected works may be excluded from the Competition or the files downloaded from the FilmFreeway platform may be used for the screening.

The selected films will be made available for the number of public screenings necessary for the Festival, for one or two press and industry screenings during the same, for screening in primary and secondary education institutions for educational use and, also, for cultural initiatives and for purposes of promoting the Festival itself. Other different use will take place in compliance with current regulations on the subject of copyright, prior authorization of the entitled person.

The calendar and times of the public screenings, press and industry will be at the total discretion of the EIFF programming office and will be communicated as soon as available.

The Festival staff will edit the drafting of a general catalog of the works presented.

Any form of promotion of the selected works, after the official announcement of the program, must indicate the participation in the eighth edition of the Ecologico International Film Festival with the official logo prepared and provided by the Festival programming office.

The producers and distributors of the films presented at the EIFF undertake to put the official logo of the Festival in the promotional materials of the film (including posters, trailers, materials for social and web activities) and in the screening copy of the film, indicating the participation of the film at the Festival and, if it has been awarded, the mention of the prize received, according to the official graphics prepared and provided by the Festival programming office.

Once the presence of the selected film at the EIFF has been confirmed, the communication office reserves the right to use extracts from the film lasting a maximum of 3 consecutive minutes for promotional purposes both nationally and internationally.

Contemporary Art Addiction is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the material sent with the film.

The works sent for selection will not be returned and will form part of the Ecologico International Film Festival archive.

No fee will be paid for the screening of the works included in the selections of the Ecologico International Film Festival.

The director or producer/distributor, specifically those who are candidates for a particular award, may be invited to participate in a debate with the jurors, spectators and journalists present in the room at the end of each screening. The order, calendar and screening times will be decided by the EIFF Artistic Direction unquestionably.

The producers and distributors of all the winning films are invited to donate a copy of the film, on digital support in high definition, which will be deposited in the Festival Archive and intended for exclusive study and conservation purposes, excluding any commercial use.

9.    JURY AND AWARDS

The Jury will be composed of professionals from the world of cinema, communication and culture.

The winning works will be chosen at the incontestable discretion of the Jury of experts, who will say the outcome on the last day of planning. The awards will be assigned only in the presence of the winning authors or their delegates.

The Jury of experts, based on its own incontestable discretion, may decide not to assign any award to the authors of the selected films in each category.

The Jury of experts will take into consideration both the artistic quality of the works and their effectiveness in addressing the themes of the Competition and will assign the following awards:

  • EIFF Award for the Best Feature Film;
  • EIFF Award for the Best Mid-lenght Film;
  • EIFF Award for the Best Short Film;
  • EIFF Award for the Best Animated Film.

The Jury will also award the EIFF Special Prize for the Best Italian Film.

Any additional cash prizes, services and/or goods will be communicated to the participants before the start of the Festival.

All winners will also have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company and the award-winning film will be included for free in the Amazon Prime Video catalog.

All selected authors will also have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company and to include their films in the Amazon Prime Video catalog at a reduced rate.

All the authors selected in the International Animated Film Competition category will also have the opportunity to sign a special agreement with a distribution company to include their films on a specialized platform.

Furthermore, the Jury will be able to assign special mentions.

10.  RIGHTS

By participating in the Ecologico International Film Festival the participant licenses, in a non-exclusive way and totally free of charge, the Contemporary Art Addiction Association the right to show the complete work in public, even online, during the Ecologico International Film Festival, during all events related to it and during other events (national and/or international) organized by/or in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Addiction Association, without receiving any payment. By participating in the Ecologico International Film Festival, the participant grants the Contemporary Art Addiction Association the right to insert subtitles for a possible translation and to use clips and extracts in order to advertise the Ecologico International Film Festival, the events related to it and other events (national and/or international) organized by/or in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Addiction Association, without receiving any payment. Furthermore, by participating in the Ecologico International Film Festival, the participant grants in a non-exclusive way to the Contemporary Art Addiction Association the right to publish the promotional material of the work (for example but not only: synopsis, castlists, photos, trailers) on its website www.eiff.it and on other sites, magazines, DVDs made by/or in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Addiction Association, without receiving any payment.

11.  DECLARATION

The participant in the Ecologico International Film Festival declares and guarantees the following:

  • to have the legitimate, full and exclusive ownership of the work (including for the part of any co-authors who do not intend to participate) and not to have performed any act that may limit its enjoyment;
  • to be legitimately authorized to submit the film to the Ecologico International Film Festival;
  • to have obtained all the consents from every possible rightholder, including copyrights and related rights, image rights, as well as all the necessary licenses and consent form related to the work and its background music;
  • that the work in its entirety does not violate the laws in force, is not defamatory towards any person or entity and does not contain obscene and/or violent material;
  • to renounce from now on any payment due to copyright and/or any right connected to the copyright of the work and related promotional materials and to have nothing to claim from the Contemporary Art Addiction Association in relation to the showing and diffusion of the work;
  • not to have performed any act that may limit the enjoyment of the rights licensed by joining this regulation to the Contemporary Art Addiction Association;
  • to undertake, in the event of winning one of the official awards of the Ecologico International Film Festival, to mention the awarding on the title pages of press publications and/or opening or closing credits, etc. and in all forms of advertising. The participant undertakes to release from liability and idemnify the Contemporary Art Addiction Association, at any time, from any and all possible inconvenience and/or disruption by third parties who demand and/or assume to be owners of the work, as well as any liability, responsability, expense (including legal fees) and damaging consequence deriving at any time from the total or partial untruthfulness of the above declarations and guarantees.

12.  PRIVACY

We inform you that the personal data communicated will be treated in accordance with the Legislative Decree. n. 196/2003 and of the EU Regulation n. 2016/679 (GDPR).

Participants in the Competition, by registering their works, authorize the Cultural Association Contemporary Art Addiction, the Organizer of the Festival, to process the communicated personal data and express their consent to use their name and address for the uses related to the event.

The owner of the communicated personal data is the Contemporary Art Addiction Association.

The complete information is available at the link www.eiff.it/privacy-policy

13.  RESPONSABILITY

Participants, by the very act of their registration, declare to relieve the organization (Contemporary Art Addiction Association), all organizers and collaborators from any direct and indirect, objective and subjective responsibility, for what may happen to themselves and to their own cast, to their own things and to the things of their cast, to third parties and to the things of third parties in relation to the Ecologico International Film Festival event.

14.  CONSENT

Participants, by the very act of their registration, declare that they are aware that photo shoots and press report, radio and television films, videotapes will be made during the Ecologico International Film Festival and therefore they  authorize the realization of the above-mentioned services, which may also concern their own person/image or the person/image of their cast, without requesting any form of payment.

15.  ADVERTISEMENT

The Organization will publish this regulation on the official website www.eiff.it and will advertise it by any means it considers appropriate.

16.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

This regulation is drawn up in Italian. In the event of interpretation problems for any translations, the Italian version prevails.

Participation in the Ecologico International Film Festival entails full and unconditional acceptance of these regulations, including the acceptance of the eventuality that the work registered in the Festival can be screened online.

The Organization, even if undertaking rigorously to safeguard the works received, does not assume any responsibility for any theft, damage or loss that they may suffer before, during or after the festival.

Any costs incurred for the selection and/or participation in the Ecologico International Film Festival cannot be returned in any way.

For reasons of force majeure, for technical/organizational problems, to make improvements or in the event of unforeseen exceptions, the Organization may modify this regulation at any time, including the dates, times and modalities of projection, giving information on the official website www.eiff.it

In case of modification of the regulation, the version with the most recent date is valid and the authors can withdraw the works registered before that date.

The Artistic Director of the Festival may make decisions relating to issues not covered by this regulation and, in any case, in unspecified cases, the final decision is at the total discretion of the Contemporary Art Addiction Association.

The Court of Lecce is competent for any dispute.

 

CONTACTS

Please contact info@eiff.it for questions or doubts regarding any of the rules of this regulation.

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