38th Torino Film Festival

Rules & Regulations

PREMISE

The rules and regulations for participating are subject to the “Regulations for International Film Festivals” laid down by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (F.I.A.P.F.), which recognizes the Torino Film Festival as a specialized competitive festival.

1. ORGANIZERS

The Torino Film Festival is organized by the National Cinema Museum. Its principal subsidies are provided by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Piedmont Region, the City of Torino, the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation and the CRT Foundation. Additional financing is provided by associations and private sponsors.

2. OBJECTIVES

The Torino Film Festival’s purpose is to constitute a meeting point for contemporary international cinema and to provide the opportunity for a discussion on all its perspectives and artistic trends. The Festival pays particular attention to emerging cinemas and young filmmakers. In its competitive sections, it promotes films by new directors whose works are characterized by strong thematic and stylistic originality.

3. DATES

The 38th Torino Film Festival will be held from Friday, November 20th to Saturday, November 28th, 2020, for a total of nine days.

4. FESTIVAL SECTIONS

The Festival is divided into four competitive sections:

  • Torino 38: International Feature Films and Documentaries Competition.
  • Torino 38 Shorts: International Short Films Competition.
  • TFFdoc: dedicated to documentaries, it features two separate competitions (international competition and Italian competition) as well as out-of-competition screenings.
  • Italiana.Corti: Italian Short Films Competition.

and the following non-competitive sections:

  • Out-of-competition: dedicated to the most interesting films of the current year.
  • Rol’s Rooms: dedicated to horror, science-fiction, noir, midnight movies, as well as serial productions.
  • Back to Life: dedicated to restored films.
  • Retrospective New Horror
  • Special Screenings.

5. TORINO 38

a) The selection of the films, which is final and binding, is conducted by the Festival Organizers.

b) Entry to this section is open to feature-length films and documentaries which were completed after September 1st, 2019.

The date of the film’s first public screening is determinant.

The Festival excludes from participation works that have already been screened in any way in Italy, as well as works that have participated in main competitions at major international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Locarno.

c) The Festival will nominate an International Jury composed of at least five people. The Jury will award the following prizes:

  • Best Film Award
  • Special Jury Award
  • Best Actress Award
  • Best Actor Award

6. TORINO 38 SHORTS

a) The selection of the films, which is final and binding, is conducted by the Festival organizers.

b) Entry to this section is open to films and videos from any Country which were completed after September 1st, 2019. These works may last no longer than 15 minutes (credits included). There are no limitations regarding style or genre.

Works that have already been screened in any way in Italy are not eligible.

No more than two films of the same author may be submitted.

c) The Festival will nominate a Jury composed of at least three people. The Jury will award the following prizes:

  • Best International Short Film Award
  • Special Jury Award

7. TFFdoc

a) The selection of the films, which is final and binding, is conducted by the Festival Organizers.

b) Entry to this section is open to Italian and international documentaries which were completed after September 1st, 2019. The documentaries need to have a minimum length of 40 minutes.

The Festival excludes from participation works that have already been screened in any way in Italy. Documentaries are considered Italian if their directors were born in or resided in Italy at the time the documentaries were made, and/or if the films were produced or co-produced in Italy.

c) The Festival Organizers will nominate two juries:

an International Documentary Jury composed of at least three people, who will award the following prizes:

  • Best International Documentary Award
  • Special Jury Award

and an Italian Documentary Jury composed of at least three people, who will award the following prizes:

  • Best Italian Documentary Award
  • Special Jury Award

8. ITALIANA.CORTI

a) The selection of the films, which is final and binding, is conducted by the Festival Organizers.

b) Entry to this section is open to Italian films and videos which were completed after September 1st, 2019. These works may last no longer than 40 minutes (credits included). There are no limitations regarding style or genre.

Works that have already been screened in any way in Italy are not eligible.

Short films are considered Italian if their directors were born in or resided in Italy at the time the films were made, and/or if the films were produced or co-produced in Italy.

No more than two films of the same author may be submitted.

c) The Festival will nominate a Jury composed of at least three people. The Jury will award the following prizes:

  • Best Italian Short Film Award
  • Special Jury Award

9. OUT-OF-COMPETITION / ROL’S ROOMS / BACK TO LIFE / SPECIAL SCREENINGS

a) The selection of the films, which is final and binding, is conducted by the Festival Organizers.

b) Entry to these sections is open to feature-length films and documentaries which were completed after September 1st, 2019. The date of the film’s first public screening is determinant. The Festival excludes from participation works that have already been screened in any way in Italy.

10. FILM REGISTRATION AND DEADLINE

a) There is a film registration fee of 15 euros for films up to 40 minutes long and 30 euros for longer films (for administrative expenses). Films will be considered only if the fee is paid.

b) The official Festival registration form must be filled out online via FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com). Submission fee is requested during the registration process. If a film is not selected, the submission fee cannot be refunded.

c) Copyright holders of the films who intend to participate in the Festival (in any section) must send a streaming link following the procedures indicated on the entry form, by and no later than September 4th, 2020.

11. INVITED FILMS AND DELIVERY OF PRINTS

a) Exclusively for the films invited to the Festival: the Programming Office will send a request for complete documentation and provide a list of required material.

b) Prints of films and videos invited to the Festival must arrive in Torino by and no later than November 6th, 2020, as per instructions which will be provided by the Programming Office.

c) Return shipping instructions must be communicated by and no later than December 4th, 2020.

12. FILM SCREENINGS

a) The program and screening times will be established by the Festival Organizers. Each film may be screened up to 5 times.

b) Foreign films will be screened in their original version with Italian subtitles. For non-English speaking films, the producers are invited – when possible – to provide an English subtitled print.

c) The Festival Organizers will publish a general catalog of all the participating films.

d) Copyright holders of the works participating in the Festival are asked to deposit a DVD or the file sent for the selection process in the Festival Archive or in another local film archive, for research purposes only.

13. AWARDS

All the Festival prizes are awarded to the directors of the winning films (except for best actor/actress awards and the Rai Cinema Channel Award, that is aimed to the owners of the exploitation rights of the film).

Torino 38:
  • Best Film
  • Special Jury Award
  • Best Actress Award
  • Best Actor Award
  • Best Screenplay Award (awarded by Scuola Holden’s students)
  • Audience Award (awarded by people attending the screenings)
Torino 38 Shorts:
  • Best International Short Film Award
  • Special Jury Award
  • Rai Cinema Channel Award (awarded by Rai Cinema)
TFFdoc:
  • Best International Documentary Award
  • Best Italian Documentary Award
  • Special Jury Awards
Italiana.corti:
  • Best Italian Documentary Award
  • Special Jury Award

14. GENERAL RULES

a) In accordance with the TFF’s commitments under the 5050×2020 Initiative (the “Gender Equality Protocol”), the TFF will compile and make public via its website the gender and ethnic profiles for:

  • the directors of submitted films;
  • members of the selection committees, programmers, consultants and juries;
  • festival management and board members.

b) Shipping costs to and from Torino will be covered by the entrant, except when other agreements have been made with the Programing Office.

c) Films and videos are covered by an “all damages” insurance policy (including loss and theft) underwritten by the Festival while in their keeping. In case of misplacement or damage, the Festival Organizers will be responsible for the cost of a new copy according to current Italian rates.

d) The present rules and regulations have been drawn up in Italian and English. In case of dispute, the Italian version will be final.

e) Application for entry to the Festival constitutes unconditional agreement to all the rules and regulations herein, in agreement with the F.I.A.P.F. regulations.

f) The Festival Organizers reserve the right to make decisions on matters not specified herein.

Any legal disputes shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Torino Courts.

Updated on April 6th, 2020.

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