Babel Film Festival is the first international film competition intended solely for film productions that describe and narrate minorities, in particular linguistic ones. It is a novelty not to be underestimated, in a global film industry in which large productions insist on speaking only in universal and conformed languages, and thus flattening, in a sense, the universe of human expression. A minority language is a language that thrives on the diversity and richness that infuses in our life. Not only in the life that its speakers offer it, but also in the life granted by its renewal of the poetic arts.
Babel Film Festival’s project moves from the intention of giving an account of a segment of cinema that, over the years, has told the stories of peripheral areas, where the use of the suburbs’ language has connotations that are essential to the narrative and crucial for the success of the artistic work. The project is also aimed at reviving a commonality of purpose between different language areas, to show their wealth and to contribute in proclaiming that a linguistic vivacity enriches the cinema authors, and also affects their creativity and has consequences in the central figurative definition of their work.
In this sense, the Festival offers all authors, of both documentary and fiction, the opportunity to give visibility to the languages and their expressive force, to foster a real dialogue and cultural exchange between the peoples of the world. The program of Babel Film Festival also contributes to a comparison with the universes of music and theater – for longer than cinema they included a wealth of minority languages – but also television, which is opening up more and more to the possibilities of communicating in a different way, a more focused one, a way centered on the needs and desires of a restricted community, giving it back its freedom of speech.
"Maestrale" Best Feature Film Award, assigned by the Babel Official Jury: € 5.000,00;
"Maestrale" Best Short Documentary Film Award, assigned by the Babel Official Jury: € 2,500.00;
"Maestrale" Best Fiction Short Film Award, assigned by the Babel Official Jury: € 2,500.00;
UNICA Città di Cagliari Award, assigned by the Students of the University of Cagliari: € 1.500,00;
DIRITTO DI PAROLA Award, assigned by Cagliari High School Students: € 1.000,00;
ITALYMBAS Award, assigned by popular juries of Italian linguistic minorities to films spoken in minority languages protected by Law 482/1999: € 1,000.00;
ONE WOR(L)D Award, assigned by a delegation of political asylum seekers present in Sardinia: € 1,000.00;
FICC Audience Award, assigned by the Jury composed by the FICC Film Clubs to the best documentary: € 1.000,00;
FEDIC Audience Award, assigned by the Cineclub Fedic of Cagliari;
AAMOD Award, assigned by the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico of Rome, consisting in the possibility to use for free 3 minutes of Archive films;
OSTANA SCRITTURA IN LINGUA MADRE Award, assigned by a Jury of the Premio Ostana: Scritture in Lingua Madre;
DIARI DI CINECLUB Award, assigned by the Jury of the online magazine Diari di Cineclub.
[ATTENTION: Babel is a festival entirely dedicated to cinema spoken in minority languages. If it is not possible to indicate the minority language through the drop-down menu in the registration form of your film, it is necessary to indicate the minority language in the synopsis of the film that you intend to register]
BABEL FILM FESTIVAL is a film competition promoted and organised by the Società Umanitaria - Cineteca Sarda, the cultural association Babel, Terra de Punt and Areavisuale, which together make up the BabelFF Directorate.
The eighth edition of the festival will take place between October 2th and 7th 2023
BABEL FILM FESTIVAL aims to enhance and promote film productions that are an expression of linguistic minorities and the uniqueness of their stories, their culture and their language; to encourage comparison and cultural exchange between communities that identify with a linguistic minority; to offer all filmmakers the opportunity to give visibility to their films and a voice to their languages. The competition is reserved for films whose dialogues and texts are, in whole or in part, in a minority language, dialect, slang, dead language and in sign language.
A) With “Minority or Regional Languages” we mean the ones that are: 1) traditionally spoken by people living in an area of a Country, who are numerically inferior to the rest of the people of said Country, and 2) are different from the official language/s of that Country; this/these does/do not include the language/s and dialect/s spoken by migrant people.
B) With “area in which a regional or minority language is spoken” we mean a geographical area where the language is historically and traditionally present;
C) With “languages lacking a territory” we mean those languages, spoken by citizens of a Country, that are different from the language/s spoken by the rest of the citizens living in the same Country but that, even if they are traditionally spoken in the Country, are not linked to a precise geographical area (Europen Chart of the Minority or Regional Languages, 1992)
For the purposes of this competition:
a) we are open to all minority languages and dialects spoken by people whose languages do not have a Country of their own, i.e. they are not official languages of Countries other than those in which the film is shot;
b) dialects and sign languages are also considered minority languages.
4. THEMES AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FILMS
Participation is open to all works without any constraint as to year of production, genre, theme, format or technique, whether distributed in cinemas or on the home-video market in Italy or abroad, whether published or unpublished. The only conditions for participation are the language of the texts and dialogues, which must be an expression of a linguistic, cultural or social minority. The minority language must be present in at least 50% of dialogues and texts for the Official Section (see art. 5).
If the minority language is present in less than 50%, the film may be admitted, at the sole discretion of the BabelFF Commission, to the Collateral Sections (see art. 5).
In the Official Section and in the Collateral Sections the following distinctions will be recognised
• fiction short film (not longer than 45 minutes)
• documentary short film (not longer than 45 minutes)
• feature film both documentary and fiction (longer than 45 minutes)
Works that present hybrid characteristics between documentary and fiction will be assigned, at the discretion of the BabelFF Commission, to the type of documentary or fiction.
Works must be subtitled preferably in Italian or alternatively in English.
The Babel Film Festival is organised in two sections:
The official section consists of films selected by the BabelFF Commission and submitted to the judgement of the official jury - called Babel Jury - for the awarding of the three main prizes, called "Mistral Prizes". Only films in which the minority language is present for at least 50% of the dialogues and texts (see art. 4) can participate in this section. The Babel Jury will award the following prizes
"Maestrale" Award for best feature film;
"Maestrale" Award for best documentary short film;
"Maestrale" Award for best short fiction film.
The side sections are sections made up of specific juries that may also evaluate films in which the minority language is present in less than 50% of the dialogues and texts (see art. 4). The allocation of films to the side sections is decided by the BabelFF Commission (see art. 8).
The juries of the side sections will award the following
DIRITTO DI PAROLA prize, awarded by high school students in Cagliari;
ITALYMBAS prize, awarded by popular juries of Italian linguistic minorities to films spoken in minority languages protected by Law 482/1999;
UNICA Città di Cagliari prize, awarded by the students of the University of Cagliari;
ONE WOR(L)D prize, awarded by a delegation of migrants present in Sardinia;
PREMIO OSTANA – SCRITTURA IN LINGUA MADRE prize, awarded by a jury of members chosen by the Ostana Festival;
FICC Audience Award, awarded by the jury composed of the FICC Film Clubs;
AAMOD prize, awarded by the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico of Rome;
FEDIC prize, awarded by the Cineclub Fedic of Cagliari;
DIARI DI CINECLUB prize assigned by the jury of the online magazine Diari di Cineclub.
6. HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Participation in the competition automatically implies full acceptance of these regulations. In addition to registering through the FilmFreeWay portal, it is possible to partecipate in the competition by registering on in the On-Line Form on the website www.babelfilmfestival.com. The On-Line Form constitutes only a pre-registration to the Festival. Registration must be completed by sending the following files to email@example.com:
Entry Form/release form signed with autograph or digital signature
downloadable film in HD version for screening via server (e.g. wetransfer, Myairbridge or similar or Vimeo or similar). Films sent in a format not suitable for screening will not be considered.
Press-Book of the film, with more in-depth information than what is included online (bio-filmographies, director's notes, synopsis, full cast & credits, additional photos) and the trailer or excerpts of the film.
In order to evaluate a possible subtitling of the films in Italian, we ask you to send the complete list of dialogues translated into English in Word or srt format.
The email must have the following subject: CONCORSO BABEL FILM FESTIVAL - "film title".
Information material on the linguistic minority represented in the film is welcome.
All material submitted will not be returned and will become part of the archive of the "CINEMA DELLE MINORANZE LINGUISTICHE" BABEL FILM FESTIVAL, set up at the Società Umanitaria - Cineteca Sarda for the exclusive purpose of studying and promoting the competition and the activities of the Festival.
7. ADMISSION AND REGULARITY OF WORKS
Only films regularly registered through FilmFreeWay or the online form filled in by the deadline and regularly received, of which the screening file and the Registration/release Form have been sent, will be admitted to the selections.
The deadline for sending materials is April 30, 2023.
For the material sent, the date of sending will be taken as proof.
Admission is decided, at the sole discretion, by the BabelFF Commission on the basis of the regularity of the documentation submitted.
Films technically unable to guarantee a good public screening may be refused participation in the Festival. It will be the responsibility of the BabelFF Commission to inform the authors of the works admitted and not admitted to the competition and in which section of the competition (official or collateral) they will participate. A film can be evaluated by one or more juries.
In case there is a non-competition section, the signed Release Form allows the screening of the film also out of competition.
8. SELECTION COMMISSION
The BabelFF Commission, established by the Babel Film Festival Direction, has the task of building and managing the different phases of the Festival programme. The decisions of the commission are unquestionable. Its tasks are as follows:
1) Evaluate the eligibility of applications for the Festival;
2) To choose or supervise the composition of the juries of the different sections of the Festival;
3) To select the films to be assigned to the juries of the Official Section and the Collateral Sections;
4) Evaluating and defining the type (documentary or fiction) of works with hybrid characteristics;
5) Films which, after the first selection, will not be in competition for the Official Section may be assigned by the commission to one or more juries of the Collateral Sections;
6) Organise the programme and oversee all organisational moments of the Festival.
The Babel Jury of the Official Section is composed of five members chosen by the BabelFF Commission among directors, film professionals, critics, intellectuals, authors and experts in the field of cinema and minority language studies.
The films selected for the Official Section will be forwarded to the jury for evaluation.
The films assigned to the side sections by the BabelFF Commission will be viewed by the specific juries for the awarding of each prize. The ONE WOR(L)D, UNICA Città di Cagliari, DIRITTO DI PAROLA awards will be assigned by the respective juries during the Festival. The ITALYMBAS, AAMOD, PREMIO OSTANA – SCRITTURA IN LINGUA MADRE, FICC, FEDIC, DIARI DI CINECLUB prizes will be awarded to the respective juries before the festival takes place, according to organizational procedures studied together with each partner. The films included in the side sections may be screened publicly in the weeks preceding the official Festival, at venues identified by the partners in Sardinia or outside the island.
The prizes will be awarded exclusively to the subscriber of the Entry/release form certifying that the film has been entered in the competition.
The artistic direction reserves the right to make changes to the structure of the former if objective conditions (restrictions due to the pandemic or other) prevent the constitution of a jury, forcing the cancellation of the prize or other organizational changes.
Notification of the prize awarded will take place in the days immediately preceding the Festival in order to guarantee the winner's presence at the Award Ceremony. The winner is obliged to keep the news confidential and avoid any communication, particularly to the media. Any publication of the news before the award ceremony will result in the withdrawal of the prize.
Cash prizes will be awarded within six months of the award date, after sending the duly completed and signed receipt.
11. RELEASES AND USE OF FILMS
By filling out the form on FilmFreeWay or with the signed online Form and Release Form the author allows:
a) The free screening of the film within the Festival programme;
b) the publication of the texts and photos sent in the catalogue and on the website of the competition and on all the official social pages of the Competition and of the Festival partners
c) publication of the film trailer on the competition website and on all the official social pages of the competition and of the Festival's partners.
They may also allow, if authorised from time to time, as indicated in the Release Form:
d) the televised airing of the film within a format owned by the BABEL FILM FESTIVAL within a regional Sardinian channel owned by the Babel Association;
e) the use of the film solely for cultural, non-commercial purposes by the Competition Organisation and the Cineteca Sarda of Cagliari, including the screening of the films in the "Babel on tour" events promoting the Festival.
f) the publication of the film on VOD platforms (with limited access and registration) owned by the BABEL FILM FESTIVAL;
The schedule and times of the screenings will be published on the competition website. Films will be presented in their original version with Italian or English subtitles.
If the selected films are in film, the competition organisation will agree with the production company or the author on how to send the copy.
The winning films, in subsequent screenings at the BABEL FILM FESTIVAL, will have to bear the indication of the prize received: e.g.: "I am the winner":
BABEL FILM FESTIVAL 2023
Mistral" Award, Best Documentary / Curtzumetràgiu...
"Mistral" Award, best documentary/feature film/short film...
Mistral" Award, best documentary/feature film/short film...
By filling out the form on FilmFreeWay or withsigning the Entry Form/release the author declares:
that the submitted work does not violate any applicable laws and regulations or the rights of third parties;
that he/she is the owner of all rights to use the work and the music (also providing adequate documentation);
to relieve the organisation from all losses, damages, liabilities, costs and charges of any kind that may be incurred due to the content of his work and its public screening;
to irrevocably renounce any claim and any action, request or recourse against the organisers of the competition, the Società Umanitaria - Cineteca Sarda, the members of the Jury, and all persons involved in any way in the competition and relieve them as of now of any responsibility in this regard.
to be the legitimate winner of the eventual prize and to relieve the organization of the Festival from any possible controversy concerning the awarding.
13. ARBITRATION CLAUSE
Any dispute that may arise in relation to the relationships covered by these regulations shall be referred to the judgement of a board of arbitration, made up of three members, of which: a) one, acting as chairman of the board of arbitration, appointed by the competition organisation; b) one appointed by the competitor; c) one appointed by common consent by the parties referred to in points a) and b) above or, in the absence of agreement, by the President of Cagliari Court.
14. FINAL CLAUSE
For any exceptions not covered by these regulations, the Competition Organisation reserves the right to make final decisions.
These regulations are written in Sardinian, Italian and English. In case of interpretation problems, the Italian version shall prevail.