The Sun Film Group company, together with the artistic director Gemma Lanzo, is organizing the 1st Edition of the CinePalium Fest, an international film festival to be held in Palo del Colle (BA) in Italy, from 14 to 18 November 2017.

The aim of the festival is to find and publicize films and documentaries that have the shared characteristic of being “Cinema of identity”. The CinePalium Fest – Intersecting Identities is devoted to film that celebrates the process of identity construction of an individual or a community.

The Festival also seeks to promote the identity of Puglia and its territory. Puglia is historically a crossing point, of “intersecting identities”, a place with open arms for the meeting of cultures.

The CinePalium Fest has three competition categories:

1) OFFICIAL SECTION: for full-length documentaries or feature films from all over the world, produced in the last two years on the theme of “Identity”.

2) FILMMAKERS INPuglia SECTION: for short documentaries or short films “shot in Puglia”, from all over the world produced in the last two years, with a maximum length of 25 minutes.

3) YOUNG SCREENWRITERS SECTION: for unreleased short screenplays on any theme with Puglia as their narrative focus, written by people aged between 18 and 29 years.

Main awards (TROPHIES AND SCROLLS + MONEY PRIZES):

- The SPIONE D’ARGENTO FOR THE BEST FILM consists of € 1,500 (EUR) and a trophy.
- The INPuglia award consists of € 500 (EUR) and a scroll.
- The SUN FILM GROUP PRIZE consists of the production of the winning screenplay and a scroll.

Other awards (SCROLLS WITHOUT MONEY):

- CRITICS’ AWARD
- AGISCUOLA AWARD
- AUDIENCE AWARD
- CONFINDUSTRIA AWARD

The jury and the selection committee of the CinePalium Fest are entitled to award special prizes or special mentions to films of particular value.
Only films participating in the Official Section can compete, with no distinction on nationality, for the competition category prizes (“Other awards”).

The CinePalium Fest has three competition categories:
1) OFFICIAL SECTION: for full-length documentaries or feature films from all over the world, produced in the last two years on the theme of “Identity”.
2) FILMMAKERS INPuglia SECTION: for short documentaries or short films “shot in Puglia”, from all over the world produced in the last two years, with a maximum length of 25 minutes.
3) YOUNG SCREENWRITERS SECTION: for unreleased short screenplays on any theme with Puglia as their narrative focus, written by people aged between 18 and 29 years.

SELECTION COMMITTEE and JURY
The CinePalium Fest selection committee decides on the works to be presented at the Festival.
The jury will be made up of well-known experts from the cultural and film world.
The Festival organizers will appoint the official jury members who will assign the prizes for the competition categories.
The decisions of the selection committee and the jury are final.
The selection committee decides the number of audiovisual works chosen for the official
screening.
If a film is selected, the Festival organization will officially notify the participants by email.
The films chosen will be posted online on the Festival website www.cinepalium.it.
In cases of dispute, the final decision will be made by the Festival organization.

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS
The audiovisual works can be registered electronically ONLY through the on-line platform FilmFreeway (https://www.filmfreeway.com):
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CinePaliumFest
Screenplays must be submitted ONLY by email to the following address: sceneggiature@cinepalium.it

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
OPENING DATE: 12 July 2017
DEADLINE: 8 September 2017
NOTIFICATION DATE: 16 October 2017

For this year registration is free.
The deadline for submissions is 8 September 2017 (23.59 – local time).
All the audiovisual works for the Official Section and the Filmmakers INPuglia Section must have been completed after 1 January 2015.
All genres are accepted.
There is no premiere policy.
Each director can submit a maximum of three audiovisual works.
In order to be considered for the Festival all the audiovisual works must be subtitled in English.
Participants must send final format of the film (as indicated below in “Requirements for
screening”) to be shown at the Festival. No exceptions will be made.
Through FilmFreeway the participants shall provide:
- Pre-selection copy of the audiovisual work in high resolution.
- Plot summary.
- Dialog list in English.
- Photo of the director.
- 2 stills from the film in high resolution.
- Poster.
- Trailer.
Screenplays for the Young Screenwriters section must be original, unreleased and written in Italian.
Screenplays for short films are accepted (American format: 30 lines per page in Courier 12 or similar font; numbered pages and scenes).
Maximum length 40 pages.
Screenplays must be submitted in PDF with only the title (with no indication of the author’s ID data). The young screenwriters must provide:
- PDF copy of screenplay.
- Synopsis.
- Photo of the author and copy of author’s identity card.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SCREENING
If the audiovisual work is selected for official screening, the Festival will require:
- Official copy of the audiovisual in high resolution (Apple ProRes; H264; .mov).
- All foreign (non Italian) audiovisuals selected for official screening MUST be subtitled in Italian.
- All Italian audiovisuals selected for official screening MUST be subtitled in English.
- Digital press-kit.
- Any other promotional materials.

GENERAL CONDITIONS
The Festival reserves the right to complete any information not provided by the participant, using any available source, and will not be responsible if incorrect information is given.
The CinePalium Fest reserves the right to add, modify, change, or cancel parts of the regulations at any time without prior notification.
The CinePalium Fest will provide the best possible screening quality but will not be responsible for any inevitable technical problem related to the quality of the screening. There will be no refunds of any kind in the above cases.
If selected for screening, the participants unreservedly grant the Festival the right to use scenes, stills and/or titles, and any additional information for promotional purposes.
Once selected for official screening, the audiovisuals cannot be withdrawn from their category.
The Festival organization reserves the right to modify or suspend the event.
The Festival organization has the right to assess individually and to take into consideration all cases not present in the Call for Submissions.
Participation in the CinePalium Fest means that the Call for Submissions has been understood and accepted in all its parts.
The Festival organization declares that personal data will be used in accordance with D.Lgs. n°196/2003 and subsequent modifications and that the data will be processed for the purposes of the Competition.

Overall Rating
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    Psy Z Ro

    We were not able to attend for our film's screening of Psycho Zero. But the festival staff has been very patient with us because our email and FB were compromised for a while and we were not able to read their messages, requesting subtitles and other necessary materials. By the time we knew, the festival date was so near already. Other festivals would have dropped our film already in that case but they have very patiently worked with us.

    November 2017
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    Cati and Mike Gonzalez

    Definitely a great new Festival with an amazing team and tons of potential! Recommend for sure.

    November 2017
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    Semiosphera (Francesca, Lino)

    Palo del Colle is quite a fascinating a location for a festival finely wiorking as a collector of fresh widescreen inputs.

    November 2017
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    Mohammed raouf Sebbahi

    Very glad to be a part of this festival I couldn’t be there but my movie won the audience award
    Thank you and good luck for the next!!!

    November 2017
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    Thea Marti

    This small festival with a big potential was a great experience for me: the hospitality in the best traditions of Southern Italy, very efficient communication and amazing people to network with. It was my pleasure and honor to be a part of the first edition of this festival. My most sincere thanks for choosing my script in the writing contest.

    November 2017