CinemadaMare is an international and travelling film festival. At its 17th edition, the Festival is scheduled to be held from late-June to September – it actually lasts 12 weeks!
Since 2003 CinemadaMare has been hosting every year over 300 filmmakers from over 65 countries around the world. It has screened houndreds of films in the most beautiful italian cities and represents the longest cinema journey (5200 km) across Italy from north to south.
As a result CinemadaMare has become the biggest gathering of young filmmakers in the world.

The filmmakers are hosted for free throughout the festival. They are divided in crews and shot their films during the festival. Each stage lasts one week and takes place in an Italian city. In this way the filmmakers make the film and have the chance not only to work together with the local people but also to learn the history and the art of many Italian places. This event is not about only one city or region but it moves around – like a gypsy caravan – equipped with its most precious luggage: 100 filmmakers who move from a place to another. They are almost one hundred for each stage given that their attendace to CinemadaMare runs from 3 weeks minimum to 12 weeks maximum. So they alternate and reach the number of 300 every year.

After signing up, the filmmakers are selected and benefit from the accomodation provided by the festival: free attendance, free overnight stay, free travels from a place to another. All festival activities are free as well. Round trip and food are not free of charge.

Since 2003 CinemadaMare has seen a huge growth. There are more and more filmmakers coming here and the number of the regions involved has increased: Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Abruzzo, Liguria, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Marche, Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Veneto.

That is why CinemadaMare is unique: a cultural and artistic experience who turns summer into a big travelling festival across Italy. Moreover it is all free!

PRIZES
The figures below are to be considered as gross amounts.

€ 1000 Best Film: Epeo D’Oro 2019 (chosen by the Public Jury, composed by the audience) +
reimbursement for travel expenses from their place of residence in Venice, for a maximum cost of 300 euros; more accreditation to the Venice Film Festival, with free accommodation along with the other filmmakers of Cinemadamare in a camping at the Lido of Venice for the duration of stay scheduled by Cinemadamare (the calendar with the dates is available on this site)
€ 250 Best Director (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Actor (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Screenplay (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Photography (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Editing (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Original Sound-Track (Jury of Experts)

Main Competition Regulation - 17th Edition: how to send a film

The registration at the Main Competition it can only be done by the Filmfreeway platform at this
address: https://filmfreeway.com/cinemadamare, at a cost of € 5.00. The films will be selected by the festival commission. The short film must be submitted within April 30th2019. If the short film arrives later than this date, the postmark will be considered proof of the date of mailing. The shipping cost is at the expenses of the sender. The short film will not be sent back to the sender, but it will be kept in the archive of the festival.
The producers of the short film selected for the Main Competition must agree to include the mention of participation in CinemadaMare in the future promotion of their short film including the prizes (if any) and the official logo of CinemadaMare.

Eligibility Requirements
All the short film submitted for the CinemadaMare Main Competition (belonging to the following categories: animation/fiction/documentaries/experimental) must fulfill the following requirements:

• Have a maximum running time of 25 minutes;
• Do not contain obscene or horrifying scenes;
• Have English subtitles, if the original language is not English

Essential requirements
To send a short film to the CinemadaMare Main Competition, it is necessary to fill in the Entry Form available on the website of the festival www.cinemadamare.com and provide the staff with the following material:

A picture of the film director in digital format;
A picture of a scene of the film in digital format;
Synopsis in English and/or Italian (max 400 words);
A short biography of the director, in English and/or in Italian (max 400 words).

Please note that the information about the selected film will be published in the catalogue of the 17th edition of CinemadaMare.

Sending a film to the Main Competition

ONLINE: by uploading the film on Vimeo or WeTransfer and send link, username and password to the staff of CinemadaMare to allow the download of the film.

The steps of the Main Competition

The Main Competitions goes through 4 steps:

1. Pre-selection: in order to be accepted in the Main competition, the short films are pre-selected by CinemadaMare staff within May, 30th2018. The authors of the selected films will receive a notice by June, 5th2018. They will also be informed about the date and venue of the screening of their short film before the starting date of the Festival (June 14th).

2. Preliminary phase: the selected short film will be screened during the festival and voted by a Public Jury, composed by the audience attending the screenings in the public squares. Each spectator will receive a form to fill in to judge the film. According to the votes of the Public Jury, a short film will win this first phase every two evenings of screenings and admitted to the Semi-final. The selected film will be the one receiving more votes (arithmetic percentage on the results of individual forms).

3. Semi-final: in this phase, the Public Jury will select a short film every evening of the screenings. The short film selected will enter the Final. During the Semi-final, the film will be screened according to the following chronological order: the short-film ranked first in the Preliminary phase will be screened first during the Semi-final; the film ranked second will be screened as second, and so forth. The Director of the festival has the right to revive one or more film not selected by the Public Jury, which he and his collaborators consider to have a high artistic value. The revived film will enter the Semi-final and will be screened during the last evening of the Semi-final.

4. Final: the Public Jury will declare the winner of the Main Competition by using the same voting system.

The dates of the Main Competitions phases will be published on the website www.cinemadamare.com

Juries
There are two different Juries to vote the best film and assign the prizes.

Public Jury
The Public Jury is composed by the audience attending the screening of the films in the square of projections. Each spectator will choose the film they prefer by filling in the form they will receive before the screenings. Every two evenings of screenings will be selected one short film that will be admitted to the Semi-final. The selected film will be the one receiving more votes (arithmetic percentage on the results of individual forms).
The Public Jury will declare the winner of the Main Competition and of CinemadaMare 2019 by assigning the Epeo D’Oro 2019 prize.

Jury of Experts
The members of the Jury of Experts are chosen by the Director of the Festival among experts in the sector, journalists and critics. This Jury will award six different prizes.

If one or more night shootings do not take place for any reason, the short film will be automatically and independently selected by the director of the festival.

PRIZES
The figures below are to be considered as gross amounts.

€ 1000 Best Film: Epeo D’Oro 2018 (chosen by the Public Jury, composed by the audience) +
reimbursement for travel expenses from their place of residence in Venice, for a maximum cost of 300 euros; more accreditation to the Venice Film Festival, with free accommodation along with the other filmmakers of Cinemadamare in a camping at the Lido of Venice for the duration of stay scheduled by Cinemadamare (the calendar with the dates is available on this site)
€ 250 Best Director (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Actor (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Screenplay (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Photography (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Editing (Jury of Experts)
€ 250 Best Original Sound-Track (Jury of Experts)

PRIZES COLLECTION AND PAYMENT METHODS
In order to receive the total amount of the prize, the physical presence of the director or producer of the winning film at the Award Ceremony is necessary. Those who do not attend the Award Ceremony will receive 50% of the prize (upon written request according to the provisions explained in details below).
The names of the finalists will be published on the website www.cinemadamare.com. All the authors of the short film of the CinemadaMare Main Competition are strongly recommended to check our website on a daily basis in order to be informed about the position of their film in the various steps (including the final and semi final) and also about the names of the winners.
To facilitate the travel arrangement and to enable the presence at the Award Ceremony of the producer/director of the film revived by the Director, the film will be screened on the last evening of the Semi-final.
To receive the prize, the winner must send a request to the office of Rome (Via Decimo Laberio, 11 - 00136 Rome), or by certified mail at cinemadamare@pec.it by January 31st 2019. Later than this date, the prizes will not be given anymore. All the prizes will be paid by bank transfer.
The prizes will be paid only once the organization receives the funds by the local institutions which will finance the festival.

Legal aspects
The author or the person who sends the film to the festival CdM has to check if there is any SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) protection for the film and, if any, pay the rights for the screening and the use of music and repertoire images. He/she must also comply with all the rules regarding the production of the short film, including the work of all the professionals. CinemadaMare is not responsible for any possible controversy arising from the non-compliance with the rules mentioned above.

When submitting a short film for the Main Competition, the author authorizes CinemadaMare to post the entire video or parts of it on the website and on the Social Network pages of the Festival.
CinemadaMare retains the right to film and post the event – in its whole or part of it – through press, photography, radio, television, audiovisual means, internet, etc. as well as publicizing the event with no obligation towards participants. The application to participate in the Festival implies the acceptance of this Regulation.
The producers of the short film selected for the Main Competition must agree to include the mention of participation in CinemadaMare in the future promotion of their short film, including the prizes won (if any) and the official logo of CinemadaMare, available at the office of CinemadaMare and on our website.

The court of Matera is the competent court for any possible controversy.

You can find the regulation also on the webpage http://www.cinemadamare.com/festival-2017/regolamento/