The Garden-in-Movies Film Festival, born in 2017 as part of the International Festival of Landscape Radicepura Garden Festival (Giarre, Catania) and now in its third edition (2-3-4 August 2019), narrates the Garden with through the language of cinema in a broad perspective that embraces every dynamic that cultivates cultural, political, social and artistic values. Nature and landscape, therefore, but also ecology, eco-sustainability, education, culture and respect for the environment.
The Festival consists of three days of screenings, meetings and conversations with prestigious guests and offers three different sections for feature films: "Roots" (Italy), "Mediterranean Essence" (Mediterranean Countries) and "Beyond the Garden" (Rest of the world). In addition, a competitive section for short films, the Garden-in-Movies / ShortFilmFest, international competition of short films with an Expert Jury and an Audience Jury that respectively award the Best Short Film Award and the Audience Award.
The Festival takes place in summer, at the evocative Radicepura Park, transformed for three days in an open-air botanical sitting room and a movie theater under the stars, at the foot of Etna and in front of sea, embellished by the smells and scents of the plants in the park.
After the deadline expires, the Festival will compile a shortlist of finalist works that will be screened in competition at the II edition of Garden-in-Movies (2-3-4 August 2019) for the Best Short Film Award and the Audience Award.
The prizes will be awarded by an Expert and Audience Jury.
The Expert Jury, composed by three members, is appointed by the Festival and is comprised of representatives from film, television, art, culture, journalism, entertainment and landscape industries.
The Audience Jury, composed by the people attending the Festival, express their vote with a specific forms distributed before every screening.
Any honorable mentions awarded by the Expert Jury will be announced during the awards ceremony evening.
The Entrants can submit short films of fiction, documentaries or animation of any genre (drama, comedy, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, noir, etc.), with a running time no longer than 15 minutes (including opening and end credits), released or unreleased and coming from any country, produced after January 1, 2017.
In case of selection, the festival reserves the right to use stills and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes, not exceeding 10% of the running time.
For each short film submitted to the selection, exclusively through the FilmFreeWay platform, a non-refundable registration fee of $ 6 is requested to cover administrative costs.
The deadline for entry is May 31, 2019.
All the short films talked in Italian must be subtitled in English, whereas the ones talked in a foreign language must be subtitled in Italian. Films in a foreign language other than English should be subtitled in English too, but this is not mandatory.