IFF-Integrazione Film Festival
Inclusion, Identity, Intercultural

The social, cultural, demographic and economic transformations underway are often at the origin of the new forms of insecurity of individuals, of increasing the vulnerability of a part of the population, of the process of fragmentation of the community. In this situation, it is becoming more difficult for people to understand the positive value of relations, in particular those linked to participation in community life, the construction of forms for coexistence between different groups and for developing forms of responsibility and a common response to needs.
When facing these new challenges, in particular that of intercultural integration, policies show a difficult situation as witnessed by a framework of fragmented interventions, not attributable to an organic strategic design.

In recent years, it has become increasingly more common to document and/or portray stories of possible integration between citizens of different cultural origins but who live in the same region, using cinema as a tool, in particular “shorts” (well suited to stimulating reflections and thoughts since the emotional aspect is also involved through images).

These prefigurations of a possible and positive future, an artistic expression of cinematographic language, have for years been the legacy of IFF Integrazione Film Festival. This festival will be celebrating its 14th edition in 2020 rallying together all those “artists of images” who venture to portray and describe intercultural integration between people, families, and groups with differing origins residing in the same country.

Works admitted to the International Contest will be judged by a specially appointed Jury which will award the following Prizes:
a) For documentary films: first Prize of 1000 euros (before taxes) for the best documentary which, possessing high artistic qualities corresponds absolutely to the cultural and popular objectives which inspire the Festival.
b) For short films of fiction: first Prize of 1000 euros (before taxes) for the best work that portrays integration according to the Festival’s objectives. b) Special mention.
c) Works admitted to the contest in the School (Scuola) section will be judged by a specially appointed Jury which will award a Prize of 500 euros (before taxes) to the best short film of fiction which corresponds absolutely to the cultural objectives which inspire the Festival.

2020 COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Ruah Cooperative announces the 14th edition of IFF Integrazione Film Festival which will be held in Bergamo and Sarnico (BG) from April 15-19, 2020.
The Festival aims to be a gathering for presenting and promoting films and videos of all nationalities and genres dealing with the themes of integration between people, families, and populations of different cultural
backgrounds and national origins.
The Festival pays special attention to emerging cinematography, young filmmakers and independent authors.

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The types of films that can be entered:
- those that document positive aspects and events of a reality that is changing, becoming increasingly multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious, as well as initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of good practices related to it in this sense;
- those that portray experiences of coexistence that are possible because of openness toward dialogue, to exchanging ideas, and not fearful when dealing with conflict;
- ones that represent effective ways of inclusion, socialisation and intercultural interaction.

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The programme of IFF Integrazione Film Festival is divided into the following sections:
- Competition for documentaries with a maximum length of 52 minutes.
- Competition for works of fiction of all genres with a maximum length of 20 minutes.

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Admission to the Contest is decided unquestionably by the Festival Management through the collaboration of a Selection Committee. Works submitted for selection must be sent by and no later than February 28 2019.
Works completed after January 1 2018 are admitted. Works that have been presented in other national and international Festivals will be accepted. Works entered in previous editions of the Festival will not be admitted.
The authors and/or producers of works admitted as well as those excluded will be notified by the end of March 2020.

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Works admitted to the International Contest will be judged by a specially appointed Jury which will award the following Prizes.
a) For documentary films: first Prize of 1000 euros (before taxes) for the best documentary which, possessing high artistic qualities corresponds absolutely to the cultural and popular objectives which inspire the Festival.
b) For short films of fiction: first Prize of 1000 euros (before taxes) for the best work that portrays integration according to the Festival’s objectives. b) Special mention.
c) Works admitted to the contest in the School (Scuola) section will be judged by a specially appointed Jury which will award a Prize of 500 euros (before taxes) to the best short film of fiction which corresponds absolutely to the cultural objectives which inspire the Festival.

The juries reserve the right to not award the aforementioned prizes. The juries also reserve the right to assign special special mentions.
The audience will also be invited to express their own winner to whom award the IFF Integrazione Film Festival plaque.

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Participation in the selection of the IFF Integrazione Film Festival must be done by February 15st 2020.
All the works received for the selection will be kept in the festival archives for the sole purpose of internal documentation. Registration for the festival entails authorization for the screening of the work during the event and for the side activities defined in article 10.
For information: festival@iff-filmfestival.com

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The owners of works selected for the contests must make sure the screening copies reach the Festival no later than March 31th 2019. Digital upload at festival@iff-filmfestival.com or postal mail at Festival IFF Integrazione Film Festival, c/o Cooperativa Impresa Sociale RUAH, via S. Bernardino 77, 24126 Bergamo (BG) – Italia.
All copies submitted for the selection will be kept in the festival archives for the purposes of internal documentation. Registration in the festival implies the authorisation to screen the work during the event.
For all not Italian selected films, should have been provided English or Italian subtitled version. Transport costs for all materials are in charge of the participants.
The screening formats allowed for the selected films are: Blu Ray, File HD, DCP

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The festival reserves the right to use excerpts of the selected works for a maximum length of 2’ (or 10% of the entire length for short films) for a television broadcast or on networks whose aims are exclusively promotional and not commercial.

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The authors, producers and distributors of films and videos selected and awarded at the 14th edition of the IFF Integrazione Film Festival are invited to indicate the official logo of the festival in the opening titles of the work, on promotional materials, printed publications and any official websites. Festival logo is available at the administrative offices or can be obtained by writing to festival@untempoper.com.

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Collateral activities of IFF Integrazione Film Festival call for decentralisation and non-commercial circulation of a part of the films selected for the contest at the Festival. Use of the works selected by the Ruah Cooperative is limited exclusively to screenings that are cultural and non-profit and with conditions that are to be agreed upon with the authors and/or owners entitled.

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Submitting an application to enter the Festival entails the acceptance of all the rules in these Regulations. It is the responsibility of authors, producers, distributors and other persons who present the film to be legitimately authorised to register the film at the festival.
The participants are responsible for the quality and intactness of the file sent, as well as the legitimate ownership of the images and soundtracks used, or of the use of them in compliance with the law.
The Art Director has the right to resolve all cases not provided for by these Regulations, as well as to waive them in the event of particular cases that are properly justified.
For any objections on the meaning of the single articles of the Regulations, the original text in Italian shall be exclusively considered legally binding.
The Court of Bergamo is the competent court of jurisdiction for any disputes.