The INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL URTIcanti is a festival and a competition dedicated to short films, short docufilms and works of video art that feature contemporary author music as a written work.
The mission of the project is to popularise contemporary art music through images. It often happens that the non-expert listener perceives contemporary art music as an abstract, even too intellectual form of expression, and ends up distancing himself from it. In today's scenario in which the image is an almost indispensable element of every communicative process, resorting to visual support - short films, short docufilms and video art - can serve to break down certain prejudices. This Festival intends to make use of the concrete elements that images reveal so that contemporary music is closer and more easily accessible to an audience, even of non-experts. As a mirror of the performance, the image on the screen has the power to illuminate the resonant body (the actual musical instrument) but also the body of the performer, increasing the communicative charge of contemporary music pieces. In the cinema, it is no coincidence that, in addition to the music, the protagonist is the performer: making the performer's effort visible, highlighting the gestures, timbre, and corporeity of both sound and instrument, illuminating the sound sources, making visible details that remain in the shadows during the concert, are the objectives that the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL URTIcanti sets itself to encourage an empathetic encounter with contemporary music.
The following prizes will be awarded out of 3 final nominations
• best short film
• best short docufilm
• best video art work
The following prizes out of 3 final nominations will be awarded for each of the three categories
• best director
• best soundtrack
• best sound
• best photography
• best musical interpretation (for live performances)
In addition, the following special prizes will be awarded
• best work made under 20
• best Italian film
• best film made in the Region of Apulia
For each of the 11 prizes to be awarded, a personalized Trophy, a Parchment, a Certificate and a Laurels will be issued.
The Festival will be divided into the following sections
• International Short Film Competition (maximum length 10 minutes)
• International Short Docufilms Competition (maximum length 20 minutes)
• International Video Art Competition (maximum length 5 minutes)
The duration indications are general, non-objectionable. All exceptions may be considered, according to the sole and unquestionable judgement of the Festival Management.
The INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL URTIcanti is open to short films, short docufilms and video art from all countries made after 1 January 2020.
Applications for the festival must be submitted via the Filmfreeway.com platform at https://filmfreeway.com/INTERNATIONALMUSICFILMVIDEOFESTIVALURTIcanti
Screening copies of selected films & video must be uploaded by 31 July 2023 in FullHD (1080p) PAL format to the Filmfreeway.com platform at
After this date, films will be excluded from the Festival.
Films & video that do not meet the required format will not be admitted to the Festival.
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