[Notice: deadlines have been extended on 08.05.2020]

The aim of the Festival is to portray all the different aspects and widest meanings of the Social world through the Cinema of the Real. The Festival is mainly focused on innovative documentary styles and their ability to merge different genres together, with the hope of getting vast audiences closer to the stories and the themes faced.
The festival presents five competitive sections (feature documentary in italian premiere, short documentary, italian feature documentary, documentary promo and social movies related to Umbria), total prize money 14.000 €, internationally known experts jury, masterclasses and special events.
The Festival, at its 6th edition, is organised by A.p.s. RealMente , in collaboration with Foundation “La Città del Sole” – Onlus in the fascinating medieval city of Perugia.

- PerSo Award to the best feature film: € 5.000,00
- PerSo Award - Special Jury award: € 1.000
- PerSo Audience Award to the best feature film: : € 1.000
- PerSo Cinema Italiano: € 2.000
- PerSo Lab Awards to the best project: € 2.000,00
- PerSo Short Award to the best short film: € 1.000,00
- PerSo Short Jail to the best short film (awarded by the prisoners’ Jury): € 1.000
- PerSo “Umbria in celluloide” to the best movie related to the Umbria region: € 1.000,00

COMPETITIVE SECTIONS

5. PERSO AWARD COMPETITION FOR BEST MEDIUM AND FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM
Eligible for the selection process are documentaries of any nationality and language, with no less than 30 minutes running time, concluded after January 1st, 2019 or that had never been publicly screened before this date.
All films must maintain the Italian Premiere status, which means they must not have been publicly screened in Italy before the scheduled screening day at PerSo Film Festival 2020 (This pertains to any event and/or platform available: festivals, screenings, any kind of television program, movies streaming services, etc.).
The selection will give priority to World, International and European Premiers.
AWARDS
a) PerSo Award
€ 5.000 to the best feature length film
b) Special Jury Award
€ 1.000 to the special jury award
d) PerSo Agorà – Audience Award
€ 1.000 to the best medium and feature length film awarded by the Festival audience

6. CINEMA ITALIANO COMPETITION FOR THE BEST ITALIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM
Eligible for the selection process are Italian Documentaries with no less than 30 minutes running time, concluded after January 1st, 2019 or that had never been publicly shown before this date. Only in exceptional cases the Festival Direction, at its own discretion, may decide to derogate from this deadline for those documentary films that have never been publicly shown. In order to be an “Italian Documentary”, it must have been produced by Italian directors or directors that have been residing in Italy during the documentary film making and/or produced or co-produced in Italy.
AWARDS
a) PerSo Cinema italiano
€ 2.000 to the best medium and feature length Italian Documentary Film

7. PERSO SHORT AWARD COMPETITION FOR BEST SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Eligible for the selection process are short documentaries of any nationality and language, with a less than 30 minutes running time, concluded after January 1st, 2019 or that had never been publicly shown before this date. Only in exceptional cases the Festival Direction, at its own discretion, may decide to derogate from this deadline for those documentary films that have never been publicly shown out of their country of origin.
The selection will give priority to World, International and European Premiers.
AWARDS
a) PerSo Short Award
€ 1.000 to the best short documentary film
b) PerSo Short Jail
€ 1.000 Awarded by the Prisoners’ Jury to the best short film

8. “UMBRIA IN CELLULOIDE” COMPETITION
Eligible for the selection process are any length movies concluded after 1st September, 2018, focused on social issues in a broader sense (as explained in the Introduction, point 1) and related to the Umbria Region: about Umbria itself and/or set in Umbria and/or from authors either born or resident in Umbria. It is eligible all kinds of movies: documentary, fiction, animation films, etc.

AWARDS
a) PerSo “Umbria in celluloide” – ANEC UMBRIA
€ 1.000 to the best film

9. PERSO LAB COMPETITION
Eligible for the selection process are projects of documentary works that are still to be produced. The teasers must be accompanied by a project and can be of any nationality. The running time must not exceed 6 minutes of total duration.
The registration requires the submission of a teaser together with a synopsis of the project, the director’s notes and a production report about the development phases of the work that is still to be produced.
In order to be a teaser, it must be an audiovisual work able to give a sneak peek of what the story is about, the author’s documentary style and the way he or she approaches the main theme, and a visual example of how the finished work will look like.
The above-mentioned caption “still to be produced” means that only a minor part of the footage must have been filmed both at the moment of Festival submission and at the moment of Festival screening. The selected authors will be required to provide a self-certification through the acceptance letter and the disclaimer both to be sent by the proposer. The Festival Direction, at its own discretion, will state whether this requirement is actually fulfilled.
AWARDS
a) PerSo Lab Award
€ 2.000 to the best documentary film project.

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  • uli decker

    Absolutely wonderful Festival in a beautiful place. High quality selection of movies. Extremely nice staff and good organization. We had a great time and felt very fortunate having been selected!

    October 2017