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 16.000 €, internationally known experts jury, masterclasses and special events.
The Festival, at its 4° edition, is organised by the Foundation “La Città del Sole” – Onlus in the fascinating medieval city of Perugia.

- PerSo Award to the best feature film: € 8.000,00
- PerSo Award to the best feature film: : € 1.000
- PerSo Cinema Italiano: € 2.000
- PerSo Lab Awards to the best Promo: € 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

Find out Call for Entry here: http://www.persofilmfestival.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Bando_di_Concorso_PerSo_2018.pdf

Here some relevant extracts from the Call for entry:

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 2017 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.
All films must maintain an Italian Premiere status, which means they must not have been publicly shown in Italy before September 30th 2018 (This pertains to any platform available: festivals, events, any kind of television program, Internet, etc.).
The selection will give priority to World, International and European Premiers.
Whether a regularly submitted film should lose the eligibility requirements (hereby stated) in the period of time between the submission date and the beginning of the festival, the subscription will be voided and the film excluded from the competition.
AWARDS
a) PerSo Award
€ 8.000 to the best medium and feature length film
b) Special Jury Mention
Special Mention to the best medium and feature length film
d) PerSo Agorà
€ 1.000 to the best medium and feature length film awarded by the 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 2017 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
b) Political Refugees and Migrants Jury’s Special Mention
Special Mention to the best medium and feature length Italian Documentary Film selected by the Political Refugees and Migrants Jury

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 2017 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 short (less than 30 minutes), medium (between 30 and 74 minutes) and feature length (75 minutes or more) documentaries concluded after 1st September 2016. These documentaries must focus on social issues in a broader sense (as explained in the Introduction, point 1) and be somehow related to the Umbria Region: about Umbria itself and/or set in Umbria and/or from authors either born or residing in Umbria.
Since this peculiar category is related to a very restricted production/setting field, the Festival Direction decided to open this Award to the “Social Cinema”, with the additional objective of encouraging the Umbrian Cinema. The “Social Cinema” is to be intended in its widest sense, including, besides the Cinema of the Real, also the Fictional Cinema and the Cinema of Animation on social issues.
AWARDS
a) PerSo “Umbria in celluloide”:
€ 1.000 to the best documentary film

9. BEST TEASER AND DOCUMENTARY PROJECT – PERSO LAB COMPETITION
Eligible for the selection process are teasers 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 final work must have been produced both at the Festival submission time and at the Festival screening one. 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 project accompanied by a teaser
b) PerSo Lab in progress
A development grant to the best project accompanied by a teaser, to be spent the day after the award ceremony, working at the development of the project with a Jury selected by the Festival Direction.

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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