Prato Film Festival is a project dedicated to Cinema and the International Comedy.
This festival, which has multiple intentions, is also realized because of the need of our town of innovation as for cultural events related to the Cinema or the Creative Visual Art, the “seventh art”.
We believe that Prato deserves this uniqueness (festival for first and second works) as it has given birth to many prominent figures that have marked, and continue to do so today, the Italian and international cinema.
Prato Film Festival this year will include both short films and feature films. In fact, there will be five sections of short films in competition: Human Rights, Short Italy, Short World, Tuscan Authors and Environment.
With this project we intend to achieve an international event that would give visibility and value to all those talented authors that today represent the Cinema. The Prato Film Festival is dedicated to two great comedy script-writers Piero De Bernardi, born in Prato, and Leo Benvenuti born in Florence. The admission to the festival and the exhibition is free.

SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
•• Section: Human Rights Best Short Film
• Section: Short World Best Short Film
• Section: Short Italy Best Short Film
• Best Script, Piero de Bernardi award
The response of the jury is indisputable.

MUNICIPALITY OF PRATO
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE

REGULATION 2021 - 9th edition
26nd – 31th July 2021

1. FESTIVAL SECTIONS
2. CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION
3. SELECTION AND AWARDS
4. GENERAL CONDITIONS
5. TECHNICAL FORM

1. FESTIVAL SECTIONS

 Human Rights - international
 Short World (comedy and drama) - international
 Short Italy

2. CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION
The competition is open to directors and production firms that present shorts made in digital format. The registration must be received within 15th April 2021. Works must be sent via:

- e-mail to info@pratofilmfestival.it including short film link

- FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/PratoFilmFestival;

The longest duration admitted for short films is 15 minutes; the oldest production year admitted is 2019. Each participant can send one work per section at the most (except for Artistic Direction’s decision).

3. SELECTIONS AND AWARDS

Selection:
The secretariat will communicate the final participation within 15th May 2021.

After receiving this communication, within 15 days each author must send a copy of the film – along with the regulation signed and the technical form (at the end of this regulation) completely filled- with the following features:

 Quicktime.mov file (Apple ProRes) or H264 (bitrate has not to be lower than 25Mbps)
 1080p resolution or higher
 24 or 25 Fps
 Audio stereo 44100 Hz or higher

Files can be sent tru’ FTP given by you or available files-sharing platforms (free) such as wetransfer, yousendit, mediafire, dropbox, etc.etc to: info@pratofilmfestival.it
Works given in one of the above mentioned formats must be without subtitles except for those with Italian subtitles. Works in a foreign language should preferably be subtitled in Italian. Otherwise, enclose the electronic subtitle file in Italian or English in .srt or Adobe Encore .txt format with relative minutes.

THE TECHNICAL FORM MUST BE FILLED IN CLEARLY AND LEGIBLE, UNDER PAIN OF EXCLUSION.

A commission appointed by the festival artistic director will meet to select the works sent. The shorts selected will be communicated to the author/production firm by e-mail. All the works that will arrive after 15th April 2021 will be taken into consideration for the next edition.

A jury of experts, nominated by the festival artistic director, will meet to consider and to judge the selected works and will award the following prizes:

• Section: Human Rights Best Short Film
• Section: Short World Best Short Film
• Section: Short Italy Best Short Film
• Best Script, Piero de Bernardi award

The response of the jury is indisputable.

4. GENERAL CONDITIONS
a) Each author will be considered responsible for the content of the presented film; in no case, neither the organizers nor the jury will be.

b) Definite dates and/or locations choice is at the discretion of the festival artistic direction.
c) Within May 2021 the winners will be informed about the prizes and they have to confirm their presence within 15 days.

d) Accomodation is foreseen only for the winners (half-board and lodging, one night in a single/double room). Transport expenses (flight, car, train, etc…) will not be refunded.
e) The festival invites all the winners to be present during the award cerimony. If this is not possible, their absence is considered as a waiver to the award, and the festival organization will be entitled to reward the second work on the list designated by the jury. For information contact the secretariat of the festival.
f) Through this regulation signature, the Author allows Events Production to publish photos and news concerning its own works on daily, weekly and monthly publications and festival catalogue, in order to promote the festival.
g) Besides, the Author allows Events Production to show 2/3 minutes of the film during other national/international movie screenings, also through tv and internet, against no reward.
h) The author prohibits the use of its own works in a context that could compromise its own dignity, exonerating Events Production henceforth from any responsability in case of an improper use of its works by third parties.
i) The Festival management is not responsible for theft, damages or loss of works. For further information please contact the Secretariat.

j) The participation in the competition implies the full acceptance and respect of this regulation in every part of its.
k) This regulation is written in Italian and English: in case of linguistic misunderstanding about the translation, the Italian language will have the prevalence.
l) Your data will be kept according to the Italian law and GDPR EU 2016/679. Person in charge Romeo Conte.
m) Should any dispute arise between the parties, the only authorized court is the one of Prato, without fail.
For acceptance
Date______________________ Clear Signature _______________________________________

Overall Rating
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  • Due to Covid physical travel, interaction with fellow filmmakers and networking was an impossible task. But this is a very beautiful festival and at the grassroots in Italy - a country with richest of cinematic traditions. Reasons enough to participate even if one cannot be physically present at the screenings.

    November 2020
  • ottima organizzazione comunicazione complimenti buona continuazione

    May 2019
  • I was able to meet great professionals at this festival! Don't miss the next edition. Romeo Conte brings a lot of energy and passion to this event. Thanks!

    June 2018