The Salento International Film Festival Is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promotes international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures' and peoples'.

Founded in 2004 by Luigi Campanile, the Salento International Film Festival emerged as a major cultural event and the top film festival in South Italy. Each year it introduces filmmakers worldwide to the Salento area's unique resources, while celebrating the history and future of the film industry with 5 days of world premieres, special events, seminars, feature films, short films, documentaries.

For the past few years SIFF has organized and run a world tour, taking the festival to international destinations like Zurich, London, Hong Kong, New York, Santiago del Cile, Moscow, San Petersburg, Oslo and more, presenting the “Best of the Fest” event. This gives SIFF the opportunity to showcase some of the best movies presented at the Festival to an international public, in prestigious locations such as Italian Cultural Institutes in the world and Cinema theatres, increasing the visibility and appreciation of such works which struggle to find a distribution channel.

Best Feature Film
Best Soundtrack
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Documentary
Best Short-Film

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The 17 th edition of the Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) will take place from September 2 to 6, 2020 in the cozy and welcoming town of Tricase , Salento Apulia. The main aim of the Festival founded by Luigi Campanile in 2004 is to celebrate films and filmmakers, to promote international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples.

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SIFF FEST 2020 will include the following sections:
- World Cinema - International Feature Competition
- The World in Short - International Short Film Competition
- Italy in Short - Italian Short Film Competition
- Women Like It Short - International Competition of short films directed by women
- A Window on the World - International Documentary Competition
- Special Events and Tribute
- Salento Award Show

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Section World Cinema - Competition
Reserved for 8/10 international films. Priority will be given to films never shown in Italy, in other festivals or out of the European country of origin. The films will be judged by a Popular Jury based on their verdicts, the following awards will be assigned,
- Salento Award for Best Feature Film
- Salento Award for Best Actor
- Salento Award for Best Actress
- Salento Award for Best Short-Film
- Salento Award for Best Documentary

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Section SIFF - Tribute & Retrospective
SIFF 2020 pays homage to the art of one of the greatest Italian or international actor.

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The movies of all sections will be selected by the Artistic Director Luigi Campanile, who will choose the dates for the films to be screened at the Festival.

2. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

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The movies of the sections mentioned in the previous articles will be presented in original version with Italian and english subtitles. The Italian movies will screen with English subtitles. All costs of the selected features pertaining to the subtitling operations into Italian, of the selected features will be covered by the participants; Italian films must have English subtitles.

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The directors of the films selected will receive an official confirmation of the selection of the film. By signing the official entry form, the films' representatives officially communicate their acceptance to screen their films at the Salento Int'l Film Festival. The formats accepted for the screenings is Blu Ray and DCP for theater screening. Any other standard will not be accepted.

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The following materials are requested for each film to be included in the catalogue:
- film stills (min. 10)
- director's picture
- director's bio-filmography
- short synopsis
- Subtitles with time code in English and Italian SRT format.

All enclosures must be sent by e-mail to info@salentocinema.com in order to be icludeed in the catalogue.

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If a film is selected for screening, the Festival will contact the entrant by phone, fax, or email for any additional material needed for publication purposes.

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The producer of the selected film will provide the presence of at least one member of the selected film cast and crew (director, producer, lead actor or actress) at the Festival. The film director and/or producer must attend the Festival and present the film. The Festival will cover accommodation for two nights for all present cast and crew members (1 persons at most), flight and any other expenses will not be covered.

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Award winners are expected to attend the Festival Closing Ceremony. Award winners are obliged to mention the award as announced, nationally as well as internationally, in all publicity and promotional material.

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The Festival is authorised to use excerpts of the selected works (3 minutes maximum), made available by the producers, for promotional purposes.

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Films submitted will not be copied, modified, broadcast or screened outside the Festival without prior consent of the producers.

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The screening prints of the selected films must arrive no later than July 1, 2020

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Round -trip shipping charges of the selected copies will be paid by the participants.

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By signing the entry form, the candidates accept the above rules in full. Any controversy not solvable by the above rules and regulations will be submitted to the Festival Director, whose decision will be final and binding.

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The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Salento International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • Nina Juliano

    This is a great festival and I highly recommend it. I hope to attend again with future films. SIFF really gets the word out and brings the audience! The screening venues are beautiful, and the award ceremony and closing night party in the central square are not to be missed.

    September 2019
  • It is my great honor that my documentary film "Dance of Life" won best documentary film at Salento film festival 2019, Thank you so much Salento Jury. It is really fantastic that an Italian festival has focus on Iran culture and cinema. With the best wishes for you

    September 2019
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my music video "A House by the sea" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    September 2019
  • Hudson Philips

    Just... wow. What an incredible festival experience. The team is small but focused on making the screenings as amazing as possible rather than hand-holding the filmmakers. And let me tell you - the screenings were indeed amazing. Stunning venues with impeccable projection and sound. Full, engaged audiences of Italians - not just other filmmakers. The introductions and Q&A's were thoughtful and interesting - not just the usual run-of-the-mill questions.The hospitality and kindness of the organizers was so warm and wonderful. We stayed in the same hotel as a number of other filmmakers so many new friends were made. The entire experience was phenomenal. Days spent exploring Salento and nights spent watching movies and communing with people in the piazza. Highly recommended.

    September 2019
  • This is a magical festival. I didn't know what to expect before getting to Tricase. When I got there I found a super well run festival that screened at the most unique and ancient venues I have ever showed at.

    The films all screen in the evening, so in the day you can explore Puglia, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

    The best part for me about SIFF are the people that run it. Gigi, Patrizia, Laura, Lidia and Andreas all made us feel at home.

    September 2019