Taormina renews a special bond with cinema and its international film festival which boasts a 66-year long history. The event will be held from June 28 to July 4 in Taormina, Sicily, South Italy.
Throughout its glorious history the festival has showcased the brightest international stars and the most acclaimed excellences of Seventh Art, hosting in the “Pearl of the Ionian” some of the most prestigious interpreters and authors of contemporary cinema. As established tradition, the festival revolves around an international competition reserved for feature films and documentaries from countries of different cultures.
All the submissions will be subjected to the evaluation of a first-class jury: in 2019, the three-times Academy Award winner director Oliver Stone served as jury president. In addition, popular and long-awaited premieres will be screened every evening in the evocative setting of the Ancient Theatre, the most beautiful outdoor cinema in the world. During the film week, Taormina Film Fest will also have the pleasure to host countless celebrities of the silver screen who attend the screening of their latest works and will impart true "leçons de cinéma" – in 2019 Taormina Film Fest hosted the Academy Award winner actresses Nicole Kidman and Octavia Spencer, not to mention Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Greenaway, Phillip Noyce, Bruce Beresford, Julia Ormond, Dominique Sanda, Marco Bellocchio and over 70 screenings, with a significant representation of the whole cinema industry, including producers and distributors.
It’s not a stretch to say that nearly every actor or director has been on the stage of this magical and unique location: from Cary Grant to Woody Allen, Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn and Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth and Burt Lancaster, Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson. They have all been guests at the festival as well as Ingrid Bergman, Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Pietro Germi and Sergio Leone. In more recent years Robert De Niro, Melanie Griffith, Jessica Lange, Terry Gilliam, Russell Crowe, Michael Douglas, Colin Firth and Tom Cruise, among many others, attended the festival.
An International Jury of five renowned cultural personalities or film industry professionals - with the exception of those who have worked on the production of invited works or those who have interest in their distribution - will award the following prizes for feature films:
- Cariddi d’Oro for Best Film;
- Cariddi d’Argento for Best Director;
- Maschera di Polifemo for Best Actor
- Maschera di Polifemo for Best Actress
At the discretion of the Jury, a technical Cariddi Award could be given to a remarkable artistic contribution among the following categories: screenplay, cinematography, original score, film editing, production design, costume design and visual effects.
The International Jury will not award ex-aequo prizes.
Furthermore, movies can not receive more than a prize provided for in Regulation. Exceptionally and in one case only, after consulting the Artistic Director, the Jury may award with Maschera di Polifemo an actor or an actress starring in an award-winning movie.
If their film is awarded, producers and distributors are committed to place the Official Laurel provided by the 66th Taormina Film Fest on the advertising material, before taking part in other festivals, or before cinema release and in home video supports.
1. OFFICIAL SELECTION
1.1 Taormina 66
International competition limited to a maximum of 20 first or second feature films or documentaries any genre - provided that the duration has to be longer than 50 minutes - can be both experimental or artistic. Only premieres - at least Italian premieres - are eligible for selection, with particular regard to emerging authors, low-budget and independent cinema marked by innovative and creative approach.
1.2 Out of competition
Significant feature films or documentaries are presented Out of Competition - in Italian premiere and by invitation only- for a maximum of 20 titles. This section includes well-known and emerging authors whose works are linked to original forms or genres, new aesthetic and expressive tendencies.
Competitive section for independent European films only, both documentary and fiction, not shorter than 50 minutes. Unlike the Main Competition, they don’t need to be first or second works. Special attention will be paid to women filmmakers, or films about women’s issues. Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- quality of narrative and production values.
- independent nature of the production.
Both for submission and screening, English subtitles (if Italian ones are not available) are required, including English-spoken films. All submissions must have been completed after January 1st, 2019. Taormina Film Fest requires at least the Italian premiere: they must not have been released in Italy on any format, nor screened publicly online.
2. GENERAL CONDITIONS
2.1 Terms and conditions for admission
All works submitted to the Main Competition must be of recent production, completed not earlier than July 1st 2019 and they can not have been previously presented in any other form or duration, not even as a work-in-progress, in the previous editions of TaorminaFilmFest. Rookie and sophomore directors are invited to provide information relating to their curriculum vitae, for purpose of research and documentation. Under no circumstances selected works could have been released abroad prior to July 2019 or through on-demand platforms available in Italy.
2.2 Formats allowed
The only formats allowed for screening are the following:
• Digital Cinema Package - DCP
• Blu-ray Disc
2.3 Registration fees
Submissions will be accepted from December 1st, 2019. For each work submitted through FilmFreeway a fee of $50 is required. For works submitted after March 15th 2020, the registration fee will be $60 while for those submitted after April 10th 2020 the fee will be $70. In no case this amount will be refunded. Festival will not pay screening fees for voluntary submissions.
2.4 How to do submission
In order to be eligible for the Official Selection, not later than May 10th 2020, it is necessary:
a) to fill out the pre-selection form (entry-form) at www.filmfreeway.com;
b) to pay the registration fee;
c) to upload movie file to the streaming service, exclusively via password-protected link which will be indicated at the time of registration;
d) to send a brief information sheet about the director and the film along with useful information (synopsis, cast and crew, director's notes and production context);
e) English subtitles are required for films in languages other than Italian (including English-spoken films).
3. INVITATION AND ATTENDANCE
All selected works will receive a notification by May 24th 2020. Formal acceptance is required. No film may be withdrawn from the Festival programme after the acceptance. Successful submissions will receive information on shipping the film to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in 66th Taormina Film Fest.
All selected film-makers get VIP passes that allow entry into all our Official Selection screenings, Ancient Theater movie nights and ceremonies, Red Carpet, Masterclasses with special guests, talks and panels, networking events and parties.
The invitation must be kept confidential until the programme is officially announced, under penalty of exclusion from selection. General schedule and screening times are the exclusive competence of Taormina Film Fest.
Selected works must be sent - not later than May 31st 2020 - to a specific server indicated by the festival organization or in downloadable electronic form with password-protected link.
Submitting parties must send otherwise at their own expense:
· one DCP or Blu-ray Disk in original version with English subtitles for official and press screenings (including Italian-spoken movies)
Costs of English subtitles are in any case borne by right-holders. They are required to send dialogue lists both in English and original language.
All materials for the catalogue - synopsis (up to 500 characters), cast and crew, director's photo and biography (up to 500 characters), complete director's filmography, movie stills, director's statement (up to 500 characters) - must be sent not later than May 31st 2020, exclusively in electronic format and marked "Material for catalogue", to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
3.5 Press materials
Press materials (press book, movie stills, trailer, etc.) must be sent to the email address email@example.com by June 7th 2020. All promotional material must include the prominent statement "Official Selection 66th TaorminaFilmFest" by specifying "World / International / European / Italian Premiere".
3.6 Official logo
With explicit commitment of right-holders, any kind of advertisement has to announce, via the Official Logo, their participation in 66th TaorminaFilmFest. Award-winning films must also indicate the recognition obtained according to the official graphics provided by the Festival.
4.1 Shipping charges
All shipping and postage costs for DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from TaorminaFilmFest (including any costs of transportation from Catania airport to Taormina and all fees incurred in customs) must be borne by the submitting parties.
As regards DCP, the submitting party must contact the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to request instructions for shipping. Blu-Ray disks as well as all materials sent by courier or post must be sent directly to the Festival address:
66. TAORMINA FILM FEST
c/o Videobank S.p.A.
Via Vittorio Emanuele III, 178
Belpasso (CT), 95032 ITALIA
Festival is not required to give back the submitted works unless they arrive with prepaid return packaging via express delivery service (courier or diplomatic bag). Return requests shall arrive not later than 31st July 2020.