An outpost to investigate the present in view of the future.
An immersive experience in screen dance.
Crossing borders between choreography, cinema, motion, new technologies, creativity and innovative storytelling.

ZED Festival welcomes international screendance and crossmedia works, with a particular attention to virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, triggering connections between dance and new media.
The 2022 edition news is a new cash prize for 360° VR Best Film, in addition to the Awards for Dance Screen Competition already assigned in 2021.

ZED Festival aims to become a landmark for screendance in Italy by facilitanting immersive creative processes and programming short films & feature films, 360 ° films, VR / AR performances, talks and workshops.

We invite you to participate and explore new performative places together, nurture individual and collective knowledge and generate explosive synergies.

ZED Festival is realized in the frame of "PRO|D|ES Danza - Promozione Digitale Estesa della Danza", with the support of MiC (Ministero della Cultura).

1. Screendance Film Competition
Jury members will be designated by ZED Festival Artistic Direction and will be composed by both dance and cinema representatives. The Jury will assign, among the selected films, two Awards, in cash prizes:
Best Film (1000€)
Best Choreography (750€)
The same jury will assign a special mention to the Best performer.
The Festival’s Audience will assign an Audience Award.
A special jury composed by students of DAMS (Department of Arts, Music and Performance of University of Bologna) will assign a Young Jury Award.
2. 360° VR Dance Film competition
An international Jury nominated by ZED Festival Artistic Director, composed by experts of dance and XR technologies will assign an Award with cash prize:
Best Film (500€)

The judgment of the artistic direction, the juries, and the audience is final.

I) SECTIONS
1. Screendance Film Competition
dance films, films related to choreography and movement;
short films between 1 and 20 minutes;
film production year: starting by 2019;
max. 2 submissions per filmmaker.

2. 360° VR Dance Film Competition
films related to dance, choreography and movement, specifically meant to be seen on a VR headset;
no duration limits;
film production year: starting by 2019;
max. 2 submissions per filmmaker.

WARNING: music videos, trailers or recordings of performances, commercials, home-made videos will not be accepted;

II) AWARDS AND JURY
1. Screendance Film Competition
Jury members will be designated by ZED Festival Artistic Direction and will be composed by both dance and cinema representatives. The Jury will assign, among the selected films, two Awards, in cash prizes:
Best Film (1000€)
Best Choreography (750€)
The same jury will assign a special mention to the Best performer.
The Festival’s Audience will assign an Audience Award.
A special jury composed by students of DAMS (Department of Arts, Music and Performance of University of Bologna) will assign a Young Jury Award.
2. 360° VR Dance Film competition
An international Jury nominated by ZED Festival Artistic Director, composed by experts of dance and XR technologies will assign an Award with cash prize:
Best Film (500€)

The judgment of the artistic direction, the juries, and the audience is final.

III) SELECTION AND DEADLINES
- Deadlines for both section:
Open Call Publication: April 16th, 2022
Submission form Opening: April 23rd, 2022
Early Bird Deadline: May 21st, 2021 (free)
Regular Deadline: June 19th, 2021 (5€ fee)

- Submissions must be made through the festival’s official online submission platform on FilmFreeway.

- Notifications about the film selections 2022 will be sent by July 17th, 2021 and announced online within July 31st 2022.

IV) SCREENINGS @ZED Festival
- By submitting your film, you grant ZED Festival the right to screen it during the Festival period at Le Serre dei Giardini Margherita (or any other location of the festival) in Bologna without the paying of any screening fees. Each selected film will be shown live at least once during the Festival.

- By submitting your film, ZED Festival is granted the right to screen the submitted 360° VR Dance Films during the festival period at Le Serre dei Giardini Margherita (or any other location of the festival) in Bologna without the paying of any screening fees, for the whole duration of the Festival from August 31st to September 4th.

- General scheduling and timetable of screenings are entirely at the discretion of the festival.

- In case your film is selected for screening you will be asked to send a copy of the film with a minimum quality of Full HD (1920 x 1080), before September 7th, 2021
typical film Full HD file: Codec: H264; Format: MP4; Aspect: 16:9 o 4/3 depending on the source; Height: 1080px; AVG Bitrate: 10MBPS or more; Sound: 5.1 AAC 48Hz 320 or stereo (Only 1 audio layer mixed); Framerate: 24 or 25fps

- in presence of dialogue, English subtitles are requested

V) FURTHER SCREENINGS
ZED Festival is based in Bologna and partner of a wider national project, PRO|D|ES Danza - Promozione Digitale Estesa della Danza with Cro.Me (Milan) and COORPI (Turin), with the support of MiC (Ministero Italiano della Cultura). PRO|D|ES is promoter of a national network of dance & film festivals called RETE GIARDINO ZED, among which it holds selected screendance programs all along the year. Under agreement with the authors, who will always be priorly informed, the selected films, both for screendance and 360° VR, could become part of special screenings curated by ZED Festival in other venues, for the duration of a year or before ZED Festival 2022 Edition. The artists and its films will always be treated with the maximum respect they deserve.

Also, selected films will be part of a permanent Archive, that will be implemented on ZED Festival website. If your film is being commercially exploited by its director or producer, or for strategic distribution reasons, a trailer will be used and a link will be provided for its purchase or payment on demand until the end of said period.

VI) GENERAL CONDITIONS
- By submitting your film you claim to have full ownership of the film and / or have cleared all the rights. ZED Festival shall under no circumstances be liable for any claims by third parties.

- ZED Festival is granted the right to use the submitted films, film stills, posters and trailers for promotional purposes on the internet, television and other media. An excerpt of max. 35 sec of each submitted film may be used for that purpose.

- The film information provided by the participant in the entry form will be used for festival publications. Catalogue writings are entirely at the discretion of the festival. ZED Festival accepts no liability in the event that its publications reproduce inaccuracies in submitted materials.

- ZED Festival reserves the right to modify, suspend, interrupt, cancel or postpone the contest for causes independent of its will, force majeure and for which can not be held responsible in any way. Likewise, ZED Festival reserves the right to redefine, suspend, cancel the aforementioned awards if circumstances make it inevitable; no objection will be accepted. The organization undertakes to notify any changes with regard to this as soon as possible.

- The film submitter’s personal contact details will be kept in the ZED Festival database after the festival. This information is only used to request additional screenings and will never be made public nor given to third parties without consent of the submitter.

- In case of faulty projection, the festival cannot be held liable for immaterial damages suffered by the director, producer or distributor.

- ZED Festival is very happy to have the filmmakers present at the festival, unfortunately the festival cannot cover travel and accommodation.

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  • Martina Faux

    El Festival ZED es un festival de alta calidad técnica y con un trabajo de equipo muy profesional. Son prolijos y dedicados en todas sus presentaciones, y aunque no tuve la suerte de estar allí, unas semanas antes del festival me pude reunir en Bologna a charlar con uno de sus organizadores. Me pareció un gesto hermoso, interesarse por los realizadores de los trabajos seleccionados.
    Me encantaría poder presenciar la próxima edición. Un placer conocerlos y muchas gracias!
    Saludos, Martina Faux Marambio -the invisible inheritance-

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Martina for the review and the kind words. It was a real pleasure to host your wonderful film and even more to have the chance to meet you in person, that gives meaning to all the work.
    Congrats again for the Audience Award!