An itinerant independent cinema festival, both on the road and borderline
Errant images, displacements and psycho-geographical drifts

Detour on the Road Film Festival, an “on the road” and “cross-border” film festival, has reached its fourth edition as an itinerant project presented at a variety of venues across Rome and its surroundings, devoted to independent cinema and visual arts, both domestic and international, inspired by journeys and borderlands.

We look for films that develop, through linguistic and/or narrative skills, a critical and inventive approach to the subject guidelines of the Festival: a traveling mood with digressions from fixed paths, where the route is what matters, not the destination.

This fourth edition wants to emphasise what a journey leaves us with: traces, memories, encounters. It intends to focus on the necessity of the journey as an experience of contact, of bridging boundaries, of interrelation with another person.

Detour On the Road Film Festival 2016 will take place in October/November 2016, over a span of 7 days when screenings, meetings and events will be presented and held at the Detour Cinema in downtown Rome and other independent cinema venues, film clubs, schools and cultural spaces.

The DETOUR Arthouse Cinema, with its historical location in the city centre of Rome since 1997, will be the head-quarter of the festival and will host part of the retrospective program, several selected works, master classes, related events and meetings.

Awards & Prizes

-Jury Award for the Best Feature Film (>30min.): Cash Award of 500€ + Detour Plaque Award + 3 scheduled screenings during the 2017 programming season at Detour Cinema (we share 50% on the amounts collected at the boxoffice)

-Jury Award for the Best Short Film: 300€ + Detour Plaque Award + scheduled screening(s) during the 2017 programming season at Detour Cinema.

-Audience Award for both Feature films and Short Films Sections: Plaque Award + 1 scheduled screening/event during the 2017 programming season at Detour Cinema.
SHORTCUTS Short films (<30min.)

Selected films may receive additional awards, special mentions or other recognition at the discretion of the Jury, or by our partners and sponsors.

Rules & Terms

-Films must have been released after December 31, 2014.
-We do not charge for Submissions. The Contest is open to everyone, individual authors, film studios, collectives of artists, schools, communities, association, social cooperatives NGOs and schools of cinema.
-The same author or film studio may not submit more than three applications.
-Non-Italian speaking films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in at least one of these languages: Italian, English, French. A subtitle file with time codes is requested.
-A password protected link to a screener of the film on a video sharing site (e.g. Vimeo) must be provided. In the case that the film is available in downloading only, file formats accepted are: mp4, Mkv, Quicktime mov, mpeg2. The download file size must be less than 2GB.
-In the selection process, preference shall be given to national and city premieres, unpublished and un-distribuited films.
-Features and Short films available for free access online in their entire lenght shall not be selected.
-Once the selection process will be completed, the list of successful submissions will be available along with additional information on A free digital exhibition catalogue will soon after be available in a pdf format.
-A jury of experts of cinema and visual arts will evaluate the materials and reward the nominated winners. Also the audience will have the chance to vote for the Audience Award winner.
-Cash prizes will be awarded in the form of bank transfers, following the subsidies from our private and institutional sponsors. The prizes will be awarded within 31 March 2017.
The Detour Cinema reserves the right (with no exclusive rights and in agreement with the authors) to schedule the screenings of the best selected films over the 2015-2016 programming season.
-Detour will strongly support and promote the best films through its press office targeting specialized magazines , through its mailing list and on the website
-“Detour on the Road" is an itinerant cinema festival. Films selected for the contest will be screened in Rome and other locations of Lazio. The participation in the contest will count as an authorization to show the film in any selected venue during the festival.

1 Review

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    Filippo Biagianti

    Bellissima atmosfera e grande qualità dei lavori selezionati. Un grande piccolo festival.

    November 2016