“A path is always between two points, but the in-between has taken on all the consistency
and enjoys both an autonomy and a direction of its own” G. Deleuze, F. Guattari, 1987

Based at the DETOUR Arthouse Cinema in downtown Rome since 2010, ON THE ROAD FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year.

OTRFF program is devoted to contemporary independent cinema - fiction, documentary and experimental - presenting travelogues, urban and waste-land wanderings, real or imaginary topographies, unexpected detours, psycho-geographical drifts, migration and nomadism.

We look for films that develop, through linguistic and 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.

The Festival hosts screenings, master classes, meetings, art exhibitions, live performances and music, both at DETOUR Cinema and at a variety of cinema venues, film clubs, schools, public libraries and other unusual locations in Rome and and in its surrounding area.

OTRFF 2017 competition consists of two sections: THE ROAD (Features and Mid-length films =>30') and SHORT>CUTS (short films <30')

Features and Short Films in competition will be screened in November 2017.

Awards & Prizes

-Jury Award for Best Feature Film (>30 min.): Cash Award of 1000€ + Detour Plaque Award + one or more scheduled screenings in agreement with the rights owners.

-Jury Award for Best Short Film (<30min.): Cash Award of 500€ + Detour Plaque Award + one or more scheduled screenings in agreement with the rights owners.

-Audience Award Best Feature Film: Laurel certificate + 1 scheduled screening/event during the 2017-2018 programming season at Detour Cinema (we share 40% of the income at the boxoffice)

-Audience Award Best Short Film: Laurel certificate + 1 scheduled screening/event during the 2017-2018 programming season at Detour Cinema.

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

-Submissions are open to everyone: individual authors, film studios and distributors, collectives of artists, communities, voluntary associations, non-profit organizations, NGOs and schools of cinema;

-Only films completed on or after 1st January 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Festival competitions.

- OTRFF is a non-profit organisation. The festival charges an entry fee for submissions to cover the costs of processing and handling your film;

- For short films (under 30 minutes) the entry fee is 5 Euros (30% off for Earlybirds)
For feature films (30 minutes and longer) the entry fee is 10 Euros (30% off for Earlybirds).

-Payments should be made as soon as possible in order to complete your submission. Submissions which have not been paid will not be taken into consideration.

-It is not possible to refund your entry fee. In the event of a film being withdrawn, OTRFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

-By partecipating in the contest, the submitter automatically acquires the annual membership to Detour Arthouse Cinema.

-All entries and accompanying materials (photos, short moving images extracts and stills reproduced from them) will be available by OTRFF to promote ongoing and future editions of the festival. OTRFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

-Non-Italian speaking films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in at least one of these languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish. A subtitle file with time codes in a standard format (srt, sub, ass) 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 world, national and city premieres, unpublished and undistributed films and to more recent works.

-Features and Short films available for free access online in their entire length shall not be selected.

- If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker.

-Once the selection process will be completed, shortlisted and finalist films will be announced along with additional information on www.cinedetour.it. 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 March 31, 2018.
The Detour Cinema reserves the right (with no exclusive rights and in agreement with the rights owners) to schedule the screenings of the best selected films over the 2017-2018 programming season.

-OTRFF is an itinerant cinema festival. Films selected for the contest may be screened at Detour Cinema and in other official venues of the festival in Rome and in its surrounding area. The participation in the contest will count as a green light to show the film in any selected location during the festival.

-OTRFF and DETOUR cinema will strongly support and promote the best films through their press office , mailing list, social profiles, and on the website www.cinedetour.it.

-The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

-The submission of a film to OTRFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of the festival rules shall indemnify and hold harmless OTRFF 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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    Filippo Biagianti

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

    November 2016