The 12th River Film Festival is an international festival of shorts that will be held in Padova (Italy) from 25th May to 9th June 2018. The Festival is organized by the Associazione Culturale Researching Movies and is sponsored by the Comune di Padova Assessorato alla Cultura (Padua City Council - Cultural Office) and the University of Padua. The festival is totally free entrance.
The films will once again be shown on the screen on the raft moored in the middle of the 16th century fluvial port used for trade between Padua and Venice at the city gate of Porta Portello. This enchanting setting is just one of the many features that attract people to RiFF year after year!

Awards & Prizes

Best graduation short (Film schools) - Jury Laurels, certificates and River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best Italian short - Jury Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best regional short - Audience award Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best international short - Jury Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best extreme short - Audience award Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best documentary -Jury Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Best animation - Jury Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).

Rules & Terms

How To Submit
The Application form to enter the competition is on the Festival website www.riverfilmfestival.org it should be filled in online (a maximum of three entries per director). Alternatively a copy of this application should be printed off and sent, together with a DVD, Blue Ray, ProRes H.264, mp4 or similarly low copression /high quality file format/codec copy of the film to filmentry@riverfilmfestival.org . Entries must arrive on or before 28th February 2018 to the festival address:
River Film Festival
Via F. Marzolo 34a
35131 Padova – Italy
Pay for your entry fee: Early bird deadline 30th November 2017 – Euro 10
Regular deadline 31st January 2018 - Euro 12
Late deadline 28th February 2018 - Euro 15
The entry fee is waived for single entries if the applicant resides in one of the Least Developed Countries
Terms & Conditions
Films must have been completed after 1st January 2017.
Films can be documentary, student, narrative, fiction or animation.
Total running time must be from 100 sec. to 30 minutes in length, including front and back credits.
The short film can be in any language or any genre. All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Shipping and insurance costs for viewing copies are entirely the responsibility of the sender, as are any other costs incurred such as Customs duties etc. Films that are not selected will not be returned unless they are specifically asked for and the postage costs of returning the film are to be borne by the sender. All DVD, Blue Ray, ProRes H.264, mp4 or similarly low copression/high quality file format/codec copy of the film sent from outside Italy should be accompanied by a declaration stating: “for temporary use; only for cultural purposes, no commercial value”
Entry for the Festival implies unconditional acceptance of the published regulations. Should any dispute arise, the festival organisers will have the right of final decision on all that is not specified in the Regulations. Should there be controversy, the Padova Law Courts are competent to deal any litigation.
Selection
The Films will be selected by a panel of judges nominated by the Festival. The decision of the selection committee is final.
No work or artist will be either discriminated or favoured by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, gender, ideology, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be admitted with no censorship of any kind except that enshrined in current Italian Law. .
Finalists will be notified in our website or by email the 15th March 2018. The River Film Festival will do its best to announce the selected films and winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.
The catalogue listing the films selected will be published after the 1st May 2018.

The owners of the winning films must deposit a DVD, Blue Ray, ProRes H.264, mp4 or similarly low compression/high quality file format/codec copy of the film in the Archives of the Festival. This will only be used for study purposes. Permission will be requested from those who hold the rights to the film should it be required for any other usage.
Winning films must mention the prize awarded whenever shown.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Festival will be streamed on our website.
River Film Festival

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    Festival Formula Ltd

    We were delighted when our client got accepted to this festival - the communication was clear and informative, and it was a great opportunity for the film to reach a wider audience. Highly recommended!

    July 2017
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    Shai Blanc

    This Film Festival is amazing!
    My name is Elad j primo and I won with my film "Domesticated Wolf" on this year's festival.

    The festival is well organized, and great for international young film makers to meet and corporate later on.

    The city of Padua is a dream and makes this festival even more magical.

    Thank you Laura and Emilio, the film festivals chiefs, for making this happend every year!

    🙏 Thank you
    Elad J Primo

    July 2017
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    Mengna Lei

    very official and good film festival.

    June 2016
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    Ali Zare Ghanatnowi

    hi
    good luck
    i am very happy for attend to your festival

    June 2016
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    Alessio De Marchi

    Wonderful experience, great location! Thank You!

    June 2016