Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is a multidisciplinary event devoted to the exploration of the realms of the “fantastic” genre, and the use of new technologies and experimental languages in film, television and visual arts. Its main purpose is to present and promote, in Italy and in its neighboring countries, “fantastic” productions from all over the world, focusing particularly on science-fiction and fantasy cinematographic and audio-visual works.
The 17th edition of Trieste Science+Fiction Festival will run October 31, 2017 - November 5, 2017.

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is organized by the Italian film center La Cappella Underground. Since 2005, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival has been a member of the E.F.F.F.F. – European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.

Awards & Prizes

The Festival features the following sections:
• competition for Best International Science-fiction and Fantasy Feature-length Film – Asteroid Award;
• competition for Best European Feature-length Film from the fantastic genre – Méliès d’argent Award;
• competition for Best European Short Film from the fantastic genre – Méliès d’argent Award

Rules & Terms

PLEASE NOTE THAT FILMS THAT DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE FESTIVAL'S REGULATIONS (INCLUDING THE GENRE SPECIFICATIONS) OR THAT HAVE BEEN ALREADY SUBMITTED IN THE PAST YEARS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Regulations 2017 extract (full text available on the Festival's website):

Art. 4 Competition for best international science-fiction and fantasy feature-length film – Asteroid award
The International Competition is restricted to feature-length films (running time: 60 minutes min.), completed in the 18 months prior to the Festival, shot in any format, and classified as science-fiction and fantasy genres in their broadest sense. The competition is only for first, second or third feature-length films by emerging directors; the films must not have been released in Italy yet. The selection committee of the Festival has the right to consider exceptions to this clause. The Direction of the Festival shall appoint an International Jury of at least three movie professionals with the task of conferring the Asteroid Award to the best film. The winner will be presented with an original work of art by a local artist, with a value of a minimum of 1,000 euros.
The film awarded with the Asteroid Award shall include the mention of the award in all promotional materials and in all forms of distribution (theatrical, home video and VOD), in accordance with the official graphic design provided by the Festival.

Art. 5 Competition for best European feature-length film from the fantastic genre - Méliès d’argent award
The Méliès d’argent competition is organized in collaboration with the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation and is restricted to recently produced European feature-length films (running time: 59 minutes min.) from the fantastic genre in its broadest sense. All films must be qualified as an European Production, according to the rules of the E.F.F.F.F.1. The final selection features at least six films; the films must not have been released in Italy yet. The Direction of the Festival shall appoint a Jury of movie professionals with the task of awarding the Méliès d’argent to one of the films in competition. The same film may be selected at various E.F.F.F.F. festivals. A film that has won an award at one of the festivals of the Federation, however, cannot be screened in competition at the ensuing member festivals. The films awarded with a Méliès d’argent participate in the yearly competition for the Méliès d’or (www.melies.org).
The film awarded with the Méliès d’argent shall include the mention of the award in all promotional materials and in all forms of distribution (theatrical, home video and VOD), in accordance with the official graphic design provided by the Festival.

Art. 6 Competition for best European short film from the fantastic genre – Méliès d’argent award
Admission to the Méliès d’argent award is restricted to short films (running time: 25 minutes max. - the selection committee of the Festival has the right to consider exceptions to this clause), completed in the 18 months before the Festival, shot in any format, classified as science-fiction and fantasy genres in their broadest sense. All films must be qualified as a European Production, according to the rules of the E.F.F.F.F.1 . The final selection features at least ten films; the films must not have been released in Italy yet. The Méliès d’argent will be awarded to the short film that gets the highest marks by the Festival's audience. The same film may be selected at various E.F.F.F.F. festivals. A film that has won an award at one of the festivals of the Federation, however, cannot be screened in competition at the ensuing member festivals. The films awarded with a Méliès d’argent participate in the yearly competition for the Méliès d’or (www.melies.org).
The film awarded with the Méliès d’argent shall include the mention of the award in all promotional materials and in all forms of distribution (theatrical, home video and VOD), in accordance with the official graphic design provided by the Festival.

Art. 7 Spazio Italia – selection of Italian productions from the fantastic genre
Spazio Italia is a non-competitive section that features a selection of recently produced Italian films, shot in any formats and of any running time, from the fantastic genre in its broadest sense.

Art. 8 Participation in the selection process
In order to participate in the selection process, film presenters shall fill out the official entry form or submit the film through the web portals listed on the Festival’s website (www.sciencefictionfestival.org). No application fee is due. The entry form, duly filled out and signed, shall be dispatched via email by September 18, 2017, together with the suitable information materials, as specified in the entry form. By the same date, film presenters shall grant the members of the selection committee access to a digital copy of the film. In case film presenters prefer to send a copy of the film in DVD or Blu-Ray format, the shipment shall be labelled as following: “for cultural purposes only, without commercial value”. Non-compliant parcels could be rejected. All shipment costs are at the film presenters' charge. The information material will be kept as part of the archives of Trieste Science+Fiction Festival and will thus not be returned to senders.
All decisions concerning the selection of films are at the selection committee's sole discretion. The members of the selection committee are not obliged to provide any clarification on the criteria applied to the selection of the submitted films.

Art. 9 Participation in the festival: screening copies and requested materials
All copies of the invited films shall be in their original version (with English subtitles, if not in English). The Festival's accepted screening format is DCP. Exceptions to this clause may be considered by the Festival and shall be agreed upon with its technical staff.
All copies of the selected films are requested to reach the Festival's headquarter by October 23, 2017. International shipment shall be labelled as following: “for cultural purposes only, without commercial value”. Shipments from non-EU countries shall have in attachment a pro-forma invoice, declaring a maximum value of 50 USD. The Festival will not cover custom duties.
Film presenters shall also provide the Festival with the following materials:
full and detailed technical sheet;
synopsis, director’s bio-filmography and statement on the film;
stills of film scenes and a picture of the director;
dialogue list in the original language of the film;
time-coded file of the English subtitles (for films whose original language is neither English nor Italian)
a video file of the film for electronic subtitling in Italian (for films whose original language is not Italian);
video clips for promotional purposes.
The above materials shall be delivered to the Festival no later than October 9, 2017.
The Festival's offices will promptly provide film presenters with detailed instructions on the requested materials, together with their shipment guidelines, following the acceptance of the invitation to participate in the Festival.

Art. 10 Shipping and insurance costs
The costs of the shipment of the film copies are at the Festival's charge, except when film presenters explicitly ask for a return shipment to an address other than their headquarter's. The copies will be shipped back within two weeks from the end of the Festival; it is the film presenters' responsibility to inform the Festival of the address of dispatch. All copies will be covered by an “All risks” insurance policy taken out and entirely paid by the Festival. Copies will be actually insured for the period in which they are available for the Festival, i.e. from delivery to return shipment.

Art. 11 General provisions and challenges
Entry to, and participation in, the Festival shall imply fully acceptance of the present regulations. The Direction of the Festival reserves the right to take final decisions to any exception not envisaged in the present regulations. The present regulations are laid down both in Italian and in English. In case of interpretation problems, the Italian version shall prevail.