Visionaria is an international short film festival opened to fiction, animation, documentary and video art. Visionaria is also the name of the cultural association that promotes the festival. The programme normally includes, along with the international competition, events, exhibitions, screenings, meetings, conferences and workshops. Visionaria's goal is to give visibility to independent artists and professionals and to spread the culture of the audiovisual. Founded in 1991.
More references on http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visionaria (Only italian).

Awards & Prizes

1100 $ (1000 €) money prizes
(Could be increased)
Publication on the festival's catalogue
Free ospitality for the awarded authors

Rules & Terms

Visionaria 23: Art/Resistence/Flight

— Prize money:

$ 1,100.00

— Deadline for the contest
30 September 2016

—The dates of the 2016 Festival
The Festival will take place from the 5th to the 12th of November 2016 in the towns of Poggibonsi and San Gimignano (Siena).

• International competition (23rd edition)
This is the historical section of the Festival, for which short fiction films, documentaries, docu-fiction films and cartoons can be presented. There is no set theme and it is possible to submit shorts in any language, as long as they are subtitled in English or Italian.

• VisionArt, visual arts in motion (9th edition)
The section is reserved for works of video art, digital experimentation, computer animation, etc. The theme is free and authors can express themselves in whatever way they like. The works selected will be judged by a panel of experts on contemporary artistic languages. While this section won’t see prize money awarded, finalists will be included in an exclusive exhibition within the 2016 Festival and the best work will receive a special mention from the VisionArt Judging Panel.

• Special Section “Food and Water” (2nd edition)
This award, created in collaboration with the University of Siena, is dedicated to all international short fiction or documentary films on the theme of “Food and Water”.
Works submitted in this section will be judged by a special judging panel. The award ceremony will be in Spring 2017.

— How to submit

The registration will only be valid if all the fields on FilmFreeway are filled in. Please pay adequate attention to upload high resolution images and complete texts.
Application will be complete upon delivery of the HD file of the work from the author. The file should be in MP4, H264, HD 1280x720 or 1920x1080 format and can be sent via internet through a downloading link from a space belonging to the author (HD on FilmFreeway, Dropbox, Vimeo etc.).
Participation is open to everyone upon payment of a participation fee, as specified on FilmFreeway.

— Regulations

Participation to the XXIII edition of the Visionaria Film Festival is open to all short films from every part of the world and in every language, as long as they are subtitled in Italian or in English.

The videos submitted for the competition must have a maximum duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes, including the credits. Otherwise they will be disqualified.
Works containing gratuitous violence and pornography will be disqualified at the organisers’ discretion.

A special Selection Committee will select the finalists, which will be examined by the Visionaria Judging Panel and put to Audience vote (Gran Visionario Award). The Visionaria Judging Panel may, at its discretion and in agreement with the Selection Committee, decide not to assign awards or to assign special awards.

The VisionArt section will be selected by a Committee of Contemporary Art experts. The finalist works will be shown at an exhibition which will be open for the whole duration of the Festival. The special mention for the best VisionArt work will be awarded by a Panel of teachers and students of the international Siena Art Institute contemporary art school.
Results of selections for all sections of the Festival will be announced on the website www.visionaria.eu.

The winners will be notified exclusively via e-mail. The winners will be invited as unpaying guests for the final evening.
The organisers are excluded from the participation in the competition. The organisers, while taking the utmost care in keeping the films, decline all responsibility for any damages, loss or accident. The authors are responsible, also in relation to the people and subjects portrayed, for the content of their works.

Participation in the competition implies the complete acceptance of these rules.
The authors, in registering for the competition, accept that their films will be deposited at Siena Media Library and destined exclusively for purposes study and conservation, and used in events organised by Visionaria and the Media Library, excluding all commercial purposes.

For more info, please contact the organisation at segreteria@visionaria.eu

11 Reviews

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    Experimental Film Society

    Amazing Festival. Thanks for having us!

    November 2016
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    Dave Merson Hess

    I've never attended Visionaria but it has an excellent reputation as a long-standing event that supports daring video art and experimental film. Yes, there was a flub in 2015 where all entries received an automated message via FilmFreeway that they were accepted, but, as a fellow programmer who uses FilmFreeway, I blame that on FF's default settings, which set out automailers on your "notification date", even if you don't want it to. Getting rejected by a film festival is never a great feeling, particularly after thinking you *were* accepted (I myself received one of the mistaken emails), but people really ought to lighten up on these guys in the ratings here. No one deserves a 1-star rating for an honest mistake.

    August 2016
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    Margaret Orr

    Visionary accidentally accepted every film that was submitted to them. That's fine. It was an accident, and they're only human. The issue is that they never informed the filmmakers of this issue. They posted the accepted films to their Facebook, which is how I and many other filmmakers found out about the issue. And they have also apologized repeatedly and profusely to those who raised issues on their Facebook page, which I, and I'm sure many other filmmakers, appreciated. However I'm sure that there are still many filmmakers out there who have no idea their film was not accepted to the fest. There is really no excuse for them not communicating this to the filmmakers.

    I do think that many filmmakers have been unreasonably harsh on them. But, with that being said, it feels like it would have been relatively simple to send out an e-mail letting everyone know what had happened. Problem solved.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Margaret,
    I personally responded to all directors who have written to ask for explanations.
    We were wrong and I apologize to everyone.
    But Can not send an email to 3830 subscribers in competition.
    In addition, many have written at Visionaria even after a year from the Festival, although FilmFreeway had sent their communications immediately after the selections.
    The relationship is to be ambivalent: from the festival to the authors but also vice versa.
    That said, I still deeply apologize to you and others.
    I can assure that in the future no longer commit the same mistake.
    Cordially

    Mauro Tozzi
    Visionaria

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    Michael Lyons

    I wonder if this is a fake festival? Communication with contributors is extremely poor as other reviewers have noted.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Author,
    unfortunately there was a misunderstanding on FilmFreeway.
    We wrote "Accepted" to all films whose duration was less than 16 minutes, as written on the Regulation, and "Not Accepted" to courts that exceeded the timing.
    We used the red flag for the finalists, but we had not realized that "Accepted" must written only about the finalists.
    We deeply apologize for the misunderstanding, we received almost 4,000 films and the work was really very challenging.
    However, you can see the list of finalists and winners on our site www.visionaria.eu.
    Sorry again

    Mauro Tozzi
    Visionaria

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    Cooper Wright

    Any group of organizers who can not figure out how to properly manage a FilmFreeway account surly can't properly run a festival... Good thing there were no submission fees or people would be even more upset.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Author,
    unfortunately there was a misunderstanding on FilmFreeway.
    We wrote "Accepted" to all films whose duration was less than 16 minutes, as written on the Regulation, and "Not Accepted" to courts that exceeded the timing.
    We used the red flag for the finalists, but we had not realized that "Accepted" must written only about the finalists.
    We deeply apologize for the misunderstanding, we received almost 4,000 films and the work was really very challenging.
    However, you can see the list of finalists and winners on our site www.visionaria.eu.
    Sorry again

    Mauro Tozzi
    Visionaria