The aim of the first Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA 2019, which is organized by the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University (within the framework of the CIAK Intereg program) is to present the best from the field of animation from all around the world. The festival also aims to preserve and help develop the cultural heritage of short animated film, contribute to creation of new films, provide ground for potential international co-productions and encourage dialogue between professionals, filmmakers and the public.

The jurors give out the following awards:

a) The Award for the Best Animation Short Film comes with a financial prize of 1.000 EUR.
b) The Award for the Best Animation Student Film comes with a financial prize of 500 EUR.
c) The Audience Award for the Best Animation Short Film
d) The Audience Award for the Best Animation Student Film
e) Two Honorary Distinctions in Category I
f) Two Honorary Distinctions in Category II

The financial prize is to be equally shared by the director and the producer of the awarded film.

STATUTES AND RULES

A. FESTIVAL STATUTES

1. The aim of the Ionian Contemporary Animation Festival ICONA 20019 is to present the best from the field of animation from all around the world. The festival also aims to preserve and help develop the cultural heritage of animated film, contribute to creation of new films, provide ground for potential international co-productions and encourages dialogue between professionals, filmmakers and the public.

2. ICONA 2019 is organized and promoted by the Department of Audio & Visual Arts of the Ionian University with the support of the CIAK Intereg program:
https://greece-italy.eu/tag/ciak/

3. ICONA 2019 will take place in Corfu from November 29th to December 1st 2019.

4. The competition programme of ICONA 2019 consists of the following categories:
- Category I. Animation Short Films
International Competition of Short Films
- Category II. Animation Student Films
International Competition of Student Films

5. Only animation films made after January 1st 2018 can enter the competition. Films selected for the competition will be assessed by the festival selection committee. Each participant who submitted a film is subsequently informed about the result.

6. All films in the competition are screened in their original language and must be provided with English subtitles by the party submitting the film. If selected for screening the director/producer must also send in to the Festival:
- a list of dialogue (for films that have dialogue or voice-over), in English
- a biography, filmography and photo of the director

7. All communications and screening material transfers will take place exclusively in digital format. The submitting party is held responsible for providing to the festival a digital copy of the submitted work; the digital copy must be compliant with the technical requirements of the Competition Rules (see below: part B).

8. Director, producer or the world sales company cannot withdraw the film from the festival once its screening has been officially confirmed.

9. The international jury consists of distinguished representatives of culture, film production and theory; and of film reviewers, filmmakers and producers. A person who has taken part in the production of any of the films in the given competition cannot become a member of the jury. All the members of the jury are bound by secrecy. The Festival Director and the Programme Director or their deputies may attend the jury sessions, but do not take part in the voting.

10. The jurors give out the following awards:

a) The Award for the Best Short Film comes with a financial prize of 1.000 EUR.
b) The Award for the Best Student Film comes with a financial prize of 500 EUR.
c) The Audience Award for the Best Short Film
d) The Audience Award for the Best Student Film
e) Two Honorary Distinctions in Category I
f) Two Honorary Distinctions in Category II

11. The financial prize is to be equally shared by the director and the producer of the awarded film.

12. Authors of selected works will receive official certification of participation in digital format of selection and they are welcomed to attend the Closing Ceremony where the results are announced.

13. In ambiguous or unclear situations and cases unforeseen by the statutes, the director of the ICONA 2019 Festival is to take the corresponding decision in accordance with international statutes. The organizer reserves the right to change these statutes in exceptionally serious cases.

14. By participating in the festival you accept these statutes.

B. COMPETITION RULES

1. The competition is announced on 20th September 2019.
2. The application submission deadline is set on 20th October 2019 and is governed by the Festival statutes and the Competition rules.
3. The notification Date will be on 8 November 2019
4. The audio-visual work is accepted into the competition on condition that:
• It was completed after January 1st 2018.
• More than 50% of the film is an animation; the animation technology used in the film is not restricted.
• Film duration minimum 2 mins, maximum 24 mins.

5. One film can be submitted to one competition category.

6. The films for the competition are selected by a selection committee.

7. Submission of the film screener for the selection committee:
a. Use the https://filmfreeway.com/icona
b. Instructions can be found on https://ciak.avarts.ionio.gr/icona

8. Film screener for the selection committee - format specifications:
• HD video file (or similar resolution)
• minimum data stream 1000 kB/s
• maximum data stream 15000 kB/s
• stereo sound L/R or 5.1

9. The final festival version of the selected film must be in the following formats:
• Standard: 1080p24, 1080p25 and 1080p30 HD widescreen
• Resolution: 1920 x 1080
• Picture aspect ratio: 16:9
• Video compression: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, format: .mp4, .mov
• Audio encoding: AAC
• Sample rate: 44.100 Hz

10. Delivery of the film in digital format to the festival
a. Use the https://filmfreeway.com/icona
b. Instructions can be found on https://ciak.avarts.ionio.gr/icona

11. The selected films are evaluated by an international jury.

12. By submitting the audio-visual work, the submitting party declares that is authorized to screen the film at the festival and to handle the film; it also explicitly indemnifies the festival organizers against all claims involving copyright issues.