The mission of SOUQ FILM FESTIVAL (SFF) – Urban Suffering on Films – is to explore the theme of Urban Suffering in its broadest sense by showcasing a collection of fiction and documentary short films from emerging as well as established filmmakers. The festival believes that promoting films that tackle prisoner’s justice, mental health, immigration and equality issues is a means to celebrate richness and diversity, to dispel negative stereotypes and to promote a culture of inclusion and understanding.
The seventh edition of the festival, organized by Urban Suffering Studies Center – Fondazione Casa della Carità under the patronage of the Municipality of Milano and in cooperation with Piccolo Teatro of Milan, will be held at the prestigious location of Chiostro Nina Vinchi of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano on November 9-11, 2018.
The competition is open to short films from any country to a maximum length of 30 minutes (including opening and closing credits) in 2 different categories: documentary and fiction. Any genre is accepted.

The short films will compete for the Jury Award. It will consist of a money award of 1500 Euro. In addition, the Audience Award will be granted. It will also comprise a money prize of 1000 Euro. Special Mention Plaque may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury. Italian taxes will be applied to the money prize and it will be bestowed within six months from the venues of the festival.

- Admission is subject to the payment of an entry fee.

- A digital screener must be provided by using a private Vimeo link to the film.-
- All entries should be accompanied at the moment of submission by a 50-word synopsis of the film (in English for non-Italian speaking films).
All non-Italian (or English) language submitted films must be provided with English subtitles for festival presentation.
A dialogue list of the film in English and the original language (for non-English films), if not provided previously, must be sent electronically to the festival by October 20, 2018.
Moreover, a complete submission must comprise the following items: a biography of the director, 2 production still photos, a photo of the director (both in high quality .jpeg) and a director’s statement on the film.
At any stage of the competition, the films that are understood to be falling short of any of the requirements mentioned above will be disqualified.