In a globalized world cinema also tends to be global, but every country has its own culture, its own identity, and a peculiar way of seeing the world and life. these differences in human experiences are a treasure that must be valued.
Our festival wants to reward those productions that highlight significant aspects of local or national cultures. We speak of "interculture" which is the relationship between two or more cultures characterized by the mutual enrichment of values, customs, and traditions. This idea goes beyond the simple coexistence between different cultures in the same place (multiculturalism). For those who want to better understand this crucial point, I recommend reading a famous speech by a genius writer: “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace. You will find it easily by searching on Google. This is a quote:
There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, "What the hell is water?"
We ask you to pay a little attention here because the authors often do not realize that they are expressing particular aspects of their culture of origin and therefore they cannot always evaluate with certainty their works are consistent with the theme of our festival.
However, it is not so difficult. If your film concerns issues such as relationships between men and women, education, adolescence, aging, illness, solidarity, violence, friendship, the relationship with nature, or other broad themes like these, you can be sure that it reveals important aspects of your belonging culture even if it seems to you to be universal and objective. So try it with confidence: you might have a nice surprise.
Finally, the festival will take place in Venice, Italy, a city that for all its thousand years of history has based its fortune and its beauty precisely on its ability to be intercultural to the highest degree.
We will continue this tradition by creating a vibrant, stimulating environment open to all kinds of discoveries.
The VIFF Festival 2022 will present seven awards in the following categories:
1. Best short Film (Less than 40 minutes)
2. Best Short Documentary (Less than 40 minutes)
3. Best Short On Women (Less than 40 minutes)
4. Best Short On Human Rights (Less than 40 minutes)
5. Best Student Film (Over 18, Less than 40 minutes)
6. Best Art Film (performing art, video-art, experimental (Less than 40 minutes)
Animation films can be included in any category
The selection committee members are filmmakers, journalists, actors, cinema teachers, and intercultural dialogue experts. The decision of the committee is final.
The selection process is in two stages: selected and winners films
The winning films are one for each category:
winners films will be awarded a specials winner laurel and a certificate;
selected films be aware with a certificate and a laurel;
some selected films will be screened too at the suggestion of the Committee.
Rules & Terms
First of all, note that ENGLISH SUBTITLES ARE MANDATORY.
There will be no refund if they are missing but you can send them later if you don't have them ready
By submitting your film to the festival, you (filmmaker or institution) assume the "applicant" role. This means that you confirm that you own the full rights of your film and have permission to submit it and you are responsible for the content you are providing.
Submissions are only accepted via FilmFreeway.
An online screener is necessary and VIFF must be allowed to download your film.
You must be 18 years or older to enter the festival’s competition.
All films must have been made in or after 2018.
Entry fees are not refundable.
Please do not send any DVDs.
A film entered into the festival’s competition will not be considered unless the appropriate entry fee has been paid.
You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the entry fee for each film. No more than one film per artist will be selected.
We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
The selection committee has the right to nominate your submitted film for a different category than the one for which it had been submitted.
MP4 1080p (full HD) is the preferred but not mandatory format.
All films must be under 40 minutes of total runtime.
All films must be submitted with English or Italian subtitles
Also, films in English must be submitted with English or Italian subtitles
Subtitles may be embedded or in separate SRT format files in
Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the applicant.
If at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles, it will be ejected without a refund
We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kit you provide us or any other information provided by your Freeway submission. The submitter grants us authorization to include images, extracts and promotional material for our promotional purposes, but the project must be credited.
We reserve the right to publish reviews and news on the films submitted in the festival catalog and on our web pages without asking permission from the authors.
We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.
Agreement and Entry liability
The applicant confirms that he or she owns all rights for the submitted film, images, sound, and music.
All rights of utilization for the screenings (including video and audio presentation) are covered by the applicant.
VIFF may screen selected short films at non-commercial screenings after the festival.
VIFF does not pay any screening fee for films in the competition program.
No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival program after the notification of its nomination.
The submission of a work implies acceptance of these regulations.
The applicant holds the VIFF, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry.
The applicant certifies to have full rights. VIFF does not assume any liability in case of copyright infringement by the applicant.
The Applicant will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings, and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.