Film Submissions

The Verona International Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.


SUBMISSIONS

The Verona International Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Verona International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Verona International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Verona International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Verona International Film Festival and the Venice Film Week is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Venice Film Week and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Verona International Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers 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.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Verona International Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Verona International Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers 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.

Official Selection and Jury Awards

All screening will take place at Casa del Cinema in Venice. Admission is free of charge.
Download the full screening schedule.

OFFICIAL 2016 FESTIVAL TRAILER


BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM AWARD (Italian premiere)
Like A Cast Shadow (Germany) by Michael Krummenacher
Sibylle, a pragmatic architect, mother and wife, witnesses a fatal accident of a woman her age while on vacation in Italy. Devastated by this, the perception of her life and her family starts to change. Something inside of her has been set in motion that seems to endanger everything which she has defined herself by...
Duration: 1:27:00 – German spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 2nd at 20h30 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM AWARD (Italian premiere)
Yximalloo (Ireland) by Tadhg O'Sullivan and Feargal Ward

In a quiet Dublin suburb, in a strange and cluttered house, silence and uncertainty reign. Amongst the countless cassettes, records, posters and mementoes of a career on the margins of marginal music, Yximalloo considers his future. Across the smoke-filled room, his partner passes another day at his ancient computer, glancing habitually at the CCTV monitors, pausing to talk to the cat. Yximalloo is uncertain. He cannot sleep. He misses Japan. He has nothing to do. Dressed in green lycra leggings, glove puppets on his hands, he sets out once more to win over a tiny Dublin audience… Yximalloo is a unique portrait of unique and difficult man, his inability and unwillingness to fit in and the countless conflicts that threaten to tear him apart.
Duration: 01:24:00 – English spoken
Screening on September 2nd at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM AWARD (international premiere)
Girl - Chapter 1 & 2 (Denmark) by Mie Skjoldemose

GIRL - Chapter 1 & 2 is a coming of age shortfilm, that shows two ages of girl's adolence life. The shortfilm is a visuel and sonic experience with elements from the musicvideo-genre.
Duration: 18:57 – Danish spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM AWARD (European premiere)
The Red Witch (United States) by Aron Bothman

A geologist on Mars fights alone to uncover the planet's secrets before the green of terraforming covers it forever.
Duration: 6:07 – English spoken
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD (world premiere)
An Italian Marriage (United Kingdom) by Mia Frigieri-Baldwin

An exploration of love, marriage and compatibility between two people who have shared a greater part of their adult lives together. This is the Italian Marriage.
Duration: 19:04 – Italian spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD (international premiere)
Plethora (Germany) by Annique Delphine

PLETHORA is an experimental film exploring female sensuality, beauty, and desire versus the powerlessness women can feel when faced with societal expectations of gender roles and relationships formed by patriarchal systems.
Duration: 3:22 – No dialogues
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD (world premiere)
Pipe Dreamer (Denmark) by Izzy Bautista

Small town Uri is a satellite in Copenhagen, floating around and searching for his place in the city. One night he accompanies a young drag queen on the way to the metro, and their short conversation inspires him to transcend fear and start living a little more flamboyantly.
Duration: 8:45 – English spoken
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST LGBT FILM AWARD (Italian premiere)
Cecil & Carl (United States) by Elvis Leon, Gaston Yvorra
Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and admitted to a nursing home. Not about grand gestures of love or being gay, this story focuses on commitment and the duties that come with it.
Duration: 14:30 – English spoken
Screening on September 1st at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


BEST DANCE FILM AWARD (Venice premiere)
Abismo (Canada) by Pablo Diconca
A man and a woman drifting on a raft, dance with their instincts by choosing the only possible escape...
Duration: 8:12 – No Dialogues
Screening on September 2nd at 18h45 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


NEW VISION AWARD (Italian premiere)
Sway (Hong Kong) by Faiyaz Jafri

Sway is a non-narrative computer generated film that celebrates body hair and rock gods.
Duration: 8:10 – No dialogues
Screening on September 2nd at 18h40 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)


NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS - official selection 2016
Like A Cast Shadow (Germany) by Michael Krummenacher
Journey To The Mother (Russian Federation) by Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov
Man overboard (Belgium) by Geraldine Doignon
The Missing View (China) by Xiaolei Zhao
Julia.Kaska.Miranda (Poland) by Agnieszka Maskovic
The Forest (Thailand) by Paul Spurrier
Road to the Sky (China) by Yi Wang
Ditches (Argentina) by Francisco Joaquin Paparella
Cold Matchsitck (Portugal) by Ricardo Franco
Problemski Hotel (Belgium) by Manu Riche

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS - official selection 2016
I do know my way home (United Kingdom) by Rahim Moledina, Andrea Mendonca
Behind The Door (Denmark) by Martin Svinklov , Rune Bundgaard
Yximalloo (Ireland) by Tadhg O'Sullivan and Feargal Ward
The Ability Exchange (United States) by Bing Wang
A Brilliant Genocide (Australia) by Ebony Butler
Bird in the Room (Israel) by Ari Davidovich
Sixty Spanish Cigarettes (Spain) by Mark John Ostrowski
After Spring, the Tamaki Family... (Taiwan) by Huang Yin-Yu
Tashi And The Monk (India) by Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
Paper Stars (United States) by Josh Steinbauer
Sacred Loves (Brazil) by Dener Giovanini

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016
Sleeping Wonder (Italy) by Alberto Rizzi
Dog days (Belgium) by Janet van den Brand
Catherine (Canada) by Jarrod R.F. Hachey
Wabi-Sabi (Hungary) by Stef de Hoog
The sleep of the amazons (Belgium) by Berangere McNeese
The Father (Czech Republic) by Václav Huleš
Oracle (United States) by Christopher Lange
Adelmo (Italy) by Gianluca Fedele
Sad Spirit (Netherlands) by Angelo Raaijmakers
Uncanny Valley (Argentina) by Federico Heller
Girl - Chapter 1 & 2 (Denmark) by Mie Skjoldemose
Condolences (United Kingdom) by Karen Veninga-Zaricor
Gorilla (France) by Tibo Pinsard
Twilight (Cuba) by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016
Come fa il geco con la farfalla (Italy) by Martina Amato
Paolos Dream (Greece) by Kirineos Papadimatos, Giannis Avramopoulos
Sara Levy Cohen (Israel) by Zohar Melinek
Diane - Jacques - Raymonde (Canada/Belgium) by Hubert Fiasse, Yannick Nolin
Ciutat Meridiana (Spain) by Graziana Saccente, Maria Antonia Duque, Maite Redondo, Bally Valdivieso, Alazne Vazquez
Her Name (Italy) by Pedro Lino
A Conscious Dream (Italy) by Federico Telerman, Nicolas Uboldi
Match: A Tinder Tale (United States) by Joshua DeFour
Last Words (Australia) by Lucas Jatoba, Andrew Goldie
An Italian Marriage (United Kingdom) by Mia Frigieri-Baldwin

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016
In The Waves (United States) by Ying-Fang Shen
The Red Witch (United States) by Aron Bothman
Cuerdas (Spain) by Pedro Solis Garcia
Moom (Japan) by Robert Kondo, Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi
This Ain't Disneyland (Hong Kong) by Faiyaz Jafri

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS - official selection 2016
A New Born (Italy) by Simone A. Tognarelli
Total Animal III (France) by Guerlotte Tristan
Elka Park (United States) by Gloria Chung
How i disappeared (Switzerland) by Yannick Mosimann
Disobedience (Turkey) by Baris Alp
Ave Maria II (Norway) by Marte Gunnufsen
The Existential Zombie (United States) by Susan Lien Whigham
Abismo (Canada) by Pablo Diconca
Fields In Mist (United Kingdom) by John Woodman
Fallen (Canada) by Mary Cross
[13.1-9+19+13] Vol.01 (Japan) by Madam M.A
Rings and Divisions - On Saturn's Edge (Australia) by Nikki Walkerden
The End Of Everything As You Knew It. A Guide. (Luxembourg) by Christian Neuman
Grout Pray (United Kingdom) by Lola-Blanche Higgins
Sway (Hong Kong) by Faiyaz Jafri
Plethora (Germany) by Annique Delphine
The little man Michail (Bulgaria) by Nikolay Bogomilov (Timoteo)

LGBT FILMS - official selection 2016
Longing (Israel) by Nadav Mishali
Missing the Target (Italy) by Werther Germondari, Maria Laura Spagnoli
The Places We've Been Have Become All But Ghosts (United States) by Caleb Andrew Ward
How To Be Alone (Israel) by Erez Eisenstein
Shunned (Not Specified) by Igal Hecht
Unmoved (Portugal) by Sergio Galvao Roxo
Cecil & Carl (United States) by Elvis Leon, Gaston Yvorra
Always Marilyn (Spain) by Tommy Llorens
Dawn (United Kingdom) by Jake Graf
Mia (Italy) by Michele Leonardi
Hide Your Eyes (Denmark) by Mads Erichsen
The Girl Bunnies. Rocketship. (Canada) by Francoise Doherty
Let Us End With It Too (Canada) by Caisha Lea Thompson
3rd Personal (Thailand) by Pathompong Praesomboon
If (Turkey) by Naz Onen
Pipe Dreamer (Denmark) by Izzy Bautista

The Verona International Film Festival is divided in an online 'official selection' of films and the award winning films which will be screened during and in association with the Venice Film Week.

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Feature Film
cash award of 250 Euros

Best Short Film
cash award of 100 Euros

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film