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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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.

2017 Official Selection

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


Bar Mario (Italy) by Stefano Lisci


Since 70 years the “ship” Bar Mario is berthed in the middle of dolomites. The captain Marina, a middle age woman/wife/mum, runs the bar, take care of her husband and at the same time raises a son that is regarded “special” by society. The customers of this café live together with the family, only one door separates the bar from the rest of their house.
Documentary Feature Film / Duration: 01:02:15
Screening on August 30 at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

I Loved You and I Loved You (United Kingdom) by Roswitha Chesher


A short film inspired by a dance theatre work created by Sweetshop Revolution, about the life of composer Morfydd Owen which explores both her music and the men she loved.
Experimental Film / Duration: 00:03:17
Screening on August 30 at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Valparaiso (Italy) by Carlo Sironi


Rocio is pent in an immigration detention center in Rome and she got pregnant during her reclusion. She doesn’t want to tell how it happened nor who did that. She prefers to remain silent. Law does not permit to hold a pregnant woman, so Rocio gets released with a temporary residency permit at her fourth month of pregnancy. Now she is free, but she has to carry on with an unwanted pregnancy.
Narrative Short Film / Duration: 00:20:00
Screening on August 30 at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Phase (United States) by Ania Catherine, Samira Mahboub


We decided to call-out the less visible and seemingly innocent discourses that minimize romantic love between women. ‘Phase’ is a two-pronged [film + poem] response to those who tell queer women "it's just a phase."
LGBT Film / Duration: 00:02:00
Screening on August 30 at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Sherry (United States) by Eliane Lima


Sherry is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry. Info: This project began in Fall 2014 when Lucrecia Martel (visiting filmmaker) took a group of CalArts' students to Robert Sherry's house.
Documentary Short Film / Duration: 00:23:38
Screening on August 30 at 17h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Burt Lancaster (Italy) by Yasuhiko Koga


One day a traveler arrives in a foreign country where he doesn't even understand a word. Not knowing what to do he emanates from the eyes the death laser .......... to light the fire for dinner and eats the roasted fish. One saw him eat the fish,approaches him and says, "C-I-A-O" (she seems inhabitant of this country). He does not understand anything, but feeling sympathy for her shares food with her. after eating they begin to dance.
Narrative Short Film / Duration: 00:03:03
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

It was not me, We were all (Argentina) by Aukaleb Ankaro


Short film that deals with gender violence.
LGBT Film / Duration: 00:01:00
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

He Is Vampire (United States) by Cameron Stetz


A multimedia short taking the form of a PSA
Animated Short Film / Duration: 00:00:55
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Soft skin, violence in the eyes (Spain) by Marc Nadal


Alma bears Duna's abuses because of the attraction she feels for her, until one night when Alma breaks her silence and intends to show that she is capable of inflicting the same pain.
LGBT Film / Duration: 00:07:40
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

All About You (United States) by Allison Beda


This strange and joyful music video unleashes the work of choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and four of Canada’s most exciting dancers/performers onto the streets of Vancouver with their weird and cool interpretation of The Royal Oui’s song “All About You”. Dancers wearing suits and running shoes perform a quirky and distintive modern dance piece (somewhat interactive with passerbys/onlookers) consisting of “pedestrian” movements and gestures that moves them in and around the city, rendering the pedestrian surreal.
Experimental Film / Duration: 00:03:20
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Two (Finland) by Carlos Marroquin


Men manage their feelings in a workshop.
LGBT Film / Duration: 00:06:28
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Birds In The Mouth (Brazil) by Gustavo Ribeiro


Martin is a divorced man and hasn’t lived with his daughter Sara for a long time. When she is back in his care, he begins to wonder if there is something wrong with her teenage behavior. Based on the short story by argentine writer Samanta Schweblin.
Narrative Short Film / Duration: 00:14:50
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Break Into (Italy) by Federico Turani


Two girls, one barrier split them. It's a wall of uncertainties, fears, judgements, sometimes taken from the outside, often from our personal insecurity. We need to have the courage to break those lines and listen to the guide that we learned to forget and that, ever since, knows what's right for us: the instinct. There's nothing wrong in loving.
LGBT Film / Duration: 00:00:59
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

The pencil (Switzerland) by Basile Vuillemin


An unsharp pencil, it's very annoying.
Narrative Short Film / Duration: 00:00:30
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Ophelia (United States) by Jamie Sims


What happens when grief becomes the third party in a relationship? What exists in the silence of the silent partner when the other descends into self-destruction? OPHELIA attempts to sound that depth by refocussing a classic story of mourning and madness through the lens of Shakespeare’s unsolvable puzzle - the inexplicable Ophelia. With her as witness, we experience Hamlet’s chaos, and perhaps come to know her own turmoil, as well. Can love serve as a life raft for her partner in distress, or will she be pulled under by it?
Narrative Short Film / Duration: 00:11:00
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Elegy (United States) by CJ Gardella


A film, in the wilderness gothic tradition, set in a crumbling estate, where strange visions and paranoia afflict its occupants.
Underground Film / Duration: 00:20:00
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Soulfinger vs Goldfinger (United States) by Crazy Legs Conti


It's an epic battle between Soulfinger (Denzel Washington) and Goldfinger (Al Pacino.)
Underground Film / Duration: 00:01:58
Screening on August 30 at 19h in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

Halumim / Beneath the Silence (Israel) by Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit


1973, a small family crumbles due to the father’s PTSD, on the verge of the Yom Kipur War.
Narrative Feature Film / Duration: 01:46:00
Screening on August 30 at 20h10 in Casa del Cinema: Salizada San Stae, 1990, 30135 Venezia (admission free of charge)

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