Sport Film Festival (40th)


01 Jan 2019
Call for entries

30 Jun 2019
Final deadline


30 Aug 2019
Notification date

10 Dec 2019
16 Dec 2019


-,  -, Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Festival description
Sport Films
Short Films 60'<
Feature Films >60'

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2015
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
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All films produced between 2015 and 2019 with sport as main topic can participate to the SFF. Films that have already participated in the SFF are excluded.

1 copy of the film in HD or better quality subbed in English language; a 30 seconds trailer in HD or better quality subbed in English language.

Festival start: 10 December 2019      Festival end: 16 December 2019

The Sport Film Festival promotes the diffusion of sport films and videos that, in different ways and in different productive forms, contribute to the development of artistic and cultural trends of the World cinema.

The end is to promote the best quality of the productions of sport images; to stimulate, thanks to the mass media and the participation of the school and university, the interest in sport and cinema, fostering didactic-cultural meetings and stimulating the study, the discussion and the knowledge of cultural and creative problems typical of these two media.

Golden Paladin is the Sport Film Festival Award.

There are at different Golden Paladin for each edition: Best Film, Best Short, Best Paralympic, Best Football, Best Foreign, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Picture.

The Sport Film Festival (SFF) is organized by Centro di Comunicazione Visiva (CCV) that nominated yearly a Film Commission (FC) to select the best films focused on sports. The FC is chaired by VITO MAGGIO and is directed by ROBERTO MARCO ODDO.

Art. 2 – PURPOSE
The SFF wants to promote the values of sport (respect for rules, fair play, overcoming limits, team play, etc.) through the best films all over the world that are focused on sports. The “SFF promotes the diffusion of sport films that, in different ways, contribute to the development of artistic and cultural trends in the cinema business. The goal is to promote the best quality in sports films; to stimulate, thanks to the mass media and the partnership with schools and universities, the interest in sport and cinema, fostering didactic-cultural meetings.

The 40th SFF will be held from December 10th to Sunday, December 16th 2019 (Sports Week). The SFF ends with the awards ceremony (Grand Gala). During the Grand Gala the prize named “Golden Paladin” will be assigned to the best films in competition; the FC can be assign some special “Golden Paladins” to the most important figures of the year in sport and sports journalism.

All films produced between 2015 and 2019 with sport as main topic can participate to the SFF. Films that have already participated in the SFF are excluded.

The registration to the SFF is free of charge.

The registration is active between the January 1th, 2018 and July 30th, 2019. Within this date, productions have to fill the form online published in the SFF official website ( Is it possible, to speed up the selection, pre-register a film through the Film Freeway partner platform. In any case, even those who use the Film Freeway platform must complete the registration on the official website of the SFF.

To complete the registration, after filing the online form, producers will have to send, by and no later than July 30th, 2019:

1 file copy of the film in HD or better quality subbed in English language;
a 30 seconds trailer in HD or better quality subbed in English language;
a synthesis (synopsis) of the film in English language.
For films in nomination (see following articles) producers will have to send, by and no later than September 30th, 2019:

photographic documentation in digital format (high resolution .jpeg);
a bio-filmography of the director and/or of the main actors;
the Authorization Form, printed, filled and signed, for a free use of all provided materials for publications, for the Official Catalog, for the Press Office and for the promotion of the SFF.
All materials (film, synthesis, etc) can be sent:

by email, writing to;
by sharing services like WeTransfer or 4Shared, using the email;
by mail, to the following address: Sport Film Festival – c/o Centro di Comunicazione Visiva, via Filippo Cordova 4, 90143 Palermo, Italy.

The shipping or digital transfer costs are to be covered by the entrants. Materials submitted will not be returned. The packages containing films coming from foreign countries have to bring the following sentence: “For cultural event – without commercial value”. The CCV declines any responsibility for possible damages caused during the transport.

On every form, the only language allowed is English. If the documentation of the film will be incomprehensible or incomplete, the film will be excluded from the SFF. The number of the works per each participant is unlimited.

The first selection of the films enrolled within the September 30th, 2019, will be made by FC. An unlimited number of participating films can be admitted to the nominations.

The Award Commission (AC), composed by critics, journalists, showmans and personalities from the sport business will assign the nominations among the selected films for the following categories:

Best Film
Best Short Film
Best Paralympic Film
Best Football Film
Best Documentary
Best Fiction
Best Foreign Film
Best Director
Best Leadin Role
Best Screenplay
Best Picture
Best Editor
Best Soundtrack

The Commission can assign further special awards to the nominated films.

The “Social Award” is the unique “Golden Paladin” assigned by the audience. The award is structured in two different phases.

All films selected by the FC will be listed on the offical website and trailers will be available on the official SFF social pages and channels. People will be able to vote for their favorite film by assigning a LIKE to the film trailer on Facebook or YouTube official SFF page/channel between October 1st, 2018 and October 30th, 2019. The 4 films that received the highest number of likes (adding the results of Facebook with those of YouTube) will enter the second phase of the “Social Award”. In case of a tie, the number of selected films will be increased to include the films in parity;
The 4 films selected in the first phase will be listed on the SFF official website. People will be able to sign in (with email and/or social networks) and vote for their favorite film between November 1st, 2019 and November 30th, 2019. The most voted film will be awarded with “Social Award”.
Any attempt to counterfeit online voting will be prosecuted.

All the nominated films will be shown during the SFF and they will be an essential part of the program.

The films will be used by the FC exclusively for cultural ends and promotional ends of the SFF, before, during and after the SFF, also in collaboration with Public authorities, Media, Schools, Universities, etc. For a further promotion, the participating films can be shown during other partner events. The use of the films has no commercial purposes. They cannot be supplied for other uses without the expressed authorization of the producer. Who enters his/her film to the festival declares him/herself owner of it according to this Regulation and undersigning the Regulation, he/she authorizes:

the maximum distribution of the film (it means that it’s not subjected to any right or to other compensations);
the vision of the film by the delegates, accredited journalists, observers, etc.
the deposit, in SFF’s archive, of the copies of the film only for study, as documentation and for institutional activities.
The participants will directly be responsible for any demands or claims of reimbursement by third parts, as they have entered their films to the SFF. The CCV has the right to use the names of the participants to the Festival for its own promotional activity.

Any possible controversial cases and what not mentioned in this Regulation shall be regulated exclusively by Italian Law. The final decisions falls under the competence of the Direction of the SFF. For any claim regarding the meaning of the articles of this Regulation, only the original text of the Regulation in Italian shall form the basis for any litigation.

Art. 11 – UPDATES
The CCV reserve the right to make decisions on matters not specified herein. The CCV can change, modify and update this Regulation at any time and without notice.



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