Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives (16)



Deadlines

05 Nov 2019
Call for entries

10 Dec 2019
Early deadline

04 Feb 2020
Standard deadline

10 Mar 2020
Late deadline

17 Apr 2020
Final deadline

14
days

31 May 2020
Notification date

05 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2020

Address

Via della Zecca 2,  40121, Bologna, BO, Italy


Festival description
Short film festival >50'
Feature film festival >50'


Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >50'
 Feature Films  >50'
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 05 June 2020      Festival end: 15 June 2020

Biografilm Festival

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives is knowned internationally as the cinematic event entirely dedicated to life stories and to the quality cinema. Biografilm Festival is organised by the organization Fanatic About Festivals, under the Artistic Direction of Andrea Romeo.

On the occasion of the 16th edition of Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives (Bologna, 5 – 15 June 2020) we are pleased to officially launch the call for both national and international films to participate in the Festival.

For more detailed information regarding the event, programmes from previous editions, news about the upcoming edition and about Biografilm’s activity throughout the year, we kindly invite you to consult the Festival’s website: www.biografilm.it




Bio to B

Bio to B - Doc & Biopic Business Meeting is a business-to-business networking event for industry professionals, supporting European documentary and fiction productions. The focus is on biopics and character driven films. The minimum length is 50 minutes.
It is an excellent opportunity to present your project, in an advanced stage of production or rough cut, to an audience of international sales agents, festival programmers, commissioning editors, producers and accredited industry professionals.
The seventh edition of Bio to B will take place June 11th – 13th 2020 in Bologna. During three days of networking, European cinema professionals will have the opportunity to meet, discuss and promote their respective work within an international context. Over the course of the event, there will be pitching sessions, panels, talks and the opportunity to set up one-to-one meetings.

Biografilm Festival

FESTIVAL SECTIONS AND PRIZES

The main Festival sections are: International Competition, Biografilm Italia, Contemporary Lives, Biografilm Europa, Biografilm Art & Music.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Any international and Italian documentary films, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2019.
The films selected for International Competition will be competing for the following prizes:
Best Film Unipol Award | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best film, the Life Tales Award | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best life story, the Hera Award “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best debut film and the Audience Award | Biografilm Festival awarded by the public.

BIOGRAFILM ITALIA
Documentary films of Italian production and co-production, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2019.
The films selected for Biografilm Italia will be competing for the following prizes: Best Film Award | Biografilm Italia the jury’s prize for the best film, Life Tales Award | Biografilm Italia the jury’s prize for the best life story, Hera Award “Nuovi Talenti” | Biografilm Festival the jury’s prize for the best debut film and the Audience Award | Biografilm Italia awarded by the public.

CONTEMPORARY LIVES
This section invites the audience to reflect on questions, themes and debates of modern day society. Any International and Italian documentary films discussing current global themes, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2019 are valid. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Contemporary Lives.

BIOGRAFILM EUROPA
Biografilm Festival dedicates this section to the best of European cinema.
Fiction films, of European production or co-production inspired by life stories, receiving their Italian premiere, with a running time of 50 minutes or more and completed after the first of January 2019 will be considered. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Europa.

BIOGRAFILM ART & MUSIC
Any Italian and international, documentary and fiction films, of a minimum running time of 50 minutes, completed after the first of January 2019, with an Italian premiere will be considered. Films will discuss themes and people linked to music and art in all of its forms: from theatre to poetry, from comics to critics, from painting to performance. The films selected for this section will be competing for the following audience prize: Audience Award | Biografilm Art & Music.

THE JURIES
The Direction of the festival will select two international juries, composed of noted figures from cinema and culture: International Competition and Biografilm Italia.

Aside from aforementioned prizes and juries, the Biografilm Festival programming team reserves the right to add additional awards and juries prior to the 16th edition of the Festival.




Bio to B

At the end of Bio To B, the international jury will award the following prizes:

• €3,000 – Best European Project
• €2,000 – Best Italian Project
• €1,000 – Best Project from Emilia-Romagna

It is possible to win in more than one category.
Information on how the awards will be paid will be provided in an official e-mail to the winners.

Biografilm Festival

FILM REGISTRATION
Feature length documentaries and fiction films are invited to submit their application if their film meets the following eligibility requirements:

• A running time of 50 minutes or more;
• Completion after the 1st of January 2019;
• The film has not been screened or released in Italy (public screenings, other festivals or events, digital releases, etc).

Short or medium length films will not be accepted (a length of less than 50 minutes).

It is at the absolute discretion of the Artistic Direction of the Festival, and only in exceptional cases, that films which do not adhere to the above mentioned guidelines will be accepted.

Inscription is only deemed valid once it is confirmed that the rules and regulations of the call have been adhered to, the link for the screener uploaded, all of the requested information provided and the subscription fee (in euros) paid via the online portal FESTHOME:
https://festhome.com/festival/biografilm-festival-international-celebration-of-lives

When loading a screener to FESTHOME, VIMEO links are preferred.
All films which apply to the call which have dialogue in languages which are not English or Italian must by uploaded with English subtitles.
DVDs will be accepted, but they cannot substitute in any form an online link.
The Festival is unable to return DVDs.


FEES AND TIMINGS
More than one film can be submitted by the same person. The inscription fee in euros is required for each film submitted and must be paid by the methods indicated via the FESTHOME portal.
Please note that in addition to the festival subscription fee that you need to pay in order to submit each film to our call, FESTHOME will require the payment of an additional service fee in order to use their platform and the service fee may vary depending on the type of user that you have or create on their platform.

Documentaries
1st deadline: Tuesday 10 December 2019, Subscription Fee: 40 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
2nd deadline: Tuesday 04 February 2020, Subscription Fee: 55 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
3rd deadline: Tuesday 10 March 2020, Subscription Fee: 70 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
Final deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020, Subscription Fee: 90 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)

Fiction Films
1st deadline: Tuesday 10 December 2019, Subscription Fee: 40 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
2nd deadline: Tuesday 04 February 2020, Subscription Fee: 55 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
3rd deadline: Tuesday 10 March 2020, Subscription Fee: 70 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)
Final deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020, Subscription Fee: 90 EUR (+ FESTHOME service fee)


SELECTED FILMS
Biografilm reserves the right to select films for each of the main festival sections (International Competition, Biografilm Italia, Contemporary Lives, Biografilm Europa, Biografilm Art & Music) or eventual new sections which are created for the 16th edition of Biografilm. The selection of films will be made under the undisputed guidance of the Festival Direction.

Selected films will receive an official written communication with full details regarding participation. Applicants must respond to the letter accepting the invitation within five working days of receiving the mail. Selected films must be available for the entire duration of the public screenings necessary for the Festival and for one or two press and industry screenings during Biografilm.

The selected films can also be shown in other Italian cities, at the discretion of the Festival Direction, during the Biografilm Festival Tour which may follows the main Festival.

The programme and screening times for the public, press & industry screenings will be released at the discretion of the Programming Office and will be communicated as soon as they are available.

The Festival team will create a Festival catalogue for the public for the films presented during the festival.

For all of the films’ selected, any form of promotion after the official announcement of the programme will, by explicitly engaging the rights holders of the selected film, indicate the film’s participation at the 16th edition of Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives with the official festival logo – which will be provided by the Programming Office of the Festival.
Producers and Distributors related to films presented at Biografilm Festival are required to ensure that the official Festival logo is included in the promotional material for the film (poster, trailer, social media and web activity) and in the copy of the film for screenings, indicating the participation of the film at the Festival and, if awarded, the prize received, using the official awards graphics provided by the Programming Office of the Festival.


PROJECTION FORMATS
Selected Films will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles and for some screenings there will also be english subtitles.
For screening purposes, only the following formats are accepted:
- DCP clean version
- DCP with english subtitles
- BluRay with selectable english subtitles
- Quicktime ProRes 422 HQ textless (without subtitles but with the original graphics and captions) of the film on hdd or digital delivery.

At the time of film selection, the organization will disclose which of the above formats will be required to be sent to the Festival.

Technical Form
Each Hard Disk Drive (for the DCP show copy and the DCP back-up copy) must be accompanied by the DCP TECHNICAL FORM which indicates parameters as: Image Structure Container, Image Aspect Ratio (e.g., 2:39, 1:85, 16:9, etc.), Audio Channel Count, CPL(s) UUID, in addition to all the information that are generally provided for movies (title, duration, subtitles, language, etc.)

Key Delivery Message (KDM)
DCP encryption is optional.
If the DCP is encrypted, you shall provide KDMs for all the server certificates that will be used at Biografilm Festival. The KDMs are necessary to ensure the screening of the movie and to carry out the technical checks in advance of the scheduled screenings.
The KDMs shall be valid from the day of the arrival of the copy and shall expire the day after the last day of the Festival (June 20th 2020). The KDMs shall be delivered to Biografilm Festival Print Traffic Office, via e-mail to print@biografilm.com.
The screening material of the film selected, apart from exceptional cases when authorised by the Biografilm Programming Office, must be available for the whole duration of the Festival and must arrive in Bologna, before and not after, the 5th of May 2020. Further information regarding the submission of screening materials will be sent in the official selection communication.

Biografilm Festival Post-Production Partnership
If you’re not able to access a facility for the creation of a compliant Digital Cinema Package (DCP), we inform you that you can take advantage of the post-production facility the Biografilm Festival has a special agreement with. You may email Biografilm Festival Print Traffic Office at print@biografilm.com for further information.


REQUIRED MATERIAL
Selected films must send the following communication material related to the film within five working days of the official selection mail being received. Inability to respect the deadlines risks exclusion from the Festival programme (unless otherwise communicated at the discretion of the Festival):
- Spotting list
- subtitles list in original language and English (with timecode in and out)
- Press book in English
- High res poster (.jpg or .tiff, 300 or more dpi)
- High res foto (.jpg o .tiff, 300 or more dpi with dimensions of 1000 pixels or more per side)
- Digital head shot of the director
- Biography and Filmography of the director in English (and in Italian where available)
- High resolution trailer of maximum 3 minutes (via digital delivery)
- High resolution video clips for the TV of maximum 2 minutes (via digital delivery)
- Screener online (Vimeo link, with dedicated password which is active until the end of the Festival) with subtitles in English if the film is in any other language than English.
- Synopsis in Italian (optional for non-Italian films) and in english (max 700 characters)
- Declaration of whether the film is a debut or second film
- Information regarding the premiere status of the film
- Information regarding the film’s presence at other festivals and where relevant award status prior to Biografilm.
- Country of production / co-production (please specify the main co-producer)
- Main credits of the film (main crew and leading actors)

The link to the online screener will be used until the end of the festival for internal use. Once the film’s presence at Biografilm has been confirmed, the Communications Team reserves the right to use the online screener to present the film to certain selected journalists.
Furthermore, once the presence of the film at Biografilm has been confirmed, the Communications Team reserves the right to use extracts of the film of a maximum of 3 consecutive minutes for promotional use both nationally and internationally.
Once the official selection invite has been accepted, a selected film cannot be removed from the official programme.
Biografilm Festival does not take responsability for any eventual errors or mistakes in the material sent which accompanies the film.


RIGHTS
It is the responsibility of producers, distributors and other subjects who present the film, to guarantee their authorisation to submit the film to Biografilm Festival.
By submitting the film through the current call, participants declare themselves as the rights holder of the film (also for the part of other co-filmmakers who do not intend to participate), this also includes any copyrighted material included in the film.
Biografilm cannot be held responsible for the unauthorised insertion of material protected by copyright which is included in or related to the film which is to be presented. Biografilm reserves the right to disqualify films containing any unauthorised material which is protected by copyright.


GENERAL NOTES
Applying for the call and participating in Biografilm Festival implies the unconditional acceptance of this regulation. In unspecified cases, the final decision is at the full discretion of Biografilm Festival.
The Festival Direction may take decisions on matters which are not covered by these rules and regulations. Any controversy is under the jurisdiction of the Court of Bologna


CONTACTS
For further information, we invite you to contact the Programming Office of Biografilm Festival, who are available to respond to any queries:

Biografilm Festival | Programming Office
Via della Zecca 2, 40121 – Bologna (Italia)
E-mail: programma@biografilm.it , assistantprogrammer@biografilm.com
Tel.: +39 051 4070166
www.biografilm.it




Bio to B

The focus is on biopics and character driven films projects. The minimum length is 50 minutes.

APPLICATION INFORMATION
The deadline to submit your work for selection for Bio to B is Friday 17th April 2020.
Applications are considered complete only once the video material (please note that FESTHOME accepts Vimeo links), requested information and the corresponding submission fee have been submitted to the FESTHOME site

Information Requested for Applications:

- Video material. When submitting your project you are requested to upload video material (preferably 8 – 10 minutes) with English subtitles.
- Aspect ratio of the material which will be presented in the pitch if your project is selected (FLAT/SCOPE).
- Title of the film in original language and English (please indicate whether it is a working title or the final title).
- Name of the director and key team members.
- Countries of production/co-production (specify the main co-producer).
- Name and contact details for the person responsible for the film’s application, indicating who will attend Bio to B if the project is selected.
- Estimated length of the film.
- Estimated delivery date for the film.
- Estimated total budget.
- Funding already in place (specify whether from production or other sources of financing).
- Film synopsis in English (maximum 10 lines).
- Presentation of the director in English.
- Presentation of the main producer in English.
- Digital photo of the director and the person responsible for the application that will be present at Bio to B in case of selection.
- Two high resolution photos of the film (.jpg or .tiff, 300 or more dpi with the dimensions of 1000 pixels or more).
- Other pitching forums in which the project has taken and will take part.

FEE AND DEADLINE
More than one film can be submitted by the same person.
The submission fee in euros is required for each film submitted and must be paid by the methods indicated via the FESTHOME portal. Please note that in addition to the festival submission fee, FESTHOME will require the payment of an additional service fee in order to use their platform. This service fee may vary depending on the type of user that you have or create on their platform.

The submission fee is €20 (+ FESTHOME service fee).
The submission deadline is the 17th April 2020.

Each selected project will receive:
- two Bio to B – Industry Pitch Team accreditations for the two nominated representatives of the project
- a twin room for 4 nights (in 9th June, out 13th June) in one of the festival hotels, reserved to the pitching team.

Each project that is not selected will receive:
- one Industry accreditation to participate to Bio to B – Doc & Biopic Business Meeting (11th – 13th June, 2020).


TERMS
The person who submits the film has the responsibility to guarantee the right to legally be able to do so for Bio to B. Submitting your film for the call for entries requires the submitter to be the rights holder for the film (also in the case of any other key stakeholders in the project), this includes any copyrighted material which is used in the film material presented. In cases where participants are still in the rights acquisition phase, regarding any of the aforementioned points, Biografilm Festival will examine each project on a case by case basis, deciding whether to allow the participation of the project.

By applying for the call for entries and participating at Bio to B you are accepting all terms and conditions.

SELECTION
Among the films received, a maximum of 20 films will be selected, either work in progress or rough cut.
The results are published at the end of April and the selected teams will be informed by e-mail.

All films selected are requested to insert the Bio to B logo in the closing credits of the final film.

TAKING PART
Participation at Bio to B for the selected projects requires the presence of at least one of the team members per project (director and / or producer are recommended), to be involved with a series of activities between the 9th-13th of June.

The various activities include:

• Preparation stage / Fine tuning your project presentation – on June, 9th and 10th. Producer – filmmaker and renowned pitching trainer Stefano Tealdi will help you to put together your presentation. This activity is mandatory and is reserved for the representatives of the selected projects.

• Presentation stage / 20 minutes to sell your film – on June, 11th, 12th and 13th. You will have 20 minutes to present your film to an international audience of sales agents, festival programmers, producers and commissioning editors. The pitch includes a 8-10 minutes trailer and a Q&A. All presentations will be in English.

• One-to-one meetings - on June, 11th, 12th and 13th. You will have one-to-one meetings with Industry professionals.

• Awards Ceremony – on June, 13th: public event during which the three prizes will be awarded.

The language of all activities is English.

Further information regarding the organization of the event will be directly communicated to the selected projects.

For more information regarding Bio to B and previous editions, please visit https://www.biografilm.it/en/2019/bio-to-b/

SCREENING FORMATS
All the visual material will be screened in original language with English subtitles – it is the responsibility of those submitting films to ensure subtitles are included.

Film material will need to be supplied in the following formats:

Quicktime ProRes 422 HQ of the film or a file H264 on hdd, USB or Aspera Faspex digital delivery (ftp or other platforms used to send files, such as Dropbox and WeTransfer are not accepted if it has not been agreed with the organisation), and must be subtitled in English.

Film material for selected projects must be available for the duration of the whole event and must arrive in Bologna by the 18th of May 2020.

CONTACT
For further information, you can contact the Industry office of Biografilm Festival, who will be happy to respond to any queries:

Biografilm Festival | Industry Office
Via della Zecca 2, 40121 – Bologna (Italy)
E-Mail: biotob@biografilm.com


  

 
  

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