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Last few days to enter the 19th Rome Independent Film Festival RIFF Awards


The competition announcement is online
July 30, 2020  is th efinal deadline to submit film to the 19th edition of the RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival - to be held from November 27 to December 3 in Rome.
All information to register and the announcement are available on the website
The RIFF offers filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to preview original films in Italy. In particular, the New Frontiers section, which collects and presents first and second feature films, gives specific importance to Italian production and will be an opportunity to meet and discover new cinematographic talents. The festival also continues with the mission of making the competing films known and distributed. For the winners, in fact, there will be a dedicated programming at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome.
The works selected for the competition will be over 120. In the 2019 edition, over two thousand films, files and DVDs from more than 50 countries were sent to the Festival.
The 7 COMPETITIVE  sections:
Feature Films (Italian and international feature film / first and second films);
Documentary Films (Italian and international);
Short Films (Italian and international);
International Student Films (film schools);
Animation (animation);
Screenplays & Subject (screenplays & subjects);
The RIFF 2020 program will be enriched by retrospectives and seminars that will address various aspects of indie cinematography. At the end of the Festival the RIFF Awards will be awarded for a value of over 30,000 Euros. The RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival, conceived and directed by Fabrizio Ferrari, is realized with the contribution and sponsorship of the Directorate General for Cinema - Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, of the Department of Culture and Youth Policies of the Lazio Region ; is promoted and supported by Roma Capitale, Cultural Growth Department.

The Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Italy 's first independent and international film festival. Its aim is to unite enthusiasm for films and filmmaking among young filmmakers with the realities of film production and distribution.Since its first edition in 2001, RIFF has become an event that is followed with more and more interest by the public in Rome and a reference for worldwide filmmakers. In these years, the Riff has received works coming from the 5 continents, ending up being an attentive witness
representative of the directions and passions of the independent film industry.

Awards & Prizes


Distribution Award: to promote the distribution of independent international works, the winner will be programmed at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila..

> Premio Filmaker For You: Ass. Nazionale Filmaker e Videomaker italiani

> IRP Award: post production audio / video to the value of 4,000 euro.

Award for Best Italian Short film.
> The Rai Cinema Channel award is handed over to the best web short for a value of € 3,000.00, this prize is intended to reward the effectiveness of a story on web channels. The award consists of a distribution contract of the rights of the web and free tv of the short, by Rai Cinema and will be aired on, on its partner sites and at the discretion of network managers on the RAI channels.
> Panalight Award: rental of technical materials to the value of 1,500 euro.

RIFF Award for Best International Short Film.

RIFF Award for best short film made by students of cinematic arts schools.

RIFF Award for Best Short Animation film.

Winners of the Roma Independent Film Festival will receive an TIXTER Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to TIXTER.

Rules & Terms


1. Films must have been completed after June 2019.
2. Running time for all feature length films must be no less than 52 minutes. Running time for all short films must be no more then 52 minutes.
3. Films/videos must not have received worldwide network television distribution or WEB (including cable and PAY-TV). Competitive entries must not have commercial distribution in Italy to be eligible.
4. Foreign feature or short films submitted to the Festival must be subtitled in Italian OR English if not already an English language film.
5. Entries with Digital Video, Blu-Ray and DCP must be made available for presentation at least two (2) weeks before the festival date.
6. Submissions are only accepted on digital file. Entries, as well as accompanying materials, will NOT be returned and will become property of the organization and its archive.
7. Those selected for screening during the RIFF Awards will be notified at least one(1) month before the event starts by telephone or e-mail.
8. Those selected for the monthly screenings will be notified at least thirty (30) days before the event date by telephone or e-mail.
9. For all the competitions, the project must be an Italian Premiere.
10. Film producers must also agree to include in future promotion material the mention of the participation at the Roma Independent Film Festival, the relevant section and any award received, along with the official RIFF logo, available on the Internet website.

The Jury
* RIFF AWARD recepients are determined by a jury of professional filmmakers, actors, distributors, agents and journalists.
RIFF AUDIENCE AWARD is determined by audience votes.

* All awards will be split equally between the director and the production company of the film as shown in the credits.

* DCP or file HD (and/or Blu-Ray or DV Master) to be received within 2 weeks of the event. Additional press kits, including B & W or color photos of cast and crew (on cd) 2 or more posters

Invitation and Attendance
Directors whose feature films have been selected for competition are invited as participants for 3 days. Room and board in a hotel for only one representative per film will be provided by the festival. Exceptionally, travel costs can be covered.




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