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Religion Today - Regulations and Submissions

Application to the competition signifies accepting all the regulations. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors or other subjects presenting the film to be legitimately authorised to enter the film in the Film Festival.
Click here to the entry form.
Article 1
"Religion Today Film Festival" is conceived and organized by the cultural nonprofit Association "BiancoNero", situated in Trento - Italy, as an international and itinerant festival dedicated to religious cinema for a culture of dialogue and peace. The 19th edition of the Festival will take place in October 2016 in Trento; other screenings and special events will be held in other Italian cities. The details will be announced on the Festival's web site at the Programme section.
Article 2
Taking part is free of charge.
Only films produced during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be admitted.
Films presented in previous years of the Festival are not eligible for the competition.
Feature and animation films and short films and documentaries will be accepted in the following areas:
- The religious dimension today Inter-religious relations and dialogue
- Testimonies of religious faith
- Religious ethnography and anthropology
- Stories of migration: identity, dialogue an conflict in plural societies
- Theme of the year: religions, women condition and gender issues
Article 3
The 2016 edition of the Festival will include the followings sections:
International competion;
Thematic sessions for special awards.
The films admitted to the International competition will be judged by an Inter-religious Jury that may award the following prizes:
- Religion Today "In the Spirit of Faith" in memory of Davide Zordan
- Best Film/Animation
- Best Short Film
- Best Documentary/Reportage
The Jury will also mention, when particularly worthy, other competing works of value.
Other prizes may be conferred by Italian and international organisations and institutions such as SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication).
The films admitted to the Thematic sessions will compete for the special awards which may be conferred by Italian technical and amateur juries.
Article 4
To enter the contest you must do all the following:
1. fill in the online application form within 30th June 2016
(a copy of the completed form will be forwarded to the mail address to be indicated);
2. send by e-mail, postal services or by private courier at the following address:
a signed copy of the entry form received by email after the submission: the absence of a signature will imply the exclusion from the contest;
a donwloadable file or a copy of the work on DVD: should the work be in a different language from Italian, you are requested to send it both on a DVD with English subtitles and on a DVD with Italian subtitles or without any subtitles;
4 jpeg images from the film (poster, stills, backstage images...);
A trailer of the film lasting a maximum 3' would be appreciated.
All the above mentioned materials must reach the Festival organization no later than Friday 15 July 2016 at
"Religion Today Film Festival
Via Santa Croce, 63
38122 Trento - Italia"
For films on DVD, please send an email to:, informing the organizers as to when and how the material has been sent, by postal services or by private courier.
Please write on the package "Senza valore commerciale, per soli scopi culturali" (Unmarketable products for cultural purposes only) for customs clearance. Films from non-EU countries must be sent together with all the documents necessary for custom clearance (pro-forma invoice).
Postage of films and other material is at the participant's expense.
The Festival cannot assume responsibility for any loss or damage to the films during transport.
Article 5
Texts and images will be used for publication in the catalogue, on the Festival's Internet site and for any other media in relation to the work of the Festival.
By submitting their works, the copyright owners freely authorize the inclusion of short sequences (no more than 3 minutes) in the local national and international TV-news and TV-programmes and on the internet for the promotion of the Religion Today Film Festival.
Article 6
All works submitted will not be returned but kept as documentation in the festival's archive, created for cultural and educational purposes and located at Religion Today, Via S. Croce 63, 38122 Trento - Italia.
Article 7
Admission to the competition is at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee of the Festival.
The Festival Committee will inform applicants of the admitted works.
In case of admission, the submitters must send to the Festival's address a master copy of the work preferably in one of the following formats:
Hard disk (AVI,MOV,MPEG)
Blu-ray Disc
downloadable file
Should the master be in a different language from Italian, Italian subtitles must be shown. Alternatively it must be provided with English subtitles and be accompanied by a full Dialogue List in English and possibly by the Italian translation (with timestamp).
The master sent for screening will be returned only on specific request to the Festival Committee.
Article 8
Hire charges cannot be claimed for the screenings of selected films.
Article 9
Authorization to the free screening of the competing work for non-profit cultural and educational purposes and for the promotion of the Festival's goals will be appreciated.
Through its cultural and informative activities, Religion Today promotes the diffusion of the works admitted to the Film Festival among several institutions, beginning with other Festivals in the Trentino region (TrentoFilmFestival, Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico) and with other international Festivals.
Article 10
It is the responsibility of producers, distributors or other subjects presenting the film to be legitimately authorized to enter the film in the Film Festival.
Each film-maker or producer is responsible for the content of their film and, on entering the Festival, must declare all obligations have been fulfilled towards third parties derivable from the use of copyright material.
Personal data will be treated according to the legislative decree of Italian Law n. 196 of 30.06.2003 about Privacy and subsequent modifications and integrations.


About Religion Today

Religion Today, International Festival of Cinema and Religion, this year celebrates its 6th edition: the cinematographic competition will take place in Trento, at the Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara, from 23 to 26 October.



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