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RIFF Awards 2008: it’s time to apply!

On December 15th expires the deadline to participate at the Seventh Edition

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The deadline for submitting works to participate in the Seventh Edition of the RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival) that will take place in Rome in April 2008 is December 15th, 2007.

All information to apply and the official Call for Entry are available on the website:

Since the beginning, the RIFF has distinguished itself for the strong International calling presenting to the public in Rome works coming from more than seventy Countries, with European and World Italian preview.

Supported by the Directorate of Cultural Policies of the City of Rome, with the contribution of the Ministry for Cultural Activities (DGC) and the Directorate of Culture, Performing Art, Sport and Tourism of the District of Lazio and the IMAIE, every year the Roma Independent Film Festival is recording more and more appreciations and imposing as an important appointment for the Independent Cinema. An opportunity for filmakers from all over the world to present original works absolutely preview.

More than 100 works will be selected for the competition (more than 1.000 films, VHS and DVD coming from 70 countries were sent to the Festival for the 2007 edition).

The competing sections are:

- Feature Films;

- New Frontiers (first time director);

- Documentary Films (documentary films on human rights and on free themes);

- Short Films;

- Digital Video;

- International Student Films (for cinema students);

- Animation;

- Screenplays & Subjects;

During previous edition, special prizes have been granted to: Harvey Keitel, Amos Gitai, Denis Chouinard, Pete Travis, Valeria Golino, Gabriele Muccino, Paolo Sorrentino., Sara Johnsen and many more.

The programme of the RIFF 2008 will be enlarged by retrospectives and seminars on different aspects of the film industry. Specific attention will be given to the Italian First Works that, as in the past years, will be presented out of competition. At the end of the Festival, the RIFF Awards for over 50.000 €, the “Premio Luce”, which will allow the winning short film to be distributed in movie theatres, and the “New Vision” award granted to the best emerging director, will be granted.

Another innovation is the RIFF TV, the new TV channel on the website ( with more than 500 on line streaming short films that can be freely viewed through internet.

For further information, please contact the Artistic Director of the Festival:

Fabrizio Ferrari (+39 06 45425050 –

Press office: Marino Midena, Elisabetta Colla

(+39 347 7162033 -  +39 338 1771787 - +39 333 2736455 -

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Fabrizio Ferrari
(RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival)

The Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Rome 's first independent and international film festival.

Its aim is to unite enthusias
m for films and filmmaking among young filmmakers with the realities of film production and distribution. RIFF is a seven-day celebration of new European and international independent films. As well as offering the chance for young filmmakers to present their work to the general public at film screenings, RIFF offers a series of special events designed to stimulate enthusiasm and create discussion: retrospectives, seminars and workshops on various aspects of cinema, as well as exhibitions, collaborations with theatre, dance, fashion, and music concerts. In order to encourage and assist filmmakers in their endeavours, the festival concludes with an awards ceremony, The RIFF Awards, which awards prizes of either monetary value or money in-kind. The winning films, in a number of categories, are chosen by an international jury of experts from various fields within the film industry.



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