Regulations 2014

art. 1 introduction, aims and purposes

Trieste Science+Fiction – Trieste International Science-Fiction Festival – is a multidisciplinary event devoted to exploring the realms of the “fantastic” genre, the use of new technologies and experimental languages in film, television and visual arts.
The main purpose of Trieste Science+Fiction is to represent and promote, in Italy and its neighbouring countries, “fantastic” productions from all over the world, focusing particularly on science- fiction and fantasy cinematographic and audio-visual works.

art. 2 organisation and promoting agencies

Trieste Science+Fiction is organised by the Italian film centre La Cappella Underground. The festival is supported by: Ministry for the Cultural Heritage – DGC, Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Province of Trieste, Municipality of Trieste, Trieste Chamber of Commerce, University of Trieste. Since 2005 Trieste Science+Fiction has been a member of the EFFFF – European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.

The organisation’s address is:
Trieste Science+Fiction
c/o La Cappella Underground
piazza Duca degli Abruzzi 3 – 34132 Trieste (Italia)
T +39 040 3220551 / F +39 040 9673002
info@scienceplusfiction.org
www.sciencefictionfestival.org

art. 3 dates and sections

Trieste Science+Fiction 2014 will take place from October 29th to November 3rd 2014 in Trieste. Trieste Science+Fiction features the following sections:
• competition for the best international science fiction and fantasy feature film – Asteroid Award;
• competition for the best european motion picture from the fantastic genre – Méliès d’Argent Award;
• competition for the best european short film from the fantastic genre;
• retrospectives, special programs and life achievement awards;
• premieres and special events.

A selection committee will select and invite the films that will be screened in competition, out of competition and in the informative sections.

art. 4 international science-fiction and fantasy feature films competition

The International Competition is restricted to feature films (running time 60 minutes minimum), completed in the 18 months prior to the festival, produced in any format, and classified as science fiction and fantasy genres in their broadest sense. All the selected films must be Italian premieres. The competition is only for first, second or third feature films by emerging directors. The festival selection committee has the right to consider exceptions to this clause.
All films have to be in their original version (preferably with English or French subtitles) and must have one of the following screening format: DCP or HD. The application to the Competition must be presented through the entry form, provided on the website. Film proprietors’ wishing to participate in the Competition section are requested to send, by September 26th 2014, a DVD copy of the film, with the synopsis of the film and all suitable information material. Registrations submitted through web portals listed on the festival’s website will also be considered valid. Films explicitly invited by the selection committee are admitted to the Competition. The festival direction shall appoint an International Jury of at least three movie professionals with the task of conferring the Asteroid Award to the best film.

art. 5 méliès d’argent award for best european motion picture from the fantasy genre

The Méliès d’Argent competition is organised in collaboration with the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation and is restricted to European feature films from the fantasy genre. All films must be qualified as a European Production, according to the rules of the E.F.F.F.F.
The final selection features at least six motion pictures. All the selected films must be Italian premieres. All films have to be in their original version (preferably with English or French subtitles) and must have one of the following screening format: DCP, HD or Digibeta. Application to the Competition should be presented through the entry form, provided on the website. Film proprietors’ wishing to participate in the Competition section are requested to send, by September 26th 2014, a DVD copy of the film, together with the synopsis of the film and all suitable information material. Registrations submitted through web portals listed on the festival’s website will also be considered valid. Films expressly invited by the selection committee are admitted to the Competition. The festival direction shall appoint a Jury of movie professionals with the task of awarding a Méliès d’Argent to one of the films in competition.The same film may be selected at various E.F.F.F.F. festivals. However, a film that has won an award at one of the festivals is automatically excluded from competition at the other member festivals (a film can only be awarded one Méliès d’Argent). Each year, an international jury formed of professionals from the movie world, assembles to present the Méliès d’Or award. Official jury deliberation is presented during final public presentation gala. Representatives of each film (directors, actors, producers, etc.) are invited to this presentation. Presentation of the Méliès d’Or award ends the official gala. (www.melies.org).

art. 6 best european fantastic short selection

Admission to the Best European Fantastic Short Selection is restricted to short films (running time 25 minutes maximum; the selection committee may accept longer films as an exception), completed in the 18 months before the festival, realised in any format, classified as science-fiction, fantasy, horror and fantastic in the genre’s broadest sense. All films must be qualified as a European Production, according to the rules of the E.F.F.F.F.
The final selection features at least ten short films. All the selected films must be Italian premieres. All films have to be in their original version (preferably with English or French subtitles) and must have one of the following screening format: DCP or HD. Application to the Competition must be presented through the entry form provided on the website. Film proprietors’ wishing to participate in the Competition section are requested to send, by September 26th 2014, a DVD copy of the film, with the synopsis of the film and all suitable information material. Registrations submitted through web portals listed on the festival’s website will also be considered valid. Films explicitly invited by the selection committee are admitted to the Competition. The festival direction shall appoint an International Jury of at least three members with the task of conferring to the best film the nomination to the Méliès d’Or award of the E.F.F.F.F.. The same film may be selected at various E.F.F.F.F. festivals. However, a film that has won an award at one of the festivals is automatically excluded from competition at the other member festivals (a film can only be awarded one Méliès d’Argent). Each year, an international jury formed of professionals from the movie world, assembles to present the Méliès d’Or award. Official jury deliberation is presented during final public presentation gala. Representatives of each film (directors, actors, producers, etc.) are invited to this presentation. Presentation of the Méliès d’Or award ends the official gala. (www.melies.org)

art. 7 entry for the competitions pre-selections

The entry form, fully filled in and signed, shall be dispatched together with the information material and delivered at the organisation office by September 26th 2014. Registrations submitted through web portals listed on the festival’s website will also be considered valid. There is no application fee. All DVDs for pre-selection shall be sent with the following wording: “for cultural purposes only, without commercial value”. Non-compliant parcels shall be rejected. Participants shall pay for P&P. All the information material will be kept as part of Trieste Science+Fiction archives and will thus not be returned to the senders.

art. 8 selected films and prints shipment

All films, either admitted to the competitions or invited to the Festival, will be accompanied
by full documentation inclusive of the following:

• full and detailed technical information sheet;
• synopsis (600 characters max) and a director’s statement on the film (1300 characters max);
• 5 photographs of film-scenes and a picture of the director (min. resolution of 300 dpi – backstage photos won’t be be ammitted);
• bio-filmography of the director (indicating the original and international titles of previous work, 600 characters max);
• list of prizes and awards;
• full dialogue list both in the original language and translated into English;
• a DVD totally faithful to the copy presented at the festival, for electronic subtitling;
• a DVD or digital copy, containing excerpts (3’ max), chosen by the production, for TV promotion purposes
• any other possible promotional material (posters, brochures, press kits).

The full documentation must be delivered at the organisation office by October 10th 2014. All copies of the selected films are requested to reach the organisation office by October 20th 2014 and shall have attached a copy of the entry form indicating the sender’s name, the title, the running time and the format of the film, and the number of reels. At the same time, the sender is requested to send via fax or e-mail the shipping date and code, and in case, the air dispatch number. International shipments are requested to carry a label with the following wording: “for cultural purposes only, without commercial value”. Shipments via ordinary mail or courier from non-EU countries shall have in attachment a pro-forma invoice, for a maximum amount of 40 US $ (please do not indicate higher amounts, like production costs!). The Festival organisation shall not pay for custom duties. The Festival organisation will not pay any rental fee for films in competition.

art. 9 freight and insurance costs

The shipping costs of the prints are at the festival’s expense, except when, on the way back, the print has to be shipped to another Film Festival on request of the producer of the film. The return of the selected films shall be carried out within two weeks from the end of the Festival; copies will be dispatched to the address indicated on the entry form. All films will be covered by an “All risks” insurance policy taken out and entirely paid by the festival. Copies will be actually insured for the period in which they are available for the Festival, i.e. from delivery to return shipment.

art. 10 general provisions and challenges

Entry and participation to the Festival shall imply full acceptance of the present regulations and of the entry form. The Festival Direction reserves the right to take final decisions as to any exception not envisaged in the present regulation. The present regulations are laid down both in Italian and in English. In case of interpretation problems, the Italian version shall prevail.