Slow Food On Film

Regulations 2009

1) Objectives

An international festival of film and food organized by the Slow Food movement and the Bologna Cineteca, Slow Food on Film aims to contribute to the formation of a new critical awareness in food culture, encouraging and promoting fictional and documentary works that develop original ideas about food and explore the diverse suggestions that this vast theme can trigger (urges, perversions, social implications, identities and emotions), that confront the issues of the food industry and its repercussions on society and that narrate gastronomic memory as a heritage to be preserved.

2) Location and Date

Slow Food on Film will take place in Bologna, 6-10 May 2009.

3) Competitions

- Shorts Competition
- Docs Competition
- Best Food Features
- Best tv series

4) Shorts Competition

International competition for fictional and animated short films on a theme.

4. 1 – Method of Participation
A jury made up of professionals from the worlds of film, food and culture will choose the winning film, which will receive the Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) and €5,000. Best Short Film Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) + €5,000.

4. 2 – Awards and Juries
A jury made up of professionals from the worlds of film, food and culture will choose the winning film, which will receive the Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) and €5,000.
Best Short Film Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) + €5,000.

5) Docs Competition

International competition for documentaries on a theme.

5. 1 – Method of Participation
International competition for documentaries. The theme is the memory of food (for example the memory of an ancient recipe, a rare agricultural practice at risk of extinction, a disappearing gastronomic tradition), the issues and controversies of the food industry, food as passion.
Films of any format, made after 1 January 2007, can be entered.

5. 2 –Awards and Juries
A jury made up of professionals from the worlds of film, food and culture will choose the best documentary and the best short documentary (max. 35 minutes).
Best Documentary Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) + €5,000 Best Short Documentary Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail) + €2,000

6) Best Food Feature

International award for fictional and animated feature films on a theme.

6. 1 – Method of Participation
Participation is limited to a small number (between three and seven) of international feature films that deal with the theme of food in an intelligent and innovative way. The films will be chosen by the artistic directors, and a group of international film and food professionals (the Food and Film Academy) will choose the best film from this shortlist. Films in any format, made after 1 January 2007, can be entered.

6. 2 – Awards and Juries
The Food and Film Academy will choose the winner from among the candidate films.
Best Food Feature Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail).

7) Best TV Series

International award for fictional or documentary TV series.

7.1 – Method of Participation
Participation in the competition for best TV series on a food theme is reserved for series that have actually been broadcast. Producers, directors and writers who wish to bring their television series to the attention of the artistic directors can send a sample episode, for which they must fill out the online entry form. The episode sent must be subtitled in English or Italian (if the dialogue is not already in one of those languages). Together with the DVD of the episode, please send a description – in English or Italian – of the concept of the whole series and short synopses of the other episodes.

7.2 – Awards and Juries
Slow Food on Film’s artistic directors will present a selection of international TV series at the festival, and, in collaboration with the Food and Film Academy, will choose the series which more than the others is distinguished by a representation of an aware, intelligent and culturally relevant gastronomy and recognize it with an award.
Best TV Series Award: Chiocciola d’Oro (Golden Snail)

8) How to Submit a Film for Selection

The films must arrive on a DVD, subtitled in English or Italian (if the dialogue is not already in one of those languages) postmarked no later than 1 March 2009. The material sent for selection will not be returned.
Together with the film, please send a CD or DVD with a photo of the director, two stills from the film, the complete script in English or Italian and a statement from the director about the film. The entry form must be filled out and sent online via www.slowfoodonfilm.com. Once the entry form has been received we will assign a code to the film which must be included with the sent copy.

The application will only be accepted if sent before the stated deadline. The copies must be sent by regular or registered mail or by a courier service (specifying “no commercial value/for cultural purposes only”) to the following address:

SLOW FOOD ON FILM,
c/o Cineteca di Bologna
via Riva di Reno 72
40122 Bologna
Italia

The selection is the indisputable competence of the festival’s artistic directors. Applications for admission will only be accepted if they are correctly filled out and include all of the requested supplementary material.

9) Assumption of Responsibility

The producers and the filmmakers of the sent films assume all responsibility for the contents and the distribution of the film and release the Cineteca di Bologna, Slow Food International and the festival’s artistic directors from any responsibility towards third parties.

10) How to Send a Selected Film

Copies of selected films must arrive in Bologna by 15 April 2008 at the following address:

SLOW FOOD ON FILM,
Ente Mostra / Cinema Lumière
Ufficio Spedizioni
via Alberto Menarini, s.n.c.
40122 Bologna

The applicant must pay the costs of sending the film, while the costs of returning the film will be covered by the festival. The following projection formats are accepted: 35mm, 16mm, DigiBeta PAL, BetaSP PAL, DVCam and MiniDV. It is necessary to specify that the shipment is “of no commercial value/for cultural purposes only”. Films and videos from Italy and other EU countries must be sent via courier or express delivery service. Copies from countries outside the EU must be sent by airmail under a temporary import customs regime, using the courier that will be indicated by the festival’s shipping section. Every shipment from outside the EU must be provided with a pro-forma invoice, a list of items, correct travel documents (indicating the number of reels, the length of the film in metres and the title and number of video cassettes of each film). Please specify in the pro-forma invoice that the package “does not contain pornographic material”. The sender must provide the festival office with notice of the shipment via fax, including the title of the film, the number of reels, and the date and the particulars of the shipment (AWB number). The films and videos are insured for any possible damage by an “all-risk” policy (including the loss or theft of the copy) taken out by the festival for the entire period during which the copies are at its disposal. In the case of loss or damage of the copy, the festival’s responsibility will however be limited to the value of reprinting the copy according to the current rates in Italy. These regulations are written in Italian and English. In case of interpretation issues, the Italian version is the authoritative one.

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