Organizers

The international festival of documentaries by women authors DocuDonna is organized by the cultural association Gremigna based in Massa Marittima, in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany. The festival is organized in partnership with the Municipality of Massa Marittima.

Objectives

The idea of a documentary festival dedicated to women filmmakers stems from the desire to “pay attention” not only to their diverse film productions but also from the desire to create a moment of reflection on the colourful inner gaze of women. The festival as an opportunity to promote an innovative dialogue between the genres. In recent years, even the most important international film festivals are devoting due attention to documentaries as they allow you to explore expressive territories free and unencumbered by the strict codes of cinematic canons. DocuDonna introduces a new appointment dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the documentary made by women into the calendar of Italian and international festivals. A heritage of images, sensibilities and points of view, disseminated into a cultural industry dominated by men. DocuDonna aims to call attention to a cutting-edge genre of film production: the documentary as an original and innovative language often underground and little known.

Date and duration

The second edition of DocuDonna will be a 3 day festival, from October 23rd to October 25th, 2020.

Programming

a) Best Italian Documentary Award: A competitive section dedicated to Italian directors who will present first and second films, to new authors or to films that are innovative from other points of view.

b) Best International Documentary Award: A competitive section dedicated to international directors who will present first and second films, to new authors or to films that are innovative from other points of view.

Registration for competition

a) The registration has a cost of 10 euros on the FilmFreeway account.

b) The selection of the films is made by the festival’s director (and is subject to the sole discretion of the festival’s director). Documentaries finished after January 1, 2018 may take part in the competition.

c) The registration request for participation in the festival must be submitted by means of the official registration form, which can be filled in online on the FilmFreeway platform.

d) The owners of the works wishing to participate in the festival must send a DVD, a streaming link or upload a file following the procedures indicated in the entry form of the FilmFreeway platform.

e) All films must be subtitled in English. If the film does not have English subtitles yet, please send us a separate subtitles file in the .srt format.

f) The festival management will appoint an international jury of at least three people to award the prize for the best film.

g) It is possible to activate an audience prize that can be registered and supported by one of the sponsors of the festival.

h) If the film is sent by post (the postmark will be taken as proof of posting), the DVD of the film must be sent to the following address:
DocuDonna, Podere Campo La Casa, 16 58040 Tatti, Massa Marittima, (GR) ITALY

Invited films and transport of copies

a) For the works invited to the festival, the Programming Office will ask for complete documentation providing at list of all requested materials. The publication of these materials is understood as authorized and free of charge, for both the catalogue and promotional purposes in the press and on the web. The selected films must have at least 3 scene photos, a photo of the director, a poster of the film, a short biography of the director, a short synopsis and a trailer of the film with English subtitles. We also request a version of the trailer without subtitles to make a short docudonna 2020 trailer with all the selected films.

b) Any missing information and photographic material must be received within one week from the date of communication of the selection.

c) The cost of transporting all the materials for selection shall be borne by the participants. The materials of the films not admitted to the festival will not be returned and the entitled parties agree to authorize their deposit and preservation in the DocuDonna festival archive for the exclusive purposes of study, cataloging and reporting to other festivals. The archive will be kept in a special location available for free consultation.

Screening of films

a) The calendar and times of the screenings are the exclusive decision of the Festival Management.

b) The projection formats must be sent in DCP, Bluray or HD video file format.

c) All films must have English subtitles. If not already equipped with it, we kindly request a  separate subtitles file in the .srt format.

d) The Festival Management will publish a general catalogue of the works presented.

Awards

All festival prizes will be awarded to the directors of the winning works. The competitive sections of the festival include the following prizes:

a) Best International Documentary: The prize, accompanied by the reasons for it, will be awarded by a jury of at least three members appointed by the Festival Management. The unquestionable judgement of the jury will award a prize of 500,00 euro (five hundred euro/00) to the best international documentary.

b) Best Italian Documentary Award: The award, accompanied by the reasons for it, will be assigned by a jury of at least three members appointed by the Festival Management. The unquestionable judgement of the jury will award a prize of 500,00 euro (five hundred euro/00) to the best italian documentary.

c) Producers and distributors, as well as those responsible for buying and selling the award-winning films, commit themselves to mention the prize received at the Festival on their advertising material (posters, press kits, trailers, website). The official logo of the different prizes will be provided by the festival and must not be modified in any way without the authorization of the festival.

c) Foreign language films intended for screening in the cinema, if not already equipped with Italian subtitles, will be presented in their original version with electronic subtitles in Italian by the festival.

d) The Festival Management will publish a general catalogue of the works presented.

General rules

a) Projection copies of the selected works must be sent by July 30, 2020.

b) Unless otherwise agreed, screening copies of selected films from countries outside the European Union must be sent by courier with the words “For cultural purposes only” No commercial value. The festival will not accept shipments of films burdened by customs charges at its own expense.

c) Authors and/or producers are responsible for the content of their works and declare, by registering for the competition, that they have fulfilled all copyright obligations towards third parties.

d) The selected films, whose availability has already been confirmed by the rights holders, cannot be subsequently withdrawn from the festival for any reason. In the event that the author or production decides to withdraw the participation of a film already included in the program they will be required to pay the sum of 2,000.00 euros (two thousand euros / 00) as compensation for damages.

e) The application for admission to the DocuDonna festival implies the unconditional acceptance of these regulations.

f) The DocuDonna Festival Management may take decisions on matters not covered by these regulations.

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