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The second edition of the FINAL CUT IN VENICE workshop will take place from August 31 to September 1, 2014 during the Venice Film Market of the 71t Venice International Film Festival (Lido di Venezia, August 27 – September 6, 2014).

The Festival’s purpose is to provide concrete assistance in the completion of films from Africa and from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria; and to offer producers and directors an opportunity to present films still in the production phase to international film professionals and distributors in order to facilitate post-production and promote co-production partnerships and market access.
3.1 Workshop
The workshop consists in two days of activities, in which the working copies of a maximum of six selected films (see articles 5 and 6) are presented to producers, buyers, distributors and film festival programmers. Networking, encounters and meetings will allow directors and producers to interact directly with the workshop participants.
3.2 Screenings
The workshop also includes screenings of material of the selected films in the presence of the directors and producers. Only accredited sector professionals will be allowed to attend the screenings: producers, distributors, operators, buyers, festival programmers, representatives of the institutions and others invited in advance by the Festival management.

The workshop will conclude with the awarding of prizes, in kind or in cash, for the financial support of the films in their post-production phase:

− up to 50 work hours (including technician) for a commercial value of € 15,000 for digital color correction of a feature film, offered by Laser Film (Rome);
− a discount of € 15,000 offered by Mactari Mixing Auditorium (Paris) for the sound mix;
− € 10,000 to acquire television broadcasting rights for two years, offered by Rai Cinema;
− € 10,000 toward post-production costs in France, offered by CNC - Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (Paris);
− up to € 10,000 for visual and special effects, offered by Knightworks;
− up to € 10,000 to make a master DCP, color correction and French subtitles, offered by Titra TVS (Paris);
− the printing of a 35mm copy (without subtitle s) or participation in the cost of making a DCP, offered by the Festival International de Film d’Amiens;
− the printing of a 35mm copy (without subtitles) or participation in the cost of making a DCP, offered by the Festival International de Film de Fribourg;
− up to € 6,000 to make a master DCP and Italian or English subtitles, offered by Sub-ti Ltd (London);
- € 5,000 euro offered by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to an African or Arabian film from a country member of the La Francophonie.
The prizes will be awarded by final and irrevocable decision on the part of the Festival Director, in conjunction with the project partners, the heads of the institutions, and the service companies providing the awarded prizes.

5.1 Eligibility criteria of the films
All works submitted must be in post-production and made exclusively by filmmakers from countries as specified in Art. 1. Only feature fiction or feature art-house documentary films (minimum length of each film: 60 minutes) will be considered.
It is preferable if a complete working copy of the film is sent. Should the film still be in an initial editing stage, a series of edited sequences will be accepted (totaling at least one-third of the overall anticipated length of the film), accompanied by the director’s statement of intent and a film treatment.
5.2 Subtitles
Should the language spoken in the film not be Italian, French or English, a copy subtitled in one of these above-mentioned languages or a translated dialogue list must be provided.
5.3 Subsequent submission
Each film may participate in only two editions of the “Final Cut in Venice” workshop, and may participate the second time only if substantial progress in the production of the working copy has been achieved, and if the film was not awarded in the previous edition.
5.4 Submission to other sections of the Festival
Submission to the “Final Cut in Venice” workshop precludes submission to any other official section of the Festival that same year. However, it is possible to submit the film to official sections of the Festival the following year. Moreover, upon the discretion of the Festival Director, a film in post-production that was submitted to the official sections of the Festival but was not selected may be submitted to the workshop that same year.
6.1 Selection
The Festival Director, assisted by a staff of experts, is responsible for selecting the films; his decision is final and irrevocable.
6.2 Selection results
The selection results will be communicated to the submitted films by July 15, 2014.
7.1 Materials to be sent for the selection
In order to be considered for selection, by June 27, 2014 applicants must:
a) fill out the “Final Cut in Venice” online submission form,
b) send the Festival two copies of the film (accepted formats: DVD, Blu-ray disc),
or send a link with the password for viewing the film online.
Mailing address to which the two DVDs and the application form must be sent:
  La Biennale di Venezia – Cinema Department
  Palazzo del Cinema, Lungomare Marconi, 30126 Lido di Venezia - Italy
  Tel. +39 041 2726501
  Fax +39 041 2726520
7.2 Informational material about the film
Informational material about the submitted film must be sent exclusively in electronic format to:
7.3 Return of the films sent
The Festival is not required to return the films submitted for the selection process.
8.1 Entry form
Invited films will receive an Entry form, which must be filled out and returned by July 21, 2014. The Festival’s reception of the completed and signed form implies the legal acceptance of the invitation on the part of all those to whom it is sent; acceptance is considered final and binding.
The film’s invitation to participate in the workshop must remain completely confidential until the Festival program has been officially announced; failure to comply will result in the film’s exclusion from participation.
8.2 Copies and materials
The representatives of the invited films must send by and no later than August 2, 2014 all informative material required for the catalogue and the Venice Film Market (synopsis, statement of intent, crew and cast list, director’s biography and complete filmography, photographs of the director and cast and scenes from the film in b/w or in color). It must be labeled “Material for VFM” and sent to:
The show copies in DVD or Blu-ray, in the original version with English subtitles, must be sent by and no later than August 12, 2014. A working copy that is further along with respect to the version submitted in DVD to the selecting commission may be sent;
- 1 DVD in original version with English subtitles, for the exclusive use of the Festival’s internal services, should the show copy be different from the selected DVD copy;
- the subtitle list.
Only in special cases, which must be authorized in writing by the Director, can the deadline of August 12, 2014 be extended; however, should the copies of the film not arrive by August 20, 2014, the screenings will be canceled.
8.3 Shipping costs
The full cost of sending the material, including customs expenses, to the Festival headquarters, as well as their return freight, will be borne by the applicant.
The Festival will cover trip expenses and accommodations for the directors, and accommodations for one producer, for each of the selected films, for three days (August 30, 31 and September 1, 2014).

Films which are awarded one or more workshop prizes must indicate the award they have received, including the Festival logo and the phrase “with the support of the ‘Final Cut in Venice’ workshop” in the opening credits of the film (if other film partners appear in the opening credits) and in all promotional material.
As a binding condition in the closing titles the Festival logo and the phrase “with the support of the ‘Final Cut in Venice’ workshop” must appear in the foreground, with the logos of all the workshop partners smaller in the background.
Participation in the “Final Cut in Venice” workshop constitutes unconditional adherence to these Regulations. The producers, distributors or other subjects submitting the film must ensure they are legitimately entitled to enter the film.
The Festival Director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these Regulations, and to waive the Regulations in special and well-motivated instances. In case of dispute regarding the interpretation of the single articles of the Regulation, the original text written in Italian is to be considered final.