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Final Cut in Venice

77th Venice International Film Festival

1. Date and Location

The eighth edition of the Final Cut in Venice workshop will take place from September 5 to 7, 2020 during the Venice Production Bridge of the 77th Venice International Film Festival (Lido di Venezia, 2 – 12 September 2020).

2. Objectives

The Festival’s purpose is to provide concrete assistance in the completion of films from Africa and from Iraq, 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. Description of the activities

3.1 Workshop
The workshop consists in three days of activities, in which the working copies of a maximum of 6 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. One-to-one meetings between the selected film teams and professionals are organized on Sept 7, 2020.

3.2 Screenings
The workshop also includes screenings of material of the selected films in the presence of the directors and producers. Only Industry pass holders 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.

4. Prizes

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.
For the fourth year La Biennale di Venezia will give a prize of € 5,000 for the best film in post-production. The La Biennale di Venezia Prize will be attributed by a jury composed of three members named by the Festival Director, while the other prizes will be awarded by final and irrevocable decision of the Festival Director, in conjunction with the project partners, the heads of the institutions, and the service companies providing the prizes. The other prizes will be confirmed and communicated later, based upon availability of the subjects and partners involved.

5. Conditions for admittance to selection

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. 2. Only feature fiction or feature art-house documentary films (expected min. length of each film: 60 minutes) will be considered.
It is preferable to send a complete working copy of the film. Should the film still be in an initial editing stage, a series of edited sequences will be accepted (totalling 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, the copy to be submitted should be subtitled in one of these languages .

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 the same year.

6. Selection Process

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 12 July, 2020.

7. How to submit the films

7.1 Materials to be sent for the selection
In order to be considered for selection, by June 12, 2020, applicants must:
a) fill out the Final Cut in Venice submission form, in acceptance of the present regulations;
b) send two copies of the film (accepted formats: DVD, Blu-ray disc), or a link with the password (valid at least until 12 July 2020) for online viewing to finalcut@labiennale.org.

Mailing address to which the two DVDs must be sent:

La Biennale di Venezia – Cinema Department
FINAL CUT IN VENICE
77th VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Palazzo del Cinema, Lungomare Marconi, 30126 Lido di Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5218878 / Fax +39 041 5218854

7.2 Informational material about the film
Informational material about the submitted film must be sent exclusively in electronic format to: finalcut@labiennale.org.

7.3 Return of the films sent
The Festival is not required to return the films submitted for the selection process.

8. Invited Films

8.1 Entry form
Invited films will receive an Entry form, which must be filled out and returned by 21 July 2020. 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 21 July 2020 all informative material required for the catalogue and the Venice Production Bridge - VPB (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 VPB” and sent to: finalcut@labiennale.org.
The screening copies in DCP, DVD or Blu-ray, in the original version with English subtitles, must be sent by and no later than 18 August 2020. 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 screening copy be different from the selection DVD copy.
Only in special cases, which must be authorized in writing by the Director, can the deadline of 18 August 2020 be extended; however, should the copies of the film not arrive by 29 August 2020, 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.

9. Participant Invitations

The Festival will cover trip expenses and accommodations for the directors, and accommodations for one producer, for each of the selected films, for four nights (4 to 8 September 2020).

10. Selected films / Logo

Films which are selected and awarded one or more workshop prizes must indicate the authorized 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), in the poster’s logos block and in all promotional material. As a binding condition, in the closing titles the authorized logo and the phrase “With the support of the Final Cut in Venice workshop” must appear in the foreground, with the logos of the workshop partners who gave the prizes smaller in the background. The film that will be awarded the Venice Biennale Prize has to display alongside the logo of the Festival also the sentence ‘La Biennale Prize Final Cut in Venice 2020’. The films selected for Final Cut in Venice and not awarded will have to report on the credits the logo of the Festival with the phrase “The film took part in the workshop Final Cut in Venice”.

11. General norms

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 Regulations, the original text written in Italian is to be considered final.

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