7.1 Opening and deadline of submissions
The submission of films to the 80th Venice International Film Festival is open from 1 February to 15 June 2023. For the Orizzonti Corti short film competition the submission deadline is set on 1 June 2023, while for Venice Immersive projects is on 29 May 2023.
7.2 Conditions for the submission of a work
All works submitted must be recently produced, completed not prior to 11 September 2022, and must not have been presented earlier in any other format or length, not even as a work-in-progress, for any selection in previous editions of the Venice International Film Festival.
The directors of first or second films (feature length or short length) are invited to provide information on their curriculum vitae as requested in the online submission form, for the purposes of research and documentation. Under no circumstances may films to be presented at the Venice International Film Festival have been shown in prior public screenings. Works previously presented in competing or non-competing sections at other international festivals are also excluded, as are those already available on the web. Venice Immersive works in competition may have been screened in public only in their country of origin. Possible exceptions to these conditions may be decided at the discretion of the Festival Director.
7.3 Accepted formats
For films invited officially to the Venice International Film Festival, only the following screening formats will be accepted:
• Digital Cinema Package – DCP ( 35mm upon agreement with the Direction of the Festival).
• Venice Immersive Projects can be 360 videos, linear or interactive 3 DOF and 6 DOF XR works or other immersive formats of any length, including installations, domes and virtual worlds, compliant with one or more of the following devices/formats: Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, PC VR, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality. Any other format must be previously agreed upon with the Direction of the Festival.
7.4 Selection procedure
Regarding the selection of the works submitted, the Festival Director will be assisted by his staff of experts, as well as by a group of correspondents and international consultants, each responsible for different geographical areas. The Cinema Department will put each decision on the record.
7.5 Registration fees
For each work submitted to the selection of the Venice International Film Festival, a registration fee is requested to cover administrative costs. The fee is 150 Euro for feature length films and immersive projects, 70 Euro for short films. For feature length films submitted from 1 June 2023 the fee will be 175 Euro. From 1 May 2023 the fee will be 80 Euro for short films, and 175 Euro for immersive projects. As for film schools, the registration fee for short films will be 250 Euros for a maximum of 10 submissions. The request must be sent directly from the school to the Cinema Department (email@example.com), that will assess the school requirements.
The fee will not be reimbursed under any circumstance. The costs of screenings organised outside the main venue (Venice) must be met by the participants.
7.6 Materials to submit for the selection
In order to be eligible for selection, no later than 15 June 2023 for feature length films, 1 June 2023 for short films, and 29 May 2023 for immersive projects in competition, presenters must:
• FEATURE LENGTH and SHORT FILMS
· fill out the PRE-SELECTION ENTRY FORM online for feature length and short films;
· pay the registration fee;
· upload the film file to our streaming service, exclusively as it will be indicated at the moment of the registration, or send a copy of the film to the Venice International Film Festival (formats allowed for feature length films: DCP, DVD, Blu-ray disc; formats allowed for short films: file upload only).
· for all non-Italian films, we request the submission of a copy subtitled in Italian or in English (including films for which the original language version is in English).
• IMMERSIVE PROJECTS
· fill out the PRE-SELECTION ENTRY FORM for Venice Immersive;
· pay the registration fee, only for works in competition;
· upload the project files online following the instructions sent after completing the submission;
· immersive projects must be in English or in original language with English subtitles.
Any other information regarding the works submitted for selection must be sent exclusively in electronic format to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org (feature length films). email@example.com (short films), firstname.lastname@example.org (immersive projects).
The Venice International Film Festival is under no obligation to return the works submitted for selection, unless they arrive with prepaid return packaging via courier. Any returns must be requested no later than 30 September 2023. The work-in-progress materials and works for which no return has been requested, may be transferred to the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts of La Biennale di Venezia for exclusive purposes of documentation and research. They will not be used for commercial purposes, in order to protect the interests of the filmmakers and the producers.