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See more details in Rules for 4 Giorni Corti+2 - 2021 edition competition.

 

WHAT IS THE 4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION COMPETITION?
It is a competition where competitors compete to produce a 4-minute short film in 6 consecutive days. The short film must be shot in full compliance with the regulations to face the COVID-19 health emergency in force on the competition days. Your short film must be original and edited without using previously shot material. You will also have to respect some other requirements that will be published on our website on April 28, 2021 at 9.00pm.

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WHICH CHARACTERISTICS MUST THE SHORT FILM HAVE?
The short film must have a maximum duration of 4 minutes and 10 seconds from black to black (opening and closing credits included) and must be entirely shot within the 6 days of the competition, from April 29 to May 4, 2021 without using previously shot material.

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DOES THE SHORT FILM HAVE TO LAST EXACTLY 4 MINUTES?
No. There is no minimum duration, but the maximum duration of 4 minutes with a tolerance of 10 seconds is mandatory, under penalty of exclusion. The duration is calculated from black to black, including any opening and closing credits. The soundtrack, the titles or the first scene start the minute count.

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WHICH ARE THE FILM GENRES ALLOWED?
The short film must have a prevalent film genre, that you can choose among those published on our webiste on April 28, 2021 at 9.00p. Upon the short film submission, you need to indicate the genre you chose.

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WHICH ARE THE MANDATORY ELEMENTS?
These are some technical and artistic elements (2 objects and a sentence) published on April 28, 2021 at 9.00pm on our website. They are mandatory, so you must necessarily include them in your short film.

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IS IT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE A SCENE IN/WITH THE CITY OF NONANTOLA?
No.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO TO ENTER MY TROUPE IN THE “4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION” COMPETITION?
You must register the troupe on our website by April 27, 2021. Click on the "4 GIORNI CORTI" menu and choose "Registration". Enter your first and last name, your email, your mobile phone number and the name of your troupe. You will receive an email confirming your registration for the “4 Giorni Corti+2 – 2021 edition” competition. Keep the confirmation email because it contains an important link that you need to submit the short film.

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WHO IS THE TROUPE CONTACT PERSON?
He/she is the one who signed up for the troupe and who usually receives all the communications via email related to the 4 Giorni Corti+2 – 2021 edition”competition. If you are the contact person for the troupe, you must have access to an e-mail box and you must be of legal age (+18 years old).

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I DON'T HAVE AN E-MAIL BOX. CAN I REGISTER FOR THE 4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION COMPETITION?
No.

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HOW MUCH DOES THE REGISTRATION FOR THE 4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION COMPETITION COST?
The registration is free of charge.

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I AM NOT OF AGE (+18 YEARS OLD). CAN I TAKE PART IN THE “4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION” COMPETITION?
Yes, but you cannot be the contact person for the troupe. Ask an adult to be the contact person for you.

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I ALREADY REGISTERED TO THE 4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION COMPETITION. NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You have to wait until April 28, 2021 at 9.00pm, when the mandatory technical and artistic elements will be published on our website (a sentence and two objects and the list of film genres among which yu have to choose one) that you must necessarily include in your short film.

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WHICH ARE THE TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC ELEMENTS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE SHORT FILM?
They are a sentence and two objects and they will be published on April 28, 2021 at 9.00pm on our website. Your short film will be also evaluated according to the film genre that you indicated at the time of video file submission.

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THE COMPETITION STARTED. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
Develop, shoot and edit your short film including the mandatory technical and artistic elements. Keep in mind that the short film will be also evaluated according to the key features of the genre that you indicate at the time of video file submission. Do not use previously shot video material. If you have used non-original text, images or music, you must obtain the necessary authorizations for use from the copyright holders. Finally, upload the video file online on the dedicated section fof the Organization’s website using any file transfer service (for example, Wetransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Send Anywhere, etc ...) and at the end of the upload, take note of the link through which the Organization can download the video file. Fill in the submission form for the short film by 11:59pm on May 4, 2021, available through the link included in the confirmation email you received when registering for the competition. You have to indicate the title of the work, the chosen film genre and the link to the video file.

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CAN I USE BACKGROUND OR PREVIOUSLY FILMED MATERIAL?
No.

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CAN I USE ANIMATION TECHNIQUE?
Yes. The short film can be made in whole or in part with the animation technique.

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I WANT TO SHOOT A SILENT FILM: CAN I INSERT LIVE SOUNDS?
No.

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WHAT DOES ORIGINAL OR NON-ORIGINAL AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL MEAN?
By original audiovisual material we mean material (audio, video, text or images) created by the troupe. By non-original audiovisual material we mean material created by others.

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CAN I USE NON ORIGINAL AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL?
It depends. Non-original video material is not admitted to the competition, under penalty of exclusion. Non-original audio material, static images or text may be copyrighted and you must have the authorization of the owner of these rights, which is usually the producer. When you send the file of your short film, you will have to declare that you have the rights of use. There will be a tick box on the submission form.

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CAN I TAKE FRAMES FROM A TV, MONITOR OR IN GENERAL USE A VIDEO CLIP?
Generally no, unless the images you shot were created by you in the days of the competition. It is not allowed to include or shoot non-original video clips of any origin and duration or original video material previously created.

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CAN I TAKE IMAGES OF A PHOTOGRAPH OR A NON ORIGINAL FROZEN FRAME?
Shooting of non-original frozen frames is allowed, but you must obtain the necessary authorizations for use.

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DO I HAVE TO INSERT THE NONANTOLA FILM FESTIVAL OR THE 4 GIORNI CORTI+2 – 2021 EDITION COMPETITION LOGO IN THE OPENING AND CLOSING CREDITS?
No. If necessary we will do it.

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TWO MANDATORY ELEMENTS ARE OBJECTS: HOW SHOULD I USE THEM?
Objects must be visible, it is not enough to name them. Their use within the short film will also be evaluated for the overall judgment.

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ONE OF THE MANDATORY ELEMENTS IS A SENTENCE: HOW SHOULD I USE IT?
The sentence can be spoken or written, but it must be exactly that. The sentence can be included in a larger sentence, with words and punctuation marks added before and/or after, but not in between. If the sentence is pronounced in a foreign language, the scene must be subtitled in Italian language. Its use within the short film will also be evaluated for the overall judgment.

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I WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE A SOUNDTRACK IN THE SHORT FILM: WHICH AUTHORIZATIONS SHOULD I HAVE?
None if the soundtrack is original, i.e. composed and performed by members of the troupe. If non-original lyrics or music are used instead, you need to obtain authorization to sync from the copyright owner. The same rule also applies if the music is sung by the actors or played by radio, stereo, TV or other equipment.

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AN ACTOR READS A TEXT OR SINGS A SONG: WHAT PERMISSIONS SHOULD I HAVE?
For the recited or sung texts the same rules apply as for the music: if the lyrics and/or the music are not original, you must obtain the authorization from the owner of the copyright.

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CAN I USE MINORS AS ACTORS OR EXTRAS?
Yes, but you must obtain authorization from their legal representatives (usually the parents).

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CAN I SHOOT IN PRIVATE LOCATIONS?
Yes, but you must have authorization from the owner or tenant.

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DO I HAVE TO PRESENT THE WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION TO SHOOT FROM THE OWNER OR THE TENANT?
No, but upon submission of the video file you will declare that you are in possession of it.

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CAN I SHOOT IN PUBLIC PLACES?
Yes, as long as the regulations to face the COVID-19 health emergency in force on the competition days are respected.

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HOW DO I KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MY TROUPE?
Contact with the troupe members must be maintained in full compliance with the regulations to face the COVID-19 health emergency in force on the competition days. You can keep in touch and share ideas and material through the available digital means (telephone, video calls, video conferences, data transfer, etc ...).

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I HAVE ASSEMBLED THE SHORT FILM: WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT IT?
You must complete, upload and submit the short film by 11:59pm on May 4, 2021. Please take into account the time required for uploading which depends on the characteristics of your internet connection. The time of the short film submission form will be taken as the official submission time. The the short film submission form is available through the link included in the email you received when registering for the competition.

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO UPLOAD THE SHORT FILM?
It depends on the characteristics of your internet connection and the length of the video file. If you respect the recommended settings, the video file should not exceed 250 MB in size. If you have a fiber connection (2 Mbps upload) it will take about 20 minutes for the transfer. If you have an ADSL connection (256 kbps upload) instead, it may take over two hours. After the transfer you need to fill in the submission form for the short film, available through the link included in the email you received when registering for the competition. This last operation takes a few minutes only.

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I ASSEMBLED THE SHORT FILM: HOW DO I SUBMIT IT TO THE ORGANIZATION?
Upload the video file on the Organization website using any file transfer service (for example, Wetransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Send Anywhere, etc ...) and at the end of the upload take note of the link through which the organization can download the video files. Fill in the short film submission form by 11:59pm on May 4, 2021, available through the link included in the email you received when registering for the competition. You need to indicate the title of the work, the chosen film genre and the link to the video file.

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CAN I DISTRIBUTE THE SHORT FILM BEFORE THE CONCLUSION OF THE COMPETITION?
No. The distribution of the short film before the conclusion of the competition will result in exclusion from the competition itself.

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CAN I DISTRIBUTE THE SHORT FILM AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE COMPETITION?
Yes, absolutely. If you want, you can also send us the link to your video so that we can publish it on our website.

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WHICH CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD THE SHORT VIDEO FILE HAVE?
A video file with H.264 encoding and resolution HD 720p or HD 1080p, video bitrate 6 Mbps or less, audio bitrate 192 kbps or less is preferred. If these conditions are met, the video file size should be around 250 MB. It should run in 16: 9 format or at least in landscape format.

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HOW WILL MY SHORT FILM BE JUDGED?
All the submitted short films will be viewed by the Organization of the Nonantola Film Festival. Among the short films that have the mandatory technical and artistic elements the Organization will select a number of short films between ten (10) and twenty-five (25) to be admitted to the final phase. The short films admitted to the final phase will be judged: 1) by the Quality Jury who will award prizes and mentions; 2) by the public at home, who, on a dedicated platform, after properly registering, will be able to decide which favorite will win the “Nicolò Gianelli Award” mention.

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WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM THE WINNER?
On May 16, 2021 at 9pm the winner will be announced on the Nonantola Film Festival website. The winner of the “Premio Nicolò Gianelli” mention will also be announced accoridng to the public voting.

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I WON. HOW DO I COLLECT THE PRIZE?
In the days following the final announcement, if you won, you will be contacted by the Organization to complete the process to get the prize. The news will be published on our website and on our social pages.

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MY SHORT FILM IS NOT ONE OF THE FINALISTS: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
Your work will be published on our web platform after May 16, 2021.

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