-Around 170 films will be selected to be screened at the festival and will be part of the following competitions: Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Music Videos and INSOMNIA – Experimental.
-In partnership with UNICEF ITALIA we will create La Grotta dei Piccoli Children’s Animation competition program for children.
-99% of the festival competition programme is made from the submissions we receive. Sometimes we offer waivers to films that we watch at other festivals but this is very unlikely.
-We don’t select films based on which awards or selections they had, nor how many social media followers the director or the actors have. We select films based on their quality.
-Selected filmmakers will be contacted via mail.
-Those short films that have been selected cannot leave the contest and they have to provide:
- Clean Screener (without subtitles burned-in) in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ recommend), 1920 x 1080, 48 kHz 24-bit audio, .mov wrapper.
Image: Please make sure that your film does not open/finish with a colour bar or extended blackness.
- Subtitles file (.srt) or dialogue list in English and Italian (The festival will help with the Italian subtitles if the participants provide an English or Spanish subtitles file in .srt or a dialogue list).
-The festival will not accept PenDrives and will not return any screener.
-Selected shorts will be provided with the selection laurel logo from La Guarimba International Film Festival. Directors are free to use it.
-The festival will notify if your film is not selected using the platforms Filmfreeway and/or Shortfilmdepot. Participants will find a selected list on our website, in the Italian press, in social networks and we will send by email a newsletter with all the information. We recommend you to subscribe it.
-The festival will invite and provide hosting and food to all the directors in the official competition. The festival does not cover travel expenses nor pays screening fees.
5. THE JURY
-The jury will include professionals from the cinema world, television, media, teaching and there will always be a filmmaker.
-The jury’s decision will be irrevocable.
-The jury is committed to giving away the following prizes: