Registration now open for the 15th Rome Independent Film Festival
by Vittoria Scarpa
- This year’s festival for independent cinema in Rome has been postponed until the autumn; the deadline to submit cinematic works is 30 June 2016
There is plenty of time before 30 June 2016 to submit cinematic works and thus take part in the 15th edition of the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival, the regular rendezvous with independent film in the Italian capital, directed by Fabrizio Ferrari, which has this year been postponed until the autumn.
The RIFF offers filmmakers from all over the world the chance to present the premieres of their movies in Italy. Specifically, the New Frontiers section (reserved for first and second works) focuses on Italian productions, and is the perfect opportunity to meet and discover new talents in the world of cinema. Furthermore, this year the gathering is pressing on with its mission of raising awareness of and distributing the movies in competition. Indeed, the winners will be able to benefit from a planned programme dedicated to their films at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome.
More than 150 works will be selected for the competition. The competitive sections are: Feature Films (both Italian and international first and second works); Documentary Films (both Italian and international); Short Films (both Italian and international); International Student Films; Animation; and Screenplays & Subject. The RIFF 2016 programme will be enriched by retrospectives and seminars tackling various aspects of indie cinema. The guest countries for this edition will be the United States and Spain.
A new addition for the 2016 edition is the new SOS (short online streaming) contest, which will exclusively take place online, in parallel with the festival. Dedicated to short-film directors, the contest will be hosted by the indiefilmchannel.tv platform: the short film with the most votes will be awarded a contract for distribution via video on demand, worth €1,000. After the festival, all of the main works presented at the RIFF will be watchable on VoD, again on indiefilmchannel.tv (which is also the official Italian portal for the My French Film Festival, a celebration of French film that unspools exclusively online until 18 February).
After the festival, the RIFF Awards, worth over €50,000, will be handed out. The Rome Independent Film Festival is supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities’ General Directorate for Cinema and the Lazio Region’s Department for Culture, Art and Sport. All of the registration information and the call for applications can be found on the festival’s website.
(Translated from Italian)