Rules & Terms

  • Anyone can enter the contest;
  • Five categories are open for submission:
    • STUDENTS FROM APULIA, exclusively open to short films made by students enrolled in Apulian schools and universities. The participation of non-students in the making of the film is allowed as long as key roles (director, screenwriter) are held by students;
    • FILMMAKERS – ANIMATED SHORTS (PROFESSIONALS);
    • FILMMAKERS – ANIMATED SHORTS (FILM STUDENTS);
    • FILMMAKERS – LIVE ACTION SHORTS (PROFESSIONALS);
    • FILMMAKERS – LIVE ACTION SHORTS (FILM STUDENTS);
  • Short films made after the 1st January 2022 are eligible for submission in the categories FILMMAKERS – ANIMATED SHORTS (PROFESSIONALS and FILM STUDENTS) and FILMMAKERS – LIVE ACTION SHORTS (PROFESSIONALS and FILM STUDENTS), and they must last a maximum of 10 minutes; 
  • Short films made after the 1st January 2021 are eligible for submission in the category STUDENTS FROM APULIA, and they must last a maximum of 15 minutes; 
  • Authors/groups can submit more than one short films to the contest, each with its own entry form and fees; 
  • Short films submitted must be original but do not need to be unpublished. Authors/groups submitting a film to the contest certify to have full rights over the film and all its components;
  • The short film can be made using any technique, and it can be about anything as long it is not discriminatory or offensive in any way; 
  • All submissions are required to include subtitles either in English or in Italian. They must not be hardcoded and, if possible, they should be provided as .srt files; 
  • The submitting author will have to sign up for free on FilmFreeway https://filmfreeway.com/, log in and upload the projects in the “My Projects” section, visit the contest landing page at https://filmfreeway.com/cortocircuiti, click on “Submit Now” and fill out the form with the required information within the deadline;
  • Submission to categories “Filmmakers – Animated Shorts (Professionals)”, “Filmmakers – Live Action Shorts (Professionals)”, “Filmmakers – Animated Shorts (Film Students)” and “Filmmakers – Live Action Shorts (Film Students)” requires the payment of a non-refundable fee, while submitting a short film for the “Apulian Students” category is free of charge. The fee will be paid upon submission directly on FilmFreeWay and will cover organization costs and platform fees;
  • Entries will undergo a pre-selection process carried out by members of the LBM Group, La Scatola Blu and Armata Brancaleone;
  • Selected short films will be publicly screened at ExpostModerno (Via Napoli, 264, 70123 Bari BA, Italy) at the end of July 2023 as part of the “Festa del Cinema in Libertà” Festival, organized by Armata Brancaleone APS. The exact date will be announced later on;
  • All authors will be notified whether or not their submission has been selected for screening by the 15th of July, 2023; after this date the organizing committee will provide additional info on the public screening event;
  • After the screening, a jury of experts will unquestionably declare the winner of each category, which will be awarded a monetary prize. Special mentions will also be awarded by the LBM Group, La Scatola Blu and Armata Brancaleone and by the attending audience;
  • The monetary prizes and special mentions for the 2023 edition of the contest are the following: 
    • (… work in progress …)
  • Submitted entries will be stored in the archives of La Scatola Blu and LBM Group and may be used in the future without commercial intent;
  • FINAL DEADLINE: 15th JUNE 2023

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