1. FRONTDOC 2017 – International Documentary Film Festival – will take place in Aosta (Italy) in November 2017.

2. The aim of the Festival FRONTDOC is to promote and circulate creative documentary and cutting-edge films, foster discussion between various branches of learning, and provide a space for the cinematic arts and other disciplines to engage with each other and grow.

3. The festival is organized by APA-VDA (Association of Audiovisual Professionals of the Aosta Valley) with the support of public institutions and some private sponsors.

4. The Festival programme includes: International Feature Competition, International Medium-lenght Competition, International Short Competition, Special Experimental Category, workshops, debates, focus and special events.

5. The decisions of the Directors and the Selection Committee are based on the artistic merits of the works. There is no restriction on the basis of topic, issues or genre, but will be evaluated positively, for the selection, those works that deal with issues related to borders (geographical, political, cultural, social, etc...) and are adopting an innovative language and / or operate an interesting mix of genres and mediums.

6. Are eligible for selection films in Italian, English or French or those subtitled in one of these languages. For films not in Italian, if selected, it is required under penalty of exclusion the complete file of the dialogues in .srt format (in English or French). Rental costs will not be paid for selected films. Works publicly disseminated via Internet or broadcast by TV channels in Italy will be excluded from the Festival. 

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival.

7. CATEGORIES: 

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION 

Will be considered documentaries from all countries, with a minimum duration of 60 minutes, completed after December 1st, 2012 (or premiered after that date). 

INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM COMPETITION 

Will be considered documentaries from all countries, with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and a maximum duration of 60', completed after December 1st, 2012 (or premiered after that date). 

INTERNATIONAL SHORT COMPETITION 

Will be considered documentaries from all countries, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes, completed after December 1st, 2012 (or premiered after that date). 

SPECIAL EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY 

Will be considered works from all countries, with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. The selection is open to experimental films, new media, animations, installations, video art and in general every filmic work of experimental character as long as it investigate the reality and the ways to deal with it through the means of artistic expression.

 

8. AWARDS: 

An Official Jury composed of professionals in documentary cinema will bestow the following Awards: 

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 

BEST MEDIUM DOCUMENTARY 

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY 

The Youth Jury composed by school students will bestow the following Awards: 

YOUTH AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE 

YOUTH AWARD FOR BEST MEDIUM 

YOUTH AWARD FOR BEST SHORT 

APA VdA (Association of Audiovisual Professionals of the Aosta Valley) will bestow the following award: 

FRONTDOC AWARD FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL WORK 

Special Mentions may also be granted. The amount of awards will be determined based on the final budget of the festival. 

All the selected film will receive the official laurel of the festival in high quality. 

 

9. The, selection, the general programme and the schedule of the screenings are decided upon by the Festival Management only. Filmmakers and/or Producers will be notified of the results of the selection starting from October 10th, 2017. 

 

10. Films selected for the festival are requested to provide before October 17th 2017: 

- a trailer link of the film; 

- a downloadable video file of the final version of the film (preferably in the h.264 format); 

- the english, french or italian dialogue list in .srt format (only if the film is not in Italian or with italian subtitles); 

- 2 high quality stills of the film; 

- 1 photo of the director. 

The festival has permission to use excerpts from selected films, with a maximum of 3 minutes, nationally and internationally for promotional purposes (for short films, the total duration of the excerpts is not to exceed more than 10% of the film’s running time). 

 

11. TERMS OF REGISTRATION 

Entry to the festival will take place through the FILMFREEWAY platform. Under penalty of exclusion, each film will make available, on www.filmfreeway.com site, the full movie link and promotional materials (photos of the film, pictures of the director, the director's biography and work credits). 

Deadlines: 

May 31, 2017 (Early deadline) 

August 20, 2017 (Regular deadline) 

September 15, 2017 (Late deadline) 

The entry fees can be consulted on FILMFREEWAY platform. 

 

12. Filmmakers and/or producers are solely responsible for the contents of their film and must declare, upon registration in the Festival, to have fully complied with copyright laws. 

 

13. Participation in the selection implies the complete acceptance of the above Rules and Regulations. In case of conflicting interpretations, only the Italian version of the Rules and Regulations is considered valid. 

 

14. Any litigation will be judged by the Court of Aosta, Italy.

Rules & Terms
FRONTDOC 2017