Florence, 1st- 7th November 2009

International documentary film festival

APRIL 2009

The 50th Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival– will take place in Florence from the 1st to the 7th of November 2009.

Submission of films for pre-selection is free. The submission procedure of one or more films may be run through the online registration on this website.

The film submission must be run no later than June 15th 2009 for films produced before April 30th 2009; no later than August 1st 2009 for films either produced after April 30th 2009 or still in production.

The Festival includes the following sections: Official Selection, tributes/retrospectives, seminars, panel discussions, special events.

Documentaries of all lengths and nationalities completed after September 1st 2008 will be considered for selection. They must be an Italian Premiere at least. The selected films could be included in the following section:

Film length must be equal or superior than 40 minutes.
An international Jury composed of leading figures in cinema and in the art fields will assign the following awards:
- Best Documentary: € 10,000.00 (equally divided between the director and the production).
- Best Directing: € 5,000.00.
- Best Anthropological Film: “Gian Paolo Paoli” plate.
Special Mentions may also be granted.

Film length must be shorter than 40 minutes.
A Jury composed of students from the "Lorenzo de' Medici" School and the University of Florence will assign a € 2.500 Award - to be divided equally between the director and the production - for the best short documentary film.

Film length must be equal or superior than 40 minutes.
This section is devoted to the investigation of the language of documentaries in its broadest sense (video-art, installations, fictions documentary style).
A Jury composed of film critics and cinema-keepers will assign the following Award:
Ente dello Spettacolo Award in order to help the Italian distribution of the best film for this section.

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