The 38th Settimana Internazionale della Critica (SIC) – Venice International Film Critics’ Week will be held in Venice during the 80th Venice Film Festival. The Settimana Internazionale della Critica is promoted and organized by the Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani (SNCCI) – National Union of Italian Film Critics, in association with La Biennale di Venezia and the Venice Film Festival.
The General Delegate, Beatrice Fiorentino, assisted by film critics Enrico Azzano, Chiara Borroni, Ilaria Feole and Federico Pedroni, all appointed by the SNCCI, will select a maximum of seven debut feature films to take part in the competition, plus two titles out of competition. Their decisions are final.
To be eligible for the 38th Settimana Internazionale della Critica, the submitted works must comply with the following criteria:
— Films in competition must be the director’s first full-length.
— Minimum length required is 60 minutes.
— Film must be produced and completed in the 12 months prior to the festival (between Venice 2022 and Venice 2023).
— For Italian films: only world premieres will be accepted.
— For non-Italian films: the submitted works should not be theatrically released or presented in other festivals before Venice, except for their country of origin within the year 2023. Preference will be accorded to world premieres.
— Films should not be released on the internet or made available online.
— All films submitted for selection (preferably Vimeo links) must be received no later than 20 Jube 2023. Online screeners should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Screeners of films not in Italian language must be subtitled in Italian or English.
— All submitted works must be sent with the submission form available at the Submission page.
— For each submitted film, a registration fee is required to cover administrative costs. The fee is EUR 50 and must be paid either by credit card (Paypal) or bank transfer (details on our website and in the submission form). The fee will not be reimbursed under any circumstance.
— In case of selection, all shipment costs for official screening purposes must be covered by the applicant. Protection against any harm caused to the selected films in unloading and screening is guaranteed by an “all risks” policy stipulated by the Festival and covering the period in which the copies remain with the Festival. The 80th Venice Film Festival also assumes responsibility for care and custody of films during the entire period of the Festival or until the films are returned to the owner.
— All films selected for the 38th Settimana Internazionale della Critica are eligible to take part in the additional screenings programme promoted by our institutional sponsors and organised after the end of the 80th Venice Film Festival. The producer/international distributor is responsible to inform any existing or potential Italian distributor about this programme, which is mandatory. The prints will therefore be returned only after the completion of the programme (no later than 1 November 2023).
— For festival screenings, all selected films must be available in Digital Cinema Package (DCP).
— All selected films must be presented at the Festival in their original version. Films not in Italian language must show Italian subtitles on print/DCP (English subtitles will be projected off screen). Films in Italian language must show English subtitles on print/DCP. The production/distribution is responsible for covering the subtitling costs.
— The seven films in competition are eligible for the IWONDERFULL Grand Prize (consisting of EUR 5,000), The Film Club Audience Award (EUR 3,000) and other prizes to be awarded by relevant juries.
— The seven films presented in competition are also eligible for the “Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film” consisting of USD 100,000.
— It is mandatory for all the selected films to display the 38th Settimana Internazionale della Critica logo on all promotional materials. In case of theatrical release, both in Italy and abroad, the logo must appear on the screening copies as well.
— The award winners must correctly mention the prize in every communication about the film, and on the screening copies as well.
Duly motivated exceptions to these regulations may be approved by the General Delegate with the agreement of the Selection Committee and the Executive Committee of the SNCCI.
Any issue not covered by these regulations must be settled by the practice and regulations of the 80th Venice Film Festival. Submission to the selection process and participation in the 38th Settimana Internazionale della Critica imply full acceptance of these regulations.