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Con il contributo di

Fondazione Ticino Olona

Con il patrocinio di

Provincia di Milano

Regione Lombardia - Sistemi ver e paesaggio


Libero Laboratorio Association announces the 2th THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL, a documentary festival on sustainability.


Entry requirements

It is an international competition with no professional or age constraints. No fee is charged for entry.


Competition overview

The competition is open to documentaries no longer than 90 minutes.

All formats and techniques are permitted as long as both authorial contribution and strong narrative propensity are shown.

The 2th THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL is open to documentaries focusing on:

  • social, environmental and cultural aspects of sustainability, such as the valorization and preservation of natural resources, the denunciation of chronic poverty, access to water, food sovereignty, agriculture as balance among soil exploitation, rights for cultivators and respect for the environment, energy production and distribution, induced migration phenomena, urban development research, solidarity and community experiences;
  • realities objectively ignored by the media because of political opportunism, geographic distance, cultural shortsightedness, religious or state censorship.


Entry procedure

  • Each director can entry no more than two documentaries.
  • Only documentaries completed after 1st January 2008 can be submitted.
  • An online application form must be completed for each documentary submitted (www.thevillagedocfestival.come). Entry confirmation will be sent via email.
  • Applications are open until 15th April 2011.


Delivery and selection

After completing the online application form and strictly no later than 10th May 2011, each documentary must be sent either by

  1. posting the DVDs in a closed envelope addressed to
    20143 MILAN
  2. uploading files in AVI, MPG4, MOV or MPG2 format with minimum standards as a 640x480 pixel size and a 256 kbps data rate. Once the application has been completed, the applicants will receive an email with the instructions for the FTP access to the email address shown in the application form.


If the movie will be selected it can be required to the author or the producer to send a master copy for the projection.

Submitted materials will not be returned and will be kept in THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL Archive.

Whilst filmmakers retain the property of the material sent and screened, they shall agree to its free and unlimited use by THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL for the following purposes:

  • partial publication on;
  • film screening during THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL in June or similar cultural and promotional events organized by the festival promoters (e.g. public presentations, theme evenings and the like). No profit shall be made from these events and screening shall be subject to receipt by the rights owner of full information in accordance with the silence/consent procedure;
  • (ONLY FOR PRODUCTIONS WITHOUT A DISTRIBUTION CONTRACT) distribution on broadcast channels, streaming and home video subject to a contractual proposal made by the festival promoters .

Directors shall also send informative and photographic material in high resolution for the Festival press office (set photos or two exhaustive frames of the documentary, director’s picture, bio-filmography, synopsis, director’s brief declaration, available posters, producers’ CV).

The Festival management has no liability for any loss or damage of the audiovisual submitted by the applicants. Each director is responsible for the content of his documentary and explicitly authorizes THE VILLAGE DOC FESTIVAL to duplicate and screen the documentaries submitted only for cultural purposes and for the press.


Prizes and awards ceremony

The Festival juries shall distribute a total of 4,500 euros to the winners in order to support audiovisual production and/or purchase of materials.

The award ceremony shall be held on the concluding evening of the Festival.

All decisions made by the juries are final.


Competition website

The Festival management reserves the right to publish all documentaries submitted and selected on the Festival website. However, the publication shall be subsequent to the application deadline and will have the only goal to promote every movie to the media and public attention.


Liability (concerned only with the Italian Laws)

The entry and delivery of the documentaries imply full acceptance of the terms and conditions of this regulation.
Participants also agree to the handling of personal details as stated in the application form.
According to the provisions of Legislative Decree n.196/2003 on privacy protection, the Festival organizers shall be the data controller.
The contents of the documentaries selected (images, sounds and animations) must be compliant with both SIAE requirements and the current copyright law. The organizers of TheVillage Doc Festival decline any responsibility for such matters and reserve the right to exclude from competition non compliant documentaries or to revoke prizes.
Offensive materials or documentaries which can damage the promoters’ image or their ethical code will be excluded from competition and will not be published.
The decisions made by the Festival organizers in respect of any controversy or any matter hereby unspecified are final.
Ultimately, the court of Milan shall have jurisdiction over any disputes.


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