Regulations 2013





“HAI VISTO MAI?” Documentary Festival is sponsored and organized by ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE “HAI VISTO MAI”,chaired by Luca Zingaretti.

The Festival will be held in Cortona (Arezzo, Tuscany) on  September 20, 21 and 22, 2013.

The Documentary Film Festival’s goal is to promote documentaries as a way to analyze and meditate on social issues and current topics, and to draw attention to the importance of the European documentary scene as a whole.

The Festival is divided into three different sections:
- International Documentary Films Showcase
- Uno Sguardo Nel Mondo (A Look at the World): a parallel section dedicated to discussion which will comprise the screening of non-competing documentaries
- Debate Section: this year’s topic of discussion will be “Nutrition and the Food Industry”. This section will also comprise the screening of non-competing documentaries

a) Any Italian and international documentary film on current topics and contemporary culture with a running time of25 minutes or more is eligible for admission.
b) Films that have previously aired on Italian television or that had already been submitted to the “HAI VISTO MAI?” Festival in the past years are NOT eligible for admission. Films that have participated to other festivals and, possibly, received any awards therein, still retain eligibility to participate.
c) Each author or producer, even in collaboration with other people, can submit more than one film for Festival consideration, but only one of them will be eligible to compete.
d) Admission to the competition and to the final selection is without question determined by the Festival’s Artistic Direction, with the cooperation of a Selection Committee.
e) All entries must be either in English or, if in a different language, subtitled in English.

A jury of industry professionals such as directors, actors, producers and representatives of the Institutions and Companies that sponsor the Festival will award one of the 8 finalist films the “HAI VISTOMAI? 2013” Prize, consisting of € 5.000,00 (FIVE THOUSAND). All the Jury’s decisions are final.
The Prize Award will be assigned by the Jury during the course of the Festival. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Registration of the documentary to the pre-selection is free.
The submission form (available online), is to be completed in all its parts in Italian and/or English, signed and mailed together with the following items:

  • 2 copies of the documentaries on DVD;
  • a no longer than 3 minutes trailer in one of the following formats: .mov/.mp4/.avi, with English subtitles;
  • a brief summary of the documentary in Italian and/or English (max 2000 characters, spaces included);
  • a biography of the director in Italian and/or English (max 800 characters, spaces included);
  • the director’s filmography (list of films including year of production);
  • high resolution production stills whose authorized and free of charge publication the filmmaker has granted permission to upon submission of the film;
  • a high resolution photo of the director;
  • a complete and final script of the dialogues in the original language plus their translation into English (including voice overs –if any-);

The entire required documentation must be mailed no later than April 15, 2013(postmarked by), to the following address:

Associazione Culturale “Hai visto mai”
Via Luca Signorelli, 8 – 00196 Rome - Italy

For customs purposes you are kindly required to write the following words on the package: “Senza valore commerciale, per soli scopi culturali”. (“No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”)

a) Of the entries received, the Jury will shortlist a selection of 8 finalists.
b) The authors and/or producers of the selected documentaries will be notified of the result before the end of May, 2013. Films that have not been selected will not receive any notification.
c) If selected, the DVDs of the 8 finalist films will be used to prepare the Italian subtitles. Foreign documentaries in English will be shown in their original language with Italian subtitles. Documentaries whose original spoken language is not English will be shown with subtitles both in English and Italian (except for documentaries in Italian, which will be shown with English subtitles only)

a) Shipping costs, where applicable, are the sole responsibility of the entrant. The same applies to customs duties. The copies of the film that have been sent to the Festival will not be returned and will be preserved in the Association’s archive for merely documental purposes. Submission of a film to the Festival will be considered an approval granted by the filmmaker for the use of their film for promotional, educational, research and reference purposes, even in different places and contexts from that of the Festival. The film will nevertheless never be used for commercial purposes, for the safeguard of the authors and the producers’ interests.
b) The copies of the documentary that have been initially submitted for the selection are the same ones that will be used for the screening of the film at the Festival. Further, updated and/or different copies of the documentary will not be accepted.
c) Authors, producers and distributors of the documentaries that have been selected and/or awarded at the 8th Hai Visto Mai Documentary Film Festival are kindly invited to reproduce the official logo of the Festival (available at the Festival’s office) and, if any, list the awards received, on the film’s credits and on all promotional material, including press kits and websites.
d) It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials (images, music...) included within the submitted film. Entry to the Contest and any prize awarded do not, in any explicit or implicit way, entail the grant of any rights on the film itself to the “HAI VISTO MAI?” Festival.
e) These Rules and Regulations have been written in Italian and in English. Should interpretation issues occur, the Italian version is to be taken as reference.
f) By submitting your film to the Festival you are agreeing to be bound by the festival’s rules and regulations. 
g) The selection, the screenings and the calendar of events are entirely and exclusively up to the Direction of the Festival.
h) Should any controversy arise, the competent court of jurisdiction shall be the Court of Rome.