Acortodilibri – International AIB/IFLA short film contest about libraries -X EDITION

I cortometraggi raccontano le biblioteche /Shorts on books and libraries

ACDL9 submission rules

A corto di libri – International AIB / IFLA short film competition about libraries

IX edition

Sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia



  1. The contest has 3 sections: Fiction, Documentary, Advertising.
  2. The contest assigns five awards:
  • A) Best film of the Fiction Section
  • B) Best film of the Documentary Section
  • C) Best film of the Advertising Section
  • D) Best film among the winners of the a,  b, and c awards
  • E) IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award, to the best film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas.

3  The contest is free of charge and open to all. Entrants can submit only one film per Section. The main subject of the film must be libraries and/or the profession of librarian

4 In order to register for the contest a form must be completed, signed and sent with each film. The film must be sent in digital format (.mp4 or .avi).

5 The film must be a maximum of 20 (twenty) minutes in length for the Fiction and Documentary Sections and a maximum of 2 (two) minutes for the Advertisement Section.

6 If the film has been previously submitted to other contests, participants must indicate in the entry form the name of the contest, place and year. Films already submitted to this contest in the previous years cannot be submitted again.

7 Works must be licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY4.0 license. Each participant must use music, images and films in the public domain or created for the film or include a signed permission from the rights holder; the entrant must obtain permission from each child or under-18 years old person who appears in the film.

8 Entries to be selected for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award must be in English or have English subtitles or be accompanied by a text sheet in English

8 The deadline for entries is April 23, 2017. Films can be submitted via online file transfer (FTP) or similar technology.

9 A jury – headed by the critic Fabio Melelli – will select the best film for each Section; one of the winners of the three Sections will be assigned the award for the best film. The awarded films will be screened during the ceremony which will take place on May 2017, at the 29th International Book Fair in Turin (Italy).

10 The films selected to compete for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be judged by the librarians attending the IFLA MetLib Conference in Montréal, Canada (April 30 – May 5 2017).

11 The winners of each Sections will receive a certificate, books, a subscription to MLOL Plus, two free entrances to the International Book Fair in Turin (Italy) and a reimbursement of the travel expenses to Turin.The winner of the Best Film will receive 500 euros

12 The winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will receive:

a – If a library, 500 euros as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw (August 19-25, 2017)

b – If an individual film-maker, 500 euros in film-making equipment.

13 Prizes can be varied by the organizers.

14 The jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

15 The winners of each of the Sections will be notified in advance so that they can attend the award ceremony, in Turin or elsewhere.

16 All the received files will be collected by AIB’s and IFLA’s repositories and will be available on websites including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Films will be screened during not-for-profit events and in order to promote libraries and reading.

17 The entrant is the person solely responsible for the content and creation of the works.

18 The organizers shall decide on all matters not covered by these rules

19 Entering this contest implies the full acceptance of these rules.

March 13, 2017 _ Translation by Corrado Di Tillio

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