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

I cortometraggi raccontano le biblioteche /Shorts on books and libraries

ACDL 8 – Submission rules


International AIB/IFLA short film competition about libraries – VIII edition




Films can be entered in three sections (fiction, documentary, advertising) and in the category “Metropolitan Libraries” (international IFLA prize).


The contest is free of charge and open to all.

Entrants can submit only one film per section or category. The main subject of the film must be libraries and the profession of librarian. Entries for the “Metropolitan Libraries” category must focus on public libraries of large urban areas as the main subject.


To register for the contest an entry form must be completed, signed and submitted with each film. The film must be in one of the following formats: mp4 or avi. The finished film must be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes in length for the fiction and documentary sections and a maximum of two (2) minutes for the advertisement section. The finished film must be a maximum of twenty (20) minutes in length for the “Metropolitan Libraries” category.


If the film has been previously submitted to other contests entrants must indicate on the entry form the name of the contest, place and year. Only one edition of a film will be accepted. Films already submitted to this contest in the previous editions cannot be submitted again.

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 release from the rights holder; the entrant must obtain permission from each child or under-18 years old who appears in the film.

Entries for the “Metropolitan Libraries” category must be in English or have English subtitles or be accompanied by a text sheet in English.


The deadline for entries is April 30, 2016. Films can be submitted via online file transfer (FTP) or similar technology, or directly by mail (DVD). All mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2016. All DVD submissions should be sent to: AIB Umbria, p. Mariotti n.1, 06123 Perugia, Italy. Packages must be marked “Concorso A Corto di libri”.


All films will be screened during the award ceremony which will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the 28th International Book Fair in Turin (Italy).

An international jury – headed by the critic Fabio Melelli – will select the best film for each section and for the category “Metropolitan Libraries”; one of the winners of the three sections will be awarded the grand prize.

The winners of the three sections will receive a plate, books, a subscription to MediaLibraryOnLine Plus, two free entrance tickets to the International Book Fair in Turin (Italy) and the partial refund of the travel expenses to the award ceremony in Turin. The grand prize winner will receive 500 euros. The winner of the international IFLA “Metropolitan Libraries” category will receive 1,000 euros in film-making equipment. Prizes can be varied by the organizers.

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


The winners in each of the categories will be notified in advance so that they can attend the award ceremony in Turin.


DVDs will not be returned. Films will be collected by AIB and IFLA’s documentation centres and will be available on websites including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Films can be screened providing it is for not-for-profit and in order to promote libraries and reading.


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


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


Entering this contest implies the full acceptance of these rules.

Draft: February 1, 2016

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