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Refurbished Rome Film Festival calls for entries

Marco Müller, the recently appointed Artistic Director of Rome Film Festival has announced new initiatives in its 7th edition. The new redesigned festival will take place from November 9 – 17, 2012, and will be a 'World Premiere' festival with a selection of around 60 world premieres. There will also be a focus on new trends in contemporary cinema in a New Competition section called Cinema XXI (21st-century cinema), an array of screenings, master classes, panels, and events devoted to Italian cinema and to Italian co-productions.

The Official Selection is composed of an International Competition, a choice of films Out of Competition, and two additional competitive showcases: CinemaXXI (21st-century Cinema) and Perspectives Italy. Cinema XXI (21st-century Cinema) focuses on works that "reflect the continuous reinvention of cinema on the contemporary visual scene," and will host a competition showing feature films, medium-length features, and short films, for a maximum of fifteen films.

The Rome Film festival will give out more than 12 awards for World Cinema.

The 7th Rome Film Festival is now open for Entries. The last date of submission is Friday, September 14th, 2012.

Eligibility Criteria: All film submissions must be recent productions completed not prior to November 30th, 2011, and they must not have been presented in any other format or length, not even as works-in-progress, for submission to previous editions of the Festival. Under no circumstances may films that have had prior public screenings be presented at the Rome Film Festival. Exceptions may be made only for films presented exclusively in their own country of origin. Works previously presented in competition or out of competition at other international festivals or shown on the Internet will not be considered for selection.

To submit a film to the selection, one has to fill out a pre-selection entry form on the official festival website at http://www.romacinemafest.it. The preview DVDs should be sent to Deepti DCunha, who continues as the India Consultant to Artistic Director, Marco Müller for the 7th Rome Film Festival. The festival's Director Marco Müller will be visiting India at the end of July for the first shortlisting of films.

All submissions (duly subtitled in English) should be sent to Deepti DCunha, 23 Gautam Niwas, 7 Bungalows, Andheri West, Mumbai 400 053. India. Deepti can also be contacted at (+91)9820522468 (SMS only), Email:deepti.dcunha@gmail.com or d.dcunha@romacinemafest.org

Rajesh Kumar Singh