Call for entries Working Title Film Festival 5

Working Title Film Festival – a Film Festival about Work
5th Edition, Vicenza, September 29th – October 3rd 2019

Open call – Deadline for submissions: May 31st 2020


The 5th Edition of the Working Title Film Festival will be held in Vicenza (Italy) from the 29th of September to the 3rd of October 2020.

The Working Title Film Festival is promoted by the organization LIES – Laboratorio dell’inchiesta economica e sociale (“a permanent workshop for an economic and social survey”), based in Padua and which has been active in Padua and Vicenza since 2011. The venues hosting the 5th edition will be Sala Lampertico (Cinema Odeon), Exworks (Zerogloss), an artistic and creative space, and the local wine bar Bottega Faustino.

The aim of the Festival is to encourage, through cinema and audiovisual arts and expressions, a reflection on the issues related to Work, especially in the contemporary society, and on the relevant political and social context.

The Working Title Film Festival intends to read through a contemporary viewpoint the current patterns and conditions of the world of work, focusing not only on its negative perspective, on precariousness, fragmentation and reduced workers’ protection and rights, but also on its creative possibilities.
Moreover, the festival aims at giving visibility to audiovisual artworks that are not mainstream and do not belong to the official distribution network, and to the emerging cinema, thus creating a dialogue between independent filmmakers and the audience.

The Working Title Film Festival 5 will include a selection of audiovisual works in competition and Q&A, presentations and meetings.

Rules for the application to the competitive sections

The international competition is open to any genre of audiovisual work on the theme of work, in all its forms. The work can be articulated in the past, present or future tense. The presented topics can vary, they may be someone’s life story or testimonies of current or disappearing jobs, the latest technological and social frontiers, precariousness and the lack of rights, rewarding stories, as well as success stories related to talent and creativity, both intellectual and manual.

The international competition will consist of three sections:

Working Title Film Festival 5 Award – Feature Films & Medium-length Films
Open to documentary films, feature films, animation films on the theme of Work, at least 31 minutes long, completed after the 1st January 2018

Working Title Film Festival 5 Award – Short Films
Open to documentary films, feature films, animation films on the theme of Work, lower than 30 minutes long, completed after the 1st January 2018

Working Title Film Festival 5 Award – ExtraWorks
Open to experimental films, video art films, video clips on the theme of Work, without any limit of length, completed after the 1st of January 2018.

For all the sections, the festival will also accept audiovisual works that have already been screened before.

All the Italian-spoken films are required to have English subtitles, and all the films that are not in Italian are required to have Italian and/or English subtitles.

How to submit your film

The submission to the festival requires the payment of a fee of 10 € for each section.
The fee will have to be paid by bank transfer to the following IBAN code:

Bank account assigned to Laboratorio di inchiesta economica e sociale
IBAN IT48O0501812101000011401908
Reason for payment: Submission WTFF5

In order to take part in the selection for the Working Title Film Festival 5 Awards, directors or producers should send the following material to, no later than May 31st 2020:

  • a downloadable link of the film (with password) uploaded on Vimeo or Youtube;
  • the completed application form;
  • copy of the receipt of the bank transfer.

Applications are also possible through the following online platforms:


The festival selection committee is responsible for the selection of the films and of the audiovisual projects.
The festival selection committee will inform the applicants about the selected shortlist no later than the June 15th 2020.
The selected films will be screened in the following formats: DCP (Working Title Film Festival Award), and digital HD file (ExtraWorks Award)
A back-up copy for each in .mov or .mp4 is also required.

The following material is required for the selected films:

  • A short synopsis of the film in English
  • One photo of the film director and a still from the film (minimum 300 dpi)
  • Full film credits
  • Director’s biography and filmography
  • List of festivals where the film has already been presented and Awards, if any
  • Any further promotional material

The Festival will cover half of the transport cost for the hardcopies of the selected films. The copies will be returned within 2 weeks after the end of the festival.

The participants agree that the Festival is authorised to use photographs and excerpts of their film (for a maximum of 3 minutes) for release to the media (press, TV, radio) and on the internet, exclusively for promotional purposes.
Screening and music copyright shall fall under the author’s responsibility. Whoever submits the work is responsible for the royalties of the submitted work.
The festival will not cover any rental fees for the selected films.
Registration to the festival implies the authorisation to the screening of the work during the event and any related or partnered film-exhibitions.

Jury and Prizes

The Festival will nominate a jury, consisting of at least three members, professionals who belong to the Italian and European film or however cultural industry. This Jury will award the prize for best film in each section and may decide to assign one or more honorable mentions. There is no prize money.

Completion of the registration form will indicate the applicant’s consent to the above mentioned rules and regulations.
The Festival reserves the right to make decisions on matters not specified herein. Any legal disputes shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Vicenza court.

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