Festival Rules

The Night of Comedy Shorts is an event for short films of comedy, parody, experimental, absurd, alternative, satirical, tragicomic, in a nutshell unique.

The festival is organized by Cinebaloss in collaboration with the cultural center “Il Pertini” of Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy.

Comedy films deserve more dignity within the world festival circuit, so we decided to give more space to independent films of this kind. We love genre movies and particularly comedy movies.

In this period we feel that it is essential to give more space to these films able to tell with great acumen our reality, while always hiding it behind a stand out.

The final ceremony will take place in June 2022 at the Auditorium of the cultural center “Il Pertini” of Cinisello Balsamo.

IMPORTANT: To be able to choose in the best way the films that will be part of it, the organization has decided to divide the selection into 6 periods, at the end of each one will be defined awards after a private viewing by the jury that will choose the best films of each period.

These are the periods:
January – March 2021 – 1st period
March – June 2021 – 2nd period
June – September 2021 – 3rd period
September – December 2021 – 4th period
December 2021 – March 2022 – 5th period
March – June 2022 – 6th period

These are the prizes of the 6 periods
(With digital laurel)
Best Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Italian Film
Best Micro Short (under 5 minutes)
Best Super Short (between 5 and 10 minutes)
Best Idea
Best Low Budget Film

Best Parody
Best Dark Comedy
Best Satire
Best Tragicomic Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Horror
Best Crime/Action
Best Thriller
Best Sci-Fy/Fantasy
Best Animated Film
Best Documentary

Best Screenplay [Script]

Additional categories:
Best Director
Best Screenplay

Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Vfx

Best Actor
Best Actress

Best Poster

Rules & Terms

– The films that will receive a award in one of the 6 selection periods can be chosen to be part of the final event
– Registration for the competition must be made by FilmFreeway , then the author will receive an email notification of registration.
– These are the link to register: FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/Nightofcomedyshorts
– Films may have been produced anywhere in the world, without any distinction.
– In case of selection at the final evening of the festival, the subtitle srt files must be sent in Italian or English.
– Each film may have a maximum length of 60 minutes.
– Each author can register more films.
– All film genres are accepted.
– By registering, you declare that you have the rights to the registered film
– The festival may use for promotional purposes the data of authors, producers and crew, the movie poster, the trailer and a maximum of 1 minute of the video
– Films that incite violence or hatred in general are not accepted
– By registering the film at our festival you agree to share personal data with partner festivals, but only for promotional purposes.
– Distributors can ask for a special price for the registration of 20 or more films. To do this, just send us an email to festival@nightcomedyshorts.com

– In case of selection the author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film must send a downloadable link (via file sharing platforms such Wetrasnfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to the festival organization. This video must be in usable format for projection, the basic format is required FullHD 1080p.

– A complete list of selected films will be published on the festival website, the authors of the selected films instead receive a mail of selection.
The composition of the jury will be announced by the date of notification, It will consist of persons qualified in the audiovisual sector.

– The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film by subscribing to the festival claims to be in possession of the rights of reproduction video and audio of the film.
The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film authorize the festival organization to use parts of their film (maximum 1 minute) for creating promotional films for this festival and for future editions.
The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film grant rights to public screening inside the Night of Comedy Shorts without any claims.
Any material sent to the organization of the festival will not be returned.

– The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of all selected films authorize the publication of their data on http://www.nightcomedyshorts.com/ site and on every type of distribution channel as promotion.

– The admission to the Festival implies the unconditional acceptance of this regulation.
For any dispute not covered by the Regulation the competent authority is the organization of the Night of Comedy Shorts , if such disputes do not find the solution, the competent authority is Foro of Monza.
In case of objections to this Regulation Italian version of the same prevails.

– Subscribers to the Night of Comedy Short agree as established by Legislative Decree 30 June 2003, No. 196 on the protection of privacy, the use of personal data for all initiatives related to the event. The Author of the film declares to accept the Regulation in all its parts and to have the legal availability of the film and to authorize the public screening without compensation, freeing the organization of the Festival from any present and future responsibility. With the contest entry each author is responsible for the content of his work. The author claims to own all rights to the work, not prejudicing in any way the rights of third parties, like other authors, subjects portrayed, transferees of rights, together with those music, etc. . It also declares that the audiovisual material is not protected by SIAE. Under the provisions of Legislative Decree. 30/06/2003 n. 196, we inform the author that the data requested is necessary for completing the documentation of registration to the Festival.

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