CORTO86 Award Rules 2019/2020


Article 1. The MATTADOR Cultural Association organises the 10th CORTO86 International Award for Short Film Screenplay dedicated to Matteo Caenazzo, a young talented artist from Trieste who passed away prematurely on 28th June 2009 while studying and working with the aim of embarking on a career as a screenwriter.
The Award aims at discovering and promoting young talents who decide to start a professional and artistic career in screenwriting It is intended as an encouragement to write screenplays able to tell fascinating and moving stories, freely expressed both in terms of lifestyle and artistic attitude. It is in line with Matteo’s keen perception of the world today, which conveys the idea of ironic, synthetic and razor sharp art.

Article 2. CORTO86 International Award for Short Film Screenplay is open to Italian and foreign screenwriters and directors and aims to promote talented young people from 16 to 30, i.e. aged 16 and under 30 by 15th April 2020.

Article 3. Each participant may submit a maximum of one work. Only original and unpublished works will be accepted, which means they must have been neither produced, published or awarded a prize before.
The 2019/2020 competition theme is “The Sea”.
The short film should be easily feasible. Where two or more projects are of equal quality, priority shall be given to a low-budget project.

Article 4. The screenplay shall be written in the American format (see enclosed sample). Scenes and pages must numbered. The scripts shall comprise a maximum of 4 pages (character 12) in one of the following formats: .fdr (final draft), .celtx (available for free download) or other equivalent software for screenwriting. 
Works must be sent in .pdf format.

Article 5. Works shall be submitted in the Italian version and/or in the original version with a translation into Italian.

Article 6. Works shall be sent in digital version only (on a CD using .pdf format) in a sealed anonymous envelope by 15th April 2020 to the following address: PREMIO CORTO86 2019/2020 – CASELLA POSTALE 1392 – UFFICIO POSTALE TRIESTE 3 – Piazza Verdi 2 – 34121 TRIESTE – ITALY (The postmarked date will be taken as legal recognition).
The digital version must bear only the title without any reference to the author. A signed application form for acceptance (which can be downloaded from the website and a copy of an ID card have to be sent in a sealed envelope attached to the work.

Article 7. By sending the script, the author accepts the present Competition Rules. Neither the Organising Committee nor the MATTADOR Cultural Association are liable for any responsibility or costs deriving from the existence of copyrights owed to any third party. The authors authorise the organisers of the CORTO86 International Award for Short-Film Screenplay to publish the screenplay submitted in a collection and/or a catalogue or book. Works submitted to the MATTADOR Award will not be returned.

Article 8. The Competition will award the CORTO86 Prize with the Production of a short film based on the best short-film screenplay. The screenwriter, under professional guidance, will take part in the entire filmmaking process (pre-production, production, post-production) and will be the official director.
The short film, which must be shot in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, will be produced by the MATTADOR Cultural Association in cooperation with Fantastificio Film Production, Pianeta Zero, Pilgrim Film and Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission.
The Organisation reserves the right, for the purposes of production, to select a different shooting location. The film-making process will be defined before shooting starts.

Article 9. The Jury, made up of cinema professionals, artists and cultural operators, has the right not to award the prize and/or to assign one or more special mentions. The Jury’s judgement is unquestionable.

Article 10. The Award Ceremony for the CORTO86 Competition will take place on Friday 17th July 2020 in the Sale Apollinee at La Fenice Theatre, Venice.


The Organising Committee