DOLLY Award Rules 2019/2020


Article 1. The MATTADOR Cultural Association organises the 6th DOLLY International Award “Screenwriting with Pictures” 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 to encourage the writing of stories by using images that should be a captivating, moving and free expression both in terms of lifestyle and artistic attitude. It is in line with Matteo’s keen perception of the world today, conveying the idea of ironic, synthetic and razor sharp art. 

Article 2. DOLLY Award “Screenwriting with Pictures” is open to Italian and foreign drawers, illustrators, film-makers and concept designers from 16 to 30, i.e. aged 16 and under 30 by 15th April 2020. The Award is aimed at stimulating young authors who have a narrative and artistic ability to portray a story visually. 

Article 3. Each participant may submit a maximum of one work. Only original and unpublished works will be accepted, which means they have not been produced, published or awarded a prize before this Competition. The subject is free. 

Article 4. The images used to illustrate the plot should be the creative starting point in view of implementing a movie project. They should consist in a set of sketches and/or drawings which convey an idea of the characters, settings and situations to be channelled later into the film project and screenplay. The plates may be accompanied by descriptions, notes and a short synopsis. The plates may be drawn up by using any manual or digital technique, in white and black or colour. The set of pictures shall include a minimum of three to a maximum of ten plates and shall be laid out in an A4 pdf file. WORKS SUBMITTED IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT WILL BE DISCARDED. 

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

Article 6. Works must be sent in digital version (on a CD using .pdf format) in a sealed anonymous envelope by 15th April 2020 to the following address: PREMIO DOLLY 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 (which can be downloaded from the website and a copy of the ID card must 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 cost deriving from the existence of copyrights owed to any third party. The authors authorise the organisers of the DOLLY International Award “Screenwriting with Pictures” to publish the screenplay submitted in a collection and/or a catalogue or book and/or in an exhibition. Works submitted to the MATTADOR Award will not be returned. 

Article 8. The Competition will assign the DOLLY AWARD for the Best Story Portrayed through Pictures. The winner will receive a Training Grant and will be assisted by professional tutors in developing his/her story along a personalised pathway based on his/her original idea and taking it to an advanced level by drawing up a professional dossier illustrating a film or animation project. At the end of the training programme, depending on the commitment and achievement of the work, the tutors will be in the position to decide whether to award an additional prize of 1,000 Euros (one thousand Euros)*. 

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

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


The Organising Committee


*Subject to withholding tax under Article 30 of Presidential Decree DPR 29/9/73 n.600