DOLLY Award Competition Rules 2021/2022


Article 1. The MATTADOR Cultural Association organises the 13th International Screenwriting  Award 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 choose to start a professional and artistic career in screenwriting. It is an invitation to write screenplays able to tell fascinating and moving stories in line with Matteo’s keen perception of the modern world, conveying the idea of ironic, synthetic and razor-sharp art which Matteo freely expressed in his lifestyle and artistic evolution.

Article 2. The DOLLY “Screenwriting with Pictures” Award is open to Italian and foreign drawers, illustrators, filmmakers and concept designers aged 16 and under 30 by 15th April 2022. The Award is aimed at stimulating young authors who have a narrative and artistic ability to visually portray a story. 

Article 3. Each applicant may submit a maximum of one work. Only original and unpublished works will be accepted, i.e. they have never been produced, published or awarded a prize.
Starting from the 2021/2022 edition of the Competition, a further effort is made to identify future authors who spontaneously use images instead of words to describe their stories on the basis of the well-known “show, don’t tell” screenplay rule.

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 drawn up by using any manual or digital technique, in b&w 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 


Article 5. The title and subtitle (if any) of the work shall be submitted in the Italian version and/or in the original version with a translation into Italian. 

Article 6. Works must be sent exclusively online on the platform starting from 15th February 2022. The delivery deadline is 15th April 2022. 

A subscription fee of 20 Euros is required.

The digital version must bear only the title with no reference to the author.
The digital work must be accompanied by a signed application form for acceptance, a copy of the ID card and proof of payment, in strict accordance with platform instructions.


Article 7. By sending the script, the author accepts the present Competition Rules. The Organising Committee and the MATTADOR Cultural Association disclaim all responsibility or cost deriving from the existence of copyrights owed to any third party. The applicants authorise the organisers of the MATTADOR International Screenwriting Award – DOLLY “Screenwriting with Pictures” Section to include their works in a collection and/or a catalogue or book and/or in an exhibition.

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, by drawing up a professional dossier illustrating a film or animation project. At the conclusion of the training programme, depending on the result obtained, the tutors will 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, is entitled 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 Sunday 17th July 2022 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