Mattador Competition Rules 2019/2020


Article 1. The MATTADOR Cultural Association organises the 11Th MATTADOR 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 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. The Award is open to young Italian and foreign screenwriters from 16 to 30, i.e. aged 16 and under 30 by 15th April 2020.
The Award includes the following sections:
– MATTADOR Award for Best Screenplay (see Competition Rules below).
– MATTADOR Award for Best Story (see Competition Rules below).
– CORTO86 Award for Best Short Film Screenplay (see CORTO86 Award Rules).
– DOLLY Award “Screenwriting with pictures” (see DOLLY Award Rules).

Article 3. Each participant may submit a maximum of one work for each section. Only original and unpublished works will be accepted, which means they  have not been produced, published or awarded a prize before this Competition.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 screenplay shall be written in the American format (see enclosed sample). Scenes and pages must be numbered. The length of the scripts shall be between 80 and 100 pages (character 12), using one of the following formats: .fdr (final draft), .celtx (available for free download) or other equivalent softwares for screenwriting. Scripts shall be accompanied by a synopsis of a maximum of one page. Works must be sent in .pdf format.
The length of the stories shall be between 5 and 10 pages (character 12, line-spacing 1,5). Stories must enclose a synopsis of a maximum of half a page. 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 of the same into Italian.

Article 6. Works must to 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 MATTADOR 2018/2019 – 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 the ID card must be sent in a sealed envelope attached to the work.

Article 7. By sending the Screenplay or the Story, the author accepts the 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 copyrights of all the works submitted to the MATTADOR Award remain property of their authors. The authors authorise the organisers of the MATTADOR International Screenwriting Award 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 MATTADOR PRIZES as follows:
–  MATTADOR Award for the Best Screenplay: 5,000 Euros (five thousand Euros).
–  MATTADOR Award for the Best story: 1,500 Euros (one thousand five hundred Euros).
The top finalists for the best stories section will receive a Training Grant, i.e. they will be tutored by  professional screenwriters who will assist them in developing their stories. At the conclusion of the training, the best developed story will be awarded 1.500 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 of the 11th MATTADOR Competition will take place on Friday 17th July 2020 in the Sale Apollinee at La Fenice Theatre, Venice.


The Organising Committee


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