1. The 54th Taormina Film Fest will take place in Taormina, Sicily in the Greek Theatre and in the Palazzo dei Congressi from June 15 to June 21, 2008. The event is promoted and organized by the
Taormina Arte Committee and supported by the Sicilian Office of Tourism, Communications and Transport, by the Film Department of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and by various private sponsors.

2. The Taormina Film Fest 2008 will be divided into the following sections:
- GRAND CINEMA in the Greek Theatre
- MEDITERRANEAN COMPETITION (Golden Tauro and jury awards)
- SICILIAN SHORT FEATURE FILM competition (N.I.C.E. –Intel Centrino Duo Award for Best Sicilian short feature film)
- RETROSPECTIVE of a major filmmaker

3. Grand Cinema in the Greek Theatre - Every evening, for seven evenings, a film or event aimed at large audiences will be presented.

4. MEDITERRANEA - Mediterranean competition – A selection of 7 films produced in the Mediterranean region will compete for Best Film, which will be selected by the official jury. The winner will receive the Golden Tauro during the closing ceremony. Other awards are Best Director, Best Performance and Special Jury Prize.

5. BEYOND THE MEDITERRANEAN – A selection of 7 films produced in countries outside the Mediterranean region will be screened, competing for the Audience Award.

6. N.I.C.E.-Intel Centrino Duo Award for Best Sicilian Short Feature Film – A selection of up to 12 films produced in Sicily and directed by a filmmaker either born in Sicily or resident of Sicily for the last five years. The films must have been completed after June 1, 2007 and must have a running time under 20 minutes. Pre-selection of these films will be made by New Italian Cinema Events (N.I.C.E.) of Florence; the winner will be selected by an audience jury during the festival (more details are available in the Regulations for Sicilian Short Films).

7. Taormina Arte Awards – During the festival, several international filmmakers and actors will be presented with the Taormina Arte Award for their remarkable creative contributions to film.

8. Master Classes – Five internationally renowned filmmakers, actors and critics will screen a film of their choice and hold a class open to the public.

9. Retrospective - A major filmmaker or actor will be honoured with a retrospective of his or her work.

10. Guest of Honor: Turkey – Throughout the week, seven feature films will be presented by renowned Turkish critic Attila Dorsay from major Turkish films of the last three years. A gala evening in the Greek Theatre will be devoted to Turkish film, music and culture.

11. Films in all the sections will be selected by the artistic board of the festival, who will decide the dates of the screenings based on the festival’s overall requirements.


12. All films will be shown at the festival in the original version, with Italian and English subtitles where needed. The festival will provide electronic Italian subtitles at its own expense, whereas the producers must present all finally selected films with English subtitles, on penalty of being excluded from the selection.

13. Only DVD and VHS cassettes (Pal, Secam or NTSC) will be considered for selection. They must be sent at the sender’s own expense, by and not after May 9, 2008, to the following address:
Taormina Film Fest
Via degli Zingari 11
00184 Rome, Italy
For customs purposes, the shipments should bear on envelope the following words:
Shipments bearing declarations that make them impossible to be cleared through Italian customs will be returned to sender. Cassettes and DVDs must reach the Taormina office without implying any burden of taxation on the festival; otherwise they will be returned to sender.
Cassettes or DVDs sent to the festival for pre-selection will not be given back, unless the sender specifically requests the festival to do so AND pays forwarding charges. Your film must have been completed not earlier than june 2007.

14. Together with the work, all submissions must be accompanied by the application form properly filled in. The pre-selection entry form may be downloaded from the festival internet site (, or requested by e-mail at: Together with the video cassette or DVD, we highly recommend that simultaneously an e-mail be sent alerting the festival that it is coming. The deadline for submitting a film is May 9, 2008.

15. The films selected by the festival committee to be screened at the Taormina Film Fest in the various sections will receive an official letter of invitation and a (final) second entry form. By signing this official entry form, the participants irrevocably agree to have their film shown at the 54th Taormina Film Fest. The selected works will normally be screened in a 35mm format. All other formats, such as Beta SP, will be screened only by agreement with the Festival director.

16. Participants automatically agree to allow the use of trailers up to three minutes long of their films for television promotion.

17. The invited works will be insured at the festival’s expense against all risks, from the moment they are delivered to the shipping agent to the moment when they are delivered back by the same shipping agent or any other person or organization named by the lawful owner. In case any work submitted to the festival should be damaged due to the fault of the festival, the insurance of the Taormina Film Fest will only and solely reimburse the material cost of the damaged copy or reel. The works will not be copied, duplicated or presented anywhere but in the official places of the event. Shipping costs of prints of selected films will be paid for by the festival, WHEN the print is coming from and returning to the producing country. In case the film should come from and/or be destined for another festival, the Taormina Film Fest will only take care of one way carriage of the film. No exceptions will be made to this rule.

18. Signing the final application or shipping the print implies full acceptance of the foregoing regulations. Should unsettled controversies arise regarding the application of the regulations, the final and unappealable decision will be taken by the director of the Festival.
The official address of the artistic direction of the Festival is the following:
Taormina Film Fest
Via degli Zingari 11,
00184 Rome, ITALY