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1.1. Anyone of any nationality can participate in the festival. Institutions and collectives may also participate providing they have at least one reference from a responsible adult.

1.2. Entries must be original films. The organisation of the festival presupposes that those who exhibit works have the right to do so. We must reject all responsibility if it transpires that this is not the case.

1.3. The registration period runs from April 20th, 2017 to March 31st, 2018. You can register at any time between these dates by completing the form on the festival’s website.

1.4. Categories:

A – Feature Film: Minimum running-time is 60 minutes.

B – Medium-length: Must have a running-time between 31 and 59 minutes.

C – Short: Maximum running-time is 30 minutes.

1.5.All works admitted will also need to provide:

-      a trailer to be displayed on the festival’s website (no more than 2 minutes)

-      an explanation by the film’s director or producer (in the form of an audio file, video, or text) concerning what prompted the film’s creation.

1.6. Participants grant the festival promoters the right to show their productions non-exclusively during the festival week, and during subsequent presentations which take as their subject the power of active nonviolence. Thus the festival is under no obligation to give notice or compensation on such occasions. In no event will festival organizers commercially exploit submitted productions.

1.7. The festival reserves the right to select from amongst submitted works. Senders will be notified of their film’s acceptance or rejection before the 15th July 2018.

1.8. A maximum of three finalists will be selected from each category. Trailers will be displayed on the festival website from the 2nd September, 2018.

1.9. The local organisation of each city will screen the festival’s films in accordance with their specific logistic capabilities.

1.10. The works will be shown in thematic blocks, each block focussing upon a distinct form of nonviolence. Producers can specify their preferred category of nonviolence on the registration form.



2.1. The producer who has the legal right to the film should inform the festival before 31st March 2018 of their desire to participate. They should send a signed and completed registration form which will serve as a declaration of acceptance of the rules herein enumerated.

2.2. Movie format – Films made in 35mm, 16mm or in an HD format may participate.

2.3. The festival will feature a selection team who will assign the films in competition to their appropriate categories.

2.4. Original languages and subtitles – Movies are welcomed in any language providing subtitles are submitted in at least one of the festival’s two official languages (Spanish and English). It would be ideal if subtitles in both official languages could be provided.

2.5. Once registered and selected, the film cannot be withdrawn from the festival’s program. 


During the indicated registration period the entries can be submitted in three ways: by post, by free online file transfer, or through the platforms for festivals

3.1. Submission by post.

To submit films, you will need to send:

  • An online registration form, printed and signed.
  • 1 DVD with the work and subtitles (including the film’s title, running time, and its original format – 35mm, 16mm, HD etc).
  • A CD-ROM with the following information:
  • Full technical details and a short synopsis of the narrative.
  • A promotional trailer (no longer than 3 minutes).
  • An audio file, video, or text containing a description, by the film’s director or producer, of the motivation and influence behind the film.
  • 2 images from the film.
  • A movie poster (if available).

These materials will be used for advertising and media campaignswithin the framework of FICNOVA.

Postal Mailing Address:


         C / Apóstol Santiago 62, Bajo B

         28017 Madrid-Spain

Important: Declare package contents as “cultural purposes, no commercial value”.

Indicate on the envelope the section of the festival in which you intend your film to compete:

A – Feature Film, B – Medium-length, C – Short Film.

The sender bears the shipping costs.


3.2. Free online file transfer

All entries submitted by means of online file transfer must be less than 2GB in size and should contain the following:

  • A scanned image of the signed registration form.
  • The film itself.
  • Technical data sheet and a short synopsis of the narrative.
  • An audio file, video, or text containing a description, by the film’s director or producer, of the motivation and influence behind the film.
  • A promotional trailer (no longer than 3 minutes).
  • 2 images from the movie.
  • A movie poster (if possible).

As indicated on the online registration form, the file is to be sent via “WeTransfer” ( to the email address: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

3.3.  Submission through the platforms for festivals:

  a) Click for festivals. (Low cost)

b) Festhome. (Low cost)


c) I am a Film. (Low cost)


d)  Film-salad. (Free)




The festival will select the members of the Official Jury in accordance with the following criteria:

4.1. It will draw upon film professionals, education professionals and nonviolence activists from the festival’s host cities.

4.2. The jury members will have no part and no interest in the production or commercial exploitation of any film in the festival.

4.3. Jury members agree not to publicly express their views on the films submitted for consideration before the official announcement of the awards.

4.4. The Official Jury will award a film among the finalist in each of the three categories:

Feature, Medium-length, Short.

4.5. The organisers might award a special “honourable mention” to the most significant work of nonviolence.



5.1. Producers and distributors of films that make up the official competition will include in all advertising and press material the phrase “Official Selection of the IV Active Nonviolence International Film Festival 2018”, displaying the festival logo.

5.2. The Festival Organisation will settle any matters not covered by this regulation, in accordance with current legislation.

5.3. Participation in the IV International Film Festival of Nonviolence implies stakeholder’s acceptance of these rules.


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