Lovers Film Festival


The 35th Lovers Film Festival is organized by the The National Museum of Cinema, Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino. It is financed principally by the City of Torino council, by the government of the Piedmont region and by the Department for Cinema in the Ministry for Culture and Cultural Heritage. The festival is also supported by other organizations, bodies and private sponsors.


The 35th Lovers Film Festival will be held in Turin in 2020.


The programme of the Festival will include three competition sections:

All the Lovers – International Competition for FEATURE FILMS

Open to fiction films on lgbtq+ themes

Real Lovers. – International Competition for DOCUMENTARIES

Open to documentaries on lgbtq+ themes

Future Lovers – International Competition for SHORT FILMS

Open to international short films of any format on lgbtq+ themes

In addition, outside the competition sections, the festival Selection Committee will organize a programme of Special Events.


The Directors of the Festival are solely responsible for selecting the films. Their decision is final. The official Festival Sections are open to films produced in May 2019 or later. Films that have already been screened publicly in any form in Italy are not eligible to enter the competitions, unless the Festival and the Selection Committee decide otherwise, at their discretion. Exempted from this regulation is the section Future Lovers, for which the Festival does not require that the entries are being shown in public for the first time in Italy. Entries arriving after 19 March 2020 will not be considered for selection.


To submit a film to the Festival you must fill out and send the entry form (which you will find on our official website or FilmFreeway).

Films participating by invitation only: these films must be sent to the Festival accompanied by full documentation as follows:

  • complete, detailed technical description;
  • complete script of dialogue in the original language and, if possible, the translation into English;
  • detailed synopsis of film content;
  • bio-filmography of director;
  • still photos in digital format (minimum resolution 300dpi), on the understanding that the Festival is authorized to publish them without charge;
  • photo of director;
  • statement from director about the film;
  • clips from the film chosen by the producers for promotional purposes;
  • any other promotional materials (brochure and press-kit in digital format, posters, etc.).



The Directors of the Festival will appoint an International Jury to award the following prizes:

  • Best Feature Film: “Ottavio Mai” Prize – money prize of 1,000 Euros for the director of the winning film;
  • Special Mention from the Jury (awarded at the discretion of the Jury).


The Directors of the Festival will appoint a Jury to award the following prizes:

  • Best Documentary: money prize of 500 Euros for the director of the winning film.
  • Offer of distribution of film in Italy, in partnership con UCCA – Unione Circoli Cinematografici ARCI (pending agreement between the parties involved).


The Directors of the Festival will appoint a Jury to award the following prizes:

  • Best Short Film: “Fotogrammi Sovversivi” award – money prize of 300 Euros for the director of the winning film, courtesy of Sicurezza e Lavoro.


Following a suggestion from writer Willy Vaira and from Claudio Carossa, the Festival will award a prize to honour the memory of Giò Stajano, one of the most important and influential figures for LGBTQI culture in Italy, who for too long has been denied the recognition he deserves.

The prize consists of 500 Euros, to be awarded to a film chosen by the festival selection committee and by Willy Vaira.


Submission of a film to be considered for selection implies total acceptance of these regulations and of the decisions made by the Directors of the festival regarding the presentation of the films and their inclusion in the various sections of the programme.

The submission of a completed entry form as well as the signed copy of these regulations will be considered documented proof that the presenter of the film freely accepts the Regulations and agrees to take part in the Festival. In the case of dispute only the text of the Regulations written in Italian will be considered legally binding.


The inclusion of a film in any one of the Festival sections must remain absolutely confidential until the Festival has published its programme in hard copy and digital form (on its website ). Any breach of this confidentiality will result in the exclusion of the said film from selection.

Once the presenter of a film has accepted the invitation to take part in the Festival, they are committed to making the film available for a maximum of three screenings and may not withdraw the film from the programme. If a selected film is found to be accessible for viewing online on a website of any kind (also pay for view), or if the file can be downloaded, this film will be disqualified and eliminated from the Festival programme.

This decision will be made solely by the Directors of the Festival.

If an official invitation from the Festival to include a film in the programme has been accepted, this film cannot be withdrawn.

The programming and scheduling of screenings are under the sole jurisdiction of the Directors of the Festival.

All films invited to take part must supply a complete script of the film in English or Italian with timecode, and a copy of the film in its final cut version, to enable the preparation of electronic subtitles.

The costs of translating and subtitling (in Italian) the films presented in the main sections will be met by the Festival, unless presenters specifically request otherwise.

The files of these translations will remain the property of the agencies contracted by the Festival to produce the subtitles.

To enable the Festival to support the films in all sections with effective promotion, on TV networks, on our web site and on our social profiles (Facebook fanpage, Twitter and Youtube), we request that, in addition to the required materials, presenters also send (to the Festival office) any clips and theatre trailers they may have of the films selected (preferably in AVI/DivX digital form).

The Festival reserves the right to use the original material sent to us by the presenter to create trailers, which will be used exclusively as a promotional tool on the Festival’s internet channels, in the theatres where the Festival will be held and for other promotional purposes. In accordance with current international regulations, these materials alone will be supplied by the Festival to TV networks.

The presenter of the film is responsible for insuring the physical film and other materials in transit to and from the festival. The Festival is liable only for insuring films invited to take part in the principal sections while they are on site. Any damage occurring to film prints on the Festival premises must be reported no later than 30 days after the closing date of the film festival.

Digital Cinema Package (DCP)

The DCP (Digital Cinema Package) must be delivered on hard drive.

For each DCP the presenter MUST:

  • Send us the details of the Key Delivery Message (KDM). The KDM is essential to enable us to screen the film correctly and to carry out the Technical Quality Check (TQC) in the theatre well ahead of the scheduled screening date. The KDM should be sent preferably by e-mail to the festival email account It can also be sent by USB. In this case we advise you to send it separately from the DCP. Validity of the KDM: from at least six days prior to the first screening date until at least two days after the Festival closing date.
  • A complete list of specifications: as for example, Image Structure Container, Image Aspect Ratio (e.g. 2:39; 1:85; 16:9 etc.), Gamma Correction, Audio Channel Count, as well as all the information normally provided for each film (title, running time, off-screen or on-screen subtitles etc.)

We advise you to send two copies of the DCP for each film. Each DCP on a hard drive must contain only one movie.

I declare that I have read and understood the provisions of the regulation of the Lovers Film Festival and I wish to proceed with the compilation of the presentation form of my film.