Entry regulations


Entry form


art. 1) ASSOMIDOP* and the City of Sondrio’s Town Council Documentation Centre on Protected Areas are pleased to announce that the 36th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival on Parks is to be held between october 29th and November 6th, 2022 in Sondrio, Italy. The date and format may vary in accordance with any pandemic restrictions that may be in place.

art. 2) The Festival is open to film-makers of documentaries featuring naturalistic, ethnographic and managerial aspects of National Parks, Nature Reserves and other types of Protected Areas, classified as such by a national or local authority. Monographic films on single animal, plant species and/or abiotic aspects are taken into consideration and accepted only if the commentary specifically mentions that they have been filmed within a protected area.

The Film Festival’s Organizational Committee reserves all rights to create new categories out of competition for films that address environmental, agricultural and conservation issues, as well as sustainable development and human activities, these films may also refer to the Province of Sondrio territory.

Only films that were produced from 1st January, 2020 and not entered in previous editions of the Film Festival will be accepted.

art. 3) All films selected for the Film Festival follow the criteria indicated by the Festival’s Scientific Committee and are entirely at the discretion of the Pre-selection Committee. This means that films that do not adhere to the artistic, technical rules and requirements of the Festival, or that have excessive publicity and/or promotional contents, and that in general do not adhere to the goals and/or rules of the Film Festival will be excluded.

art. 4) The application form is to be completed here Entry form no later than May 20th, 2022.

Copies of the films for pre-selections must be uploaded on the available space on our website www.sondriofestival.it (MOV or MP4 files, h.264, maximum frame size Full HD, maximum size for files 3 GB) or sent on DVD or hard drive no later than May 20th, 2022. In this case, All materials must be delivered no later than  May 20th, 2022 at the following address:

Sondrio Festival
Mostra Internazionale dei Documentari sui Parchi
Via Perego 1 - 23100 Sondrio (Italy)
Tel. + 39  0342  526260 - E‑mail: info@sondriofestival.it

Please confirm date and means of dispatch by e mail.

All shipping costs of the submitted materials are at the expense of the participants.

NOTE: Please indicate on your package the following:

Senza valore commerciale – per soli scopi culturali.”
No commercial value – for cultural purposes only.”

NOTE: All materials submitted coming from countries that are not within the European Union must have all the necessary customs clearance documents (pro-forma invoice).

art. 5) All films that are entered and are not in Italian or English, must be subtitled in either Italian or English; otherwise, they need to be accompanied by a complete translation of the original script in Italian or English along with the time code.

art. 6) The films selected and included in the Festival competition will be dubbed in Italian. They will then be shown, free of charge, during the week of the Film Festival to a wide audience. In order that the selected films are included in the public screenings, the Organizational Committee requires that a copy of the selected films be in a professional format on file (this point needs to be discussed and agreed upon.) The selected films must also have a separate international soundtrack: music & effects. All this must be delivered the Film Festival office no later than July 15th, 2022.

Authors, producers and/or rights owners consent that their submitted films selected for the competition are shown to the Festival audience, the Festival organization will not pay any fee for these screenings.

Should the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic persist, impeding the holding of the festival in its regular format, the event may once again be held via streaming or through intermediary measure combining both online and in person format (for a limited audience).

By submitting your film production, thus accepting these Rules and Regulations, you also agree to take part in the festival regardless of the format ultimately used, including streaming only or mixed mode (online/in person).

NOTE: Film-makers and producers of the selected films may be asked to provide a shorter version for the Film Festival’s public screenings.

art. 7) The authors of the selected films will be ASSOMIDOP’s guests in the days of Sondrio Film Festival. The organizers reserve the right to invite representatives such as: film-makers, producers and park managers. These guests, depending on their specific skills, may be asked by the organizers to participate in various secondary activities that are proposed during the week of the event.

art. 8) The films selected for the International Film Festival on Parks will be competing for the following monetary prizes, awarded by the Festival’s International Jury:




NOTE: This prize will be awarded to the documentary that best highlights the aspects of nature, culture, landscape and economy in protected areas within the European Union.

Additional prizes and/or special mentions may be given to participants by the Festival’s International Jury members.

Other prizes, not assigned by the International Jury, include:
STUDENTS JURY AWARD (the students will value a selection of documentaries – both included and not included in the festival competition - chosen by the Scientific Committee)
The “RENATA VIVIANI” SPECIAL AWARD (1500 Euros), assigned by a special Jury of representatives of the Italian Alpine Club for the best documentary focusing on environmental protection and sustainable development of mountain areas, and which best represents the values of the Italian Alpine Club. 
The award-winning film-makers are welcome to take part in the Awards Ceremony that is to be held on the final evening of the event.
The award-winning documentary, 1st Prize “City of Sondrio”, will also be shown at the Trento Film Festival. This event is held yearly between April and May in Trento, Italy.

art. 9) The selected films will be viewed and judged by an International Jury in their original, unabridged and not translated version.

art. 10) The Organizational Committee guarantees utmost care in handling the copies of the films and materials received and declines all responsibility for any kind of damage that may occur during shipping, projection or storage. The competitors are therefore advised to provide adequate insurance coverage for all the materials sent. (Reminder: Costs of shipping are at your own expense.) The Organization moreover declines all responsibility in case it should prove to be impossible, due to circumstances beyond their control, to hold the event. In such a situation all films and materials will be promptly returned to its senders; the participants renouncing any claim to compensation or indemnity on the part of the ASSOMIDOP.

art. 11) The Organizational Committee reserves the right to use the copies of films received for promoting the Film Festival and for educational, cultural and scientific purposes, including public showings free of charge, exclusively in the context of the activities of the Documentation Centre on Protected Areas of Sondrio’s Town Council, ASSOMIDOP and its members. Entrants automatically consent that ASSOMIDOP and the Documentation Centre on Protected Areas of Sondrio Town Council use clips of up to 3 minutes, for the Festival promotion and for educational, cultural and scientific purposes related to the Documentation Centre on Protected Areas initiatives.

art. 12) Copies sent to the Film Festival’s Organizational Committee will not be returned, but will become part of the archive materials at the Documentation Centre on Protected Areas of Sondrio’s Town Council.

art. 13) The registration of films for the Film Festival, made in accordance with art. 4, automatically implies acceptance of all of the above mentioned regulations. Film-makers, producers and/or other persons submitting an application form, and relevant materials to the Film Festival, are fully responsible for having been legitimately authorized to submit such documentaries to the International Documentary Film Festival.

Entrants authorize ASSOMIDOP to enter their personal details in the Festival organization files on the basis of European Union regulation 2016/679 and the Italian Law 196/2003.



For more information contact:



Mostra Internazionale dei Documentari sui Parchi
International Documentary Film Festival on Parks
Via Perego 1 ‑ 23100 Sondrio (Italy)

Tel. 39 0342 526260
E‑mail: info@sondriofestival.it


*ASSOMIDOP: An association comprising Sondrio’s Town Council, the Italian Alpine Club, the B.I.M. Consortium, the Stelvio National Park and Orobie Valtellinesi Nature Park for the management of Sondrio’s Film Festival.