Bando 2024 | Souq Film Festival

The short films will compete for the Jury Award. It will consist of a money award of 1500 Euro. In addition, the Audience Award will be granted. It will also comprise a money prize of 1000 Euro. Special Mention Plaque may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury. Italian taxes will be applied to the money prize and it will be bestowed within six months from the venues of the festival.



The mission of SOUQ FILM FESTIVAL (SFF) is to explore social issues in its broadest sense by showcasing a collection of fiction and documentary short films from emerging as well as established filmmakers. The festival believes that promoting films that address prisoners' justice, mental health, immigration, and equality issues is a means to celebrate richness and diversity, to dispel negative stereotypes and to promote a culture of inclusion and understanding.
The 11th edition of the festival, organized by Fondazione Casa della Carità in Milan (Italy), will be held at the prestigious Anteo Palazzo del Cinema from October 25th to October 27th, 2024.

Typology of products admitted

The competition is open to short films from any country with a maximum length of 30 minutes (including opening and closing credits) in two different categories: documentary and fiction. Any genre is accepted.
There is no restriction on the entry of films that have participated in previous competitions, festivals, or similar events, or that have previously received an award. There is no limit to the number of entries one can submit to this contest, but each one must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.
The shooting formats of the films can be analog or digital.
The preview formats for submission are either a digital online screener that can be uploaded to the festival’s platform FilmFreeway or a link to an online accessible digital preview screener.
The exhibition format is digital.

Submission process

Admission fee
The application process (including entry fee payment) must be completed online using the FilmFreeway service ( Admission is subject to the payment of an entry fee of € 15 for the “Earlybird” deadline, which runs from April10th to April 30th, 2024, and €20 for the “Regular” deadline – which runs from May 1st to September 19th, 2024. Participants who miss these deadlines still have a chance to enter the competition late, as the competition's schedule allows it. Therefore, a late registration deadline will be available at a higher fee until September 27th, 2024. To avoid this extra fee, the festival recommends filmmakers to enter the competition as early as possible.

Preview screeners
The preview formats for submission are either a digital online screener that can be uploaded to the festival’s platform FilmFreeway or a link to an online accessible digital preview screener.
Other items required
All entries should be accompanied at the moment of submission by a 50-word synopsis of the film (in English for non-Italian speaking films).
All non-Italian language submitted films must be provided with English subtitles for festival presentation.
A dialogue list of the film in English and the original language (for non-English films), if not provided previously, must be sent electronically to the festival by October 27th, 2024.
Moreover, a complete submission must comprise the following items:
a biography of the director
two production still photos (in high quality .jpeg/png)
a photo of the director (in high quality .jpeg/png)
a director’s statement on the film

At any stage of the competition, the films that are understood to be falling short of any of the requirements mentioned above will be disqualified.

Jury and Award phase

The festival’s jury will evaluate the works selected by the Selection Committee and admitted to the competition as well as award the winning films. The jury members include filmmakers, journalists, film experts and personalities from the world of culture. Their judgment will be made public during the Award Ceremony.
The members of the Jury for the 2024 competition will be announced through the festival’s website.
The most important recognition awarded by the festival is the Jury Award, which includes a cash prize of 1.500 Euros. Additionally, the Audience Award will be granted, consisting of a cash prize of 1.000 Euros. Special Mention Plaques may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.
The prizes will be subject to taxation in accordance with Italian regulations, and the aforementioned cash prizes will be disbursed to the winners no sooner than six months after the end of the event.