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Booktrailer Film Festival Competition Announcement
XI European Edition 2018

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This is the Competition Announcement; you can upload a maximum 2 minutes length video on the web platform,
from the 15th January to the 12th March 2018. Join in and share!

THE BOOKTRAILER FILM FESTIVAL is promoted by “A. Calini” scientific secondary school in collaboration with French secondary school Lycée Albert Camus, Fréjus, Polish secondary school Zespol Szkol Ogolnoksztalcacych nr 2“, Nowy Targ and Bulgarian secondary school “Atanas Dalchev, Sofia.
The interactive web platform and the related Facebook page are its official information channels.
The Booktrailer Film Festival is a place of meeting and discussion about literature and the ways it is promoted through the cinematographic language. It engages schools, libraries, bookshops, authorities, associations and websites aimed at the promotion of cinema and literature. Created by “A. Calini” in 2007, the festival has become “European” by 2016, involving three secondary schools in an Erasmus+ project. The aim is to extend the booktrailer practice as an instrument of reading promotion among new countries

A crucial moment in the contest is the autonomous making up of the booktrailers by upper-secondary students.

The high school students' engagement and creativity are here involved to create short videos aimed at spreading love and interest for books

The Staff of Booktrailer Film Festival


A National Experts Jury, one for each involved country, proceeds with the designation of the “Jury Prize” winners and with the prizes assignment. Each National Jury selects from a minimum of two up to a maximum of five booktrailers, that will take part to the European competition.

A Teachers European Jury, composed by two teachers from each partner school and chaired by the Italian Jury President, assigns the European Teachers’ Jury Award to the best European Booktrailer

A Students European Jury, composed by two students from each partner school and chaired by the youngest jury member of the Italian Jury, assigns the - European Students’ Jury Award
a prize to the best European Booktrailer.

A working team, composed of teachers, students, parents and experts, organizes the competition, which is to be repeated annually, and all the initiatives related to the Festival.

A Scientific Committee composed of some leading figures in different fields (cinema, literature, art, music, advertising), chaired by the headmaster, guarantees the cultural quality of the initiative.

The names and biographies of the members of the Scientific Committee and the Jury can be consulted on the official website.

Who can take part

The Booktrailer Film Festival contest can be attended by individual students, groups of students or whole classes of secondary schools who have entirely filled in the registration form available on the competition website – -,from January 15th to March 12th, 2018.

The choice of the book to re-elaborate is free.

How to sign up for the contest, after having registered a personal account.
The form must be compiled in all its parts, including the book synopsis, the credits and the disclosure license, otherwise it will be excluded from the participation to the contest.
As regards the protection of copyrights, Instructions are available on the website, since the booktrailer’s authors are responsible for any possible violation. The form must be filled in directly on the Festival website. The booktrailer’s link must be posted on the same Festival website, from January 15th to March 12th, 2018. This last will have been previously uploaded by the competitors on their personal YouTube channel but in an unlisted form, in order to make it accessible to the Booktrailer Film Festival Jury and the technical staff. The booktrailer must be unpublished, otherwise it will be excluded from the participation to the contest.

The authors of the works who are willing to participate to the Contest must:

  • Create a personal “Student” account on the webplatform
  • Post the booktrailer on the Booktrailer Film Festival webplatform
  • Post the link of their Booktrailer, published on Youtube in an unlisted form, with the author/s’ name.
  • Fill in the subscription with all the information required, including the information about the book synopsis, credits and the disclosure license of the audiovisual in competition

The subscription form must be filled in together with the booktrailer’s uploading on youtube in an unlisted form: it’s impossible to perform these two operations in different moments.

Participants are responsible for compilation errors, including those about the booktrailer’s link. The Booktrailer Film Festival’s staff isn’t responsible for checking and reporting these errors. After the submission of the subscription form and the uploading of the booktraiiler, it won’t be possible in any case to modify the submitted information, even if they are evidently wrong.

Every student can only present one booktrailer. In the case of group works the participants are allowed to present one more booktrailer individually or in another group.


Essential requirements to validate the participation

Keeping in mind that the choice of the book is free, the booktrailer:

  • Cannot last more than 2 minutes, including the credits
  • Cannot contain copyrighted material and/or a third person intellectual property
  • Must be linked from 15 January 2018 to 12 March 2018 on the contest website upon subscription, after having been published on Youtube in an unlisted form
  • Must be unpublished
  • Cannot be disclosed, or shall be invalid
  • Can be in every language, even foreign languages
  • Must have English subtitles, these last must be embedded in the video according to the youtube uploading procedure, but not embedded in the Booktrailer
  • Must be provided with a subscription form completed online, together with the contextual loading of the booktrailer on Youtube
  • Must be the result of the students’ autonomous work. Teachers can only play a cultural solicitation role and a stimulus to work.
  • The title must be the same of the book

Jury award and audience award

The contest awards different prizes:

  • three awards of the Italian Jury that awards also an accessibility prize
  • national prizes awarded by the national juries elected by partner schools in Bulgaria, France, Poland
  • European Teachers’ Jury Award
  • European Students’ Jury Award
  • Audience Award, during the festival night in Brescia


The Booktrailers selection and reward are made public on a date to be determined, presumably in April, in Brescia, seat of the Festival and of the “A. Calini” secondary school, the school that organizes and promotes the Festival, according to the methods and the program published online.

The members of the Italian Jury will meet on April 5th, 2018 at 15.00. The Jury values the Italian booktrailers and all the eventual booktrailers coming from other countries, except for the ones coming from school partner countries, and awards a cash prize to the three best works in this way:

  • 1 st prize: €1000 and a plate
  • 2 nd prize: €600 and a parchment
  • 3 rd prize: €400 and a parchment

Further mentions and/or prizes could be given for the works of particular value.

Because of the attention that the Festival pays to the theme of accessibility, the Italian Jury will be committed to give a special mention to the most accessible booktrailer for blind and partially-sighted people, with the support of Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti of Brescia.

The award ceremony will take place during a public evening event with the participation of a guest star on a date that will be communicated on the website, on the Facebook page and by the newsletter.

The prizes awarded by the European Juries, that will meet in Brescia on April 16th, 2018 are as follows:

  • European Teachers’ Jury: € 1500 to the school of the winning student or group of students, with a fee that will be assigned to the student, by unquestionable decision of the belonging school;
  • European Students’ Jury: € 400 to the school of the winning student or group of students, with a fee that will be assigned to the student, by unquestionable decision of the belonging school

One of the Booktrailers in competition will also be awarded, during the same award ceremony, with the Audience Award: the public will choose by voting on a postcard. The prize will be given before the announcement of the Jury’s choice, it amounts to €100 and books by Marcos y Marcos publishing house.


Jury Prizes: Juries indicate the winners and the selection of the booktrailers to show, independently and at its unquestionable judgment, based on the following criteria listed in no order of priority:

  • clarity (communicative competence)
  • originality (creative competence)
  • use of technology (digital competence)
  • text comprehension (literary competence)
  • product completeness and resources employment (managing competence)

The awards are accompanied by a written justification that is made ​​public during the awards ceremony and that will appear on the website.
Audience award: the popular Jury, composed by the audience of the awards ceremony, operates in heterogeneous and personal criteria.

The members of the Jury will meet for the first time on Tuesday 6 th April 2017 at 15.00 and for the second time on Friday 7 th April at the same time. The Jury values the booktrailers and award a cash prize to the three best works in this way:

Final informations

The subscription form of the Festival implies the unconditional acceptance of this announcement.

The program and the timetables of the projections are under the responsibility of the Festival.

The Booktrailer Film Festival Working Team, that is to say the organizer and promoter of the event, can make decisions on any matters not included in this notice.

All the collected Booktrailers are to become part of the Booktrailer Film Festival Archive for any future teaching or study purpose.

The Booktrailer Film Festival reserves the right to network and / or use the booktrailer on a royalty free basis, only for cultural purposes and not for profit, to promote cultural exchanges, special projects , collaborations with other institutions and organizations etc.

The works selected for the competition might also be published online without any commercial purpose on th Booktrailer Fillm Festival web platform

All rights related to the work are owned by the authors. Responsibility for any property rights violation in the use of images, sounds or videoclips is to be ascribed to the Booktrailer authors.

The Court of Brescia is responsible for any dispute.