Submission to the ARES International Competition is free and open to all Italian and foreign video makers who have come of age. In competition short and long films – experimental, animation, art-videos, documentaries, etc – are eligible, except for fiction that will not be considered.

ARES International Competition has original selection criteria. In fact, the competition does not draw a distinction among film genres because we believe that an artistic work, whichever of the “forms” is used to make it, should be assessed for its quality, its value, the idea that generated it, the innovative language that it uses to speak to the world.

The mission of the international competition is to promote new and unique talent that can communicate with the audience through their work. The competition aims to provide with a unique selection of quality work in short films, documentaries, animation, and other visual arts.  Our selection process is designed to provide each entry a given unique opportunity to display their talent, irrespective of the topic, language, and content of the film.  This competition is open for everyone who wants to submit their work individually or as part of a group; however the jury of the competition reserve all the rights to conclude the eligibility of the entries. The rules and regulations for the submission are mentioned on this site, and entries that fail to comply with these regulations will not be considered for the competition. It is important to submit the entries with clear titles, correct contact information and valid length of the videos. The jury may not consider the entries with incomplete forms, missing contact information and topics that are not valid for the competition. Entries from previous years may not be included again to ensure a fair selection process.

This competition is about bringing the worldwide talent under one umbrella, to provide the viewers with unique topics and contents, so please make sure the work you submit has a clear message and is not ending abruptly with a lot of unanswered questions.

For this reason, the competition does not foresee specific genre awards, but cross awards aiming to bring out the character of innovation, originality, analytical ability and social significance of the different works included in it (Award for “Best Film”; Award for “Best Analysis of Contemporary Age”; Award for “Best work on Social Responsibility”; Award for “Best Innovative Language”).

Submissions for the 8th ARES Film & Media Festival are now open!