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XVII Week of the Italian language in the World (16 – 22 October 2017): contest “Behind the mirror – Italy seen from outside Italy”

On the occasion of the XVII week of the Italian language in the world (16 – 22 October 2017), which will be dedicated this year to “Italian at the cinema, Italian in the cinema”, Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation are promoting the contest “Behind the mirror – Italy seen from outside Italy”.

The contest will offer an opportunity to students of all nationalities, aged between 18 and 26, to promote a short-film dedicated to various aspects (art, fashion, tourism, cooking, language, history, etc.) that will help to depict the image of Italy in the world. Participation will be free of charges.

The short-films (max 5 minutes) should be emailed before September 15, 2017 to The email’s subject should be: “Con Concorso COME DENTRO UNO SPECCHIO – L’Italia fuori dall’Italia”. Its text must include: name, date of birth, telephone number of the film’s director, film link to YouTube or Vimeo page. The heading of the film titles should include the contest’s playbill. All films in foreign languages should be subtitled in Italian.

The production will be examined by a jury which will be composed of by the Dante Society, the Italian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of Culture, the Embassy of Switzerland in Rome and Radio Rai3 (radio show “Hollywood Party”). The best three will be offered respectively: an all inclusive trip to Rome to visit the Cinecitta’ studios, a course of Italian in one of the four Dante Alighieri’s schools in Italy, a collection of thematic publications.

The names of the winners and the modalities for the attributions of the relative prices will be posted on the websites of Dante Alighieri (  and that of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Dante Society and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will have the rights to use and forecast freely all the short-films sent in for the contest, with the obligation to mention the names of their respective authors.