The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promotes the dissemination of Italian publications and films abroad by granting subsidies for translation and dubbing/subtitling, which represent a strategic tool in the promotion of Italian language and culture abroad.
The Foreign Ministry grants two types of financial incentives:
- Grants for the translation of unpublished Italian works abroad and to the production, dubbing and subtitling of short and feature films and TV series;
- Awards to Italian works translated abroad.
The candidacies must be submitted by May 23 of every year to the Italian Cultural Institutes and to the Italian diplomatic and consular missions abroad according to the procedures established in the Call for candidates.
On September 7 and 30, 2020, the meetings of the Advisory Working Group for the Promotion of Italian Culture and Language – Publishing and Audiovisual Media Section – were held electronically. It reviewed and discussed the awards and grants for the dissemination of Italian publications abroad and for the translation of literary and scientific works, as well as for the production, dubbing and subtitling of short films and feature films of television series intended for the mass media, for the 2020 financial year. The results of the selection are available here. Failure to include the application is tantamount to notification of non-assignment of the grant or award.
In 2019, the Ministry granted 96 translation grants and 2 awards, while in 2018 it granted 95 grants and 3 awards.
Further information can be obtained from the Italian Cultural Institutes or from the Italian diplomatic and consular missions abroad.
Every year, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MiBACT) grants national translation Awards. The deadline by which to submit candidacies is set at the last working day of the month of February. More information is available in the Call for candidates and in the dedicated section of the MiBACT website.
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Extraordinary contributions for the dissemination of Italian publications abroad – deadline 5th October 2020
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation offers extraordinary contributions to support Italian publishing and Italian publications abroad for the year 2020. The extraordinary contributions are offered to foreign publishers that, in the period between 1st June 2020 and 25th September 2020, have entered into a contract with publishers having their registered office in Italy for the purchase of rights or an option to purchase translation rights of an Italian author's work already published in Italian in paper format.
Each contribution of the MAECI may be equal to a maximum amount of 4,000 euros including VAT, if due. The determination of the amount of the contribution will take into account the number of pages of the work subject to the transfer of rights.
Publishing houses or publishing groups having their registered office in Italy, with ISBN code, established by 31st December 2018 and having published and marketed at least 10 titles during the year 2019, may apply for a contribution. Literary agencies and literary agents working on behalf of an Italian author whose work has already been published in Italian in paper format may also apply.
The deadline for submitting applications to firstname.lastname@example.org is 5th October 2020. Call for candidates; Attachment 1 application form; Attachment 2; Attachment 3; Information on the protection of personal data.
Applications must be submitted annually to the Italian Cultural Institutes and to the Italian Diplomatic and Consular Representations abroad, according to the procedures established by the Call for candidates. The annual deadline was 23rd May 2020.