International Festival of School Musical

International Festival of School Musicals

13th Edition


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Conditions of Entry

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The International Festival of School Musicals will take place in Sanremo during the final stages of GEF and it intends to make known school-produced musical performances.


During the competition finals a gathering with a famous music personality and the students of finalist schools will be organized.

The festival will focus on the following activities:

  • Working with Musical in schools
  • Seeing other schools perform
  • Discussing school-musical



Legally registered Schools, both private and pubblic schools, may enter the competition and will be subdivided into the following sections:

A – Primary Schools

B – Lower Secondary Schools

C – Upper Secondary Schools

D – Music Schools



Schools intending to enter must send, by February 17, 2020, the enclosed entry form to:

Kismet srl – GEF – “International Festival of School Musicals” – Via Roma 166 – 18038 Sanremo IM – Italy.

The postmark will be used as proof of date.

Each school may submit only one musical production.

The same students participating in the musical can’t participate also in the dance and/or in the music festival.

Enclose the music on following formats: CD or DVD.

Details must be clearly written or printed on a sticker on the cover: name of school; full name and class-group of performers: title of the musical; duration, clearly stating if it is an original piece or an arrangement, whether or not it was ever performed, etc.

All entrants must be current students at the participating school.

They must be accompanied by a completed registration form.



All pieces short-listed for the competition finals must be performed live by the finalists, in Sanremo, on the stage of the settled venue for the finals, (except if they are excluded, and they will be owed no money).  A panel of expert judges will select the winners. Selection will be based not only on the usual technical and artistic criteria (intonation, dynamics, performing technique, expression) but also on potential emerging both from the pieces performed and their performance.



Each Musical (unless excluded from competition) must be accompanied by:

  • An outline of the intended performance (two copies), with an indication of the Musical, its origin (classical text, either original or adapted) and a few short written director’s comments outlining the research process undertaken in the development of the Musical submitted, as well as some of its most outstanding features. 
  • The actual text (two copies) and any other documentary material  (even in working progress).
  • A list of the Musical group members (actors, directors, organisers) with their full name, date of birth and, possibly a photograph of the whole group. All actors must be current students at the school.
  • List of  the music used in the Musical.
  • Proof of payment of a “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses” € 250,00.
  1. a) The deposit will be deducted from the total amount to pay for the school’s accommodation in Sanremo
  2. b) the deposit will be reimbursed to schools not admitted to the finals in Sanremo.

“The School’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses“ will be retained only if the school decide to cancel their participation.


A School participating in more than one competition in GEF can pay one “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses”, and not a deposit for each competition.


Deposits must be paid to:

UniCreditBANCA  agency Arma di Taggia

Beneficiary:      KISMET srl

Causal:            Deposit (and the name of the school)

IBAN: IT 59  G 02008  49090 000010138260



no credit cards



All material submitted will remain the legal property of GEF, may be used by GEF and will not be returned. 



Each performance may not last more than 30 minutes. Each school must provide its own mobile props and they must be easy to assemble, keeping in mind that, before and after the performance, there will be 20 minutes (before and after the performance)for any preparation and dismantling.

Each Institute taking part in the event must provide its own scenes, costumes and anything else, which may be needed for the performance.



The schools admitted to the competition finals will be contacted by February 17, 2020.

with performance dates.

The schools must confirm in writing, by email / registered postal mail by March 05, 2020, enclosing all forms ( a, b, c, d, e, received with our confirm) completely filled in:

  1. Technical specifications.
  2. SIAE details (it’s a list of the used music for copyrights)
  3. SIAE authorization specification when music is without copyright fee. Schools admitted to the competition finals whose work/s are not subject to SIAE copyright payments, must state so in writing by sending a letter of authorization to the organizing committee.
  4. Hotel accommodation form filled in with enclosed copy of proof of payment of the whole stay in Sanremo;
  5. a complete list of all participants.



Each school admitted to the competition finals in Sanremo must participate in the activities outlined in art. 1, and must do so for at least three (3) days including a minimum stay of three (3) nights.



All entrants and each school taking part in the competition finals in Sanremo will undertake to pay for its own board and lodgings.  For reasons of organization and event management, finalists, accompanying adults and/or anyone spending nights in Sanremo while taking part in GEF 2020, will need to stay at least two nights and book through GEF choosing accommodation from our price list in order to gain accreditation and be able to take part in the competition finals. (minimo three nights for schools participating in Theatre, Kitchen or Musical).

Each school admitted to the finals will be sent a booking-form by the booking organization outlining modes of payment.

Considering the thousands of bookings processed during the previous edition of GEF, early bookings are highly recommended.

All official participants in GEF’s final stages will receive GEF’s gadgets.

Each finalist musical and the name of the school will be included in the official bilingual catalogue (Italian/English) of GEF.




The panel of judges  – a panel of experts invited by GEF will select the finalist works.

The panel will consist of experts from Music and Schools.

The Committee and Panel’s decisions are final.

The prestigious “School Creativity Award” (Silver Dolphin) for a performance will be awarded among the winners of categories A-B-C-D on account of the particular values represented.

The panel can decide to award other prizes.  The panel’s decisions are final.

All prizes will be awarded to the school.

All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation.

All winners will receive their prizes at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo during one of the final performances of  GEF. A winner not attending the event cannot claim for their prizes later on.



A final performance will take place on Saturday evening April 25, 2020, at Teatro Ariston, with performances and a GEF award presentation to the assigned winners of the music, dance and fashion competitions. Also other competition winners will receive their awards. During the evening the winner of the prestigious prize “Global Education Award” will also receive their award, which is the only international education prize awarded each year to persons and associations who through their thoughts, words and actions, have fostered the growth and development of education.



GEF reserves the right to record and/or film and/or broadcast the event in its entirety or in part, using any medium (print, photography, radio, television, audio-visual, internet, etc.) and to accompany the event with one or more promotion or publicity, without owing any payments to any participants.

GEF ask to receive the privacy forms filled in and signed. (see art.14)


Art. 14

Every school and association have to send  Consent forms according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.



The finals in Sanremo may undergo some changes due to technical-organizational reasons, however these will be communicated forthwith to the interested parties.



All works received will remain the property of GEF and will be published or used in other shows at GEF’s discretion.  No money will be owed to any participant.



All printed matter and logos are protected by copyright; therefore any unauthorised use is forbidden. Anyone trying to use any of them without authorization will be duly prosecuted.


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GEF’s Organizing Committee, the promoting association and the company providing technical support will not accept any liability for personal or material injuries or accidents occurring while travelling or during the Festival.



Anyone taking part in the event is expected to have read and understood the conditions set by these regulations and to accept them unconditionally. Participation to the event also implies that each participant explicitly agrees to allow GEF to access its archives and process all personal data provided, according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.