Ferrara Film Festival (8)


03 Oct 2022
Call for entries

31 Dec 2022
Early deadline

28 Feb 2023
Standard deadline

31 May 2023
Late deadline

30 Jun 2023
Festival closed

17 Jul 2023
Notification date

16 Sep 2023
23 Sep 2023


Piazza Trento e Trieste 35,  44121, Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >60' 130'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 September 2021
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Feature Films  >60' 130'<
 Any language
English Italian
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Festival start: 16 September 2023      Festival end: 23 September 2023

The FERRARA FILM FESTIVAL is one of the most popular film festivals in Italy and the fastest growing one since its first edition in 2016. The festival is hosted in the northern Italian City of Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Ferrara Film Festival is also an "IMDB Qualifier Festival" and "World CineX Eligible".

The Ferrara Film Festival, in just 7 editions, had big movie premieres in its competition with some of the major Italian and international movie stars. It's a global film competition that sees more than 10.000 people attending each edition, culminating with the Golden Dragon Awards Ceremony. The event includes movie themed collateral events, entertainment shows and partnerships with many world class Institutions.

At the Ferrara Film Festival all the selected films will be divided in specific categories by our Organization. Our categories reflects the Global nature and relevance of our festival. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? When you submit your film, all you have to do is to choose between “Feature Film”, “Short Film” and “Documentary” then, IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED, we'll independently put your it in the specific category.

Here below the detailed categories of FERRARA FILM FESTIVAL:

"Premiere Event"
"Premiere Autore"
"Premiere Docu"
"Premiere Unicef"
"Premiere Emilia-Romagna"

"Short Event"
"Short Autore"

Explore more on www.ferrarafilmfestival.com

The awards of the Ferrara Film Festival are called GOLDEN DRAGONS, which recall the legend and mythological figure of the Dragon killed by St. George (the Patron Saint of Ferrara).

For each edition of the Ferrara Film Festival 4 different international Juries will be assigned to choose the award winners in all categories.

NOTE: Special Career Achievement Awards will be dedicated and given to prestigious personalities in the Film Industry.

The “Golden Dragon” awards will be assigned in the following categories:

• Best Feature Film “USA”
• Best Feature Film “World”
• Best Documentary
• Best Short Film “USA”
• Best Short Film “World”
• Best Film “FFF UNICEF”
• Best Film “Emilia-Romagna Filmmakers”
• Best Director in a Feature Film
• Best Director in a Short Film
• Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film
• Best Lead Actor in a Short Film
• Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film
• Best Lead Actress in a Short Film

Further info on www.ferrarafilmfestival.com

• Feature Films (minimum runtime 60 minutes)

• Short Films (maximum runtime 30 minutes)

• The Ferrara Film Festival does NOT pay any fees to screen any movies

• Films can premiere in some other major film festival prior to Ferrara Film Festival (see exceptions below), but must not have a public distribution (theatrical, streaming, online) prior to the current edition.

• Our selected films are allowed premiere only in other film festivals of international relevance before Ferrara Film Festival. A film must be an exclusive Italian premiere. Exceptions only for MAJOR other festivals (Venice, Taormina, etc) ​

• Each film can be any genre and from anywhere in the World.

• Films are accepted if they are completed not earlier than ONE year before the current edition, which is SEPTEMBER 2023.



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