Ferrara Film Festival (7)


10 Mar 2022
Call for entries

31 Mar 2022
Early deadline

30 Apr 2022
Standard deadline

31 May 2022
Late deadline

30 Jun 2022
Extended deadline


21 Jul 2022
Notification date

10 Sep 2022
18 Sep 2022


Piazza del Carbone 35,  44121, Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

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 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
English Italian
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Festival start: 10 September 2022      Festival end: 18 September 2022

The FERRARA FILM FESTIVAL is one of the major film festival in Italy and the fastest growing one since its first edition in 2016. 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".

The Ferrara Film Festival, in just 6 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 at least 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 more 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"

The FERRARA FILM FESTIVAL is founded by producer, director and international show-business entrepreneur Maximilian Law, spearheading a team of about 100 people.

Explore our festival 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 7 judges 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)

• 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.

• Movies must have the exclusivity in Emilia-Romagna. Meaning they cannot premiere in any other film festival in the Emilia-Romagna region. ​

• 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 2022.



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