I'm truly honored and enthusiastic that you chose to visit Ferrara Film Festival and I hope you will have a great time with us. On behalf of my fantastic team, which made all of this possible, I warmly welcome you!
In 2013 I had a vision: to bring the magic of great Cinema in my hometown, Ferrara, where my love, passion and obsession of making movies started when I was a little kid and, at the same time, highlighting the beauty of this UNESCO world heritage city, using its potential in the best possible way from an artistic, economic and touristic point of view.
I'm a man of few and simple words - from Los Angeles, home of Global Cinema, where I live and work, I had the opportunity, thanks to the Institutions of the City of Ferrara, our generous sponsors and investors to give filmmakers from all over the World the chance to showcase their movies in this amazing city. Ultimately, I'm very humbled and grateful that, after just 8 editions, we keep being the fastest growing film festival in Italy.
Festival Founder & Director
The Ferrara Film Festival is one of the most popular film festivals in Italy and, since its first edition in 2016, is also by far the fastest growing one. It's the official film festival of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ferrara, Italy, one of the most breathtaking cities in Europe. The Ferrara Film Festival is a global cinema expo, that includes the Golden Dragon Awards ceremony, World and European premieres, movie themed collateral events, charity galas, talk shows and great parties. The Ferrara Film Festival was founded in 2015 by producer and international show-business entrepreneur Maximilian Law, spearheading a team of over 200 people. The first edition was held in May 2016 and, since 2022, the festival is held in the second half of September.
We strongly support the theatrical experience. Our films are played exclusively in movie theaters, as they are intended to be. During the pandemic, in 2020, we were one of the very few film festivals in the World to host a special in-person edition with great success (and in total safety) with all the limitations of Covid-19. In 2021 we were, again, the very first film festival in Italy to host a 100% in-person edition, with over 10,000 people in attendance, over the course of 9 days. In 2022 we had 11,000 people in attendance from all over the World.
In other words, we will always show movies only on the big screen.
Our media campaign (print, online, video and social) is one of the strongest in Italy. In 2022 we reached over 6 million people across all type of platforms (press, social, web, TV/Radio, print), with the support of our great partners.
Yearly attendance (2022): 11,000 people
Attendance (forecast 2023): 20,000 people
Number of movie premieres: 50
Number of collateral events: 44
Professional global accreditations: 5,000
Marketing reach: 8,0000,000 people (global)