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Be part of the most popular film festival in Italy, exclusively in movie theaters!

We are accepting films from all over the World, in several categories, to participate at the 8˚ Ferrara Film Festival (SEPTEMBER 16-23, 2023). The final deadline to submit your movies is June 30 2023, with discounted fees if you submit with earlier deadlines (details on the dedicated platforms). The final notification date is on July 17 2023 and the official film line-up will be released to the public in early August 2023. The Ferrara Film Festival is an IMDB Qualifier festival and World CineX eligible.

Our festival has the full support of the theatrical exhibition, the only way to show movies properly. Our festival plays films exclusively in movie theaters and will never stream films online.

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, without discriminating any movies based on its original Country. 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 film in the more specific category.

Here below the film categories of Ferrara Film Festival

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

You can submit your film only through FilmFreeway, FestHome and Sfilmmaker (exclusively for China). The direct links are listed below.

​If you are a filmmaker from the
Italian region Emilia-Romagna you have a
50% discount on your submission fee. For inquiries please write to:

(*) Since the 2022 edition, films (both feature and short films) of a more commercial nature will be included in the new category called Premiere Event, while those of a more authorial nature will be included in the category called Premiere Autore and the documentaries will fall into the Premiere Docu category. The film connected with UNICEF's themes (which is an official partner) will be included in the Premiere Unicef category and, finally, the category for the promotion of motion pictures produced in the Region of Emilia-Romagna will be called Premiere Emilia-Romagna. We will also have a classic retrospective screenings program called Premiere Retro.

Click on the logo of your preferred platform to complete your submission

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Learn the festival rules

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