Ferrara Film Festival (6)


28 May 2020
Call for entries

31 Jul 2020
Early deadline

30 Sep 2020
Standard deadline

30 Nov 2020
Late deadline

20 Dec 2020
Extended deadline


11 Jan 2021
Notification date

10 Apr 2021
17 Apr 2021


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
 April 2019
 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 April 2021      Festival end: 17 April 2021

The FERRARA FILM FESTIVAL is one of the fastest growing film festival in the World and the fastest growing in Italy, hosted in the northern Italian City of Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site that serves as an incredible backdrop for this high profile cinematic event.
We are already accepting film submissions for the 2021 edition!

The Ferrara Film Festival, in just 5 editions, had big "movie premieres" in its competition with some of the major Italian and international movie stars. Ashley Judd, Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, James Franco, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta, Sharon Stone, Ed Harris, Wesley Snipes, Michele & Violante Placido, Primo Reggiani, Maria Bello, Noomi Rapace, Maria Bello, Tom Wilkinson, Eric Roberts... just to name a few.

This is a global film competition that saw 10.000 people attending the latest edition, that culminates in the Golden Dragon Awards Ceremony. The event includes movie themed collateral events, entertainment shows partnerships with many world class Institutions.
Ferrara Film Festival is the ultimate cultural and economical bridge between Hollywood, Italy and the rest of the World through Cinema.

Explore our festival on www.ferrarafilmfestival.com

At the Ferrara Film Festival there will be films "Off Competition" and "In Competition".
The selected films "In Competition" will be divided by the festival itself in the following sections (all applies for feature and short films) - When you submit your film, all you have to do is to choose between “Feature Film”, “Short Film” and “Documentary”... we’ll do the rest of the work for you!

Here below our detailed categories (for both feature films and short films):

Films produced in the United States of America.
(The motion pictures can be filmed everywhere, but the Production Company must be legally based in the US).

Films produced in the rest of planet.
(The motion pictures can also be filmed in the United States, but the Production Company must be legally based outside the US).

Feature Documentaries produced anywhere in the world.

Films produced or shot in Emilia Romagna Region in Italy.

Films with sensitive subject towards minors and kids.



At the Ferrara Film Festival there will be two movies “Off Competition”, usually an opening film and a closing film, and they will be American feature films of critical praise and commercial appeal. They will be World or European premieres.

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). Each award is a prestigious sculpture covered in gold.

For each edition of the Ferrara Film Festival 6 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 “Young UNICEF”
• Best Film “Emilia-Romagna Filmmakers”
• Best Director (all categories)
• Best Actor (all categories)
• Best Actress (all categories)


Here below the main classifications and film requirements:

Feature Films & Documentaries - ALL CATEGORIES (see description): minimum runtime 59 minutes, max runtime 130 minutes.

Short Films - ALL CATEGORIES (see description): maximum runtime 30 minutes.

• Films can participate to other film festivals prior to Ferrara Film Festival, but must not have a public distribution prior to APRIL 2021.

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

• Each film cannot be older than 2 years from the current festival year.

• Each film must not have been released online (private screeners with password are OK).



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