IMDb qualifier's 8 & HalFilm Awards is an international event dedicated to those who consider cinema a form of artistic expression to tell themselves. The Festival is open to all kinds of films and is organized by a team of professionals who have shot movies with some of the most famous personalities in the history of cinema awarded with an Oscar, a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, at the Bafta, at the Berlin Film Festival and also with a Nobel Prize.

The “8 & halfilm awards” was created to give filmmakers and screenwriters an opportunity to show their work, but also to get in touch with a production that has made movies in various countries and that has the desire to listen to original ideas and help to create new opportunities.

The Festival is a tribute to the masterpiece "8 & half" shot by Federico Fellini in 1963. A film dedicated to that wonderful and complex machine of illusions that we call CINEMA. A movie that if you watch it today seems to describe exactly the historical phase that the world is going through . A phase of uncertainty, confusion, fear of the future and in which we can sometimes feel alone, but it is precisely in such difficult moments that art can be a way of salvation.

That’s why, every morning, we should remind ourselves of that beautiful sentence which ends 8 and a half by Federico Fellini : “Life is a party! Let’s live it together - E’ una festa la vita! Viviamola insieme”.

Best Picture
(feature film or short film, any genre)

Best Narrative Feature
Best Indie Narrative Feature (low budget)
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Indie Narrative Short (low budget)
Best Documentary Short
Best Super Short Film
Best Web/TV Series
Best Music Video
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Fantasy
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Feature Script
Best Short Script

We accept:
Short and feature films, in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), experimental or animated film.
Music Videos
Web/TV Series (also pilot)
Feature Scripts, Short Scripts
By submitting your film, take note that:
You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
You can submit again your work for the following months.
The films must include English or Italian subtitles (unless the spoken language is English or Italian)
The scripts must be in English or Italian or French.
We do not accept:
Amateur videos
Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD.

Overall Rating
  • Mimmo Fontanella

    Onorato di aver partecipato el vostro bando, fatto con tutto l'amore per il cinema ma soprattutto trasparente.

    May 2023
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    I am so deeply honored my dark film Hearing Voices has won in this Fellini inspired festival! As my grandparents came from Italy it is the joy of my life to be included in the festivities! Thank you xoxox Thank you!

    May 2023
  • Luca Finato

    A very special Festival, full of passion and well organized

    May 2023
  • nada serhan

    I had the honor to have my work selected and even awarded for my script. The team of the festival are amazing. They are very sweet, helpful and communicate really well. I highly recommend participating! Thank you so much at the 8&half team.

    May 2023
  • Catia Ott

    I had a very good experience with my documentary "MATERIA" at the festival. It's a very artistic and diverse film festival. Enjoyed it very much!

    May 2023