The Adelio Ferrero Award is the oldest and most renowned Italian award for young film critics, historically featuring two contests, for essays and reviews in Italian.
The 39h edition features a section dedicated to video essays (audiovisual works that analyze works and issues related to the audiovisual field). This section is addressed to international participants, filmmakers and video essayists from everywhere.

Top prize is € 1,000
Second prize is € 500
(The Jury reserves the right not to award the monetary prizes or to allocate them otherwise).

The works, subtitled either in English or in Italian (if English is the spoken language, subtitling may be replaced by a separate text file containing the transcript of the dialogue), are to be uploaded on an online platform to be viewed by jury members. The maximum length is 60 minutes. The production date must be no earlier than 2021.
Registration fee is € 30.

The list of video essays chosen for the final stage will be communicated to all participants within ten days of the deadline for submission.

The members of the judging panel are:
Marco Bertozzi, Luca Bigazzi, Stefano Careddu, Cécile Chièze, Oreste De Fornari, Chiara Grizzaffi, Paolo Lipari, Umberto Mosca, Giovanni Robbiano, Antonella Sica, Antonio Somaini.

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Overall Rating
  • I had the privilege of participating in the Adelio Ferrero Award for Video Essays, and I am genuinely taken aback by the professionalism, dedication, and passion this festival exudes. The quality of submissions, the organization, and the jury's attention to detail make it a standout event in the realm of video essays. I am both humbled and elated to share that my work "Veiled Frames" received an Honorable Mention in this esteemed festival. A heartfelt thank you to the Adelio Ferrero team for fostering such a nurturing environment for creators. I wholeheartedly recommend every video essay enthusiast to experience this festival.

    October 2023
  • There are not many film festivals that welcome video essays, so I eagerly submitted one of mine to Adelio Ferrero. While I was not able to come to Italy for the festival, I saw that my work was in very good company. This is one of the most respected festivals for videographic film criticism. The most wonderful aspect for me turned out to be that my video essay won the 2nd Place prize of the festival.

    October 2019