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 37h 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 100 minutes. The production date must be no earlier than 2019.
Registration fee is € 30. It is to be paid by bank transfer to
Circolo del Cinema Adelio Ferrero
IBAN: IT46L0609010400000001000500
(a copy of the bank transfer is to be attached to the application).

No later than September 10th, 2021 competitors must send, by e-mail to ;
- the application including personal details of the competitor (date and place of birth, residence, tax code, e-mail, and telephone number, curriculum vitae, publications, filmography)
- a copy of the bank transfer.
(If reception is not confirmed within three days please call +393396734547).
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, Cécile Chièze, Oreste De Fornari, Elfriede Gaeng, Chiara Grizzaffi, Paolo Lipari, Umberto Mosca, Giovanni Robbiano, Antonella Sica, Antonio Somaini.

For further info please contact:

Overall Rating
  • 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