The Bardolino Film Festival (BFF) is a new event to be held in Bardolino (Lake Garda, Verona - Italy) from 16th to 20th June 2021.
BFF features two competitions, Short Films and Documentary, a section dedicated to books and meetings with authors by the lake.
The main theme of 1st edition is "Re-Start" (Renaissance, changing and building a new life...).
Bardolino is one of the most glamorous places on Lake Garda, with a beautiful lakeside promenade, characteristic typical restaurants and comfortable and welcoming hotels. Main Venues of the festival are The "Lido Mirabello" (open air) and "Cinema Corallo" (Indoor).

The prize for the winner of the documentary section is 1000 euros.
The prize for the winner of the short films section is 500 euros.
Moreover, mentions will be awarded by the juries for the most deserving films, which will be awarded with the "Preonda", historical symbol of the city of Bardolino.

Documentaries (max 120 minutes lenght) and Short films (max 25 minutes lenght) produced worldwide in the two-year period 2020/21, are admitted to one of the two competitions (Shorts and Documentary). The works will be presented in original format, or in one agreed with the producer or with the author, with subtitles in Italian.
The number of works admitted to the competition section will be defined by the art direction and may change according to the needs of planning and project coherence.

The main theme of 1st festival edition is "Re-Start" (Renaissance, changing and building a new life...)


A) Registration for documentaries and Short Films is done through the online submission platform indicated also in the festival's website Specify to which of two categories you want to enroll the film.

The following materials are required:
- Film (.mov format (h264) and not more than 2 GB
- Synopsis (.doc format, rtf or pdf)
- Biography of the director (.doc format, rtf or pdf).

B) Payment of a 3 euros fee is required for early submission, and 5 euros fee for regular submission.

C) The submission of the film implies acceptance of these regulations. For matters not covered by the regulations, the organization of the festival will have the final decision.

D) All materials must arrive no later than 30 April 2021.

E) Acceptance of the regulations authorizes Bardolino Film Festival to use the films selected for competition in the category Doc, Shorts and in any other activities directly organized or sponsored by the festival itself, even outside of the dates of the festival.

Admission to competition

The artistic direction will inform about the official entry in the competition of films in selection by 30 April till 15 May 2021. Upon receipt of this communication, the following material should be sent, with absolute priority, by e-mail or through a file transfer service to :

- File for film screening (.mov file format)
- Italian subtitles in .srt format, if available
- Subtitles in English or Italian, or, if available, the English dialogue list
- Synopsis (.doc format, rtf or pdf)
- Biography of the director (.doc format, rtf or pdf)
- Photos of the film and a photo of director
- Technical details of the film (.doc format, rtf or pdf)
- Awards and eventually other festival admissions

Overall Rating
  • Una bellissima prima edizione per questo festival!
    Grazie a tutti gli organizzatori per l'accoglienza.

    June 2021
  • Un festival bellissimo. Organizzazione perfetta. Squisiti, attenti e gentilissimi gli organizzatori. E' stato un vero piacere e un onore!

    June 2021

    we are glad to be selected in your amazing festival with our film "Nuovo Cinema Para-Virus"! Thank you so much!

    June 2021
  • Bruno BarrĂ©

    A great new film festival with a very good program !

    June 2021