The Accademia della Bugia presents the third edition of
La Bugia Film Festival, which will take place in Le Piastre (Pistoia, Italy).
The event is dedicated to the "lie" declined in all its possible meanings: from the simple lie to the narration of paradoxes, surreal or improbable events.
Cinema, like any art, is a form of fiction of the artist and the illusion of the viewer through a lie that is the work.
Works that make use of meta-narratives, AI generated short films, mockumentaries and solutions capable of breaking through "the fourth wall" and therefore clearly show the illusory mechanisms of art are accepted.

1) Best Surreal Animation Short Film
2) Best Metanarrative / Surreal Short Film
3) Best Mockumentary
4) Best AI Generated Short Film

1. Registration for the competition must be made by FilmFreeway or via email, then the author will receive an email notification of registration.

These are the link to register:


Films may have been produced anywhere in the world, without any distinction.
In case of selection at the final evening of the festival, the subtitle srt files must be sent in Italian or English.

Each film may have a maximum length of 20 minutes.
Each author can apply with only one work.

All film genres are accepted.

In case of selection the author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film must send a downloadable link (via file sharing platforms such Wetransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to the festival organization. This video must be in usable format for projection, the basic format is required FullHD 1080p.

Notification Date: October 2023
A complete list of selected films will be published on the festival website, the authors of the selected films instead receive a mail of selection.
The composition of the jury:

- Marco della Fonte
- Valentina Poddighe
- Stefano Bizzarri

- Carlo Montanaro
- Guido de Maria

The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film by subscribing to the festival claims to be in possession of the rights of reproduction video and audio of the film.
The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film authorize the festival organization to use parts of their film (maximum 1 minute) for creating promotional films for this festival and for future editions.
The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of each film grant rights to public screenings inside the Bugia Film Festival or related events without any claims.
Any material sent to the organization of the festival will not be returned.

The author and / or production and / or holder of the rights of all selected films authorize the publication of their data on the site and on every type of distribution channel as promotion.

The admission to the Festival implies the unconditional acceptance of this regulation.
For any dispute not covered by the Regulation the competent authority is the organization of the Bugia Film Festival, if such disputes do not find the solution, the competent authority is Foro of Pistoia.
In case of objections to this Regulation Italian version of the same prevails.

Subscribers to the Bugia Film Festival agree as established by Legislative Decree 30 June 2003, No. 196 on the protection of privacy, the use of personal data for all initiatives related to the event. The Author of the film declares to accept the Regulation in all its parts and to have the legal availability of the film and to authorize the public screening without compensation, freeing the organization of the Festival from any present and future responsibility. With the contest entry each author is responsible for the content of his work. The author claims to own all rights to the work, not prejudicing in any way the rights of third parties, like other authors, subjects portrayed, transferees of rights, together with those music, etc. . It also declares that the audiovisual material is not protected by SIAE. Under the provisions of Legislative Decree. 30/06/2003 n. 196, we inform the author that the data requested is necessary for completing the documentation of registration to the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Andrea Viggiano

    Festival unico nel panorama nazionale per la specificità del tema che richiede la selezione organizzato con originalità e professionalità.

    January 2023
  • Baburka Production

    Great Festival, glad to have been a part of it!

    October 2021
  • Morteza Rashid

    Very nice festival. It was a great experience

    October 2021
  • Alice Fassi

    Very nice festival. It was a great experience. We had dinner all together after the Festival and I met a lot of interesting people. I recommend.

    October 2021