The purpose of "Castellabate Film Festival" is to honor the vision, the art and the work of Independent Filmmakers Worldwide.

The Live Event will be on September 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 in the "Area of movies" in Castellabate, a beautiful village in the Cilento Coast (Italy).
In more than 36 hours of screening, the Best Feature Film, the best Animation, the best documentary, the best Short Films, Videoclips, the best experimental, the best actor and actress, the best social video, will be showcased and recognized.
The peculiarity of our festival is to interview all the filmmakers who will tell us about their films online through the "zoom" platform.

Please, read carefully the rules before submitting.

All selected Films will receive the Official Selection Laurel and will be promoted on Social Media.

They will compete for:

Best Trailer
Best Animation
Best Short
Best Videoclip
Best Social Spot
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Social Video
Best Experimental
Best Actor
Best Actress

In judgment phase, sub-categories may be added.

The Winning projects will receive an Award (or a Certificate, if they won't be able to attend the Live Events).

We accept all genres Short Films, Videoclips, Animation Shorts, Documentaries, Trailers and Feature Films, realized after 2010.

All the works must be original and the submitter has the responsibility to own the rights of every aspect of the Film.

Films that are not in English need English subtitles.

Films with grossness, excessive sex and violence will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • karen kramer

    With all the many festivals I have attended I have always written a positive review but this event (I can't really call it a festival) was the worst. Although they want to call this an “international film festival”, Castellabate is not really a film festival but rather a classroom for the local high school students. Each morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon the students (age 15 -18) came with their teacher to sit in a conference-like room, view the films, and ask questions afterward of the filmmaker.
    I am not sure why their event is only oriented toward high schools rather than the general public as most film festivals are. People in the town had no idea that a festival was even going on and even if they had wanted to attend there were no screenings at night or weekends.

    Furthermore, there was very poor hospitality. For the first few days filmmakers had to figure out everything for themselves.... where to eat, where to gather, how to meet other filmmakers, etc. The director did not do much to assure the comfort of the filmmakers because he was running around trying to put his attention to the needs of the students.. To be fair, there was a nice lunch for the filmmakers on the last day but by then it was too late

    When confronted about these issues the director had many excuses and defenses so it does not seem like he is going to make it better. Filmmakers be warned.

    October 2022
  • Justine Méry

    Thanks again for the selection ! it was a great pleasure to be in your Festival : )

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Justine Mery. I hope to see you later.

  • Markus Kaatsch

    Eva Habermann / Main Actress and Producer of THE UGLY TRUTH: "Castellabate Film Festival is a small but very personal and beautiful film festival. I was very warmly received with our film "THE UGLY TRUTH" and my special highlight was the Q&A hour with many language students from the area around Castellabate. The interest was great and I was asked a lot of good questions about "depression" and "addictions", which is what our film is about. There must have been about 70 participants and compared to other Q&As I have given in my life, the interest was great and I was asked a lot of questions that I was happy to answer. The attending filmmakers were also invited to lunch and dinner and it was a great exchange and I made valuable contacts. My special thanks go to Gianni Petrizzo, who organizes the festival and is an independent filmmaker himself with all his heart and passion and values other filmmakers and radiates that with every pore. It was a wonderful experience overall and I am really happy that I went to Castellabate. (Which is also a very beautiful town next to the sea btw) "

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    thanks Eva
    you have been extraordinary and precious for the guys who listened to you. For us at the festival you are special.

  • Adrama-Strong Film Distribution

    Amazing festival, well organized. Highly reccomend it. Beautiful location in Cilento.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Adrama, your filmakers are amazing. I hope that next year the festival can give more and more.

  • Rosa Maria Mauceri

    Am honored to have been selected.

    Very professional I can't wait to be in Castelabate for the Gala Awards and we hope well :-)

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Rosa Maria, thank you very much for your testimony. The merit is above all of the prestigious guests like you.