First held in Bellinzona, Switzerland, in 1988, "Castellinaria - Young Film Festival” is a cinematographic event dedicated to highlighting films that deal with subjects of relevance to young people. The short film competition, called Castellincorto, has the aim to screen short films made in a cinema's school or with childhood's theme and coming of age. It's deserved by a Jury's Award (1500 CHF), by a Audience's Award (500 CHF) and by the Oltre Le Sbarre Award (jury made by incarcered persons).

Jury's Award Daniel : 1500 CHF
Audience's Award : 500 CHF
Award Oltre le sbarre : mention


Art. 1 – Castellincorto is a competition reserved to short films directed by students from audiovisual/film schools and enrolled for the current or the preceding academic year, and short films whose subject is children's rights and coming of age. Only films finished after January 1st 2022 will be accepted. Exceptions can be made.

Art. 2 – All short films conforming to Art. 1, made within the framework of a film school, or with a child and adolescent rights theme, are eligible.

Art. 3 – The maximum length is 20 minutes (including titles and credits). However, the Festival is free to select short films that are longer than this.

Art. 4 – To submit a short film, please use the platform FilmFreeway from the 20th of March 2023 until the 31st of August 2023.

Art. 5 – If the film director is a student is required to send a copy of his/her current Student ID card or a proof of school attendance by e-mail to

Art. 6 – Documentation submitted to the Festival by mail will not be returned.

Art. 7 – The director, the distributor and all the co-producers of the selected short film, allow the Festival to screen the film in Castellinaria's Castellincorto competition. Castellinaria avails itself of the right to screen the selected short film at the Mercato coperto in Giubiasco (Bellinzona) and also online on the platform chosen by the Festival, geoblocking the film to Swiss territory for a limited number of viewers, who will access the film in a protected way with a code or accreditation.

Art. 8 – Only fully completed submissions are accepted for pre-selection.

Art. 9 – By submitting the short film you accept that part of this work (7 seconds max.) will might be used by the Festival to promote the event (e.g. in a trailer of the selected short films) and that it can be published online on the Festival’s official website and/or on social media.