The Cinque Continenti Film Festival is a film festival founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting the art of short films as an innovative form of communication and entertainment, which, for synthesis, ideas and quality of realization of the proposed messages, is able to fascinate and attract spectators of all ages.

It ran successfully for 3 editions and took a long break due to funding issue. We are now back and bigger! The festival is divided into several evenings that take place in historical locations scattered throughout the territory (castles, cloisters, amphitheaters, squares, medieval villages, courtyards of noble palaces, etc.), helping to enhance the image of places rich in history, art and culture, which become the magical and evocative scenery where you can admire the best of new international productions in the field of short films, with a wide selection of films from all over the world.

The selected film works deal with the most disparate themes, using both the dramatic and comedy registers, with a narrative or documentary approach. The attention is focused, in particular, on those short films that deal with social issues such as cultural integration, emigration, hospitality, respect for human rights or that tell – through colors, landscapes, music and dances – representative stories of different cultures and territorial realities. The result is an event in which art goes beyond the boundaries of discrimination, hostility and repression of ideas, to reach spaces for sharing, socialization and brotherhood among peoples. .

Cinque Continenti Film Festival aims to bring together the best short films from around the world.

Plexiglass sculpture created by the Italian artist Carlo Massimo Franchi will be predented to all award winners in all categories as well as a cash price of $2000 awarded to the director/producer of the winning films .

Runner ups will be awarded a cash price of $1000 in all categories as well as a certificate.

The Festival will consist of multiple film screenings and will take place at different times and locations from November 19th - 22nd 2023. It will conclude with a final event, scheduled for November 22nd 2023, which will include a screening of the short film finalists and announcement of the winning short film and runner ups, chosen according to the final judgment of a committee of experts and professionals.

The director/producer of the winning short film will be awarded the festival prize, that is a plexiglass sculpture created by the artist Carlo Massimo Franchi. Other prizes and special awards could be assigned to particularly deserving short films, directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters, score composers, etc.

Participation in the festival comes with a submission fee and is open to all short films, regardless of genre, style, budget or language.

Submitted short films must have been completed after January 1st, 2021 and have a duration of 40 minutes maximum runtime, opening and closing credits included. Films previously submitted or awarded in other contests/festivals are admitted. Films in a foreign language must have Italian/English subtitles.

Short films must be submitted within and not beyond September25th, 2023, using filmfreeway only

The Organization will select at least 25 short films, which will be screened on multiple occasions in different locations. An audience jury will select the winner of each stage.

The final list of finalist short films will be composed of the winners of audience selections and other short films chosen directly by a committee of experts and professionals.

Each participant of the festival declares ownership of the presented film’s legal rights and says film does not contain any defamatory content nor violates any law. Each participant relieves the Organization from any responsibility for the film’s content or for eventual claims for compensation on the part of individuals filmed without authorization or consent.

Upon registration, each participant of the festival authorizes the Organization to publicly screen his/her film and grants reproduction rights for all activities associated with the organization, publicity and communication of the festival. Films for publicity campaigns that are not directly associated with the film festival or other related activities are excluded.

Upon registration, each participant of the festival authorizes, in compliance with Italian Legislative Decree 196/03, “Il Circo dell’Arte” Cultural Association to use personal information for activities related to the festival and connected events.

The Organization reserves the right to make any modifications to these Rules and Regulations to improve the success of the festival.

All communication directed to the festival can be sent to the following:, tel. + 39 097235698, mobile +39 3394657918, Associazione Culturale “Il Circo dell’Arte”, Piazza Q. Orazio Flacco, 24 - 85029 Venosa (PZ) - Italy.

Subscription and presentation of the application form imply a complete, unconditional acknowledgement and acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.