๐—ง๐—”๐—ž๐—˜ ๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐— ๐—˜๐—ช๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—•๐—˜๐—”๐—จ๐—ง๐—œ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ

Desenzano Film Festival is looking for films that are able to take us around the new world we're living in, through the eyes of independent authors of any gender, nationality, age and ethnicity.

Selected films will compete in our iMDB-Qualifying competition and showcased in a gala night and award ceremony in an 18th century theatre in the center of Desenzano on Lake Garda.

๐—˜๐—ซ๐—–๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—š๐—˜, ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐——๐—˜๐—•๐—”๐—ง๐—˜, ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ช

We're committed to showcasing different genres and approach to filmmaking, from fiction films to documentary and animation. Experimental films will frame the event by being screened all around the theater for the duration of the festival.

Over the years we have hosted films by Charles Williams (Cannes Palme D'Or), Dekel Berenson (Palme D'Or nominee) Louise Courvoisier and Lucia Bulgheroni (Cannes Cinefondation), Antony Nti (Oscar Nominee), Simone Bozzelli (Venice Critics Week Winner) Tommaso Frangini (Venice Critics Week nominee) Prantik Basu (Rotterdam nominee) and many other authors which later got recognized by major awards, along with filmmakers with their first films, students and independent producers.

๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ
During the years and this year too, we host:

Franco Piavoli - Director
Born in 1933, he directed "Il Pianeta Azzurro" in competition at the 50th edition of Venice Film Festival and ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ท ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ท "๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ".

Stefano Cipani - Director
Born in 1986 in Salรฒ, he directed "Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri" and ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ.

Gianfilippo Pedote - Producer
Born in 1952, he's produced over 40 films like "Un'ora sola ti vorrei" by Alina Marazzi awarded at ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น and "Selfie" by Agostino Ferrente awarded with ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ.

Giancarlo Soldi - Director
Born in 1954, he's a film director ๐˜๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ ๐——'๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ for his films "Nessuno siamo perfetti" and "Cercando Valentina".

Veronica Maffizzoli - Festival Director
She's Journalist and film critic. In 2005 she founded ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ where she's the artistic director. Attends the main national and international film festivals and related markets. He collaborates with the organizational management of the Bfm and with various sector magazines

Ondina Quadri - Actress
Born in 1994, she ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—š๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ for the role played in the movie "Arianna" directed by Carlo Lavagna. She also works on "Capri-Revolution" by Carlo Martone and "Le notti magiche" by Paolo Virzรฌ.

Maura Morales Bergman - Cinematographer
Born in 1979, she is the director of photography of the ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† "๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ผ, ๐—œ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ" ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ. She also directed her own documentary "Entierros" in 2017.

Stefano Cravero - Editor
Born in 1977, ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ for editing "Nico 1988" by Susanna Nicchiarelli in 2018. In the same year he co-directed his own documentary "Country for old men" with Pietro Jona.

All our trophies are custom made by our partner ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ ๐—š๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ถ, a prestigious italian stone contractor that will craft unique black marble pieces.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— 
$ 1000 in cash prize, Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐——๐—ข๐—–
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐— ๐—•๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—œ๐—” ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— 
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— 
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—”๐—ก๐—œ๐— ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— 
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—”๐—จ๐——๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

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๐—ง๐—˜๐—–๐—›๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ
we will give away these category awards:

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—–๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜๐— ๐—”๐—ง๐—ข๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—˜๐——๐—œ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ก๐—ช๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

๐—•๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—–๐—˜
Custom made marble trophy, free stay and accomodation.

We ask filmmakers and producers to accept simple regulations:

1 โ€ง Free theme or subject;
2 โ€ง Shorts must have a maximum running time of 40';
3 โ€ง Shorts must be either shot in italian or have english or italian subtitles;
4 โ€ง You can submit only one short per subscription fee: multiple shorts require multiple subscription fees;
5 โ€ง Producers and/or author, if the short is selected for the final stage of the festival, must declare to be solely responsible for all rights regarding his work and must declare that the movie does not contain any third-party rights.
6 โ€ง The judgement of the jurors is unchallengeable

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Very good festival, even in this difficult period.

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Grazie Federico! Hope to see you live this year!

  • Dusan Kastelic

    One of the best European festivals. Friendly staff, and nice location, quality films and great audience! I was very fortunate to win this year's "Best Film" and "Audience award", which came as a very nice surprise. Highly recommended.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations Dusan on your award. We hope we will be able to host your next works! See you soon!

  • Proud to be part of the first edition of this amazing festival. I will surely submit my film for the next edition.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Farid! We're looking forward to seeing your new work!