Our film festival is located on the Elba Island, a magnificent Island in the Tuscan Arcipelago. With the Elba Film Festival we wanted to create a space for creatives from all over the world to converge, connect and showcase one another's work.

Elba is lapped by pristine turquoise waters which are perfect to swim in September, when our festival takes place. Asides from visiting different venues, meeting other likeminded creatives and watching the festival films, the island has plenty to offer: Swimming, hiking trails, kayaking and trekking, delicious fresh fish at many of the local restaurants right along the shore, a visit of Napoleon's residency in Porto Ferraio, even a live reenactment of some of the most important scenes of his life that takes place every week in the small mountain town of Poggio. Not everyone knows that Elba is connected to Napoleon, where he was exiled and lived for about 300 days.

The Festival will take place at the Cinema Metropolis in Marciana Marina and at the Art Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro.

There will be a networking event after each screening and an Award Ceremony at the end of the Festival.

During the four days that the festival takes place, you will be given the opportunity to enjoy the island during one of its best times of the year. The Elba Film Festival staff will do all it can to make you feel at home and enjoy the thrill that it is to watch your film on a big screen!

Here is a list of all our Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Set Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Documentary Short
Best Editing
Best Animation

THE KARL STENGEL AWARD: HONORABLE MENTION AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING

HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS to short films that address the following issues:

CLIMATE ACTION, GENDER EQUALITY and NO POVERTY

OUR PRIZES

Sound Designer and Composer Eric Cervera is granting the Best Short Film Winner with 5 days of Free Audio Work in his studio (worth 2500 Euro)

Free Subtitling service for the next project (feature or short film) provided by Kitchen Tv
https://www.thekitchen.tv/subtitling of the Best Short Film Winner.

An InkTip prize package for ten (10) film festival winners. Each prize package includes one (1) InkTip script listing so our winners can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

Complimentary Term membership to the IPITCH.TV Film, TV and New Media Marketplace to the 10 Winning Categories. At iPitch.tv you can pitch your ideas for original Films, TV, Web/New Media projects, Documentaries, Game Shows, and more. Any type of project that you've developed and would like to pitch to Entertainment Industry Buyers can be listed in our marketplace for consideration.

A free Yamdu Subscription to all our 10 film festival winners: Yamdu is a creative management system for every type of visual production. Their tools help filmmakers schedule their project, plan and manage their tasks, share information, communicate, collaborate and create everything they need during every stage of production. 

Free Subscription to Movie Magic Software for all our 10 Winning Categories
https://www.screenplay.com/

 3 DXA-MICRO PRO+ adapters as prizes for the 3 Main Winning Categories

https://beachtek.com/product/dxa-micro-pro-plus/

The DXA-MICRO PRO+ gives you all the features you need to record high quality audio directly to your camera from virtually any source – no syncing required. 

Complimentary Term membership to the IPITCH.TV Film, TV and New Media Marketplace to all our Festival Winners. At iPitch.tv you can pitch your ideas for original Films, TV, Web/New Media projects, Documentaries, Game Shows, and more. Any type of project that you've developed and would like to pitch to Entertainment Industry Buyers can be listed in our marketplace for consideration.

Objective: It is our mission to celebrate the art of independent filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international festival that supports the development and expands the audience reach of independent Cinema around the world.

Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

Documentary Short Film
Narrative Short Film
Animation Short Film

HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS to short films that address the following issues:

CLIMATE ACTION, GENDER EQUALITY and NO POVERTY

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:

The festival accepts FilmFreeway Online Screeners, or Vimeo Links for the complete film. The festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

To be eligible, all films must meet the following requirements:

Be eligible to screen by August 28th 2021.

The films must be in their original language with Italian Subtitles.

Have been completed production within 2018-2021

The films must be received by August 20th.

Filmmakers whose exhibitions materials are not received by the deadline will be subject to any and all expenses that may arise due to express shipping costs.

Deadlines: Early Submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fee.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SELECTED FILMS

Once the entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by July 25th. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and Film Festival of Elba.

Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial and private property including trademarks and or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorised permission for screening. The Filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in the result of screening the film.

Print Liability: Elba Film Festival holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the festival is the requirement is not met. The festival will ensure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The festival's obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive.

PRINT SHIPPING
Selected film prints must be received PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to the first screening date unless pre-approved by the Elba Film Festival.

Prints will be returned to the submission contact within 30 days after the close of the festival, unless prearranged with Elba Film Festival.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

I agree to the following terms and conditions;

- Submission Guidelines -

- Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film.

- Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by the first week of September 2019. Filmmakers must provide Elba Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been available for video or internet distribution prior to August 2, 2019.

iii. be in their original language with Italian subtitles.

iv. have been completed production within the 2018-2021.

- Requirements for Selected Films -

Upon notification, Elba Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

- in order to qualify for any awards, filmmakers must provide a physical dvd or blu-ray copy of their completed film

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the festival. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the festival unless otherwise arranged for pickup.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the Elba Film Festival.

Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorised permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

Print Liability: The Elba Film Festival holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:

Elba Film Festival does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Elba Film Festival.

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 30 days after the close of the festival unless pre-arranged with the Elba Film Festival.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Horacio Flores

    IT was a great experience even in this online version, Nora was always in touch with me every moment and I would like to be there next year with a new shortfilm. Thanks for everything.

    September 2020
  • Patrice Cordonnier

    Despite the circumstances we all know, I was able to attend the 2020 edition of the Elba Film Festival. I could see how the whole team was involved in making this special edition much more than a second one but a real success : of course, the island of Elba - especially, Marciana Marina - is splendid but above all, the selection of films screened was of a high standard. The screenings and interviews I attended were perfectly organized despite these famous circumstances : outdoors or indoors when the weather was unsafe / physically or by videoconferences (for the directors who could not come to Elba). The organizers are themselves filmmakers, actors or film technicians, they love cinema, you can feel it : they have the eyes, the kindness and above all, the heart and the smile to welcome the filmmakers in selection.
    It was a great honor to see my fiction selected, screened, and awarded (Cinematography Award) by this wonderful festival.
    Congratulations and thank you to the whole team. I look forward to seeing you again.

    September 2020
  • Festival is good! Some hiccups w/ communication that were a bit frustrating. Venue looked GREAT, and Q&A (digital) after screening was very well organized. Would have loved to VISTIT!

    September 2020
  • Dekel Berenson

    Thank you for a well organized festival even in these trying times!!

    September 2020
  • Even if unfortunately I was not able to make it for The Festival the communication was perfect and I really feel that this is a very professional Festival. I will attend it another time because I am sure it will be an amazing experience! It was an honor for me to have received the prize for the best screenplay. Thanks so much!!!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Francesca! Your words mean a lot to us because we worked very hard to make this event happen. You made a truly touching film and we hope that you can come back with more stories that shed light onto the complexity of what it means to be human!