The Francigena Film Festival Juries decided!
ELEPHANTBIRD won the First Edition!!!
The young jury decided for a Special Mention to
All the short Films have been available on Free Streaming from during our First Edition.

The registration to the 2nd Edition of the Francigena Film Festival will officially open on January 15, 2021. The FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL will take place on October 9 and 10, 2021, in the heart of Tuscany: BUONCONVENTO, a marvelous village, one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany.
It is a singular chance to think about a visit to this unique land and the Via Francigena, during the “kermesse”.
The Francigena Film Festival will in fact be an opportunity for meetings and side events about the Journey and cinema: nature, culture, food, wine.
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We accept short film submissions up to 25 minutes from all around the world, of all kinds.
Our inspiration is “the Journey” even intended as the Path, in all it's different parts: the freedom of interpretation is up to the Filmmakers, Directors and Authors.
Si accettano Cortometraggi fino a 25 minuti di lunghezza: ci piacerebbe che fossero in qualche modo ispirati dal Viaggio, o che raccontino il Viaggio. Ma il "viaggio" è ovunque! Viaggio interiore, viaggio fisico, mentale, viaggio nel passato, nel futuro, un viaggio nella memoria, o della speranza o un meraviglioso viaggio d'amore o alla scoperta.
Ogni declinazione possibile di VIAGGIO, nella libera interpretazione dei Filmakers.
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The Creator and Artistic Director of the Francigena Film Festival is Giovanni Guidelli: actor, author and director.
Our jurors are among the best professionals of the italian film industry.
We will announce the names of our Jury during spring 2021.
We are proud to remember that on the 1st FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL we counted on the following Jury: Renato Carpentieri (Best Actor - David di Donatello Prize), Giuliano Taviani (Best Composer - David di Donatello Prize), Gianni Mammolotti (Cinematographer Award Finalist - David di Donatello), Vincenzo Mosca (Film Distributor and Film Producer).
Our jurors are among the best professionals of the italian film industry.

Other Jurors will soon join us for the Francigena Film Festival SECOND EDITION.

We only care about quality shorts, intelligent vision, experimentation and authorial style. We can assure you that being selected here means that your film has all that is needed to be recognized as an author's film.
The FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL will take place in Italy, in the heart of Tuscany.
For its 1st Edition the Festival should have been held in LIVE VIEW, but due to covid emergency and the fact that the theaters and Cinemas have been closed, it has been held in Streaming, still achieving enormous success.
We missed meeting with the artists, and the audience's applause.
We are working to hold a FESTIVAL in presence.
*The FRANCIGENA has been certified "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" in 1994-
The Via Francigena was a communication path which contributed to the cultural unity of Europe in the Middle Ages. Today, the Via Francigena is considered as a bridge between the cultures of the Anglo-Saxon Europe and the Latin Europe.
That is why the Programming Committee decided to name FRANCIGENA this new Film Festival.

For its 2nd Edition, the FFFestival event will last for two days, to offer more time for insights with the authors, meetings, side events, interviews, exhibitions, etc... in a new Location along the Via Francigena: BUONCONVENTO!

The prizes are awarded for the best short film. Also, special mentions will be assigned to: best director, best actress, best actor, best photography, best screenplay, best editing. There will be an audience award and mentions assigned by our media partners.
The festival counts on the help of media-partnerships and cultural partners in the area.
For its 2nd edition, the FFFestival event will last for two days, to offer more time for insights with the authors.

Awards & Prizes
Pilgrim Bag

All the awards for the winners of FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 will be announced after the closure of online submissions.

°best director
° best actress
° best actor
° best photography
° best screenplay
° best editing

Rules & Terms

Theme or subject of the Short Films: FREE THEME

Our inspiration is the journey, in all its different declinations: from a physical journey to an interior and mental one. A journey to discovery, to rediscover. A journey in the past, in the future. A hopeful and tasteful journey, a spiritual and an emotional one. All the “journeys” intended as the path of life. Since we are close to the 700 celebration of Dante... “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita...”, here is a Festival that combines all of the different cinematic and narrative souls under one track: the journey.

One category can be submitted to the Festival:
-Short films with a running time from 1 to 25 minutes.

The submissions for the 2nd Edition of the Francigena Film Festival will be possible from January 15, 2021 to September 10, 2021 only on the FilmFreeway online platform.
Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, not ended before the 1st of January, 2019.
All films must necessarily be subtitled in English* (* even those in English Language must consider this option). An exception will be admitted for films in Italian, which do not need to be subtitled.
By submitting the film to 2nd FRANCIGENAFILMFESTIVAL 2021 you confirm to own the rights of the film.
▪ 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.

Only finalist works will be played in a cinema hall in BUONCONVENTO (Tuscany), during a public event with the presence of the press, TV and the authorities.
• If accepted entrants grant without reservations, to the FFFestival, the right to use the movie, footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes (in this case, an email will be sent to the author).

▪ The judgement of the jurors is unchallengeable

• FRANCIGENA Film Festival will provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case.

For the selected Authors who want to enjoy a long trip in Buonconvento, accommodation with special offer will be available.

2nd FRANCIGENAFILMFESTIVAL 2021 reserves the right to make any necessary changes, add, alter or delete any portion of the guidelines at anytime without notice to the final event.
• The festival management declares that any personal data provided will be used in accordance with Legislative Decree No. 196/2003 as subsequently amended, and in accordance with art. 13 GDPR (EU Regulation 2016/679) and will be processed exclusively for the purposes of the Festival.

The entry fee is fixed at 18€ per each submission.

Overall Rating
  • Simone Cicalò

    Comunicazione Top, organizzazione altrettanto! Bel festival, grazie per la selezione e il concorso.

    November 2020
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    It’s a great honor to be a part of this amazing festival. Grazie!

    November 2020
  • Great new film festival for independent cinema from around the world. Well organised, even if online due to Covid 19 situation. Great communication with all film makers, can't wait for the next year edition.

    Good job!

    November 2020