The Francigena Film Festival Juries decided!
ELEPHANTBIRD wins the First Edition!!!
The young jury decided for a Special Mention to
All the short Films are available on Streaming from

due to the pandemic situation in Italy, Cinemas and Theaters are still closed. That's why we decided to make the Francigena Film Festival as On Line Event!
It will be held on 21 - 22 of NOVEMBER 2020 through,
and Francigena film festival Facebook official Page.
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We accept short film submissions up to 20 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 20 minuti di lunghezza ispirati dal Viaggio, o che raccontino il Viaggio: 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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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 are proud to announce that 1st FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL counts 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). Other Jurors will soon join us. 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 takes place in Italy, in the heart of Tuscany, in the city of Colle di Val d’Elsa, between San Gimignano and Monteriggioni.
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’s why the Programming Committee decided to name FRANCIGENA this new Film Festival.
One of the most beautiful routes along Via Francigena, in Tuscany, it's called STAGE 32, that leaves S. Gimignano, reaches Molino d'Aiano, goes on towards Colle di Val d’Elsa, and Badia a Coneo and Gracciano, and then to Strove, including a pretty Romanesque Pieve. Passes the wonderful architectural structure of Abbadia in Isola before reaching Monteriggioni, where there is an unmistakable tower crest. Water and road-houses are available only in populated areas.

For its 1st edition, the FFFestival event will last for two days, to offer more time for insights with the authors.
The 1st FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL will be held in a very important location, which is located in the heart of Tuscany, inside the city of Colle di Val d’Elsa, at the marvelous Teatro del Popolo.
The prizes are awarded for the best short film. Also, special mentions will be assigned to: best director, best actor, best actress, 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.

Awards & Prizes
Pilgrim Bag

All the awards for the winners of FRANCIGENA FILM FESTIVAL 2020 will be announced after the closure of online submissions.


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’re 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 20 minutes.

-1st Francigena Film Festival submissions will be possible from the 18th of June 2020 to the 10th of October 2020 only on FilmFreeway online platform.

Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, not ended before the 1st of January, 2018.
All films in any different language from English must necessarily be subtitled in English. An exception will be admitted for films in Italian, which don't need to be subtitled.
By submitting the film to 1st FRANCIGENAFILMFESTIVAL 2020 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 Colle Val d’Elsa (Tuscany), during a public event.
• 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 Colle di Val d’Elsa, accommodation with special offer will be available.

1st FRANCIGENAFILMFESTIVAL 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 declare 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 in 15€ each submission.