Fantafestival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale del Film di Fantascienza e del Fantastico; English: International Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Show ) is a film festival devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror films that is held annually in Italy since 1981.

Fantafestival takes place every year in Rome. In the past years, while maintaining its headquarters in Rome, some editions were held in contemporary in different Italian cities like Milan, Naples, Genoa, Verona, Parma and Ravenna.

For more than 30 years, Fantafestival has been one of the leading Italian events specialized in fantastic films and one of the most important international events of this kind. It has presented and launched in Italy many filmmakers who later would become among the most popular in the fantastic film world.

Golden Bat
- Best Feature Film
- Best Short Film

Accepted submissions include movies, shorts and occasionally documentaries belonging to the fantastic genre (science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal and all related genres).

Films can be submitted in English or Italian language. We accept any other spoken language as well, but English or Italian subtitles must be provided.

Promotional material: movie artwork and at least three high-resolution pictures. If available, include a director’s picture. Promotional materials can be sent to (if necessary, use a large file transfer service provider).

By submitting your work to Fantafestival you authorize the use and the storage of the personal data hereby included. These data will be kept safely, they will not be given to third parties and they will be used exclusively for the intended purposes, which are the selection and promotion of works for the Fantafestival.

Should the work be selected, you authorize the public screening during the Fantafestival. You also authorize the use of the artworks and the pictures provided for promotional purposes and their inclusion in the Fantafestival’s catalogue.

You hold the rights indicated in article 7 of Italian legislative decree 196/2003: at any time you can ask which data of yours are in our archive, you can ask to remove them, to modify them, or to make them anonymous. The owner of the data is: Magnifica Ossessione, via Sant'Alfio 6, 00133 Roma - Italy.

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Overall Rating
  • Without exaggeration the most beautiful film festival I have been to so far. I was very kindly welcomed in Rome, my film was very warmly received and many directors and heroes of my youth were sitting in the audience. The next day my short film was reviewed in detail in a film review magazine. Wow, an unforgettable experience and a great honor to be selected.

    October 2023
  • Conall Pendergast

    A great experience. I was very happy to have my film screen!

    November 2022
  • I am very honored that my film was able to participate in this wonderful film festival. I will continue to work hard and make films so that I can participate in this festival again someday.

    August 2022
  • Felipe Martinez Carbonell

    Honored to be selected at Fantafestival!

    August 2021
  • Although I was disappointed about the online screenings because of Covid I was extremely honored and grateful that my low-budget Super 8mm Horror Short was selected for this legendary film festival.

    June 2021