Fil Rouge Film Festival is an international film festival created by Italian actor, writer, director and acting coach Armando Di Lillo and open to filmmakers all over the world.
A dynamic, young and international environment to show your short movies.
We have a special attention for independent short movies and small productions. 

Your Fil Rouge to the Red Carpet. 

Best Short Movie of the year

1.- Short Film Awards
Best Animated| Best Comedy | Best Crime | Best Documentary | Best Drama | Best Experimental | Best Horror | Best Indie (under 1000 $) | Best LGBTQIA+ | Best Opera prima (1st time filmmaker) | Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy | Best Student (under 25) | Best Thriller | Best Music Video

2. Sub Categories Awards:
Best Cinematography | Best Costume design | Best Director | Best Editing | Best Lead Actor | Best Lead Actress | Best Makeup & Hairstyling | Best Original Soundtrack | Best Production design | 
​Best Screenplay (open to feature movie too) | Best Sound design | Best Supporting Actor | Best Supporting Actress | Best Young Actor (under 21) | Best Young Actress (under 21)

​Fil Rouge is a live festival with annual awards.
Our international jury is composed by actors, writers, directors and acting trainers.

The Best Short Movie of the Year will be screened during the live event of the following edition.

Types of films accepted:
Short film: under 20 minutes.
Web Series: under 20 minutes.
Video clip: under 20 minutes.
Video art: under 20 minutes.
Short film script: open to feature movie too.

Submissions are open to short form from every genre - including drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, documentary, animation, experimental work, etc.

The Fil Rouge Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilise images or an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes including the Fil Rouge Film Festival website and all other media outlets related to Film Rouge Film Festival publicity.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The person submitting to the festival shall indemnify and hold harmless Fil Rouge Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to legal fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening films/ videos entered.

The admission fees are non-refundable 

Fil Rouge Film Festival can keep the preview footage for its archive film libraries for viewing at the festival. Within a short period from the festival starting films cannot be withdrawn. 

Films must be submitted to Fil Rouge Film Festival by the stated deadline.

Please note that information given on the submission form may be used by Fil Rouge Film Festival for publications. 

Fil Rouge Film Festival accepts no responsibility if the information provided is inaccurate. 

PLEASE NOTE: Fil Rouge Film Festival does not accept speculative submissions. Only entries received via FilmFreeway will be considered.
Entries are open to both Italy and international filmmakers based outside Italy.

All submissions are fully considered and curated by our team of programmers, pre-selectors and review committee.

Please note, due to the volume of entries received, we regret we cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

All entries must be in Italian or English or contain English or Italian subtitles.
Non-English/Non-Italian entries without subtitles, or supplementary printed translations, will unfortunately be disqualified.

Films must have been completed after 1st January 2011, though Fil Rouge Film Festival does not require any premiere status.

Only completed entries with paid submission fees will be processed and considered for screening.
Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.

All scripts must be original screenplays, for which the applicant(s) hold the copyright.
Where the screenplay is based on another piece of work it is the responsibility of the screenwriter to obtain written permission/copyright clearances from the original author or publisher. 

The judges reserve the right not to enter into any correspondence after the announcement of the winner. 

We know all too well that most filmmakers have to work with a tight budget. Unfortunately however, we cannot waive the submission fee. 

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival with great and timely communication. We are so proud to have been officially selected and have won Best Screenplay for our feature, Scarpedicemente! Would definitely submit again!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for choosing our international Festival! It was a pleasure having you!