The "Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival" is an event intended to serve as an international showcase for films of various types and gender, in order to promote and spread the art, auteur and experimental films that are not released in cinemas playhouses, to foster dialogue between different experiences and to create a meeting point for the support of cinema culture.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animation
Best Videoclip
Best Screenplay "Elvio Porta Award"
Best Script
Festival Special Mentions
Jury Special Mentions
Partners Awards

Films from all nations will be considered only if they have:
- English and Italian subtitles
- for Feature Films a minimum length of 60 minutes (excluded are works already projected in any movie theater or who have had a distribution in Italy or abroad)
- for Short Films a length of 30 minutes or less
- for Animation Films a lenght of 30 minutes or less
- for Feature Documentary a minimum lengh of 40 minutes
- For Short Documentary a length of 30 minutes or less
- for Script of screenplays unproduced (short and Feature, for TV Series and Web Series, pilot episodes, even incomplete screenplays)
Works that have already been screened at other festivals or distributed over the internet will also be accepted.
If a film is selected, screening formats allowed are: mov, h264, mpeg4. Other formats must be approved by the Festival Programming Office. No rental fees will be paid for this section. Italian subtitles are required for foreign languages. If there is a difficult to make Italian Subtitles, the tranlsation can be done by Festival interpreter.

In case of selection, the materials must be sent via wetransfer, trasfernow or google drive to: or

• The movie and the trailer of the film for promotional purposes with English and Italian subtitles, mov, h264, mpeg4 formats;:
• Film synopsis in English and Italian.
• Director’s biography in English and Italian (min 400/max 500 characters, spaces included).
• Director’s filmography (list of titles and years of production) in English and Italian.
• Director’s statement in English and Italian.
• Photographic documentation with publishing authorization: 2 images of the film in JPEG format (for promotion on the web); Each photo should be labelled with the film title and a number (e.g. film_title1.jpg; film_title2.jpg).

The photos will be published in colour on the Festival website and in black and white on the Festival catalogue. It is possible to send both colour and black and white versions of the photos.

Movies in Italian language "must be" subtitled in English and movies in the foreign language "must be" subtitled preferably in Italian and/or English to avoid that the international jury can penalize the evaluation for misunderstanding of the original language.

Overall Rating
  • Una bellissima esperienza. Una serata finale accogliente e piena di ottimi professionisti. È stata molto interessante anche la mostra di locandine d'epoca. Vincere un premio poi è stata una grande emozione.

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Grazie per la bella recensione.... è il nostro premio più ambito nel riuscire a soddisfare partecipanti e pubblico!

  • Daniel Rothbart

    It was a tremendous honor to be included in The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival and our film “Dinner with Robbe-Grillet in Naples” was fortunate enough to be awarded Jury Special Mention. This festival has an eye for interesting and substantive new films.

    The organizers share a passion for cinema. They are highly professional but also generous and kind. The festival takes place in the historic Palazzo Cariati of the Istituto Pontano which overlooks the entire Bay of Naples. The festival was well attended and I gained numerous professional insights. The awards ceremony, which included Neapolitan functionaries, was standing room only, followed by a delectable sit-down dinner.

    Participating in The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival was a wonderful, unforgettable experience and I would recommend it to any filmmaker!

    June 2023
  • Jack Truman

    So proud to have our film THE FRINGES OF BURLESQUE as a part of the festival!!!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    and we are honored to have you as a participant ... I hope you will honor us with your other works!

  • Thanks for hosting our film JUST LIKE WATER 🎥 Warm greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    it was a pleasure and an honor to have you in our festival and we hope to have you back again with another wonderful film in the next edition
    Umberto Santacroce - GoN IFF Director

  • Hakan Ünal

    Thrilled to be selected and awarded best screenplay, thank you for the great jury and the festival

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Our satisfaction is the positive appreciation of our participants and that they speak well of us!

    Umberto Santacroce - GoN IFF Director