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 Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Videoclip
Best Screenplay "Elvio Porta Award"
Festival Special Mentions
Audience 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 Documentary a minimum lengh of 40 minutes
- For Short Documentary a length of 30 minutes or less
- for Web Series at least 3 episodes
A public prize is foreseen. The films that will give us permission will be published (during the days of the live event) via links on the facebook page and voted by clicking "like" on the movie poster.
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, materials must be sent as following to the email address: or

• The film 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.

Overall Rating
  • Steve Mellin

    A fun and well-done festival! Glad to get to paricipate!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    we are honored to have artists like you among our participants ... I hope to have you again in the next edition

  • Jan Hendrik Verstraten

    We truly enjoyed our time at the Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival. The location by the sea is beautiful. We were greeted very warmly by the team who made everyone feel welcome and, overall, the film programme was of a high quality. We would definitely recommend this festival to other filmmakers.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jan, thanks for your words! I'm happy and honored to meet you ... my only regret for not having been able to spend more time together!

  • Herbert Golder

    An all around wonderful experience, with films of a uniquely high and original character. The people, the organizers as well as the people from cinema and the community presenting the awards, were wonderful, gracious, friendly and warm, and genuinely passionate lovers of cinema. Was a rich and rewarding experience to be a part of, to feel a part of something very special, more than just a festival, but a real celebration of cinema.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Herbert, thank you for your words... I hope life allows us to meet again ...

  • Un gran bel festival, dove i tanti ospiti internazionali hanno potuto inoltre ammirare il meraviglioso panorama di Napoli da vicino e scoprire la nostra città. Organizzazione impeccabile , ospitalità eccellente, insomma consiglio a tutti di partecipare ai prossimi bandi.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    grazie Diego... la nostra soddisfazione più grande è il riconoscimento di essere riusciti a fare qualcosa di bello nonostante senza nessuna fonte di aiuti o fondi. Ti aspetto alla prossima edizione che è già partita!

  • Christine Noschese

    Umberto the festival director was wonderful, supportive and friendly. A number of the films at the festival were so great-story, production , acting etc. I was surprised I never heard of them before. The awards ceremony was a grand affair the theatre was completely full and it was clear that the judges were experienced filmmakers themselves with lots of women on the panel. I fell in love with Naples, the people and the food. The festival venue was difficult to find and I would recommend that more posters were put up around the event and in the city itself about the festival.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    hi Christine many thanks for your beautiful words!....