In these challenging times, our planet is facing, we believe an opportunity for change has arrived. Let's rethink together the consequences of our choices.

International Filmmaking Academy from Bologna, Italy, together with filmmakers from throughout the world, invites you to take part in our upcoming initiative:
POCKETS OF LIGHT: Growing from the Crisis.

"There'll be these "pockets of light" springing up in different parts of the world. There have to be centers, now, where people can come and reconstruct a new future for the world. These centers are growing up everywhere now! These things can't be given names, but in a way, these are all attempts at creating a new kind of school. And the purpose is to find out how to preserve the light, life, the culture. How to keep things living. You see, I keep thinking that what we need is a new language, a language of the heart. Some kind of language between people that is a new kind of poetry, that's the poetry of the dancing bee that tells us where the honey is. And I think that in order to create that language, you're going to have to learn how you can go through a looking glass into another kind of perception, where you have that sense of being united to all things. And suddenly, you understand everything."
- Louis Malle, My dinner with André.

The IFA festival becomes an action towards preserving memory and arousing awareness to which we are called to contribute. It is critically important that the humanity understands this moment and brings its learnings to future generations.

IFA respects the 17 goals from the United Nations. (

Filmmakers creatively express their personal experiences and responses to the world emergency and its developments, by producing a short film of 5–10 minutes. Any form is accepted: diary, memoire, documentary, fiction, experimental, animation or hybrid.

The film should embrace the filmmakers’ cinematic vision, their cultural frame, and their emotions aroused by what is happening in their culture. In these weeks the space around us is shrinking, while time expands to the extreme: a condition that opens up new glimpses of creativity and reaction.

During an emergency we are all connected, fragile and equally at risk. The individual is nothing but himself/herself. No longer producer-consumer, no longer customer, public, audience. With nothing but our primary needs, we return to be human beings. Time belongs to us, it is the measure that coincides with our existence.

Humanity has a possibility to set new priorities, decisions, choices and to evolve as it’s more aware of its fragility, interconnections and the transience of life. We have the chance to fulfill the highest, truest expression of ourselves.

1. The IFA committee will select what they consider to be the best 15. These films will be featured on the IFA website.

2. On June 30th 2020 a group of judges will choose 5 Best of Festival award winners of the Witnessing History: Global Diary. The 5 winners' films will be screened at the Syracuse International Film Festival (October 2020) and at the IFA Film Festival closing screening (30th June 2021) at Palazzo d'Accursio courtyard in Bologna, Italy.
Winners will receive brief notes from the judges that they can use in promoting their films, will be given festival laurels and be screened on the IFA website.

3. From these 5 movies, on June 30th 2020, ONE winner will be awarded and admitted to the IFA Online MasterClass.

International Filmmaking Online MasterClass aims to help the young filmmakers in finding their own poetic voice and promotes the talent of each filmmaker in an environment of freedom and respect for individual cultures, with the goal of assisting in the formation of a new generation of film auteurs. IFA supports the opportunities for lifelong networking with fellow filmmakers from throughout the world.

- 19 Spots are available to develop, shoot, and finish a film with the support and guidance of a Master Filmmaker.

- We'll announce the IFA Online Master Teacher by the end of May. Some of the previous IFA Master Teachers were: Bernardo Bertolucci, Abbas Kiarostami, Bela Tarr, Cristian Mungiu and Jane Campion.


Worldwide filmmakers will take part to the film WITNESSING HISTORY: A GLOBAL DIARY, by sending their short film of
5-10 minutes long by June 20th 2020.

There are two ways a filmmaker can participate. You may decide to only submit your film to the festival competition, or you may only wish to participate in the IFA Online MasterClass, or you may do both.

Entries must be auteur works, concept and execution by the filmmaker. Filmmakers of any age are permitted. Send your 5-10 minute short video for the Witnessing History: Global Diary. All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway, no later than June 20th 2020.
Language: Mother tongue with English subtitles

IFA Online Film Festival entry fee: free entry
IFA Online MasterClass entry fee: 500 euros