La Guarimba is a film festival situated in the southern Italian region of Calabria with the aim of bringing the cinema back to the people and the people back to the cinema. We work with cinema and illustration using culture as a vehicle to promote our values of participatory democracy, integration, and accessibility.

The eighth edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 12th August 2020 in Amantea (Calabria), southern Italy.

Best Fiction Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Documentary Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Animation Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Experimental INSOMNIA Award (1TB SSD sponsored by G-Technology + Trophy)

Best La Grotta dei Piccoli Award (€300 + Trophy)

Best Music Video (€300 + Trophy)

Audience Award (Trophy)

Rai 4 e Rai Cinema Channel Award for Best Film (€3000 for 3 years broadcasting rights of the film in Italy)


-The eighth edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 12th August 2020 in Amantea (Calabria), southern Italy.


-All short films of any nationality and language can participate.

-All themes are allowed.

-The maximum length will be 30 minutes (including credits).

-Only those films produced after January 1st of 2018 will be accepted.

-All formats will be accepted.

-There are no limits to the number of entries a filmmaker may enter, but these have to be submitted separately.

-The festival will also accept films that already premiered in theatres, in other festivals or are available online. We like when there is a premiere but that is not a good reason to take away from our audience a great film just because some other festival screened before. That would be nonsense.


The requested materials are:

-The short film with English subtitles (screener on Filmfreeway).

-Any short films that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.

-You are only considered for the category you submit your film to. If you submit your film in the wrong category, please contact us to make the change.


-Around 70 films will be selected to be screened at the festival and will be part of the competition.

-Once these short films are selected, participants will be contacted through their email accounts.

-Selected shorts cannot leave the contest and they have to provide:

1.- Screener in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ recommend), 1920 x 1080, 48 kHz 24-bit audio, .mov wrapper.
2.- Subtitles file (.srt) or dialogue list in English and Italian (The festival will help with the Italian subtitles if the participants provide an English or Spanish subtitles file in .srt or a dialogue list).

-The festival will not accept PenDrives and will not return any screener.

-All selected short films are committed to using the selection laurel logo from La Guarimba Film Festival.

-The festival will notify using Filmfreeway notification. There will be a selected list in our website, Italian press, social networks and we will send by email a newsletter with all the information. We recommend you to subscribe to it.

-The festival will invite and provide hosting and food to all the directors in the official competition. The festival does not cover travel expenses.

-Not selected Animation films are still eligible for La Grotta dei Piccoli program, a children’s program in partnership with UNICEF ITALIA.


-The jury will include professionals from the filmmaking world, television, media, and teaching.

-The judges' decision will be irrevocable.


-All copies presented in this contest will not be returned and will be part of the contest archive and private video library. Directors may request the remotion of the film in our video library. Every year we organize La Guarimba On Tour showcasing the films in competition in other cities. La Guarimba Film Festival is committed to exclusively use these copies for cultural purposes and never in a commercial way. 

NOTE: If you don’t want that you film take part in our tour, just tell at the moment you are selected and we will just take it off the tour. No biggies.


-Once they are submitted, all participants fully accept our rules and regulations for participating, and also the resolutions adopted by the organizing committee about any aspect regarding the contest.

If you still have any doubts, please contact us at

Overall Rating
  • Brad Gibson

    I was unable to attend but the festival's social media presence was very good. The festival contributes to many social causes and looks to celebrate film in a great way. I hope to make it there in the near future.

    September 2019
  • Barbara Brunner

    I was so happy to be part of la Guarimba with my shortmovie "Miles Away", communication was easy and I hope to attend with my next film.

    September 2019
  • Jing Sun

    LGIFF is a great film festival truly connected with people! They do lots of screenings with diverse communities, which is the best part! Even though I couldn't come and join, I really enjoy what I see through their social media + appreciate what they do! Thank you so much!

    August 2019
  • Stefan Kruse

    Great festival run by great and passionate people. The spirit of La Guarimba will undoubtedly get to you.

    August 2019
  • La Guarimba was a truly touching and inspiring experience. Amantea is a beautiful place in Calabria, Italy and it was a pleasure to see how well the festival is received by the locals of the town. All the organizers were overwhelmingly welcoming and we as filmmakers really felt like a part of a family. The selected films showed a great and diverse taste and made space for a broad discourse on contemporary forms and themes in film. The food was great, the people, the beaches, the apartment, the coffee, the concerts, the conferences in the ocean, the kitty saving, the beach cleaning, the very smart and outstandingly dumb conversations at night - If you want to have a great festival experience, La Guarimba is the place to go, for real. <3

    August 2019