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 eleventh edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 12th August 2023 in Amantea, Calabria, the wildest region of Italy.

Best Fiction Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Documentary Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Animation Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Experimental INSOMNIA Award (Trophy)

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

Best Music Video (€300 + Trophy)

Audience Award (Trophy)

Nonnina Award (Trophy)


-The eleventh edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 12th August 2023 in Amantea, Calabria, the wildest region of 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 2021 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.

-Furthermore, please don't send us continuous emails about your film's career. We evaluate films based on their quality and not on how famous they are.


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.

*This rule does not apply to music videos as they can be submitted without subtitles.


-Around 170 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 invited to use the selection laurel logo from La Guarimba Film Festival.

-The festival will notify using FilmFreeway notification. There will be a selected list on 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 but helps out with invitation letters to apply for travel funding.

-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 on 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 your film takes 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
  • Great festival. Fantastic programming with a variety of events run by a team who are passionate about film and the community.

    August 2021
  • John Hill

    This was an event that I could not attend in person because of the Covid 19 pandemic, but they were very accommodating and definitely made me feel like it was worth the submission. I will definitely submit my future films here again.

    August 2021
  • Lara Aerts

    I attended La Guarimba this year because they screened my short doc Girlsboysmix. It is a fantastic festival organised by lovely rebels who fight for social justice in a totally optimistic and inspiring way. They hosted me in a very nice appartment with other directors, offered lunch, organised beachparty's. The filmselection is very eclectic and inclusive, and the public is both local and international. This festival is a dream come tru.

    August 2021
  • Ruben Garcera

    Fantastic festival! Very close and friendly people, thank you for everything.

    August 2021
  • Oh, how I would have loved to attend La Guarimba Festival! Due to the Pandemic that was not possible this year. :( Everyone seemed so enthousiastic and passionate about it, I would have loved to see that! But I'm very happy, that the Festival could be held at all. And I followed from afar and enjoyed the wonderful pictures. Hopefully some other time!

    August 2020
    Logo square
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Cécile. It was an honour to screen your amazing film.