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 seventh edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 11th august 2019 in Amantea (Calabria), southern Italy.

Best Fiction Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Documentary Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Animation Award (€800 + Trophy)

Best Experimental INSOMNIA Award (€300 + Trophy)

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

Best Music Video (€300 + Trophy)

Audience Award (Trophy)


-The seventh edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 11th august 2019 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 2017 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 a 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 use 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 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 videolibrary.Directors may request the remotion of the film in our videolibrary. 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.

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Overall Rating
  • Jules Comes

    One of my favorite festivals. If you have the chance to visit this festival/experience in the beautiful south of Italy, you definitely have to go. Share cinema, food, drinks and life with an amazing group of people and a lovely audience. The program is better every year and I saw some great undiscovered pearls of shortfilm. Bringing cinema back to the people!

    September 2018
  • A small, but a very Important European festival. It has connection with the bigger festivals like Tampere and Interfilm.
    I has a dream to get screened at La Guarimba, and my dream came true ;) The reality came out to be even better than a dream.
    Great location (by the sea), great team, diverse and high-quality program. What else could you wish for? The communication is superb (the one that you usually don't expect from a festival based in Italy).

    So, thanks for the festival. And thanks for awarding my film Big Booom.

    September 2018
  • Philippe Grenier

    Une expérience tout simplement parfaite ! La Guarimba est un festival à ne pas manquer. L'équipe est chaleureuse, la programmation diversifiée et le site des projections est absolument unique. Merci Giulio et toute l'équipe de la Guarimba ! Je vais me souvenir longtemps de ce festival, qui devient définitivement un de mes favoris. Merci pour tout !

    September 2018
  • Zuzanna Plisz

    La Guarimba is a unique and astonishing festival. It gives you a great opportunity for networking and enjoying diversed screenings at the most enchanting surroundings of South Italy. I loved how the Festival was hosted by a group of passionate and caring people. I recommend La Guarimba with all my heart!

    September 2018
  • Elisa Talentino

    Great festival and people in amazing place in Calabria. Absolutely recommended!

    September 2018