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 2024 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 12th edition of La Guarimba Film Festival will be held from 7th to 12th August 2024 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 2022 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, and social networks and we will send by email a newsletter with all the information. We recommend you 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 in competition in other cities. La Guarimba Film Festival is committed to exclusively using 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 us 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 of the contest.

If you still have any doubts, please contact us at

Overall Rating
  • Paolo Gaudio

    La Guarimba is not just a film festival. La Guarimba is an ideal, a social experience, a unique way to be together. A place to meet filmmakers from all over the world, where utopias are realized and not theorized. A place that feels like home.

    Hasta La Guarimba siempre ❤️

    August 2023
  • Salvatore Restivo

    Super! a festival created to give space to relationships. Beautiful selection!

    August 2023
  • A warm welcome and a great festival. I was honored and delighted to be part of Guarimberos 2023... The selection was really very interesting and inspiring. A great experience, really.

    August 2023
  • Alex Crumbie

    A truly brilliant festival! Amazing films shown and the organisers did so much to make the film-makers welcome and create a strong community around this festival. I really hope that I can return in future years.

    August 2023
  • Thomas Kunstler

    Simply the best festival experience you think of.
    Thank you again @LaGuarimba for having us.
    Hope to be able to partecipate again soon x

    August 2023