Linea d’Ombra Festival is an international film and audiovisual festival conceived and promoted by the SalernoInFestival Association (ETS), supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Campania Region and the Municipality of Salerno, and implemented with the contribution of public and/or private entities, associations, foundations and sponsors. The Festival adheres to AFIC (Association of Italian Film Festivals) and to CFCC (Coordination of the Campania Region Film Festivals).

The twenty-ninth edition will take place in Salerno from 9 to 16 November 2024.

Linea d'Ombra Festival is an event that aims to raise awareness and to promote the best international cinematographic and audiovisual productions, to relate the different forms of youth creativity and to promote their knowledge among the public, to develop projects that have an effective educational impact and productivity, to encourage the realization of collective works of young artists coming from different experiences, finally to enhance the cultural potential of the Campania Region on a national and international level.

Loads of famous international and Italian directors such as Kenneth Branagh, the Dardenne Brothers, Ken Loach, Peter Cattaneo, Abas Kiarostami, Eran Riklis, Marco Bellocchio, Paolo Sorrentino, Nanni Moretti as well as many actresses and actors have been part of our festival throughout the years.

The Linea d’Ombra Festival award for the best film in the Passaggi d’Europa section, worth € 3000, will be awarded by the Jury of Experts and is to be understood as gross of the withholding taxes envisaged by Italian legislation. The Popular Jury (registered and present) will award the Linea d’Ombra Festival Award Plate for best film in the Passaggi d’Europa section. The Artistic Direction, having consulted the Expert Jury, will be able to attribute special mentions to those films that have shown particular technical and creative qualities.

Feature films in digital format produced in Europe in the two-year period 2023/2024 are admitted to the competition. The number of works admitted to the section in competition will be defined by the artistic direction and may vary according to the needs of planning and design coherence, in any case not less than five.

How to enroll:

a. The submission of the films can take place:
- through the online registration platform:
- by direct invitation from the festival

b. Registration requires a fee of € 5 to be paid with the registration on the platform.

c. The deadline for registering for the pre-selection is 1 September 2024 at 23:59; UTC +1;

d. The registration of the work in the competition implies full acceptance of these regulations. For any controversy, the Italian text prevails. For anything not covered by this regulation, the organization of the festival reserves the final decision.

e. Accepting these regulations Linea d'Ombra Festival is authorized to use the selected films for the competition in the Passaggi d’Europa category. The organization of the festival will ask the entitled to authorize the presentation of the work in competition in other activities directly organized or sponsored by the Festival itself, even outside the dates of the review.

Admission to the competition

The artistic direction will communicate the official registration in the competition of the pre-selection films by 10 September 2024. Upon receipt of this communication, the following materials must be sent with absolute priority, via e-mail or via file transfer service, to :

- a clean projection file in .mp4 format (Codec h264) without subtitles;
- .srt file of subtitles in Italian, if available or .srt file in English;
- synopsis (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format);
- director's bio-filmography (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format);
- photos of the film and the director;
- technical sheet of the film (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format).

Screenings and Program

The program of the festival and the screening schedule are decided by the artistic direction and by the heads of the various sections. The films are presented in the theater and online, in their original language with Italian subtitles. The festival will publish a general catalog, in Italian and English, on the official website which will include all the works presented in competition and out of competition.

Communications relating to the pre-selection must be sent to: