Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival is a film festival specialized in fantastic cinema in its broader meaning: fantasy, sci-fi, horror and animation.

This is the first edition of a festival that wants to become one of the main event in the cultural landscape of its territory.

LDFFF is promoted and organized by the Smaskerando Cultural Association, in its
cultural promotion project. This project was made possible by Funder35, promoted by Cariplo Foundation.

The Media Valle del Serchio and the Garfagnana are the main territory of the whole project of cultural promotion by Smaskerando.
The territory at the moment is lacking of a similar event and it fits perfectly for a fantastic festival: it's impossible to ignore the historical vocation for fantastic tales and the evocative locations that inspired various international directors.

LDFFF will premiere during the last days of October, during the beginning of the Halloween celebrations.


Program (currently being developed)

October 26th
- Opening Night with screening of Méliès' "Le Voyage dans la lune" with live music by M. Salotti;
- Cinema themed event.

October 27th
- Screening of selected short films, categories: Animation and Sci-Fi;
- Stop-motion Worskhop;

Octobre 28th
- Screening of selected short films, categories: Fantasy and Horror;
- Masterclass with Lamberto Bava;
- Award Cerimony;
- Screening of "Demoni", introduced by Lamberto Bava.

- Best Fantasy Short Film
- Best Sci-Fi Short Film
- Best Horror Short Film
- Best Animation Short Film

- Lifetime Achievement Award

There are four categories:
- Fantasy short film
- Sci-Fi short film
- Horror short film
- Animation short film

The maximum duration of the short film must be 20 minutes (ending titles included).

We accept films in every language. For non-Italian films, English subtitles or a dialogue list will be required in order to make the Italian subtitles.

We only accept online screening, here on FilmFreeway.

When the finalists will be selected, we’ll contact them in order to receive a Full HD digital copy (.mov or .mp4) of the films and the promotional material: the poster of the film, three high-resolution pictures, the press-kit and a trailer if available.

For any further information, please contact us:


By submitting your work to Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival, you authorize the use and the storage of the personal data hereby included. These data will be kept safely, they will not be given to third parties and they will be used exclusively for the intended purposes, which are the selection and promotion of works for the Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival.

You also authorize the public screening of your work during the Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival and the use of the poster and the pictures provided. These files could be used to create a festival’s catalogue.

You hold the rights indicated in article 7 of Italian legislative decree 196/2003: at any time you can ask which data of yours are in our archive, you can ask to remove them, to modify them, or to make them anonymous. The owner of the data is: Associazione Culturale Smaskerando, Via C. Battisti 18 – Fornaci di Barga, Lucca - 55051.

Overall Rating
  • Deanna Milligan

    Was so thrilled to have our film Cascadia screen at this festival. Wish I could have attended but the programmers did a great job taking photos and making me feel included. Will submit another film next year for sure!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks! :)

  • Star Bazancir

    Great Festival and very good communication. Thank you.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • 楚儀 陳

    I am very happy that I can enter this film festival, thank you for your interest in my short film. Although it was a pity that I could not attend the event, I still felt the enthusiasm of the organizing committee. I will make great efforts to finish more excellent works.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Splendid festival with a great programming! I recommend this event to all filmmakers.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • Great festival with a lot of events in few days that I followed through the website and facebook. I'm very proud to have been part of the selection and wish to come next time !

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Noémie! :)