The fifth edition of Milano Blackout wants to give space and visibility to the cinema coming from all over the world. Milano Blackout welcomes short and feature films of any genre and running time that have been produced from January 2016 up to the present day.

Milan is one of the largest cities in Italy with its 1,331 million inhabitants and it represents the capital of fashion and design. In addition, it is a city where many cultural events take place every year, especially as far as cinema is concerned.

Milano Blackout serves the main purpose of increasing an already high number of independent films that reach our country every year and that are presented to an always attentive and demanding audience.

The finalists of Milano Blackout will compete to win an award in each category: Best feature film, Best short film and Best silent film.
The best actor, best actress and best director of Milano Blackout will also be awarded for each of the above-mentioned categories.

Milano Blackout is exclusive partner of TUC.

Awards Nominations
Entry into the Festival guaranties all the Films/Projects to be In Competition and therefore to be nominated for following Awards:

Short Film:

Best Short,
Best Actor,
Best Actress,
Best Director

Feature Film:

Best Film,
Best Actor,
Best Actress,
Best Director

Silent FIlm:

Best Film,
Best Actor,
Best Actress,
Best Director

MILANO BLACKOUT invites an international filmmakers and producers to submit following projects to the Festival: Feature Film and Short Film.

To apply, please follow the instructions below. Please note we only accept submissions via FilmFreeway.

For any question about submitting to MB, please read the rules and conditions.

Lastly, do not forget to read our Rules & Regulations before submitting.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Milano Blackout Official Selection is divided in different sections:

-Official Competition Feature section "Experience"
-Official Competition Short section "No Time"
-Official Competition Silent Film

MILANO BLACKOUT accepts following submissions:

Short Films (under 59 mins): narrative, documentary, animation, music video;
Feature Films (above 60 mins): narrative, documentary, animation;
Silent Films (3 - 150 mins)

Any Question?

If you haven’t done so yet, please read our Rules & Regulations on

Alternatively, feel free to contact us via our Contact page.

Overall Rating
  • Emiliano Caballero


    The festival was not held, they didn't communicate with me to give me any details or information on the screening.

    I was checking their site daily and the films selected were never used in any way but to set a Still on their site.

    They claimed the festival was held online, but the work's were never promoted or even available to be seen.

    They don't even promote the selection nor the winners in any social network and don't handle any promotional material.

    Don't waste your time on these sneaky "festivals".

    March 2023
  • We are extremely honoured that our feature film 'ANKH' made it to the official selection of Milano Blackout Filmfest. Thank you so much for nominating ANKH for Best Silent Film and rewarding us as runner-up. Congratulations to all the other contestants and winners.

    March 2023
  • Thank you for the opportunity to compete at Milano Blackout with "The blood color bracelet".
    Looking forward for the next editions. Fábio Pereira

    March 2023
  • Jean-Robert Thomann

    I am so glad that my movie "The Taste of Ginger" won the Best Movie price of Milano Blackout 3 !

    March 2022
  • It was our great pleasure and, also, honored to have received Best Short Film for our film titled as "Kay". I strongly believe that all the staffs and judges had eyes and viewpoints to evaluate films so in flat and so objectively without any pre conditions or promotionally created values. I hope to have more communication with those who are related to film industry in Milano. Raita Nakashima, E. P. of "Kay"

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting this the film. It's been a very strange year. Unfortunately we had to limit ourselves to an online festival because of the pandemic. Next year we will be back in attendance. Thanks to you and your film. Congratulations.

    Milan BlackOut