The festival intends to promote Independent national and international Cinema.
For eight years our festival has become the reference point for independent directors from all over the world.
We are looking for the best stories to show to our loyal audience.

-History-

Since 2015, the year of its foundation, the festival has stood out for the quality and social value of the selected works.
In seven editions we have selected and screened 221 works from 70 countries and awarded 112 prizes!
By promoting independent cinema from all over the world we have received works starring world-famous actors such as Salvatore Esposito (Gomorra, Fargo), Denis Lavant (Holy Motors, Tokyo!).
In the 2021 edition we had the honor of awarding the actor Giuseppe Fiorello in his latest film "L'afide e la formica", winner of the award for best feature film.

Over the years we boast of having successfully promoted dozens of independent documentaries, which have been a real window on the world for us.

We try to improve ourselves every year, giving you directors the opportunity to receive important recognition for your work and the stories you want to tell.

BEST SHORT FILM;
BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM;
BEST DRAMA SHORT FILM;
BEST HORROR SHORT FILM;
BEST THRILLER SHORT FILM;
BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FILM;
BEST ACTION SHORT FILM;
BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM;
BEST LGBTQIA+ SHORT FILM;
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM;
BEST MOBILE SHORT FILM;
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM;
BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM;
BEST SHORT FILM DIRECTOR;
BEST SHORT FILM PRODUCTION;
BEST SHORT FILM EDITING;
BEST SHORT FILM CINEMATOGRAPHY;
BEST SHORT FILM COSTUME-MAKE UP;
BEST SHORT FILM SOUNDTRACK;
BEST SHORT FILM SPECIAL EFFECTS;
BEST SHORT FILM ACTOR;
BEST SHORT FILM ACTRESS;
BEST SHORT FILM ORIGINAL SCRIPT;
BEST TRAILER;
BEST MUSIC VIDEO;
BEST WEB SERIES (PILOTE EPISODE);
BEST ADVERTISING;
BEST DOCUMENTARY;
BEST DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR;
BEST DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION;
BEST DOCUMENTARY EDITING;
BEST FEATURE FILM;
BEST COMEDY FEATURE FILM;
BEST DRAMA FEATURE FILM;
BEST HORROR FEATURE FILM;
BEST THRILLER FEATURE FILM;
BEST ACTION FEATURE FILM;
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE FILM;
BEST FANTASY FEATURE FILM;
BEST LGBTQIA+ FEATURE FILM;
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM;
BEST MOBILE FEATURE FILM;
BEST STUDENT FEATURE FILM;
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE FILM;
BEST FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR;
BEST FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION;
BEST FEATURE FILM EDITING;
BEST FEATURE FILM CINEMATOGRAPHY;
BEST COSTUME-MAKE UP FEATURE FILM;
BEST FEATURE FILM SOUNDTRACK;
BEST FEATURE FILM ACTOR;
BEST FEATURE FILM ACTRESS;
BEST FEATURE FILM ORIGINAL SCRIPT;
BEST FEATURE SPECIAL EFFECTS.

All winners and selected works receive a free certificate (jpg file via e-mail).

MONTELUPO FIORENTINO INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2023 - IX EDITION - OPENCALL FROM JULY 19th 2022 TO JUNE 28TH 2023.

ART. 1 - Submission
Registration for the competition has to be made by the international platforms. The director pays the fee (not refundable) relative to the category and to the period of registration. The open call starts on July, 19th 2022 and closes on June, 28th 2023.

AWARD CATEGORIES, ENTRY PERIOD AND FEE

SHORT FILM'S CATEGORIES
Earlybird Entry from 19/07/2022 to 24/08/2022 $ 15.00
Middle Standard Entry from 25/08/2022 to 28/09/2022 $ 18.00
Standard Entry from 29/09/2022 to 02/11/2022 $ 20.00
Middle Late Entry from 03/11/2022 to 07/12/2022 $ 23.00
Late Entry from 08/12/2022 to 22/02/2023 $ 25.00
Middle Final Entry from 23/02/2023 to 15/03/2023 $ 28.00
Final Entry from 16/03/2023 to 10/05/2023 $ 30.00
Middle Extended Entry from 11/05/2023 to 07/06/2023 $ 33.00
Extended Entry 08/06/2023 to 28/06/2023 $ 35.00

DOCUMENTARIES' CATEGORIES
Earlybird Entry from 19/07/2022 to 24/08/2022 $ 20.00
Middle Standard Entry from 25/08/2022 to 28/09/2022 $ 23.00
Standard Entry from 29/09/2022 to 02/11/2022 $ 25.00
Middle Late Entry from 03/11/2022 to 07/12/2022 $ 28.00
Late Entry from 08/12/2022 to 22/02/2023 $ 30.00
Middle Final Entry from 23/02/2023 to 15/03/2023 $ 33.00
Final Entry from 16/03/2023 to 10/05/2023 $ 35.00
Middle Extended Entry from 11/05/2023 to 07/06/2023 $ 38.00
Extended Entry 08/06/2023 to 28/06/2023 $ 40.00

FEATURE FILM'S CATEGORIES
Earlybird Entry from 19/07/2022 to 24/08/2022 $ 25.00
Middle Standard Entry from 25/08/2022 to 28/09/2022 $ 28.00
Standard Entry from 29/09/2022 to 02/11/2022 $ 30.00
Middle Late Entry from 03/11/2022 to 07/12/2022 $ 33.00
Late Entry from 08/12/2022 to 22/02/2023 $ 35.00
Middle Final Entry from 23/02/2023 to 15/03/2023 $ 38.00
Final Entry from 16/03/2023 to 10/05/2023 $ 40.00
Middle Extended Entry from 11/05/2023 to 07/06/2023 $ 43.00
Extended Entry 08/06/2023 to 28/06/2023 $ 45.00

ART. 2 Submission requisites
Submitted films to the Festival should meet the following requirements:
Films should be made since January, 2018;
Italian or foreign Short Films which last up to 30 minutes;
Italian or foreign Documentaries which last up to 90 minutes;
Italian or foreign Feature Films which last more than an hour and less than 120 minutes;
Italian or foreign Web Series (pilote) which last which last up to 45 minutes;
Italian or foreign Music Video which last up to 6 minutes;
Italian or foreign Original Script wich last up to 230 pages;
Italian or foreign Commercial Advertising which last up to 5 minutes;
Italian or foreign Trailer which last up to 10 minutes.

ART. 3 Genres
It's an OPEN genre film festival. The author is responsible for the content and any disclaimers regarding the material submitted.

ART. 4 SELECTION
Official notification date: JULY 10th 2023.
The Films received within the terms above, will be examined by Festival Staff that determines, unquestionably, the admission to the final stage of the Festival. The author(s) of selected films will be contacted by the organization. The full list of selected will be published on the Festival social channels within JULY, 10th 2022.

ART. 5 PRESELECTION
May be made a pre-selection of the Films before the late entry deadline, in this case the directors will be contacted by Festival Staff.

ART. 6 AWARDS
One award per category (Art. 1)
All winners and selected works receive a free certificate (jpg file via e-mail).

ART. 7 ADVERTISING PURPOSES
Festival Staff can use parts of the selected Films for advertising purposes via print, radio, trailer on TV or Cinema or Internet.

ART. 8 Acceptance of Rules and Regulations
Participation in the competition implies acceptance of these rules. Festival Staff reserves the right to make any changes to the rules and regulations and how to deal with any controversial matters. It’s strictly forbidden to privately contact the staff and jury members during the selection period of the festival, punishment: exclusion from the competition.

PRIVACY
Subscribers to the Festival, agree as established by Decree 30 June 2003, No. 196 on the protection of privacy, the use of personal data for all initiatives related to the event. The author of the work declares to accept the regulation in all its parts, you have the legal availability of the film and to authorize the public screening without compensation, freeing the organization of the Festival from any responsibility for the present and future. By entering the competition each author is responsible for the content of his works. The author declares to hold all rights to the work, not in any way prejudicing the rights of third parties, such as other authors, subjects portrayed, transferees of rights, along with those of music, etc. It also declares that the audiovisual material used is not protected by SIAE. Pursuant to the provisions of Legislative Decree. 30/06/2003 n. 196, we inform the author that the provision of data required and necessary for the completion of the documentation of enrollment in the Festival.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Paolo Maggi

    Ho partecipato all'edizione 2021. Il costo di 30,00 euro per l'iscrizione mi è sembrato esagerato dato che, con una mail, liquidavano i film selezionati sostenendo che, a causa del covid, era stato chiuso il cinema che abitualmente li ospitava, e non potevano fare l'evento. Se non potevano farlo perché hanno lanciato il bando chiedendo soldi per l'iscrizione??

    August 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Buonasera, onestamente alcune cose di questa sua recensione non ci tornano. Per prima cosa nessuno l'ha obbligata a registrare il suo film al nostro festival pagando la quota d'iscrizione. Se le sembrava eccessiva perchè si è iscritto? Seconda cosa, il festival nel 2022 si è svolto regolarmente nel mese di luglio, nella location sotto le stelle del Cinema Mignon di Montelupo.
    E' nel 2021 che il festival non si è svolto fisicamente viste anche le restrizioni dovute al Covid e la conseguente non riapertura del cinema.
    Prima di scrivere una recensione negativa forse avrebbe fatto meglio a controllare le date. Saluti.

  • Stélion Films

    Thank you to the festival for selecting us and giving us the award for best director for Grounds of Hope / A Terre Promise, we had very good exchanges with the team and we hope to see you next time in Italy.

    July 2022
  • Charming festival! I was happy to win the award for Best Student Film. Thank you for the experience!

    July 2022
  • Millstream Films

    We at Millstream Films were thrilled to receive the "Best Documentary Production" award for Warehouse 12: The Story of Beirut Blast in 2022. We had an excellent experience with Montelupo Fiorentino International Independent Film Festival and appreciated the personal touch of organizers.

    July 2022
  • Thank you very much for honoring our film " Mad Scientist" with the "Best Trailer" award at the Montelupo Fiorentino International Independent Film Festival. The Logo of MIIFF is very cool! We are grateful to receive this wonderful honor. We recommend this film festival to all of our fellows and friends. Thank you very much for such a great experience!

    July 2022