"The only true realist is the visionary." (Federico Fellini)

The Mostra del Cinema di Genova is devoted to cinema as an art form. We will privilege, in our selection, films with a poetic or visionary value, experimental and thought provoking films, avant-garde works and innovative languages. Equal importance will be given to fiction and non-fiction works, to features and shorts, and the festival’s Grand Prix, dedicated to Eadweard Muybridge (Grand Prix Pigeon Flying, Plate 755, 2500 euros cash prize) will be assigned to the Best Film, regardless of genre, duration and theme.
A bronze sculpture created by the famous Genoese artist Piergiorgio Colombara, and inspired by Muybridge's Pigeon Flying, will also be given to the Grand Prix winner. The winners of all the other awards will be given instead special bronze plates, also designed by Piergiorgio Colombara.
Ample attention will be devoted also to films out of competition, both in the form of special screenings and retrospectives, focusing this year on the theme of Memory, meant in both the historical and introspective sense, collective or personal, a Memory of Cinema and a Cinema of Memory.
No other place appeared to us more suitable for our Festival than the city of Genoa, with its port and its contrasts, with its dazzling lights and the darkness of the old town, with a thousand languages and its dialect, its innumerable departures and returns.
The Festival is organized by two not for profit cultural associations, Associazione Culturale 28 Dicembre and ACEC, and our screenings will take place in many different cinemas and film-clubs, both in the heart of old Genoa and in other interesting and multicultural neighborhoods, in the aim of involving in the Festival the whole town. We will also try to find unexpected locations for special screenings, such as disused theatres and abandoned churches. The works selected for the Video Art section of the Festival will be screened at Fotogallery Incantations, in the heart of the city's Historical Centre and the ancient Jewish Ghetto.
For further information, please visit our web-site, which will be kept constantly updated. Before submitting, please read our artistic and curatorial Manifesto on the Website:


In this page: Leonardo Da Vinci, "Codex on the Flight of Birds"

Aleksandr Balagura, still from "Life Span of the Object in Frame"

The Festival Logo, inspired by "Pigeon Flying, Plate 755" by Eadweard
Muybridge, was designed by Thomas Gori

The Eadweard Muybridge Grand Prix, Plate 755 (2500€), will be awarded to the Best Film regardless of genre, theme and duration.

Other Awards

Best Short Film – Fiction
Best Feature Film – Fiction
Best Short Film – Non Fiction
Best Feature Film – Non Fiction
Best Innovative Languages Film
Best Video Art Work
Best Ligurian Film
Best Animation Film
Best First Film

All the Jury’s Awards and Special Mentions will be justified.

1 Deadline 15th November 2019.
2 Early-bird deadline May 2nd to 14th of June: 20 $/film.
3 Regular deadline 15th of June to 31st of August: 30 $/film.
4 Late deadline 1th of September to 15th November: 40$/film.
5 Films submitted for the Out of Competition section can be submitted any time before the final deadline for 10$/film. The Out of Competition section will be focused this year on the theme of “Memory of Cinema and Cinema of Memory”
6 The Innovative Languages section of the Festival is reserved for experimental and avant-garde films, for visionary and poetic films, for underground and linguistically radical films and more generally for all films whereby the assumptions of the cinematic language are challenged and innovated.
7 No waivers or refunds.

1 All genres accepted.
2 Short Films under 60 minutes, Feature Films above 60 minutes.
3 Films in competition can be produced in any year, but we give preferred consideration to films produced after January 2015. Films out of competition may be produced in any year.
4 Multiple submissions allowed.
5 As a rule, a high quality DCP file should be provided. Our technical partner MaGestic Film can make a DCP for selected films at competitive prices. We also accept and screen mp4 files and in special cases 35mm and 16 mm films.
7 Premiere status is welcomed but not explicitly required.
8 All films in competition with dialogue must have English subtitles.
9 Please ensure you have all the third-party rights needed to take part in the festival.

The artistic directors will appoint a selection committee that will be in charge of the selection of films for the competition.
A prestigious international Jury has been appointed to award prizes and the Grand Prix to films in competition (please find the list of Jury members on the Festival web-site).
Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than February 22nd 2020.
Please be sure your film has obtained all film and music rights and clearances, in accordance with copyright laws.
The Mostra del Cinema di Genova is authorised to use your trailer, or a short film excerpt (max. 5 minutes) for promotion of the Festival on TV, radio or on the Internet.
Selected films cannot be withdrawn from the Festival under any circumstances.