๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜€๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€, ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ. We don't care what the starting budget is, or what biggest star act in it: ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข.

Our logo represents a "Pino loricato", a special kind of pine tree that only grows on our mountains: the shape of this tree is the result of the resistance to any kind of wind or harsh climate. That's what we expect from the films that we're going to select in our competition.

The first two editions of our festival were a great success. The small city of Castrovillari, in the heart of Calabria's hills, reacted very well to the screening. We had a crowded cinema full of people that were keenly interested in the films and gave us a nice Q&A session.

We're looking forward for an even bigger 3rd edition!

If you think you can qualify to be one of the next generation of cinema authors, submit! Screenings will take place in the 20th february 2021 at Cinema Atomic Cafรฉ in Castrovillari, in the heart of Calabria, where the best coffee in the world is made.

๐—๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ

๐—”๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ - ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜†
Director, Screenwriter
๐—”๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ - ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฟ
Director, Editor
๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€ - ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฟ
Producer of Il Varco, Director, Cinematographer

๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ

โ€ข PRISMA Film Awards
โ€ข Il Varco International Short Film Festival
โ€ข Pollino Film Fest
โ€ข Desenzano Film Fest
โ€ข Scario Film Fest
โ€ข Short Days
โ€ข Castrovillari Film Festival

Winning films will be suggested to the jurors of the partner festivals.

๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—–๐—”๐—ฆ๐—› ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ญ๐—˜๐—ฆ

โ€ข Best of Fest (Best Short film among all categories) โ‚ฌ 300 cash prize and trophy
โ€ข Best Short Screenplay โ‚ฌ 100 cash prize and trophy
โ€ข Best Feature Screenplay โ‚ฌ 100 cash prize and trophy
โ€ข Best Italian Short Film
โ€ข Best Calabria Short Film
โ€ข Best Short Documentary
โ€ข Best Animation Film
โ€ข Best Music Video

๐—ง๐—˜๐—–๐—›๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ

โ€ข Best Director
โ€ข Best Screenwriter
โ€ข Best Leading Actor
โ€ข Best Leading Actress
โ€ข Best Cinematographer
โ€ข Best Editor
โ€ข Best Original Score

Winning films will be screened in Feb 20th 2021 in Cinema Atomic Cafรฉ, Castrovillari.

โ€ข Short films, animation films and short docs must be under 45 minutes of lenght.
โ€ข Music videos must be under 10'.
โ€ข Screenplays must be under 120 pages of length.
โ€ข Short film with languages other than English or Italian must be subtitled in English. In case of selection, we will require italian subtitles.
โ€ข Short films must be shot after 1/1/2016
โ€ข Author must declare to possess all right to screen the short movie.
โ€ข By submitting you agree to share your data (email) to our partner festivals.

Overall Rating
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  • Pencho Kunchev

    I am very happy that my animated film "Roses in the Night" was included in the Official Selection of the festival. Thank you very much dear friends!!!

    March 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful film Pencho!

  • The worst one I have ever seen!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    It is really pitiful to give a bad review only because you did not win... You don't understand the amount of work that we put into our competition and the care we have for the awards and selection, and if you read the call you would know that you are the one who did not understand how it worked and not vice-versa. There was also a review from last year's participants that had your same doubt but was correct and thoroughly read everything.

    We wanted to support your work, but thank you for damaging us for no reason in response and good luck for your future.

  • Andrea Belcastro

    Festival molto interessante che si svolge in un borgo affascinante come Castrovillari e che propone film di qualitร  e fuori dai circuiti soliti.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Andrea! Hope to see you next year as well!

  • Studio Pivote

    I really want to visit the festival someday!
    Thank you for giving us this wonderful award.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Maybe you can come next year!

  • kaitlyn kowalski

    Had a great overall experience with the Pollino Film Fest. I was honored to have my short screenplay "The Seeker" be an official Selection. One thing to note is that feature and short screenplays aren't actually separated, and they are actually up for the same award. I asked because I thought the short category would have a winner and the feature category would have a winner. I clarified with Antonio via email and he said that the feature and short were running for the same award. They may want revise that for the future, but overall, totally worth it. Thanks Pollino!

    January 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the advice Kaitlyn. Good luck with your work!