We are looking for new international authors that make independent cinema with style, language, aesthetics, ideas and authorship. We don't care what the starting budget is, or what biggest star act in it: we just care about pure cinema.

The first edition of our festival was 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 2nd edition!

If you think you can qualify to be one of the next generation of cinema authors, submit! Screenings will take place in the 27th of december 2019 at Cinema Atomic Café in Castrovillari, in the heart of Calabria, where the best coffee in the world is made.

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.


Antonio Romagnoli - President of the Jury
Director, Screenwriter

Alessandro D'Orazio - Juror
Writer, Screenwriter, Film Critic. His magazine won "Best Italian Film Critic Online Magazine of 2015"

Antonio La Camera - Juror
Director, Editor

Andrea Gatopoulos
Director of photography, Director, Producer

This film festival is partnered with:
PRISMA Film Awards
Il Varco International Short Film Festival
Pollino Film Fest
Desenzano Film Fest

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


• Best of Fest (Best Short film among all categories) € 300 cash prize
• Best Italian Short Film
• Best Calabria Short Film
• Best Short Documentary
• Best Animation Film
• Best Music Video
• Best Short Screenplay € 100
• Best Plot / Synopsis €100


• Best Director
• Best Screenwriter
• Best Leading Actor
• Best Leading Actress
• Best Cinematographer
• Best Editor
• Best Original Score

Winning films will be screened in Dec 27th 2018 in Cinema Atomic Café, Castrovillari.

• Short films, animation films and short docs must be under 45 minutes of lenght.
• Music videos must be under 10'.
• Plot or synopsis must be under 20 pages of lenght.
• Screenplays must be under 120 pages of length.
• Short film with languages other than English or Italian must be subtitled in English. In case of selection, we will require italian subtitles.
• Short films must be shot after 1/1/2016
• Author must declare to possess all right to screen the short movie.
• By submitting you agree to share your data (email) to our partner festivals.

Overall Rating
  • 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
    Response from festival:

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

  • cesare bedogne

    I was honoured to hear that our film Maria's Silence won the Best of Fest Award (plus several other awards) and I am very sorry I could not attend the Festival this time... The communication was great and I liked very much that they asked me to provide a DCP file for optimal screening quality. Overall, I got the impression of an excellent Festival run by the authentic cinephiles, who are directors and screen writers themselves. Highly recommended to all film-makers interested in cinema as an art form.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cesare and congratulations for your beautiful film. The audience loved it.