Prato Film Festival is a project dedicated to Cinema and the International Comedy.
This event, which will be held on 20/21/22/23 May 2018 in Prato.
This festival, which has multiple intentions, is also realized because of the need of our town of innovation as for cultural events related to the Cinema or the Creative Visual Art, the “seventh art”.
We believe that Prato deserves this uniqueness (festival for first and second works) as it has given birth to many prominent figures that have marked, and continue to do so today, the Italian and international cinema.
Prato Film Festival will include feature films (not in competition) and 3 sections of short films: Human Rights, Short Italy and Short World.
With this project we intend to achieve an international event that would give visibility and value to all those talented authors that today represent the Cinema. The Prato Film Festival is dedicated to two great comedy script-writers Piero De Bernardi, born in Prato, and Leo Benvenuti born in Florence. The admission to the festival and the exhibition is free.

Human Rights Best Short Film
Short World Best Short Film
Short Italy Best Short Film
Best Shorts Screenplay Piero De Bernardi & Leo Benvenuti Award


Human Rights
Short Italy
Short World - comedy and drama (short films from all over the world)


The competition is open to directors and production firms that present shorts made in film and/or digital format. The entry must be received within March 31st 2018. Works must be sent via:

- postal service (indicating: no commercial value) including this regulation signed and the entry form signed

- e-mail to (short film link) including this regulation signed and the entry form signed

- FilmFreeway at; including this regulation signed and the entry form signed

The longest duration admitted is twenty-five minutes and the oldest production year admitted is 2016. Each participant can send one work per section at the most.



The secretariat will communicate the final participation after the last selection phase, within April 10th , 2018.

Each author must send a copy of the film with the following features, within 15 days from the communication:

 file (Apple ProRes, or H264) or Avid DnxHD; in case of H264, the bitrate has not to be lower than 15Mbps
 1080p resolution
 24 or 25 Fps
 Audio stereo 44100 Hz or higher

Files can be sent tru’ FTP given by you or available files-sharing platforms (free) such as wetransfer, yousendit, mediafire, dropbox, etc.etc to:
Works given in one of the above mentioned formats must be without subtitles except for those with Italian subtitles. Works in a foreign language should preferably be subtitled in Italian. Otherwise, enclose the electronic subtitle file in Italian or English in .srt or Adobe Encore .txt format with relative minutes.

Each author will be considered responsible for the content of the presented film; in no case, neither the organizers nor the jury will be.


A commission appointed by the festival artistic director will meet to select the works sent. The shorts selected will be communicated to the author/production firm by phone or by e-mail. All the shorts that will arrive after March 31st 2018 will be taken into consideration for the next edition.

A jury of experts, nominated by the festival artistic director, will meet within 30th April 2018 and will consider and judge the selected works and will award the following prizes:

• Section: Human Rights Best Short Film
• Section: Short World Best Short Film
• Best Shorts Screenplay Piero De Bernardi & Leo Benvenuti Award

The response of the jury is indisputable.

Accomodation is foreseen only for the winners (half-board and lodging, one night in a single/double room). Transport expenses (flight, car, train, etc…) will not be refunded.
Within April 30th 2018 the winners will be informed about the prizes and they have to confirm their presence within 15 days.
The festival will take place in cinemas in Prato. Definite dates and/or locations choice is at the discretion of the festival art direction.
The festival invites all the winners to be present during the award cerimony. If this is not possbile, their absence is considered as a waiver to the award, and the festival organization will be entitled to reward the second work on the list designated by the jury. For information contact the secretariat of the festival.
Through this regulation signature, the Author allows Events Production to publish photos and news concerning its own works on daily, weekly and monthly publications and festival catalogue, in order to promote the festival. Besides, the Authort allows Events Production to show 2/3 minutes of the film during other national/international movie screenings, also through tv and internet, against no reward.
The author prohibits the use of its own works in a context that could compromise its own dignity, exonerating Events Production henceforth from any responsability in case of an improper use of its works by third parties.
Please fill in the entry form separately and sign it, along with the regulation. The form must be legible under pain of exclusion. The participation in the competition implies the full acceptance and respect of this regulation in every part of its.
Definite dates and/or locations choice is at the discretion of the festival art direction.
This regulation is written in Italian and English: in case of linguistic misunderstanding about the translation, the Italian language will have the prevalence.
Privacy: Your data will be kept according to the Italian law.
Should any dispute arise between the parties, the only authorized court is the one of Prato, without fail.

Overall Rating
  • I was able to meet great professionals at this festival! Don't miss the next edition. Romeo Conte brings a lot of energy and passion to this event. Thanks!

    June 2018