Roma Short Film Festival is a newly-founded festival based in Rome (Italy) that aims to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Our goal is to support low budget and underground films that create new experiences and narrate unique stories with limited resources. Understanding how filmmakers around the world work, how young filmmakers get creative to get past the obstacles of production, and how their attempts can lead to a new form of cinema are among the things we care about. We strive to play a small role in the emergence of the new generation in the world of independent filmmaking by helping young filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, editors and producers to be heard and to get their messages across.

Best Short Film
Best MicroFilm
Best LGBT Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Film in Women Empowerment
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Feature Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Script
Best Editing
Best Film Score
Best Sci-Fi
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Comedy
Best Music Video
Best T.V Series
Best Virtual Reality
Best Dance Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Trailer
Best DisABILITY Film
Best Tiny Superstar
Best Film in Religion & Faith
Best Sports Film
Best War Film

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all the necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all submission requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” 7 business days after submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.

All projects must be submitted via a secure online screener - either as a password-protected Vimeo, link attached to your submission or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a foreign-language submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.

Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color correction) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).

The submitter may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remain the same. Anyway, you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.

By entering your film for consideration to the Roma Short Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Roma Short Film Festival Short Films Main Competition and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

All films under 45 minutes in length are considered short films and all submissions are fairly considered by a broad team of programmers and the date of entry bears no relation to the selection decision.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for selecting our film, "The Zapotec Chef", as the Short Documentary award winner of the August 2022 edition. It is an honor!

    September 2022
  • Roger Rapoport

    This is a great festival. We were honored to receive the jury award for best screenplay. Recommended.

    September 2022
  • Excellent experience with the festival. Thank you for supporting independent cinema. Our documentary short film: La piedra en el camino from Mendoza, Argentina was recognized as the jury's special award: documentary short film.

    September 2022
  • In a world affected by sensationalism and visions of industrial filmmaking it is an exceptionally rare opportunity to find a festival which is dedicated to address topics of the underground culture and supports low budget filmmakers. As an independent ethnographic filmmaker, I am very happy that I have found Roma Short Film Festival and that they appreciated my work.

    September 2022
  • This is an excellent festival. I am happy to be a part of this with my screenplay submission. They really take the time to promote the winners in a professional way.

    September 2022