Rome Independent Cinema Festival opens its gates to international filmmakers.

Italian cinema has been highly influential in film history, with countless masters of the artform serving as inspiration for independent artists. Rome still remains the heart of Italian film, with a large community of industry people and cultured cinema fans alike, which makes it the perfect setting to celebrate the diversity of independent cinema, at Rome Independent Cinema Festival.

As indie cinema works slightly outside of the mainstream, its position leaves room for both experimentation and artistic growth. On the other hand it needs more help reaching the right audience, therefore it has to be recognized and celebrated for its cultural value.

Our aim is to merge a cultural, inspiring program with an entertaining event, where people can have a unique experience of being artistically stimulated, while having a fun evening, meeting likeminded people in the open-air, Casa del Cinema of Rome.

We not only would like to facilitate art, but provide worthwhile entertainment to the cinema-going crowd of Rome, and therefore invite you to participate in our event this August. Submit your film and you might be included in our diverse program, and you will also have a chance to win one of our many awards.

Awards (certificates, treats and distribution deals) will be given in the following categories:
* Feature Film
* Short Film
* Comedy
* Drama
* Experimental
* Feature Documentary
* Short Documentary
* Animated Short
* Animated Feature
* Foreign Film
* Directing
* Cinematography
* Editing
* Writing


The judges of the festival will carefully select the films to be nominated for these awards, and create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of the live audience at Casa del Cinema, Rome. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website and on social media.

Our judging panel includes:

✺ Mario Sesti (Director, Journalist, Film critic)
Judge of the section "Best Director"

✺ Toni D’Angelo (Director)
Judge of the section "Best Short Film"

✺ Christian Carmosino Mereu (Director)
Judge of the section "Best Short Documentary"

✺ Chanel Agura (Producer, Actress)
Judge of the section "Best Short Drama"

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2015.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Casa del Cinema, Rome, Italy.

✓ Nominations: All films nominated for an award in every category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: Nominated films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Medoway

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend RICF's inaugural festival, but our film "El Gallo" won Best Short Doc. Thank you RICF! Hope to be out there next year!

    October 2018
  • Li Zhang

    A wonderful experience!Thanks a lot to everyone at the festival!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Li, Thank you very much for your presence and your kind review - we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

  • caterina de mata

    A festival with great screenings and lovely and very professional staff! Thanks for all!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Caterina, Thank you so much for your kind words & for sharing your work with us! We wish you best of luck!

  • Fabienne Facco

    I had a wonderful time at this open air screening in the beautiful gardens of the Villa Borghese. The place is just magic ! It was full. The audience is very attentive. No time for Q&A because it was only one night screening, so the priority goes to the films. The organisation is great. The team is very eclectic and passionate. They organise other festivals in Italy and Danemark. We had a nice time with others filmmakers after the screening. And of course, there is Rome !

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Fabienne, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and for being a part of our festival! We are so much looking forward to seeing your future work!

  • Jonathan Lago Lago

    Amazing festival in a beautiful place!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Jonathan, Thank you so much for sharing your work with us and for coming along!