The Salento International Film Festival Is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promotes international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures' and peoples'.

Founded in 2004 by Luigi Campanile, the Salento International Film Festival emerged as a major cultural event and the top film festival in South Italy. Each year it introduces filmmakers worldwide to the Salento area's unique resources, while celebrating the history and future of the film industry with 9 days of world premieres, special events, seminars, feature films, short films, documentaries.

For the past few years SIFF has organized and run a world tour, taking the festival to international destinations like Zurich, London, Hong Kong, New York, Santiago del Cile, Moscow and San Petersburg and presenting the “Best of the Fest” event. This gives SIFF the opportunity to showcase some of the best movies presented at the Festival to an international public, in prestigious locations such as Italian Cultural Institutes in the world and Cinema theatres, increasing the visibility and appreciation of such works which struggle to find a distribution channel.

Best Feature Film
Best Soundtrack
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Documentary
Best Short-Film

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The 16 th edition of the Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) will take place from September 4 to 8, 2019 in the cozy and welcoming town of Tricase , Salento Apulia. The main aim of the Festival founded by Luigi Campanile in 2004 is to celebrate films and filmmakers, to promote international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples.

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SIFF FEST 2019 will include the following sections:
- World Cinema - International Feature Competition
- The World in Short - International Short Film Competition
- Italy in Short - Italian Short Film Competition
- Women Like It Short - International Competition of short films directed by women
- A Window on the World - International Documentary Competition
- Special Events and Tribute
- Salento Award Show

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Section World Cinema - Competition
Reserved for 10 international films. Priority will be given to films never shown in Italy, in other festivals or out of the European country of origin. The films will be judged by a Popular Jury based on their verdicts, the following awards will be assigned,
- Salento Award for Best Feature Film
- Salento Award for Best Actor
- Salento Award for Best Actress
- Salento Award for Best Short-Film
- Salento Award for Best Documentary

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Section SIFF - Tribute & Retrospective
SIFF 2019 pays homage to the art of one of the greatest Italian or international actor.

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The movies of all sections will be selected by the Artistic Director Luigi Campanile, who will choose the dates for the films to be screened at the Festival.


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The movies of the sections mentioned in the previous articles will be presented in original version with Italian and english subtitles. The Italian movies will screen with English subtitles. All costs of the selected features pertaining to the subtitling operations into Italian, of the selected features will be covered by the participants; Italian films must have English subtitles.

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The directors of the films selected will receive an official confirmation of the selection of the film. By signing the official entry form, the films' representatives officially communicate their acceptance to screen their films at the Salento Int'l Film Festival. The formats accepted for the screenings is Blu Ray and DCP for theater screening. Any other standard will not be accepted.

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The following materials are requested for each film to be included in the catalogue:
- film stills (min. 10)
- director's picture
- director's bio-filmography
- short synopsis
- Subtitles with time code in English and Italian SRT format.

All enclosures must be sent by e-mail to in order to be icludeed in the catalogue.

If a film is selected for screening, the Festival will contact the entrant by phone, fax, or email for any additional material needed for publication purposes.

The producer of the selected film will provide the presence of at least one member of the selected film cast and crew (director, producer, lead actor or actress) at the Festival. The film director and/or producer must attend the Festival and present the film. The Festival will cover accommodation for two nights for all present cast and crew members (1 persons at most), flight and any other expenses will not be covered.

Award winners are expected to attend the Festival Closing Ceremony. Award winners are obliged to mention the award as announced, nationally as well as internationally, in all publicity and promotional material.

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The Festival is authorised to use excerpts of the selected works (3 minutes maximum), made available by the producers, for promotional purposes.

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Films submitted will not be copied, modified, broadcast or screened outside the Festival without prior consent of the producers.

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The screening prints of the selected films must arrive no later than July 1, 2019

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Round -trip shipping charges of the selected copies will be paid by the participants.

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By signing the entry form, the candidates accept the above rules in full. Any controversy not solvable by the above rules and regulations will be submitted to the Festival Director, whose decision will be final and binding.

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The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Salento International Film Festival 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.

Overall Rating
  • Cristian Piazza

    We were awarded as Best Documentary but they never sent the Award.
    I emailed them many times and gave them a choice of address in Italy to cut the shipping expenses but they always came up with excuses.

    It shows to us a lack of professionalism and disrespect to filmmakers.

    We are still WAITING.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Cristian the prize, the plaque, was sent Monday 23 January immediately after receiving your N.Y address on January 19, 2017. Since then we have not heard from you and as far as we are concerned the prize was given since you did not request the prize anymore, except this review after more than 2 years. It sounds very strange. However, I send you the receipt of the shipment even after more than a few years is almost unreadable.

  • Vera Neverkevich Hill

    A great festival with a very interesting programme and in a stunning location.

    September 2018
  • Benjamin Esterlis

    Awesome festival with great vibes & tastefully curated films.
    the communication with the festival director was excellent, Gigi & Patrizia were always helpful.
    would recommend this festival to every film director or film enthusiastic!

    September 2018
  • Francesco Gabriele

    One of the Best Italian Film Festival! Very professional, amazing selection of films and the location is stunning: Tricase & the Palazzo dei Principi Gallone!
    Celebrity guests and free entry for the audience!
    I had such an amazing experience!

    September 2017
  • Vinay Pujara

    Such a great honor to screen my short film 'Flight of Hope' at SIFF. I'm so much looking forward to be back in 2018.
    Thanks you SIFF.

    September 2017