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 6 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, San Petersburg, Oslo and more, 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: International Short | Italian Short | Women in Cinema

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The 20th Edition of the Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) will take place from September 5 to 10, 2023 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 2023 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 in Cinema - 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 8/10 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 Cinema Award for Best Feature Film
- Salento Cinema Award for Best Actor
- Salento Cinema Award for Best Actress
- Salento Cinema Award for Best Short-Film | Int'l Short | Italian Short | Women in Cinema Short
- Salento Cinema Award for Best Documentary

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Section SIFF - Tribute & Retrospective
SIFF 2020 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 HD file H264/mp4 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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Rights of the work
By presenting his work, the director / producer / user acknowledges that he/she is granting the rights of its work to the Salento International Film Festival (including trailers / teasers / posters / sequences etc.) for promotional and projection purposes.
To this end, the Salento International Film Festival promotes the works in competition by uploading the trailers / teasers / posters / sequences on the website and on the social media of its relevance, as well as with its partners.

It is understood that with the submission of the work to the Salento International Film Festival the director / producer / holder of work rights cedes the use of the same for the diffusion on streaming platforms, on demand, SVOD and similar SIFF partners and that any emolument or remuneration in money for these benefits remains in the Festival coffers as mediator and / or distributor.
The individual or company presenting the work guarantees that it is authorized to commit the same for screening and accepts this regulation in all its parts.

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The screening prints of the selected films must arrive no later than July 15, 2023

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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
  • Mohammad ferajzadeh

    The Salento Film Festival is one of the most important and successful film festivals in the world.
    I am very happy to have my film at this festival

    September 2021
  • Kavi Raz

    Fantastic festival. Gigi is gem of a man to be heading this reputable and Universally recognized festival. So looking forward to future events.

    September 2020
  • Nina Juliano

    This is a great festival and I highly recommend it. I hope to attend again with future films. SIFF really gets the word out and brings the audience! The screening venues are beautiful, and the award ceremony and closing night party in the central square are not to be missed.

    September 2019
  • It is my great honor that my documentary film "Dance of Life" won best documentary film at Salento film festival 2019, Thank you so much Salento Jury. It is really fantastic that an Italian festival has focus on Iran culture and cinema. With the best wishes for you

    September 2019
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my music video "A House by the sea" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    September 2019