The 12th annual SiciliAmbiente Film Festival will take place in July 2020.
The aim of SiciliAmbiente Festival is to promote independent documentary cinema and to encourage creative exchange and networking among the directors.
This Festival is organized and sponsored by Demetra Produzioni SAS and CANTIERE 7 Cultural Association, with the support of the City of San Vito Lo Capo and many other sponsors who share the same principles of the Festival.
Films dealing with the following themes may participate: Environment, Anthropology, Human Rights, Biodiversity, War, Integration, Civil Rights, Sustainable Development and the Relationship between Man and the Environment.

The Festival is divided into different sections:

• Documentary Film contest (minimum rt: 31 minutes)
• Fiction Feature Film contest (minimum rt: 70 minutes)
• Short Film contest for Fiction and Documentary shorts (maximum rt: 30 minutes)
• Animated short film contest (maximum rt: 30 minutes)
• Overview of documentaries, fiction, short films and several tributes, retrospectives, seminars and panel discussions

The Selection Committee will choose based on the quality of writing and images and the general use of a creative language identifying artistic documentary cinema.


Submission requirements
Documentaries (31’ or more), Feature films (70’ or more), Short and Animated films (30’ or less) of any nationality may be submitted for the selection process, provided that they were completed after January 1, 2018.

If selected, the format for the projection of the film may be:
• Unencrypted DCP
• Blu-ray DVD
• Apple ProRes File
• File H264

Other formats must be approved by the Festival Management.
Screening fees may not be requested and will not be paid for the contests.

Films in any language other than Italian must be subtitled in English or Italian and, if selected for the final phase of competition, they must be sent to the festival with the requested presentation materials and the English dialogue list.

Films to be presented in the Short film and Animated film sections must be shorter than 30 minutes or they will be excluded.

Some of the films not admitted to the contests for Shorts and Animated films may be selected for a non-competitive section.

To submit a film for competitive selection, with the exception of the “Fiction Feature Film” category, it is required to register and pay the entry fee. Failure to pay the entry fee will result in the film being excluded.

Two international juries, composed of influential figures in Cinema and Culture, will award the following prizes:

* "Il Faro", ('The Lighthouse') Award for Best Fiction Feature Film, consisting of a work of art made of recycled material.

* "Il Faro", ('The Lighthouse') Award for Best Documentary (€1,000 grant).
* "Il Faro", Plaque to the 2nd Best Documentary, consisting of a work of art made of recycled material.
* The Audience Award, chosen by the audience attending the Festival (a work of art made from recycled materials).
* AAMOD Award, consisting of a plaque and the free use of 3' of audiovisual material by the Labor Movement Archives (value of approximately € 3,000)
* “Human Rights Award” by Amnesty International Italy and SiciliAmbiente, consisting of a plaque.
* “Environment Award” by Greenpeace Italy, consisting of a plaque.

* "Il Faro", ('The Lighthouse') Award for Best Short film (€500 grant).
* “Il Faro", Plaque for 2nd Best Short film, consisting of a work of art made of recycled material.
* “Special TTPIXEL Award”, consisting of 4 sessions of color correction + the production of a dcp master. Total value of € 3,000.

* "Il Faro", ('The Lighthouse') Award for Best Animated film (€500 grant).
* "Il Faro", Plaque for 2nd Best Animated film, consisting of a work of art made of recycled material.

The filmmakers and/or producers of the selected films will be notified by May 25th, 2020.
No notification will be provided for the excluded films.
The selection, the general program and the showing schedule are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Festival Management.
The monetary awards will be transferred to a representative (director or other) indicated by the right-holders of the film no later than 10 months from the date of their conferment. In case of dispute, Festival Management reserves the right to request documentation attesting the identity of the right-holders of the film.


Participants may apply online at, or by clicking on the “Festival” section at

Or on the following online platform: FilmFreeway

To register for the competitive sections, payment of an entry fee is required (with the exception of the “Fiction feature film” contest). The entry fee for registration by March 31st, 2020 is € 15 for the documentary section and € 10 for the short film and animated film contests. The entry fee for registration from April 1st to 30th is € 20 for the documentary section and € 15 for the short film and animated film contests. Payment instructions (online payment or bank transfer) will appear after completing the online entry form.

Failure to pay the entry fee will result in the film being excluded.

The film can be submitted by providing a link and password to view the film online in the entry form, or by sending a DVD/pen drive/hard disk by mail or courier.

Materials sent by mail or courier must be shipped by April 30th, 2020 (postmark date will serve as proof) after filling out the online entry form.
Postal expenses for the required documentation are to be paid by the participant. If you are sending your material from abroad, for customs purposes, remember to write the following note on the parcel: “Senza valore commerciale, per soli scopi culturali”/ "NO commercial value, for cultural purposes only". The Festival will not cover the postage for the return of DVDs/pen drives/hard disks.

Materials (DVD, pen drives, hard disks) must be sent to the following address:

Demetra Produzioni
Via Rosa Raimondi Garibaldi n. 44
00145 Roma

Authors and/or Producers are responsible for the content of their films and, upon registration to the Festival, must declare that all obligations towards third parties deriving from copyright laws and related to the use of copyright material have been fulfilled.
Registration is subject to a binding agreement that all received materials be deposited in the SiciliAmbiente Archive and that authorization for their use be granted for cultural and educational purposes, for research and promotion, also in places and contexts other than this Festival, excluding any commercial use in order to safeguard filmmakers' and producers' interests. The Festival will act as an intermediary between the holders of the rights and distributors.


Every selected or invited film must include:
- completed online entry form;
- all accompanying documentation requested at the notice of selection/invitation.

The screening copies of films selected for screening must arrive no later than June 20th, 2020 at the following address:

Demetra Produzioni
Via Rosa Raimondi Garibaldi n. 44
00145 Roma

If choosing to send files online, file transfer must be arranged with Festival management by writing to

Postal expenses and Customs clearance are to be covered by the sender. SiciliAmbiente will cover Postal expenses and Customs clearance for return shipping. If, after the screening at this Festival, a copy is requested for another festival, Postage and Customs clearance will be at the expense of the party making the request. In any case, SiciliAmbiente will cover the charges relative to no more than one shipment of the copy.


The donation of one copy of the film (Blu-ray DVD or Apple ProRes File format) for the Archive would be greatly appreciated. The copy will be used for research purposes, for the preservation and promotion of documentary cinema, and will be excluded any commercial use.
If an Author or Producer decides to withdraw a film from the Festival that has already been included in the program after its selection, a sum of €1,000 must be paid to compensate for damages.
The Festival provides comprehensive insurance coverage (spanning the entire chain of custody, from pick-up to delivery) for copies of the films included in program. In case of loss of or damage to a copy, SiciliAmbiente's responsibility will be limited to the reprinting costs of the copy, calculated according to corresponding Italian prices.
Participation in the selection implies acceptance of the above Regulations, available also in the original Italian version. In case of mis-interpretation of these rules, the Italian version of the Regulations is to be considered valid.

Overall Rating
  • Iiris Härmä

    Great communication and friendly people. I didn't have a chance to visit but hopefully in the future.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Iiris, thank you for your kind words, it was our pleasure to screen your wonderful film. We hope to see more of your work in the future!
    SiciliAmbiente Team

  • SMK Factory

    Un bellissimo festival, in una location stupenda, organizzato da persone veramente competenti e con senso del gruppo.

    SMK Videofactory

    July 2019
  • Cosima Barzini

    Great festival, the organisers are all lovely and welcoming. It is set in a beautiful place with a great selection of films and activities.

    July 2019
  • Great film festival!! Excellent event!

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Jeremy, thank you so much!! We hope to have you soon in San Vito Lo Capo!

  • Morgana Production

    Esperienza bellissima e indimenticabile in ogni aspetto: ottimi film in concorso che avremmo rischiato di non vedere mai, accoglienza e disponibilità ai massimi livelli e interessanti opportunità di condivisione e networking.
    Per non parlare della terra meravigliosa che ci ha ospitati e del calore umano e della professionalità con cui siamo accolti.
    Nota ulteriore di merito è il rilievo del premio ricevuto dal festival in collaborazione con l'A.A.M.O.D.: non un semplice riconoscimento, ma uno strumento e una grande agevolazione (pensata da chi il cinema lo fa) per chi fa del cinema e della ricerca documentaria una passione e un impegno costanti.
    Grazie, speriamo di esserci anche con i prossimi film!

    March 2018