The Taormina FilmFest is one of the oldest festivals in the world, 65 years old in fact. The festival takes place in a small seaside town on the eastern coast of Sicily, not far from the Etna volcano and some of the most beautiful Greek and Roman ruins still standing. The main evening events are celebrated in the Greek Theatre, a magnificent 2,300 year old open-air theatre that seats 3,000.
In the history of cinema there has never been a period as fertile as the season that Italian Cinema lived between the '50’s and the beginning of the '70’s. It was Italian cinema that created the French Nouvelle Vague (Truffaut and friends wanted to imitate the figures of Rossellini and Visconti), it was Italian cinema that changed the way in which cinema talks about itself (with 8 1\2 by Fellini). At the center of all this has been the Taormina Film Festival, a place of excellence that defined the film season. Taormina is the place where the David di Donatello and the Nastri D’argento Awards were first celebrated.
Almost every great actor, producer or director and many international stars have been on the stage of Teatro Antico, a magical and unique location - from Cary Grant to Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. They have all been guests at the festival in the same years of Mario Monicelli, Alessandro Gassman, Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti. In more recent years Robert De Niro, Oliver Stone, Jessica Lange, Michael Douglas, Colin Firth, and Tom Cruise, among many others, attended the festival.
The Taormina Film Fest has managed to survive throughout its 65 years of history all the mutations of cinema, and to this day offers numerous film discoveries and one of the most beautiful outdoor theaters of the world, The Greek Theatre.
Features - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay (chosen by a jury of industry professionals)
Documentaries - Best Film, Best Director (chosen by a jury of industry professionals)
Breakthrough Awards - Best Director, Best Newcomer, and the Paola Ferrari De Benedetti Award to the best independent low budget film. (These awards are chosen by a jury of students of the Universities of Messina and Catania. Cash award of 3,000 Euros for best film.)
Films will need to be sent through password-protected links. If a movie is submitted in any language that is not Italian or English, it should include Italian or English subtitles. Films should not have premiered at a festival or have been released theatrically outside of Italy prior to September 2018 If selected, films will need to provide Italian and English subtitles and be submitted in DCP or Blu-Ray format. If the film is in Italian, it must include English subtitles. If in English, it must include Italian subtitles. Submissions should be accompanied by a synopsis of the film along with cast and crew details and a bio of the director (in English and Italian). Please attach FilmFreeway Tracking ID to submission materials."