The Cisterna Film Festival is an international short film festival held in Cisterna di Latina, Italy, in July. It is organized by the Cultural Association MOBilitazioni Artistiche with the artistic direction of Cristian Scardigno.
From 2015 to 2022 the Cisterna Film Festival screened international and national premieres, from the major festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand) and winners of the most important national and international awards (Oscar, David, Cesar, Goya).
Since 2017, the festival has hosted a “Focus” section dedicated to specific country. In 2017, Poland inaugurated it, with the support of the Polish Institute in Rome, and in 2018 it was the turn of Ireland, with the collaboration of the Irish Film Festa and the Irish Embassy. In 2019 there was a Focus on Germany, with the support of German Films and German Embassy in Rome and in 2021 the Focus on Greece with the collaboration of Drama International Short Film Festival, an European Film Awards qualifying festival. Last year, the CFF screened shorts from Croatia with the support of Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The festival annually hosts key figures from the show business and organizes collateral events such as book presentations, workshops dedicated to teenagers and photography exhibitions.

Best Film in competition - Jury Prize - € 700
Jury Grand Prix - Best Director
Audience Award
Best Performance - Mobilitazioni Artistiche Award

There are no limitations regarding the theme and genre (fiction, experimental, animation and documentary) shot on either regular or digital film. Not allow industrial, promotional and propaganda videos or video-clips. In no case, it will be accepted gratuitous violence or vulgarity. The participation to the competition can be rejected to those videos that are not technically able to guarantee a good public projection.

Each short film must not exceed 20 minutes, credits included.

Short films in languages other than Italian require Italian subtitles. Just for pre-selection shorts with English subtitles will be accepted.
Short-films already screened or awarded in other competitions, but not in the previous editions of Cisterna Film Festival, can participate. Each author can send a maximum of three short-films, produced after January 1st 2021, but he will participate in the official selection with only one short-film.

The Organization reserves the right to screen the winning short films during following and related events, up to a maximum of 3 times in addition to the official screenings of the current edition.

The organizers reserve the right to change dates and details indicated in these rules giving prompt communication by press and by online press releases, these latter published on the website.

Deadline for submission is April 10, 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Oliver Smith

    So delighted to be included and to receive the Other Visions award. Only wish I could have been there to see all the films and celebrate the creativity and hard work. Pics from event looked amazing. Cheers to everyone at the Cisterna ISFF.

    August 2021
  • Majid Shahbazi

    In brief, it was a young festival with good schedule. Thanks alot

    September 2016