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. The official selection includes three competitive categories: "Competition", "Next Generation", dedicated to teenagers, and "Altre Visioni" (Other Visions), with experimental short films and video-art. Since 2017, the Cisterna Film 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. Last year there was a Focus on Germany, with the support of German Films and German Embassy in Rome. From 2015 to 2020 the 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).
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 - € 500
Jury Grand Prix - Best Director
Audience Award
Best Performance - Mobilitazioni Artistiche Award
Best Film - Next Generation category
Best Film - Other Visions category

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 2019, but he will participate in the official selection with only one short-film.

Deadline for submission is April 3, 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Majid Shahbazi

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

    September 2016