Mente Locale - Visioni sul territorio (Local Mind - Visions of the Territory) is the first Italian festival focusing on the narration of territories through audio-visual media.
Every year Mente Locale offers a selection of international documentary films on communities and territories, highlighting the changes and challenges, solutions and gainings of people living in a particular area, village, district, or shared workplace.
Founded in 2014, the festival stands for the values ​​of equality, dialogue and freedom, respect for the territory and environmental sustainability. The selected films are screened in different towns in Emilia Romagna, supporting independent cinemas, bringing local audiences together with international professionals in the beautiful countryside between Bologna and Modena.
Taking place in the heart of Italy’s finest cuisine, Mente Locale brings together not only the filmmaking community, but also local chefs, farmers, winemakers and landscape professionals, offering a creative platform for interdisciplinary dialogue on the elements of a good, sustainable, healthy and happy life.
The screening of the movies selected for the competition Mente Locale - Visioni sul territorio will take place from 5 to 14 May 2023 and the winners of the competition will be announced on May 14.

The programme of activities, the archive of the previous editions and the programme of the festival, currently being defined, will be published on the website of the festival:

The following awards will be assigned.

MENTE LOCALE – Global Vision, 2,000 Euro award to the best documentary

MENTE LOCALE – Archive Visions, 1,000 Euro award for the documentary that makes the best use of archive materials

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano - Award of 500 Euros to the documentary that best reflects the values of the Consorzio

Sayonara Film award, to the best short documentary assigned to the best short film, consisting of a distribution agreement

Sound and territory - Award to the director of the opera with the best soundtrack, which consists of a frame drum made by the craftsman Gianluca Carta

Special Mention assigned by a jury of students from the DAR - Department of Arts of the University of Bologna

TOURING CLUB ITALIANO Special Mention - to the documentary that most corresponds to the values ​​of the historic association that created the concept of tourism in Italy

Special Mention REGIONAL SECRETARIAT MIC Emilia-Romagna - ‘Filmare per bene’ to the documentary that better narrates cultural heritage, cultural identity and the landscape of the Emilia-Romagna region.

The selection committee will assign the films to the different sections according to their characteristics. Other awards and mentions can be added.

The competition is reserved to Italian and international documentaries with no distinction of duration, techniques, or format, as long as they focus on the narration of a territory, considered – in a broader sense – as a narration of sites, people, organisations, knowledge and traditions linked to a particular place or geographical area.

Works completed from 2021 onwards can compete.

The artistic director of Mente locale 2023 is Leena Pasanen.

To participate:
In order to participate it is necessary to submit the work through the platform FilmFreeway.

Early bird deadline: February 21d - Registration fee Euro 5,00
Second deadline: March 21d - Registration fee Euro 10,00

In case the work is not in Italian, Italian subtitles are preferable. In any case the work must include at least english subtitles. It is also necessary to provide the .srt file of the subtitles or the dialogue list of the film in italian or in english.

When registering the work via FilmFreeway platform, the following must be attached: 2 still photos of the film and a photo of the director, both in high resolution, the bio-filmography of the director, the synopsis of the work and the director's notes.

When selected the rights holders of the film will be contacted by the festival organization requiring the file for the screening.

The deadline for the application is March 21st, 2023

The verdict of the organisation and the jury cannot be contested. Those selected to participate in the audio-visual competition will be notified no later than april 15 2023 with the date and time of the screening and when a meeting with the director will take place. Those coming from outside the Emilia-Romagna region will be hosted by the festival for one night. Travelling expenses will not be covered by the festival.
Sending the work implies a non-exclusive authorisation to the festival’s organisers to share with the audience – through the official website, social media and other means – short clips of these works, as well as images and information related. Participation in the competition and submission of the works implies unreserved acceptance of this regulation.

The email address of all subscribers will be included in the festival mailing list.

Screenings of the works selected for the competition will take place in the festival venues between 5 and 14 May 2023. In addition, streaming of the films in competition may be envisaged, for a maximum period of 48 hours. There is no provision for the recognition of any fee to the producer of the work, nor to the director, nor to anyone else who claims it for the screenings of the work selected in the competition during the festival. By submitting an application to participate in the competition, the rights owner agrees that the work entered will be screened in the festival venues between 5 and 14 May 2023 and, if specifically agreed, in streaming for a maximum period of 48 hours.

All the contents of the works presented in the competition (images, sounds, animation) must respect the current regulation of Copyrights, must not constitute plagiarism and/or forgery of other works and must not violate in any way the rights of other people (copyrights, image rights, etc). The organisation of the festival is not responsible in this sense. The participation to the competition implies the complete and exclusive personal responsibility of the author for any possible irregularity in this matter; the organisation has the right to exclude with unquestionable decision and to revoke any prize to works presenting irregularities. In any case, the participant should be committed to keep the organization of the festival undamaged and external to any request or litigation related to the screening of the work, except for the organization’s right of compensation for damage. For any possible litigation, the Court of Bologna is in charge.

Reporting according to the EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)
Based on the article 13 of GDPR, CARTA BIANCA APS, as a holder of the data processing, informs you that all the personal data in our database will be processed according to the Law and to the principles of correctness, lawfulness, transparency and ensuring you the protection of your privacy and rights.
The data controller is CARTA BIANCA APS with registered office in via Marzatore 25 loc. Monteveglio 40053 Valsamoggia (BO).

Typology of the processed data
Filling and sending the application form to the competition Mente Locale - Visioni sul territorio 2023 implies acquiring all the contact details of the sender, as well as all the personal information necessary to communicate and to carry out the activities linked to the Festival Mente locale - Visioni sul territorio 2023.

Purpose of the processing
The data processing is finalised to the realisation of the activities linked to Festival Mente locale - Visioni sul territorio 2023.

Legal basis of the processing
The legal basis of the proceeding is the expressed consent of the subject, according to the article 6, paragraph 1, letter a of the GDPR.

Modalities and areas of the processing
Processing will take place through the collection of personal data, through the medium of internet in case of submission on the FilmFreeway platform. The personal data will be only dealt by authorised and especially trained people, as well as those responsible for the processing. Personal data will not be spread.

Exercise of rights
According to the art. 15 of the Regulation, the owners of data can ask for a confirmation of these at any time and request information about their content and origins, verify the accuracy or ask for an addition or deletion, as well as an adjustment or change into an anonymous form or for a complete blockade of these personal data in case of a violation of the Law, opposing for legitimated reasons to the data processing. All the requests should be sent to the Controller, through the e-mail address:

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Overall Rating
  • Bill Kinder

    Great opportunity for our short film, PERPETUAL BECOMING. Clear, supportive communication throughout and very active outreach on social media, featuring all the films—a really strong field, which makes it an honor to have been selected.

    December 2022
  • Lucio Arisci

    It was a great honour be selected and won a Honorable Mention (giuria DAR) with my feature doc The Yellow Queen. Long life to this festival and congrats to the organisation (Marilisa, Giulio,Giorgia) for this nice experience. Bravo!

    December 2022
  • Una Film

    A festival where to feel right at home

    November 2022
  • Festival Mente Locale is a great Festival in Emilia-Romagna.
    A great reality, with a big quality of the films and wonderful prizes. A great and professional team. Thanks for everything!

    December 2021
  • Прекрасный, добрый фестиваль в Италии. Было приятно поработать с командой организаторов.

    November 2021