LATERALE FILM FESTIVAL is an international non competitive Festival of cinematic art organized by Associazione Culturale Laterale.

The aim of the project is to enhance the most innovative aspects of audio-visual languages of the contemporary scene and to reduce the distance between artistic research and public involvement. Particular attention will be paid to young and independent filmmakers and to self-made no-budget works, as result of individual search.

The fifth edition of LATERALE FILM FESTIVAL will take place in Cosenza (Italy) at Cinema San Nicola in September 2021.

The Festival promote a free and stimulating common ground of sharing, that shows what usually is neglected or rejected because of the distance from the conventional way to do and to interpret the cinema.

LATERALE is a space that breaks down barriers and prejudices, massification and standardisation; a space that wants to become an artistic laboratory where it is possible to discover now the cinema of the future.

1) Shorts of all genres, styles and narrative forms are allowed, realised from January 1st 2019.

2) The short films must have a maximum length of 20 minutes (with credits).

3) The films can be exclusively submitted by using FilmFreeway.

4) Three different deadlines are provided:

Inaugural Deadline (from October 12th to November 12th 2020): € 8,00
Earlybird Deadline (from November 13th to December 13th 2020): € 9,00
Regular Deadline (from December 14th 2020 to April 30th 2021): € 10,00

5) In no case the registration fee can be paid back; it has to be considered a contribution to Associazione Culturale Laterale for the realization of the event.

6) The works’ selection will be curated by the festival artistic direction and will have to remain confidential until the announcement of the programme.

7) Once selected, the short films cannot be withdrawn from the festival.

8) Some of the selected workframes might be used for promotional purposes of the festival.

9) The selected shorts will join the archive of Laterale Film Festival. The organisers commit themselves to use the films only for cultural purposes. Therefore, the works won’t be commercially exploited, to protect the interests of the authors and of the production.

10) The festival's direction reserves the right to include in the Lateral Selection those films that slightly exceed the scheduled time limits but that can be considered significant for artistic values.

11) The participation to the festival implies the total acceptance of the present regulation. The artistic direction has the final judgement on controversial cases.

Overall Rating
  • Sthef Folgar

    It was a pleasure to be part of Laterale Film Festival.

    February 2020
  • movimcat !

    Great selection of films, a very professional take on curating programs of experimental films in Italy.

    July 2019
  • Arianna Lodeserto

    Cosenza è miraggio e poesia. Grazie a tutto il Lateral-team, alla loro accoglienza raffinata e acuta, alle loro puntuali e precise sinossi, interviste, abecedari e riflessioni e recensioni.
    Preziosissimo festival nel cuor del Sud in Fiamme.
    Be there!

    June 2019
  • Mariachiara Pernisa

    Un gruppo serio e impegnato di persone che hanno davvero a cuore il Cinema.

    January 2019
  • Il cinema, dunque: la vita invisibile.

    October 2018