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 eighth edition of LATERALE FILM FESTIVAL will take place in Cosenza (Italy), at Cinema San Nicola, in August 2024.

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) Short films of all genres, styles and narrative forms are allowed, released from January 1st 2022.

2) Films must have a maximum length of 20 minutes (with credits).

3) Films can be exclusively submitted by using FilmFreeway.

4) 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.

5) Films’ selection is curated by the festival artistic direction; the notification of selection has to remain confidential until the announcement of the programme.

6) Once selected, films cannot be withdrawn from the festival.

7) Some frames of the selected films might be used for promotional purposes of the festival.

8) The selected films join the archive of Laterale Film Festival; they are not commercially exploited to protect the interests of the authors and of the production. The organisers commit themselves to use the films only for cultural purposes.

9) 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.

10) 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
  • Antoni Orlof

    Beautiful festival created by incredibly passionate, welcoming and kind people. It was a pleasure to be a part of it. Thank you!

    November 2023
  • Great selection of films, and really love the spirit of the festival for providing a platform to showcase non-mainstream films with unique and personal voices.

    September 2023
  • Richard Wiebe

    Among the most thoughtfully programmed festivals I've encountered. Beautiful and profoundly inspiring.

    September 2023
  • Bellissima esperienza, tuttə gentilissimə e disponibili! Comunicazione sempre celere ed esaustiva, felicissima di aver avuto la possibilità di parteciparvi, selezione davvero bella e super interessante. Grazie!

    September 2023
  • Karel Doing

    Small but beautiful! Well curated and inspirational program.

    September 2022