Linea d’Ombra Festival is an international film and audiovisual festival conceived and promoted by the SalernoInFestival Association, supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Campania Region and the Municipality of Salerno, and implemented with the contribution of public and/or private entities, associations, foundations and sponsors. The Festival adheres to AFIC (Association of Italian Film Festivals) and to CFCC (Coordination of the Campania Region Film Festivals).

Dates :

The twenty-eighth edition will take place in Salerno from 11 to 18 November 2023.


Linea d'Ombra Festival is an event that aims to raise awareness and to promote the best international cinematographic and audiovisual productions, to relate the different forms of youth creativity and to promote their knowledge among the public, to develop projects that have an effective educational impact and productivity, to encourage the realization of collective works of young artists coming from different experiences, finally to enhance the cultural potential of the Campania Region on a national and international level.

Jury and Awards:

The Linea d’Ombra Festival award for the best shortfilm in the CortoEuropa section, worth € 2000, will be awarded by the Jury of Experts and is to be understood as gross of the withholding taxes envisaged by Italian legislation. The Popular Jury (registered and present) will award the Linea d’Ombra Festival Award Plate for best shortfilm in the CortoEuropa section. The Artistic Direction, having consulted the Expert Jury, will be able to attribute special mentions to those films that have shown particular technical and creative qualities.

Competitive section: CortoEuropa

Short films in digital format with a maximum duration of 20 minutes, produced in Europe in the two-year period 2022/2023, are admitted to the competition. The number of works admitted to the section in competition will be defined by the artistic direction and may vary according to the needs of planning and project coherence.

How to enroll:

a. The submission of the films should take place:
through the online registration platform:
by direct invitation from the festival
b. Registration requires a fee of € 3 to be paid at the same time as entering the platform.
c. The deadline for registration to the preselection is 1 September 2023 at 23:59 UTC +1
d. The registration of the work in the competition implies full acceptance of these regulations. For any controversy, the Italian text prevails. For anything not covered by this regulation, the organization of the festival reserves the final decision.
e. Accepting these regulations Linea d'Ombra Festival is authorized to use the selected films for the competition in the CortoEuropa category. The organization of the festival will ask the entitled to authorize the presentation of the work in competition in other activities directly organized or sponsored by the Festival itself, even outside the dates of the review.

Admission to the competition:

The artistic direction will communicate the official registration in the competition of the pre-selection films by 10 September 2023. Upon receipt of this communication, the following materials must be sent with absolute priority, via e-mail or via file transfer service, to :

- a clean projection file in .mp4 format (Codec h264) without subtitles;
- .srt file of subtitles in Italian, if available or .srt file in English;
- synopsis (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format);
- director's bio-filmography (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format);
- photos of the film and the director;
- technical sheet of the film (.doc, .rtf or .pdf format).

Coronavirus Emergency:

The organization of the event reserves the right to change the dates and methods of carrying out the festival in compliance with any provisions of local or national authorities due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Festival ONLINE:

Part or all of the events and films of the Linea d’Ombra Festival will be presented online. In the latter case all the authors, producers and distributors involved in the festival may/must authorize the online presentation of their works, indicating any territories to be excluded, without prejudice to the protection of property and copyright.

Overall Rating
  • Thomas Bauer

    I learned two things at the Linea d'Ombra Festival-CortoEuropa: 1) Don't drink cappuccino after hours! 2) there are still festivals that are not on the dark side of money and organize film festivals to make quick money with the hard work by us filmmakers. I was very happy that my low budget production Cannibal Corp. was selected for the festival and in competition with a lot of great short films from Europe. This is a festival that really supports art and creativity, with a focus on the youth and new talents. They do not just screen films, but also offer a lot of panels with discussion around filmmaking. There is nothing to complain. Communication, hospitality ... all fine. A real professional event, very nice people and Salerno is a beautiful city, too. I hope I can be back next year and join the festival for the whole week.

    November 2023
  • Andrej Kolencik

    Unfortunately very bad and unprofessional communication. After the first email where festival stated that they will invite selected filmmakers i replied that im interested to come, since our film was selected. But after that, nothing.. no email from guest service. When i wrote them some days before the festival, they answered me this: "Dear Andrej, thank you for reaching out. You indeed expressed your intention to visit the festival, but in the beginning all directors do. I didn't hear anything from you, so I understood you didn't wanted to attend anymore." So they assumed. No apology saying that they forget or made mistake. And this came directly from the festival director :(

    October 2022
  • Awesome festival!
    The festival is extremely organized and the staff was very nice.
    Thanks for this experience

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating!

  • Bridget O'Driscoll

    A beautiful festival in a beautiful town. Great organizers, and great getting the local high school students involved, too. Definitely recommend. (My film was there in december 2018)

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Bridget, how are you! Thank you so much for your review. Please be informed that the call for entries will be starting on March 1st for the 26th edition, to be held from 23-30 October.
    Best regards

  • Chrysa Koutrakou

    Great festival, great communication. Thank you for selecting my short film ''Baroque''.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating in our festival and for your review. Please be informedd that the call for entries will be starting on March 1st for the 26th edition of Linea d'Ombra Festival to be held from 23-30 October 2021