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MISFF belongs to a network of short film festivals and cooperates with other Italian festivals.
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We create our online catalogue with all submitted films and exchange it with hundreds of film schools and festivals all around the world.
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o Best Short Film
o Best Short First Film
o Best Italian Short Film

Rules and Regulations 2020
71th Montecatini International Short Film Festival
Location: Montecatini Terme (Italy)
Dates: 24 -28 October 2020
Art. 1 Who can participate:
• Films produced after January 1, 2019.
• Works already presented in other Italian or foreign events can participate.
• All films must be subtitled in English (films in English must have English subtitles .srt format dialogue list attached)
Art. 2 Competitive sections:
• International Competition: addressed to filmmakers from around the world.
Art. 3 Genres:
1. Animation
2. Documentary
3. Fiction
4. Experimental
Art. 4 Awards:
• Best Short Film
• Best Short First Film
• Best Italian Short
Art. 5 How to submit:
To participate at Festival it is necessary to submit a film films suitable to the criteria of the present rules through FilmFreeway platform: https://filmfreeway.com/misff
Together with the film you must submit the following documents:
1. A copy of the film for screening must be available on the platform with English Subtittles
2. Short Synopsis
3. Subtitle file in English for all non-English films (.str format)
4. Poster of the film (.jpg)
5. Foto of the Director (.jpg)
6. Stills of the film (.jpg)
Art. 6 Deadlines for registration:
• Early bird deadline: 25 March 2020
• Regular deadline: 15 May 2020
• Extended deadline: 15 June 2020
Submission fees:
• Early bird deadline: 15 €
• Regular deadline: 35 €
• Extended deadline: 50 €
Art. 8 Upon registration of the film at the festival the author states:
• I have read, understood and fully respect all information of eligibility standards for enrollment, conditions and requirements;
• To the best of my knowledge, all the information I entered during the registration of the work are true;
• This work is not subject to any dispute, nor is threatened by any litigation;
• I am duly authorized to subscribe this film at the festival;
• I certify that I have the full right to the use of music in the film that I entered;
• Authorize to use stills, titles, copy, and / or information of the film for promotional purposes;
• Authorize the artistic commissions and the jury charged by the Festival organization, including the popular juries, to watch the film directly on the platforms;
• Authorize to screen the film at the Festival and at any presentation of the Festival, programs, side and promotional events at any location in the world if organized or participated and authorized by the Festival organization;
• Attention: We do not pay any screening fees for screening during the festival, programs or events. If the film-makers require any payment for the screening, the film will not be accepted.

Overall Rating
  • Paola Manno

    Un festival storico! Competenza e grande professionalità, qualità dei film molto alta ma soprattutto un grande amore per il cinema. Consigliatissimo!

    November 2020
  • AAA...Amazing Festival...Amazing Ospitality...Amazing Direction! Siamo stati davvero bene.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Marco Bitonti,
    Thank you on behalf of MISFF71
    We are happy that you have found yourself well (despite the Covid-19 emergency). I can only say that Seedling has left a strong mark on the Festival. The Great Mention for Over Film Production is a clear invitation to ... return to Montecatini Terme.

  • I absolutely loved forming part of the 'Montecatini family'! They were brilliant! So kind, helpful and, above all, supportive. Even though we were unable to attend, Marcello Zeppi and his team went out of their way to make us feel part of the festival - the oldest, and most prestigious, short film festival in Italy.
    I am so grateful to them and cannot recommend them highly enough.
    Grazie mille, Montecatini!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Claire Elizabeth Terry
    When you meet sunny and generous people, everything becomes natural, simple.
    We have invited you to be part of the "Montecatini family"! Because you deserved it and we are honored to be a historic festival that manages to have such generous people in competition.

  • Jing Zhai

    Great Fest!Great Art!Great montecatini!Thank You

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Jing Zhai thanks to be part of MISFF71

  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival!!!

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to have been part of the festival with my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS).

    Thanks a lot to the director and crew of the festival for their great attention and kindness, thank you so much!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future. See you soon MONTECATINI!

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019