The Montecatini International Short Film Festival is one of the most representative Italian film festivals. Its origins lie in a city whose historical importance in cinema is comparable with the longest-lived festivals in Italy, such as the Venice International Film Festival.

The history of cinema in the city of Montecatini Terme dates back a century ago. Already in the Twenties (1926), the annals of the Cinema of the city record the presence of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (co-founders of the United Artists), who inaugurated the first Cinema Hall (Excelsior), promoting at the same time the cinematographic works they produced in America.

Italian cinema activities have a close relationship with the spa town of Montecatini. Official sources and books report the historical developments below:

«In 1949, the FEDIC, Italian Federation of Cineclubs to which our Cineclub belongs, was born in Montecatini. In 1950, the FEDIC began organizing the National Competition of Amateur Cinema. In the 1970s, Italian filmmakers focused on more committed and up-to-date cinema with the "Manifesto70". In 1978, there was an experimental phase without a competition, a review and sections dedicated to members, non-members, schools and women. In 1979, there was the "Mostra del Film d'Autore" (art-house film festival) and sections dedicated to social issues and customs. The year 1980 is dedicated to the experimental, evolution of innovative and alternative language. Since 1983, the Organizing Committee of Montecatini Terme is dedicated only to the International Festival, while the National Competition is moved to San Giovanni Valdarno. »

In 2002, the Montecatini Cinema Association (APS), which organizes the Festival of Montecatini Terme was born in Montecatini Terme: the members are the Municipality of Montecatini Terme, the Fedic, the local Cineclub.

Since 2012, the Festival is increasingly characterized by an international profile. The old name changes: MISFF, Montecatini International Short Film Festival stands as a festival promoter of short films from Italian and International independent atuhors. Over the years it began to obtain awards and prestige that soon led it to become an international reference point, becoming a springboard for many filmmakers. Today it boasts the participation of filmmakers from more than 70 countries, multi-year collaborations with film festivals in Ukraine, Portugal, Spain, Russia, France, collaborations with schools, universities, institutes of Italian language and culture, etc.
The training activities created through the MISFF Academy are dedicated to young people from schools in Montecatini Terme and other parts of Italy and Europe. The festival is a promoter of Italian cinema in the world, and at the same time hosts the world's most important filmmakers in Montecatini Terme, creating a crossroads of cultural exchange that feeds the international creative film scene.

For an author, presenting their own works at the MISFF Festival of Montecatini Terme is an obligatory or expressly recommended step.

The Festival takes place every year in Montecatini Terme in the month of October and is organized using the amazing locations of the thermal city: The Historical Hall of the Excelsior and Tettuccio Spa, and the historical Cinema Halls on Viale Verdi. The Festival has a special regard for promotion and the international scene, and for this reason it organizes every year its own international tour involving the twinned festivals that host innovative cultural formats (MISFF IRS, Montecatini Days, Italian Identities), produced under the guidance of the Montecatini International Short Film Festival.

In recent years, the Festival, in addition to the International Competition, has created a platform and a permanent Showcase of the authors. It is also very socially active, with ethnographic-anthropological audiovisual recordings and interviews regarding the various age groups of the population in the territories in which the Festival operates, investigating and recording the present and the life of the communities.

Currently the MISFF Festival Community has over 7500 members.

1. Best Short Film
2. Best Author’s First Work
3. Best Italian Film
4. Best Film Production Company
5. Best Distributor
6. Best Animation
7. Best Documentary
8. Best Fiction
9. Best Experimental
10. Best Industrial/advertisement film
11. Best Territory Promotion Film
12. Best Photography Direction
13. Best Actor
14. Best Actress

Montecatini International Short Film Festival 72

Location: Montecatini Terme (Italy)
Dates: 23 -28 October 2021

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 a separate English subtitles .srt file and/or a dialogue list attached). Authors and/or Distributors must attach their artistic profile, personal and scene photos, and media/press kits.
Art. 2 International Competition - categories:

• Animation
• Documentary
• Fiction
• Experimental / Video Art
• Industrial/advertisement films and Territory Promotion

Art.3 Films Length

• Short films up to 30 minutes
• Documentaries up to 40 minutes
• Experimental / Video Art up to 15 minutes
• Industrial/advertisement films and Territory Promotion up to 90 minutes

Art. 4 Awards:

1. Best Short Film
2. Best Author’s First Work
3. Best Italian Film
4. Best Film Production Company
5. Best Distributor
6. Best Animation
7. Best Documentary
8. Best Fiction
9. Best Experimental
10. Best Industrial/advertisement film
11. Best Territory Promotion Film
12. Best Photography Direction
13. Best Actor
14. Best Actress

Art. 5 Submissions:
In order to participate in the Festival it is necessary to submit a film that meets the criteria of these guidelines through the FilmFreeway platform. The following documentation must be submitted along with the film:
1. A screening- format copy of the film must be available on the platform chosen for the submission.
2. Short synopsis
3. Separate English subtitle files for all non-English films (.srt format)
4. Film poster (.jpeg)
5. Author's photo (.jpg)
6. Stills of the film (.jpg)
7. Company presentation/author profile

Art. 6 Submission Deadlines:
• Early bird deadline: 25 March 2021
• Regular deadline: 15 May 2021
• Extended deadline: 31 July 2021

Art. 7 Submission fees:
• Early bird deadline: 25 €
• Regular deadline: 35 €
• Extended deadline: 50 €
• Industrial/advertisement films and Territory Promotion 100 €
***Fundraising MISFF 2021 from 10 € onwards free offer for all those who want to participate in the organization of the Festival and organization of the Academy of Cinema in Montecatini Terme.

Art. 8 Upon submission of the film at the festival the author states:

• I have read, understood and fully comply with all eligibility information, entry rules, conditions and requirements;
• To the best of my knowledge, all the information entered by me during the submission of my work is true;
• This work is not subject to or threatened by any litigation;
• I am duly authorized to submit this work to the festival;
• I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the work I submitted;
• I grant permission to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes;
• I grant permission to view the film directly on the platforms to artistic committees and juries appointed by the festival organization including popular juries;
• I grant permission to screen the film at the Montecatini Terme Festival and in the International Tour called MISFF IRS or MONTECATINI DAYS, including participation and/or presentations in festivals twinned with common projects whose dates and programs will be communicated from time to time, participation in collateral and promotional events anywhere in the world provided that they are organized, participated in and/or authorized by the organization of the festival or by the Montecatini Cinema APS Association;
• Specific clause for the periods related to the emergency Covid-19: in case of transfer of the screenings of the works and/or the Entire Festival on online platforms and/or Television Networks, the authors still grant the right of screening only and exclusively during the duration of the Festival, including live or deferred streaming as long as it is protected even with over imprinted watermarks of the Festival or the Television Network during the projections with the legal warnings for misappropriation and /or unauthorized copies. In the event that this clause is deemed incongruous, the filmmaker and/or distributor are required to make a written statement for any adjustments.
• Please note: We do not pay screening fees for screenings during festivals, programs or promotional events organized by us to promote the film and its creator or director. In case the film-maker and/or the authors and/or the distribution agencies request any payment for the screening, the work will not be admitted.
• In cases of particular value, the films may be admitted as "out-of-competition works".

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