Visionaria is an international short film festival opened to fiction, animation, documentary and video art. Visionaria is also the name of the cultural association that promotes the festival. The programme normally includes, along with the international competition, events, exhibitions, screenings, meetings, conferences and workshops. Visionaria's goal is to give visibility to independent artists and professionals and to spread the culture of the audiovisual. Founded in 1991.

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2000 $ money prizes
(Could be increased)
Publication on the festival's catalogue
Free hospitality for the awarded authors

Visionaria XXV
International Film Festival
Licet insanire

“You know I’m gonna be 25 in June.
That’s a quarter of a century. Makes a girl think”
Zucchero Kandinsky, “Some Like It Hot”

Submission deadline
August 31th, 2018

Monetary prizes
$ 2,000.00

The dates of the Festival
The Festival will take place from the 10th to the 17th of November 2018 in San Gimignano (Siena).

Competition - Contest sections

— International competition (25th edition)

This is the oldest section of the Festival, for which short fiction films, documentaries, docu-fiction films and cartoons can be presented. There is no set theme and it’s possible to submit short films in any language, as long as they are subtitled in English or Italian, with a maximum duration of 15’ (fifteen minutes).

— VisionArt, visual arts in motion (11h edition)

The section is restricted to works of video art, digital experimentation, computer animation, etc… Submitted short films should be dedicated to the theme “The Holiday”.
Works will be evaluated by a panel of experts in contemporary artistic languages; those selected will be included in an exhibition in the 2018 Festival.
The best selected work in this section will receive a special mention (no monetary prize).
Short films in any language are accepted, as long as they are subtitled in English or Italian, with a maximum duration of 15’ (fifteen minutes).

— Special section: “Comedies and grotesque films”
To celebrate the 25th edition of the Festival, Visionaria launches a special section for short films in the Comedy and Grotesque genre. Short films can be submitted in any language, as long as they are subtitled in English and Italian, with a maximum duration of 15’ (fifteen minutes).

— Special section: "Food and Water New Generation"

Children-oriented short documentaries and fiction films on the theme of environmental sustainability and the exploitation of natural resources can be submitted to this special section created with the collaboration of the Siena Art Institute Onlus.

How to submit
It is possible to register a work for Visionaria only through FilmFreeway. The registration will only be valid if all the fields on FilmFreeway are filled in. Please pay adequate attention to upload high-resolution images and complete texts.
The organisation may request at any moment a copy of the files in MP4, H264, HD 1280x720 or 1920x1080, through a hyperlink from a space belonging to the author (directly in HD on FilmFreeway, Dropbox, Vimeo etc.)

The payment of a participation fee is expected, as specified on FilmFreeway.


Participation to the XXIV edition of the Visionaria Film Festival is open to short films from every part of the world and in every language, as long as they are subtitled in Italian or in English.
The videos submitted to the sections of the Competition must have a maximum duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes, including the credits, otherwise, they will be disqualified.
A Selection Committee will select the artworks and the Art Committee will shortlist the finalists at their own unquestionable judgement.
The shortlisted films will be then judged by the Visionaria Judgement Panel and then opened to the vote of the Public (Gran Visionario Prize)

The Visionaria Judging Panel may, at its discretion and in agreement with the Selection Committee, decide not to assign awards or to assign special awards.
The VisionArt section will be selected by a Committee of Contemporary Art experts.
Selected shorts will be part of an exhibition which will be open for the whole duration of the Festival. The special mention for the best VisionArt work will be awarded by a Panel of students of the international Siena Art Institute contemporary art school.

Results of selections for all sections of the Festival will be announced on the website
The winners will be notified via e-mail.

The organisers are excluded from the participation in the competition. The organisers, while taking the utmost care in keeping the films, decline all responsibility for any damages, loss or accident. The authors are responsible, also in relation to the people and subjects portrayed, for the content of their works.
Participation in the competition implies the complete acceptance of these rules.
The authors, in registering for the competition, accept that their films will be deposited at Visionaria Media Library and destined exclusively for purposes study and conservation, and used in events organised by Visionaria and the Media Library, excluding any commercial purposes.

For more information, you can send an email to

Overall Rating
  • I couldn't attend the events but they were communicative enough.
    Thanks to the crew and jury for their effort.

    November 2018
  • Peccato per la selezione un po' "fuori scala" per dei corti che secondo me avrebbero dovuto stare in un'altra categoria e hanno pure vinto. Peccato per la serata di visione con soli 10 spettatori, il giovedì sera. Peccato insomma...

    November 2018
  • Marina Oriente

    Thank you for selecting BODY to the Visionaria festival! It was a pleasure to take part on the screenings.

    August 2018
  • excellent festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please repeat the contest!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2017
  • Jesús Soria

    Great communication and great quality of films.

    November 2017