International Short Festival

The festival has both seasonal and yearly structure. First of all, our jury will review the nominated films. We award films in each season
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Each month, we will choose official selection and winners for:
Short Film / Short Documentary / Animated Short / Experimental Short/ Horror / Sci-Fi Short / Short Short (under 5 minutes) / Music Video / Web Series / Short Screenplay / Female Short Director / Male Short Director / Short Actor / Short Actress / Supporting Short Actor / Short Ensemble Cast / Short Cinematography / Short Sound Design / hort Original Music/Song/Score


Our main goal is to showcase their brilliant projects in the beautiful city of Rome to a diverse audience of cinephiles. It is a world-class event committed to present the best of this beautiful art called ‘Cinema’ and dedicated to all generations of filmmakers.

About Festival

Rome has had a special place in the art and beauty of the world from years ago. The Roman baths, the outstanding architecture created in this beautiful city throughout history, the sculptures, and the paintings all reflect the special place of Rome in the art of the world. Meanwhile, Rome has always been a unique city among Italian filmmakers. Directors like Pasolini, Fellini and Antonioni, and other contemporary filmmakers have always used the city of Rome and its beauties in their films and created unexpected cinematic moments for us. We hope to use Roman history and grandeur in favour of creating a unique festival atmosphere. This festival will be held seasonally in Rome, to show outstanding short films in this beautiful city each season. Rome International Short Festival is dedicated to celebrating the works of independent filmmakers from around the world, and we pay special attention to ultra low-budget films by first and second-time directors. The festival hopes to provide a place for cinema lovers, independent filmmakers to get acquainted with the latest works in cinema. We hope to create a social space around cinema and promote new discourses about the future of cinema. The festival has both seasonal and yearly structure. First of all, our jury will review the nominated films. We award films in each season . Seasonal semi-finalist selections are screened privately for consideration. Among the winner movies, a limited number will be selected for annual online screening. Winners will receive laurels. Monthly and annual winners will be listed on our website and Instagram .

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All of the films we select for the festival come from the open submission process. We believe this is really important. The only way to get your film shown at the festival is to submit exclusively via FilmFreeway


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