Bellaria Film Festival - Bellaria Igea Marina (RN) - ITALY



The Bellaria Film Festival is one of the first Italian festivals dedicated to independent cinema.


Founded in 1983, it takes place in Bellaria - Igea Marina, a town in Romagna. Before having the current title, it has had several names throughout its history, such as “Anteprima per il Cinema Indipendente Italiano” and “Anteprimaannozero”.



Some posters of the past editions of the Festival


Directed, among others, by Enrico Ghezzi, Morando Morandini and Gianni Volpi, the festival has always had a major role in the promotion of Italian independent cinema. Moreover, during its evolution, one of its main features has been the theorising about the need for the mixture and crossing of genres, durations and formats of audiovisual products.

Morando Morandini in the Stalls of the Teatro Astra


In 1998 the festival took part in the unification of three cinematographic exhibitions of Romagna (“Anteprima”, “Mystfest di Cattolica” and “Festival di Rimini”). After two editions as a unified festival, the Bellaria exhibition returned to its administrative autonomy with the usual aim of promoting Italian independent productions.

Today it consists of two film competitions, retrospectives and tributes to Italian and foreign directors and non-competitive theme sections. Since 2018, the art direction of the festival has been entrusted to the theatre, music and film producer Marcello Corvino.

Over the years, the Bellaria Film Festival continues to be recognised as one of the most renowned Italian cinematographic exhibitions, also thanks to the participation of talents like Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Gianfranco Rosi, Pietro Marcello, Silvio Soldini, Daniele Segre, Ciprì e Maresco, Roberta Torre and many others.



Pupi Avati and Matteo Garrone

Ugo Gregoretti

Toni Servillo during the 30th edition of the Festival

Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella at the Bellaria Film Festival

Vinicio Capossela


After having been the key values of the last edition, the inviolable principles of the Art. IX of the Italian Constitution and their declination in visual products are once again the main themes of the Bellaria Film Festival: “The Republic shall promote the development of culture and scientific and technical research [cf. Art.33 and 34]. It shall safeguard natural landscape and the historical and artistic heritage of the Nation.” With the same sensitivity, the art direction intends to pursue the line adopted during the last edition, confirming the Art.IX of the Italian Constitution as the common thread of the Festival. The aim is to enhance and safeguard historical, artistic, cultural and environmental heritage and promote freedom of expression and the knowledge of all cultures by means of multiple arts and languages: from music, to theatre and cinema.



Marlene Kuntz concert in 2010; Nobraino concert in 2014


Brunori Sas concert in 2016; Stefano Bollani concert in 2017

Nicola Piovani concert in 2019


September 24-27, 2020

The main competition – Bei Doc – will be dedicated to all documentaries with a maximum duration of 60 minutes. They can be unreleased films, films already presented in other festivals or distributed in cinemas. The competition will be open to Italian and foreign citizens. Films can be the result of international co-productions and national, European or world premieres. Foreign-language documentaries must contain appropriate subtitles.

Once again, alongside Bei Doc, a special section – Bei Young Doc – will promote the work of filmmakers under30. As in the past editions, particular attention will be paid to the relationship between music and cinema: a special mention for the best soundtrack will be directly voted by the audience.

In order to foster information and awareness on equal opportunities and/or diversity, in 2019 the mention for “equal opportunities” was introduced. It is dedicated to those films that emphasize social issues connected to gender and disabilities.

Cooperativa Le Macchine Celibi (born in Bologna in 1990) has been managing services on behalf of public institutions for over 27 years: libraries, museums, theatres, youth centres, “informagiovani” and tourist information offices. In addition, it offers training courses related to cultural heritage and management of cultural events. Today the cooperative works in ten regions and has a staff of more than 250 employees. Since 2004 it has the Quality Certification for the management of libraries, youth centres, museums, educational activities and cultural events. The cooperative provides theatre services since the ‘90s (Teatro Ebe Stignani for the Municipality of Imola, Teatro Comunale and Cine Teatro Fanin for the Municipality of San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO), Teatro Valli, Teatro Cavallerizza and Teatro Ariosto for the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Teatro Comunale of Cesenatico for the Municipality of Cesenatico). Since its foundation the cooperative has carried out an intense work of promotion and management of events related to several fields, with a multidisciplinary planning proposing at the same time exhibitions, video projections, concerts and shows able to involve all kinds of audience. This intense work results in today's collaboration with the Department of the Visual Arts of the University of Bologna on the project Archivio della Video Arte and, since 2015, on the management of Ricerca Bo - laboratorio di nuove scritture, an event on contemporary literature held at the Sala Borsa in Bologna.




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