A (short) story of Bellaria Film Festival



Telling the story of the Bellaria Film Festival also means telling the story of Italian cinema, actually of a specific part of Italian cinema: the experimental, independent cinema. And it also means telling the story of the enthusiasm surrounding Italian cinema (the enthusiasm of those who made it and those who watched it) that there was in Italy in the 80s, from the Torino Film Festival to the Bergamo Film Meeting.


The Bellaria Film Festival began with the name “Anteprima per il cinema indipendente italiano” (something that sounds like ‘Preview for independent Italian cinema’) and had its first edition in August 1983, with the support and commitment of the Bellaria Igea Marina Tourist Board.

Already clear in its name, the nature and core of the festival were clear from the start: awarding the best independent Italian films.


The first edition had the direction of Ettore Zocaro, and was so successful that the director of the Tourist Board, Luigi Barberini, pushed for a second edition. Barberini involved Morando Morandini, a renowned film critic, who then brought Gianni Volpi onto the team.


From then on, the rest became an unforgettable part of Italian cinema history: together with Morandini and Volpi, Enrico Ghezzi joined the team in 1985, and Bellaria Igea Marina soon became a place to meet and welcome all those who loved cinema, starting to be visited by important names such as Goffredo Fofi, Paolo Mereghetti, Tonino Guerra, and Piera Detassis.


If one of the aims of a film festival is to point out new trends and languages producers and audiences, then Anteprima became a shining lighthouse.


Many names have passed through Bellaria Igea Marina and found their breakthrough or affirmation in Bellaria Film Festival: Matteo Garrone, Michelangelo Frammartino, Pietro Marcello, Yervant Gianikina and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Gianfranco Rosi, Paolo Benvenuti, Silvio Soldini, Agostino Ferrente, Paolo Sorrentino, Davide Ferrario, Ciprì and Maresco.


Between 1998 and 1999 Anteprima became part of the Adriaticocinema project, which was born from the union of three festivals in Romagna: Anteprima in Bellaria, Riminicinema in Rimini and MyFest in Cattolica.


When the Adriaticocinema experience ended, Anteprima resumed its programming and Enrico Ghezzi returned to direct the 2000 and 2001 editions, renaming the festival Anteprimaannozero. After Ghezzi, Morando Morandini returned as artistic director, accompanied by Antonio Costa and Daniele Segre, and the festival began to be known as Bellaria Film Festival.


Under the direction of Fabrizio Grosoli, the festival specialised in documentary cinema. After Grosoli, several artistic directors followed, Emma Neri, Fabio Toncelli, Roberto Naccari, Simone Bruscia and Marcello Corvino. In 2022, after almost 20 years, under the artistic direction of Daniela Persico and the managing direction of Approdi, the Festival reopens to all kind of film, bringing back the two historic awards: Casa Rossa and Gabbiano.


Group photo during the third edition of Anteprima, with staff, directors and guests, 1987.
Photo by Viola Farassino, from the private archive of Luigi Barberini.




Held by
Municipality of Bellaria Igea Marina


Managing Direction


Artistic Director
Daniela Persico


Managing Director
Sergio Canneto


Silvia Sacchetti


Direction counselling
Dario Zonta


Managing Office
Elena Monti


Founds management
Sergio Canneto
Cecilia Guagnano


Mario Blaconà

Francesca Monti
Cesare Barbieri
Tea Paci


Cesare Barbieri


National Press Office

Boom PR


Regional Press Office

Annamaria Gradara

Cristina Minotti


Lorenza Parentelli


Administration Office
Susi Guerreschi


Filming & Video

Astrid Ardenti


Graphic Design
Studio Taller


Web Developer
Irene Sgarro




Daniela Persico | Artistic Director


Sergio Canneto | Managing Director


Silvia Sacchetti | Coordination




National Press Office



Regional Press Office




Tea Paci, Mario Blaconà | Programming


Film Handling


Lorenza Parentelli | Hospitality





Autostrada 14
Toll Booth Valle del Rubicone – 10 km
Toll Booth Rimini Nord – 9km


Bellaria Train station
Rimini Train Station + Bus number 4,
L. Da Vinci stop



Bus number 4 Start Romagna-Rimini runs
the San Mauro Mare – Rimini seafront street.
L. Da Vinci and Panzini-Ionio stops


I luoghi
del BFF

Cinema Teatro Astra

via Guidi Paolo, 77
Bellaria Igea Marina

Cinema Smeraldo

via A. Albertazzi, 4


Piazza Don Minzoni,
Bellaria Igea Marina


La Torre Saracena
– via Torre, 75
Bellaria Igea Marina

Salottino BFF

piazzetta Federico Fellini (Le Vele)
Bellaria Igea Marina

Info Point

presso Biblioteca
A. Panzini
Via Guidi Paolo, 108
Bellaria Igea Marina


aperto tutti i giorni
dal 10 al 14 maggio
10:00 > 12:30
14:30 > 21:30

Cinema Apollo

Via Muggia, 16

Bellaria Igea Marina