22 April 2024

Change of program for Alice Rohrwacher’s masterclass

Alice Rohrwacher’s masterclass Vedere l’invisibile has been moved to Wednesday, 08.05 5 p.m. at Palazzo del Turismo. The masterclass is free of charge and open to all.


We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the director will receive the FilmIdee Award.


In addition, we will host Simona Pampallona’s photo exhibition Tra le rovine la luce — stills from the film La Chimera. The photos chronicle the filming of the movie, giving us a perspective on the light of cinema and art among the ruins of contemporaneity.


The exhibition will be opened on Wednesday, 08.05 at 6:30 p.m., at Palazzo del Turismo immediately after the masterclass. The exhibition can be visited free of charge during all days of the Festival.


Finally, La Chimera will be screened in the BFF FOR SCHOOL section on 09.05 at 10:00 a.m. to bring great contemporary cinema to the attention of future audiences. The event is also open to the public with accreditation or ticket, but priority will be given to male and female students from schools invited to attend.


14 April 2024

L’Empire by Bruno Dumont

Each year Bellaria Film Festival opens with an evening in the name of great cinema on an international level, featuring the most significant film of the edition. Opening the 42nd Bellaria Film Festival is L’Empire by Bruno Dumont, winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival.



National premiere in the presence of the director!




Behind the appearance of the mundane daily life of a fishing village on the Opal Coast, the epic parallel lives of the knights of the interplanetary kingdoms emerge. Rival clans are engaged in a fierce and bloody battle following the announcement of the birth of Margat, the resurrected Prince, purple and lurid, the Beast of the End of Times, who is here on the Coast, the son of a young couple already separated, as is usual in a working-class neighbourhood….


Bruno Dumont will take a masterclass on his cinema. The masterclass is open to all and will be delivered in French, with simultaneous translation in Italian.


Born in 1958 in Bailleul in Flanders, he is one of the most austere and provocative filmmakers on the French film scene. A forerunner of “new mystical cinema,” capable of smashing all critical judgments with his gaze on the world, privileging the relationship between bodies and spaces, in his films he has recounted the banality of evil and the mystery of reality through everyday life, love as hope and as joy, violence and isolation, sex and death, guilt and mysticism. Themes then reversed with comic verve in the more recent outcomes of his artistic journey, in search of a form of sincere tenderness, of that “soft light” latent in every human being in the void of contemporaneity.

14 April 2024

BFF Industry is here!

BFF Industry is born, a new programming space in which all festival activities aimed at industry professionals will converge. BFF Industry will be an opportunity to reflect on the new “independent” cinema and dedicate to its protagonists and interlocutors a series of talks, round tables and moments of confrontation that have always been supported by interlocutors such as the Emilia Romagna Film Commission and CNA Emilia Romagna and since the last edition the fundamental collaboration of Cinecittà.


“[…] Working on an Industry program in a context like Bellaria is an extraordinary opportunity to gather around the festival today those who in various capacities work in our industry to create opportunities within which new talents can emerge and develop. The goal is to make BFF Industry a plural and horizontal space, where we can build together not one but multiple compasses, as many as may be necessary to orient ourselves in the different paths to take between creativity, industry and the public.” — Francesco Giai Via, Head of BFF Industry


BFF Industry continues its collaboration with Cinecittà, thanks to which it structured (in)emergenza, a support program for Italian independent cinema in its second edition: a professional path accompanied by exceptional tutors dedicated to young directors and producers who will receive support to close their first films (thanks to cash prizes and post-production).


Eight selected projects, which will be offered tutoring by three mentors Francesco Giai Via, Dario Zonta, Aline Hervé, a pitch session in front of a group of industry professionals (producers, commissioners and sales agents) during the Bellaria Film Festival, and concrete help with finalization, thanks to cash prizes and post-production support.


The program is enriched by the development workshop Itineranze DOC, now in its third edition, is the first project in Italy to network six national festivals to train and support creatively and productively first-time feature film directors. A six-stage journey, from May to November 2024, to be experienced in the heart of the festivals, accompanying participants along the main stages of approaching the making of their work: from writing to preparing the pitch, from clarifying artistic choices to finding producers and sources of financing.


The Bellaria Film Festival is the first stage of this journey, within which the six selected projects will be presented in a public meeting with participants at the festival’s Industry days. The other five festivals involved are: IsReal (Nuoro), Sole Luna Doc Festival (Palermo), PerSo – Perugia Film Festival, FrontDoc (Aosta), Festival dei Popoli (Firenze).


The days, which will include a series of talks whose program will be announced soon, will end with a party for the tenth anniversary of the Regional Fund linked to the Cinema Law, organized by the Emilia Romagna Film Commission, on the beach in front of the Apollo Cinema.

BFF Industry is a project of Bellaria Film Festival realized in collaboration with Cinecittà with the support of Cineporto dell’Emilia-Romagna, Camera di Commercio della Romagna, CNA cinema audiovisivo Rimini, CNA cinema audiovisivo Emilia Romagna, Futuristika Green, Flippermusic, Dimmer Academy, Itineranze Doc.

11 April 2024

The 42nd Edition is Approaching!

With the press conference on 09.04, at the headquarters of the Emilia-Romagna Region, we unveiled the program of the 42nd edition of the Bellaria Film Festival. It will be an edition made up of innovations designed for the future and founded on a renewed historical and social awareness of contemporary and independent cinema.


Discover more:


read the press release (in italian)


Alternatively, browse the full programme:


bff42— full programme


25 March 2024

You can now book your accreditation for BFF 42!


Accreditations are now available for purchase on Liveticket


Book your passe-partout



Upon purchasing accreditation, you will receive the official festival tote bag!

Additionally, single-entry tickets will be available for purchase starting in May.





April 23 through May 7, 2024 on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Biblioteca Comunale A. Panzini (Via Guidi Paolo, 108, Bellaria-Igea Marina).


From May 8 to 12, 2024 daily, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the ticket office in front of the Biblioteca Comunale A. Panzini. 


Looking for accommodation? Have a look at the accreditation + accommodation combo offered by the Milano Resort Hotel



18 March 2024

Welcome back to the three-minute one-theme shorts

After 17 years, Bellaria Film Festival welcomes back the “3-Minute Fixed Theme” competition.
A Bellaria Film Festival tradition, running from 1985 to 2007, the competition is dedicated entirely to super-shorts lasting only three minutes – a true test for entire generations of Italian filmmakers.
Each year, one theme is proposed by the artistic direction draws filmmakers from all over Italy to narrate the chosen theme with their eyes, with the only rule being to stay within the three-minute time limit.

Past participants include Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco, Antonietta De Lillo, Paolo Sorrentino, Giogiò Franchini, Michelangelo Frammartino, Stefano Mordini, Luca Guadagnino, Yuri Ancarani and Samira Guadagnuolo, among others.


Shorts are the perfect tool to recount current events, and for Bellaria Film Festival this year the artistic direction has chosen to focus on the environment and its precariousness. For the 42nd edition, the three-minute competition’s theme is NO PLANET B – a reflection on the future, in the present emerging from the past: we neither a plan nor a planet B.

The boundary between civilisation and nature has grown distant and verging on collapse. Political, economic, and social choices spiral on a hotbed of questions: what role do we play in this change? What are the causes and what are the prospects of the environmental crisis? What can we do and how can our actions be felt?

It is up to your 3 minutes to interpret questions and answers, problems and solutions — and to show us your own perspective.


The 10 short films selected will be screened in the cinema before the films competing for the Casa Rossa award, as well as shared on our social media channels. During the closing ceremony, the competing films will all be screened together and awarded by a jury composed of film or industry personalities who have distinguished themselves with a “green sensibility.”


In collaboration with Futuristika Green, the prizes are:


– € 2,500 for the “Best 3 Minutes”
– € 500 for the “Best Director.”


In addition, the selected participant(s) will be guests at the festival for two nights.





9 February 2024


Bellaria Film Festival 42 will host for the third year its teaching and meeting programme for young film lovers and young film workers, from 8 to 12 May 2024. Four workshops with tutors and experts, to bring emerging young filmmakers together with European professionals:


BECOMING PRODUCERS | A workshop dedicated to young producers, their creative role and how to accompany an author;


WHAT A CRITIC! | A workshop dedicated to young critics, telling about a film, writing about it, forming their own taste. Built on the beautiful films that will be at BFF;


PROGRAMMER – The right film, when and where | A workshop for young programmers, to know which is the right film, which is the right place, to build the backbone of every festival: the films you watch in the hall;


GIURIA GIOVANI – A workshop dedicated to young  studying cinema, who will decide the winner of the Casa Rossa section;


Registration is open until February 28 on the BFF website.

Fee is 60€ (workshop + accommodation)


Last year, BFF HUB hosted 60 young italian cinema lovers who attended workshops and talks with important guest: Helena Wittmann, Renato Berta, Francesco Giai Via alle registe e i registi Fabrizio Ferraro, Valentina Bertani, Riccardo Giacconi. They also had the chance to attend Ciak — the career day by CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo. 

This year, BFF HUB are going to be the beating heart of the Festival again. A free, young and fresh space for discoveries and experience exchanges.


Waiting forward to seeing you in Bellaria!

24 January 2024


The 42nd edition of Bellaria Film Festival, historical festival devoted to Italian independent films, will take place from 8 to 12 May 2024, in Bellaria Igea Marina. Firstly envisaged during the first week of May, the long-lived festival is postponed of one week to better fit the cinematographic national calendar.


Under the artistic direction of Daniela Persico and the organization by Approdi, art film start-up created by Sergio Canneto, Cesare Barbieri, Cecilia Guagnano ed Elena Monti.


The doors of the seaside house for Italian cinema are about to open again – a bigger and cozier house!

3 November 2023


From 3 November the official call for film submissions to the 42nd Bellaria Film Festival is open on FilmFreeWay. Double deadline: 18 December 2023 early bird and 23 February 2024 final deadline.


New gazes, new perspectives and visions of cinema: to broaden our horizons and boundaries, a new journey into independent cinema.


The call is mainly dedicated to two sections: the Gabbiano Award and the Special Events section. All information for submissions and entry is available on the following call.




The Gabbiano Award, a historic prize of the Bellaria Film Festival since its first editions, is dedicated to highlighting a shortlist of world or international premieres of films from the Italian independent scene. No limits on genre or duration. Particular attention is paid to research and innovative language. There is a €3,000 prize for Best Film and a €2,000 prize for Cinematic Innovation.


The Special Events section is dedicated to Italian national premieres of films that mark new languages on the international scene and connections between Italian and world cinema.




The Bellaria Film Festival is a renowned Italian festival dedicated to independent cinema, now in its 42nd edition. It will take place from 8 to 12 May 2024, with the artistic direction of Daniela Persico and the organisational direction of Approdi srl.


Founded in 1983 as a Anteprima for Italian independent cinema, the Bellaria Film Festival boasts a prestigious history among Italian film festivals. It is one of the most authoritative Italian film events, thanks also to the prestigious and historic Casa Rossa Award, won over the years by Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Silvio Soldini, Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Gianfranco Rosi, Pietro Marcello, Daniele Segre, Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco, Michelangelo Frammartino and many others.


After a period of a few years in which the Festival was dedicated solely to documentary cinema, since 2022 it has returned to welcoming films of all lengths and genres, aiming in particular to support works of filmic linguistic research, young authors and new trends in cinema.


The 42nd Bellaria Film Festival hosts various sections: the Casa Rossa competition, the Gabbiano competition, the Gabbiano international competition and the Special Events section.

23 March 2023

Where to sleep at BFF41

Here are the special agreements for overnight stays during Bellaria Film Festival 41 in Bellaria Igea Marina, from 10 to 14 May 2023.

To book one or more rooms, please contact Hotel Milano – Bellaria Igea Marina:
info@milanoresort.it – 0541 344235

Breakfast and accreditation for Bellaria Film Festival 41 is included for each person!


  • 2 nights: 112,00€
  • 3 nights: 158,00€
  • 4 nights: 195,00€
  • 5 nights: 237,00€


  • 2 nights: 154,00€
  • 3 nights: 205,00€
  • 4 nights: 245,00€
  • 5 nights: 295,00€

TRIPLE ROOM (3 persons)

  • 2 nights: 230,00€
  • 3 nights: 305,00€
  • 4 nights: 368,00€
  • 5 nights: 445,00€
6 March 2023

New deadline for the Gabbiano competition!

Deadline extended to 12 March for the Seagull competition.

Until Sunday 12 March it will still be possible to enter films of any length, short or long, in the competition for the Gabbiano prize of the 41st Bellaria Film Festival. The Gabbiano Competition rewards and searches for ambitious, free, courageous films, with a strong research of cinematographic language, that are able to open cinema to the new looks of future Italian authors.

For information and registration visit the FilmFreeway platform at the following link: https://filmfreeway.com/BellariaFilmFestival

The 41st Bellaria Film Festival, the centre of Italian independent cinema, will be held from 10 to 14 May 2023, in Bellaria Igea Marina.

17 January 2023

Submit your film at the 41 Bellaria Film Festival!

Calls for submit your film to the Bellaria Film Festival 41 are now open, both for the Casa Rossa and Gabbiano competitions.

For all those who have a film, or are in the process of completing it, calls are open for the two Bellaria Film Festival competitions, from 4 December 2022 to 5 March 2023. You can enter your film through the FilmFreeway platform.

The Gabbiano and Casa Rossa competitions are the two historical awards of the Bellaria Film Festival. A festival that has been dedicated to independent cinema, cinematographic innovation and courageous research for forty years.

The Casa Rossa competition is dedicated to first or second feature-length films that have a well-proven festival track record.

The Gabbiano competition is dedicated to works of any format, genre, length or medium with national or international premieres. Works that know how to experiment with cinematographic language and be bold.

The director or producer must be of Italian nationality.

The complete regulations can be found here.

The 41st edition of the Bellaria Film Festival will be held in Bellaria Igea Marina (Rimini) from 10 to 14 May 2023, under the artistic direction of Daniela Persico and with the organisational direction of Approdi.