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, a theme 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 12 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.


The call is now closed. We’ll reveal the 10 selected movies soon!