There are many new features planned for the fortieth edition of the Bellaria Film Festival. After a period entirely dedicated to documentary films, the BFF will host films of all genres.
The artistic director has decided to bring back the two historical awards of the Bellaria Film Festival: the Casa Rossa award and the Gabbiano award.
The Casa Rossa section will host five Italian feature films, first or second works already released in cinemas, which will compete for the prize for best independent Italian film. The selection aims at outlining a new generation of authors, able to express their talent thanks to renewed production practices, ready to take their place alongside the top European talents. The Casa Rossa Prize (worth 5000 euros) will be awarded by a jury of young film students and professionals, with the aim of bringing independent Italian cinema closer to theatres and giving it a voice.
The Gabbiano section is open to works of all formats, genres and lengths. Works that are able to open the audience’s eyes to new perspectives on the Italian cinema of the future, through research and cinematographic language experimentation, giving voice to radically independent works.
For this reason, priority will be given to unscreened works and the awards will be assigned by a jury of guests of European and international relevance chosen from among festival programmers, film critics and cultural operators, who will be able to offer the selected films a chance.
The works will compete for two prizes: the Gabbiano Prize (worth 3000 euros) and the Prize for Cinematic Innovation (worth 2000 euros).
The Gabbiano section can be entered through the FilmFreeway platform until 3 April 2022, at https://filmfreeway.com/BellariaFilmFestival