Amarcort Film Festival

Amarcort // Amarcort Film Festival

10th edition

Dec 08 - Dec 15, 2020
Rimini, Italy

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Children, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student, Web
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description Only festival in the world dedicated to Fellini.

Federico Fellini said "A different language is a different vision of life."
Amarcort Film Festival wants to be just that: a space dedicated to young directors and independent productions to tell stories, people, emotions.

Amarcort Film Festival is a competition of short films held in Rimini since 2008 increasingly successful public and important numbers as for the works submitted. High quality short films, with well known actors , received from all over the world. An aspect that confirms the vitality and cultural depth of a film genre unjustly considered minor.
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Class Founded: 2008
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Mar 20, 2017

Early bird deadline: Jul 12, 2017
Regular deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Late deadline: Aug 10, 2017

Notification date: Nov 10, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 4.25 to 12.76 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 3,000.00 USD
General rules The only festival in the world dedicated to Fellini.

Rules and Regulation
Conditions for admission

Associazione SMArt Lab, in collaboration with Associazione SMArt Academy, with the ptronage and support Regione Emilia Romagna and Comune di Rimini, promotes the 10th Edition of Amarcort Film Festival, international short movies contest which will take place in Rimini in December.

Amarcort is part of AFIC (Associazione dei Festival Cinematografici Italiani) and FEDIC (Federazione Italiana dei Cineclub).

1. Amarcort Film Festival is open to all filmmakers presenting digital short movies.
2. Festival sections:
a) “Amarcort”: international fiction films and documentary, whose maximum running time is 30 mim;
b) “Gradisca”: international films, whose maximum running time is 5 min;
c) “Fulgor”: local authors’ films, whose maximum running time is 20 min;
d) “Rex”: international animation films, whose maximum running time is 20 min;
e) “Aldina”: fiction, animated, documentary and experimental short films, by students film school, whose maximum running time is 15 min;
f) “Gironzalon”: international experimental films, whose maximum running time is 10 min;
g) “Cantarel”: international musical videoclip, whose maximum running time is 5 min.
3. Registration must be made online by filling in completely the registration form on A completely filled entry form for each film submitted must be sent. Authors can also submit their movies using some online platforms, such as,,,, or; in this case authors will have to register only on the chosen platform and won't need to make a further registration on Amarcort website.
4. Authors must also provide a still from each submitted movie. A short resume about the author himself will be appreciated. There are no limitations of subjects, genres and origins.
5. Only movies realized after January 2015 can be submitted. All movies from all countries will be accepted, except for those which have already taken part to previous editions of Amarcort Film Festival.
6. Non-English language short movies must have English subtitles. All authors, who will pass the first selection, will have to provide Italian subtitle for their movies, in case they don’t, they will not be accepted as finalists. Amarcort Film Festival can provide Italian subtitles at the very special price of € 6,00 per minute of running time.
7. Movies – and related information – can be sent through online sharing services (Wetransfer, Dropbox...) with communication of the download link to the email address; files must not exceed the 400MB of size; mp4 format with h264 encoding will be preferred. In case of selection, a higher quality format will be required.
Traditional mail (priority mail) shipping of DVDs will be accepted as well at the following address:
Amarcort Film Festival
c/o Zelig Service
Via Teodorico 12
47922 Rimini – Italia
8. Participation fee is € 5,00 for each author (more movies by the same author will be accepted at the cost of a unique fee).
Payment methods:
a) bank transfer IBAN IT79O0899524209004090008924 / BIC ICRAITRR Associazione SMArt Academy;
b) PayPal (email address;
c) sending money together with the DVD via traditional mail.
9. The deadline is July, 12th, 2017.
10. The organizing team of the Festival won’t take any responsibility for contingencies such as damages, thefts or dismay of the DVDs.
11. The Festival Organization is not responsible for the copyright protection regarding the work(s) presented. The author of the film must specify if he/she is in the register of SIAE or similar Authors’ Society for the protection of copyright.
Each author will respond directly for the contents of his work and anyhow the responsibility will never be of the Festival or of the Jury or of the organizing team.
12. The selection committe, designated and composed by Festival organizing team, will do the selections of the submitted films and proclaim the finalists.
The committee decisions are un-appealable.
The finalist authors will be advised by email or phone call.
The results of the selection will be published on, together with info concerning location, date and time of the screenings and the award ceremony.
13. The “Grand Jury” of the Festival, who is in charge to proclaim the winners, will be composed of artists, experts and operators in audio-visual and show businesses. The Jury’s decisions, un-appealable, will be announced during the award ceremony day.
14. The “Youth Jury” will be composed of young students from local arts and movie high schools.
15. The audience will nominate the winner in “Gradisca” section
16. The Festival organizing team will be entitled for the final decision on controversial cases
17. Final awards:
1. “Grand Jury” award – best fiction short film (Prize and Money);
2. “Youth Jury” award - best fiction short film (Prize)
3. “Fellini’s” award – Amarcort section (Prize);
4. “Il Pataca” award – best acting (Prize);
5. “Popular Jury” award (Scroll)
1. “Grand Jury” award – best animation short film (Prize and Money);
1. “Audience award (Prize)
1. “Regione Emilia-Romagna” award – best local authors’ fiction short film (Prize);
1. “Grand Jury” award - best fiction students short film (Prize and Money)
1. “Grand Jury” award - best experimental short film (Prize);
1. “Grand Jury” award - best musical videoclip (Prize);

18. The jury in case of deserving works can assign special mentions.
19. Prizes will be validated only with the presence of at least one film representative during the award ceremony. The Jury reserves the right to cancel, vary, integrate awards and mentions and has the authority to suspend the prize in case the winners or their delegates do not participate in the award ceremony.
20. The Festival organizing team may decide to show outside the competition some operas, which have not achieved the selection.
21. Short Movies not selected in this edition could be part of Festival analogous initiatives (as “Il giro del mondo in 80 corti” 2018 – (Around the world in 80 shorts).
22. Operas sent will be not returned, but will be hosted in a Festival file. They could be used in cultural meetings concerning the Festival initiatives, and in other festivals where Amarcort Film Festival will be involved.
23. The Festival organizing team may decide to suspend, modify the event if necessary.
24. The Festival organizing team has the right to advertise and publish news and pictures about the selected movies and about the Festival itself on newspapers, weekly publications and any support.
In accordance with the law D.LGS 196 of 30/06/2003, data will be treated with the sole aim to help in the Amarcort Film Festival organization.
25. These rules and regulations are available in Italian and in English. In case of interpretation problems, the Italian version must be considered.
26. For further information, please contact: