Lucca Film Festival - Europa Cinema

Lucca Film Festival // Lucca Film Festival - Europa Cinema

12th edition

Apr 08 - Apr 15, 2021
Lucca, Italy

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Short

Mission / description Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema is an annual event that celebrates and promotes cinematographic culture. Through screenings, exhibitions, conferences and performances, the Festival has been able to captivate an ever-increasing audience with a program that ranges from experimental to mainstream films. Through the years, Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema has carved out a niche for itself, standing apart from the many other festivals thanks to its bold yet carefully studied programming. Over the years, great names of international filmmakers and well-known celebrities have attended Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema as invited guests; David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Jeremy Irons, Willem Dafoe, George Romero, Terry Gilliam, William Friedkin, Alfonso Cuarón, John Boorman and Peter Greenaway, just to name a few. At the same time, the Festival has offered retrospectives of “old” glories while unearthing new talents. To top it all off, breathtaking Lucca and beautiful Viareggio serve as a stunning backdrop to an event that has now firmly established itself, becoming a highly anticipated and not-to-be-missed appointment in Italy and in Europe: the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema.

2016 was the year of the first feature competition.
The films shown during this competition are Italian premieres.

Last edition was won by "Dao Khanong" by Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong – the same film is nominated in Thailand for best foreign film.

The 2018 edition of Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema will be held from 8th to 15th April. The first call for entries has already been published and it is now possible to apply for the 2018 international feature competition.

Since its creation, the festival has always been committed to promoting contemporary films. Therefore, directors from all over the world can submit their films to the competitive section of the festival through the dedicated call for entries.

There are two categories: Best feature film prize (3000€), awarded by a jury of renowned guests from both the cinematographic and academic worlds; and Best feature film – university jury prize (awarded by an university jury).
For those who are interested in this competition, the last day for submissions is 28th February 2018, until midnight.
The best 14 films will be shown during the festival.

There are no limitations to the genre or topic of the films. The only requirements are the following: the films must be at least 60 minutes long and must have been produced in 2017. Moreover, they must be Italian premieres, so they cannot have been presented in any other Italian festival, shown on any online open platform or distributed in any other way in Italy.

For the 12th year in a row, it will take place the historic short films competition, whose winner will receive a 500€ prize. Every year, the selection committee of this competition receives more than 300 films to evaluate. Among the directors who took part in earlier editions, there are celebrities like Adan Jodorowsky, son of the famous Chilean filmmaker.
Even though the “free experimentation” is the fil rouge of this year's edition, the films have no limitations in genre and topic. The only requirement is that they cannot last more than 29 minutes. For the short films competition, the last day for submissions is 28th February 2018, until midnight.
A list of the selected films will be sent by mail or published on the festival’s website before 10th March 2018. During the festival the films will be shown in the cinemas taking part in the event.

Moreover, it has been reconfirmed the participation of the People's Jury and the University Students Jury for the feature competition. For the first time in our festival’s history, the University Students Jury will also award the short films competition.

The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema, coordinated by Nicola Borrelli, is one of the key events organized and sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.
The event's main sponsors are Banca Generali and Banca Pictet, whereas the exhibits are produced with the support of Banca Société Générale. The organization of the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema has also been possible thanks to the funding from Funder35 and the support of Gesam Gas & Luce S.p.A Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.r.l., Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Baldini Vernici, Lucar S.p.A Lions Club Lucca Le Mura, Alleanza Assicurazioni S.p.A, Luccaorganizza, Il Ciocco S.p.A, MiBACT (the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism), the Region of Tuscany, the City of Lucca, the City of Viareggio, the Province of Lucca with the collaboration and co-production of the Giglio Theatre in Lucca, Consociazione Nazionale donatori di sangue Fratres, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini e Museo Puccini – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Fondazione Mario Tobino, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Martinelli Luce, CG Entertainment, Fondazione Centro Arti Visive e Fondazione UIBI. Thanks also to Lucca Comics & Games, Trenitalia Regional Management, Unicoop Firenze and to the Degree Course in Performing Arts and Civilization Department of Communication and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa, Photolux Festival and App18 for their collaboration.

Come to the Lucca Film Festival and experience a full 360° immersion in both the cinema and the heart of Tuscany.

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Class Founded: 2005
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Nov 08, 2017

Regular deadline: Feb 28, 2018
Late deadline: Feb 28, 2018

Notification date: Mar 10, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 10.00 to 40.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 3,565.00 USD
Other prizes: 594
General rules Feature length Film Call for entries
The final deadline for all submissions is February 28th, 2018.
No more than one film per artist will be selected; however, each artist is permitted to submit more than one film.
The feature-length films shall last no less than 60 minutes.
The films shall be premieres in Italy. The application will be rejected if the film is available on the Internet, has been broadcasted, or has already been presented in an Italian film festival preceding the 2018 Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema.
The feature-length films, except for those which were never screened and distributed (in Italy and/or internationally), shall not date back to years prior to 2017 and 2018.
Unfinished films will not be accepted: all entries must be complete in their entirety.
If the film is not in Italian or subtitled in Italian, it is mandatory to send – in addition to your submission, a copy of the dialogues in English. This is to enable the subtitling of all films.
Only private and/or password-protected online screeners are accepted for the preview copy. Public and other type of screeners will not be considered.
Press kit and advertising materials are not mandatory, but are recommended.
Only DCP or Blu-ray screening copies will be accepted.
Should your film be accepted in the 2018 Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema, you grant LFFEC the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
All accepted films will be screened twice during the festival, with the option of an encore screening for select films/shorts blocks. All scheduling is purely at the discretion of the LFFEC staff.
LFFEC pays only for the return shipment of the DCPs. The Blu-ray files will be returned only upon request.
Lucca Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film, you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.
The entry fee for each film is 40€.
No refund will be given after the application has been submitted.
The following entry form shall be filled out for each film you want to submit. The form(s) shall be sent together with the film(s) via e-mail or by post.
The Organisation will announce the decisions of the Selection Committee to the participants by March 10, 2018, via email or via the Festival website (
Jury Award for the Best Feature-Length Film: 3000 euro
For any information, please email

Experimental Short Film – Call for entries
– The recruitment will be open until February, the 28th, 2018.
– Each film maker may not enroll more than 4 works and in any case no more than one work
– Short films should not last more than 29 minutes.
– Works and related equipment can be shipped in hard copy (DVD, Blue-ray, USB pen) at the
following address: to the attention of Rachele Pollastrini, Via dei cucchi n°275 San Pietro A
Vico CAP 55100 Lucca (Italia).
Otherwise they can be shared by video-link at the following e-mail address:
– If the film is neither spoken nor Italian subtitled, it is required to send by (papery or
digital) attachment an English transcription of the dialogues, in such a way as to allow
the film subtitling.
The 2018th Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema Edition will see the confirmation of the entry fee to the
International Short Film Competition.
– The entry fee amounts to: 10 euros for 1 short film; 15 euros for 2 short films; 25 euros for 3 short films; 30 euros for 4 short films.
The organization is undertaken to communicate the selection committee’s decisions to the
participants, via e-mail or notice on the Festival’s website ( ), by March 10.
Best Short Film Jury Prize: 500 euros.