River Film Festival


14th edition

Jun 01 - Jun 30, 2022
Padova, Italy

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

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

Mission / description The 14th River Film Festival is an international festival of shorts that will be held in Padova (Italy) from 1st - 30th June 2020. The Festival is organized by the Associazione Culturale Researching Movies and is sponsored by the Comune di Padova Assessorato alla Cultura (Padua City Council - Cultural Office) and the University of Padua. The festival is totally free entrance.
The films will once again be shown on the screen on the raft moored in the middle of the 16th century fluvial port used for trade between Padua and Venice at the city gate of Porta Portello. This enchanting setting is just one of the many features that attract people to RFF year after year!
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Festival website http://www.riverfilmfestival.org

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Class Founded: 2007
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Aug 01, 2019

Early bird deadline: Nov 30, 2019
Regular deadline: Jan 31, 2020
Late deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Notification date: Apr 15, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 15.55 to 25.62 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Laurels, certificates and a River Award (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
Festival sections
Graduation (School films)
Sguardi Italiani
General rules Terms & Conditions
Films must have been completed after 1st January 2019.
Films can be documentary, student, narrative, fiction or animation.
Total running time must be from 100 sec. to 30 minutes in length, including front and back credits.
The short film can be in any language or any genre. All non-English language films must have English sub-titles.
Shipping and insurance costs for viewing copies are entirely the responsibility of the sender, as are any other costs incurred such as Customs duties etc. Films that are not selected will not be returned unless they are specifically asked for and the postage costs of returning the film are to be borne by the sender. All screener DVD or digital file of the film sent from outside Italy should be accompanied by a declaration stating: “for temporary use; only for cultural purposes, no commercial value”
Entry for the Festival implies unconditional acceptance of the published regulations. Should any dispute arise, the festival organizers will have the right of final decision on all that is not specified in the Regulations. Should there be controversy, the Padova Law Courts are competent to deal any litigation.

The Films will be selected by a panel of judges nominated by the Festival. The decision of the selection committee is final.
No work or artist will be either discriminated against or favored by their country of origin, language, age, race, education, gender, ideology, or by their economic resources. Every content, every form, every technique will be admitted with no censorship of any kind except that enshrined in current Italian Law.
Finalists will be notified on our website or email on or the 15th April 2020. The River Film Festival will do its best to announce the selected films and winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseeable delays.
The catalogue listing the films selected will be published after the 15th of May 2020.

The international festival jury will select the best film in each of the following 7 categories for the awards (Jury Laurels, certificates and a Golden River (Murano glass sculpture made by Venetian artist).
However, the public decide which films will receive awards (Audience Laurels and certificates

The owners of the winning films must deposit a screener DVD or digital file of the film in the Archives of the Festival. This will only be used for study purposes. Permission will be requested from those who hold the rights to the film should it be required for any other usage.

Winning films must mention the prize awarded whenever shown.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Festival will be streamed on our website.