Film Submissions

The Verona International Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.


The Verona International Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Verona International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Verona International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Verona International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Verona International Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Verona International Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Verona International Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Verona International Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Verona International Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

2018 Official Selection
Screening Schedule

All screenings will take place at Multisala Rivoli, 10 Piazza Bra, Verona. Admission is free of charge.

Tuesday, September 4 at 20h
Wednesday, September 5 at 20h
Thursday, September 6 at 20h

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8PM (20h)

Anna (Romania) by Denisa Velicu

Anna is a video poem.
Duration: 00:01:37

Ivana (Italy) by Federico Caponera

Ivana, 61 years old, lives on the edge, both geographically and socially. Throughout her memories and her words we recreate a vivid image of her poverty, of her loneliness, of her values. In this setting, we can see the shape of the relationship with her social worker, Michela.
Duration: 00:08:11

The Red Tree (Ireland) by Paul Rowley

Narrated by renowned Italian actor Leo Gullotta, The Red Tree is short documentary that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini's Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.
Duration: 00:20:00

I Have Something To Tell You (United States) by Edward Bowen

He will tell you what you want to know.
Duration: 00:01:35

Our House (Italy) by Cristiano Regina

In via Matilde di Canossa, in Modena, three elderly people living with Alzheimer's have found a new home. In an apartment one experiences a model for the first time in Italy cohabitation already adopted in several countries in northern Europe, aimed at non self-sufficient people with problems related to dementia.
Duration: 01:14:00

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 8PM (20h)

Live (Greece) by Vasilis Stavropoulos

Guys, something shocking's happening right now... a man's about to commit suicide... Watch!
Duration: 00:01:00

How can I tell you (France) by Barbara Creutz

The words and woes of exile by Estonian poet-singer Lembe Lokk.How Can I Tell You is a sentimental journey through language and imagery.
Duration: 00:04:25

Appocundria (Italy) by Mino Capuano

A huge house surrounded by nature was the childhood home of three brothers, Diego, Desio and Mimmo. The three brothers will be forced to face each other, in order to sell their old house and this will severely test their difficult relationship. After a night together in their childhood house, which is full of memorabilia, the three will rediscover some values which they thought they have lost while growing up and apart from each other.
Duration: 00:35:00

Dance Hall Land (Sagre Balere) (Italy) by Alessandro Stevanon

Omar was born in the suburbs of Milan and was destined to be an auto bodyworker, but, instead, he became a successful ballroom singer. He got inspired by listening to ballroom singers at Angelo Zibetti's Studio Zeta, the biggest dance club in Italy at that time and, this way, he later started his own career. After about a decade working as a singer, he finally met Adele, the love of his life, who became his manager, turned him into a real icon for the fans of ballroom music. Thus he has become the man who could gather enormous crowds of audience at clubs, squares, and local festivals. Omar, cresciuto nella periferia di Milano e destinato a fare il carrozziere, ispirato dalle voci degli anni d’oro del liscio ascoltate nella più grande discoteca d’Italia, lo Studio Zeta di Angelo Zibetti, inizia proprio sul palco di quel locale la sua carriera di cantante di musica da ballo. Dopo quasi un decennio di attività conosce Adele, suo grande amore, che diventa la sua manager e che lo trasforma in una vera icona per gli appassionati del genere, capace di riempire con migliaia di spettatori piazze, locali e feste di paese.
Duration: 01:13:00

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8PM (20h)

Professor D. (Italy) by Marco Santi

A man lives with the outrageous weight of an impossible love. A professor of physics is living an ordinary, dull existence but is obsessed with memories of a murky past that are preventing him from living an untroubled life.
Duration: 00:19:51

Inventory of Time (Brazil) by Khalil Charif

In a New York City subway journey, a sequence plan examines a social aspect, searching for a reflection about our new era of profound human and technological changes – and its challenges.
Duration: 00:01:00

The War (United States) by Jaime Ekkens

This is the first in a collaboration with spoken word poet and writer Soré Agbaje. "The War" is short mixed media experimental film that incorporates live action footage, stop-motion animation and other animation techniques. It is written and preformed by Soré that chronically sexual harassment and the many ways men target and exploit their power over women on a daily basis. All women have experienced some form of street harassment and cat calling in their life time. The metaphor of a war is extremely timely.
Duration: 00:03:00

Koka, the Butcher (Germany) by Bence Máté

A respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world is leading his area into a decisive battle. Under immense pressure from his conservative community to quit his passion and marry, he is faced with the possibility that the upcoming race will be his last one.
Duration: 00:38:00

A Dog Leashed (United States) by Dane Cree

Self-reflection through meditation. A look at the shadow self.
Duration: 00:03:00

New Camera (Portugal) by André Marques

Rafa is making a test with his new camera, Rui and Ana are picking him up.
Duration: 00:09:28

Gretchen at the spinning wheel (Austria) by Magdalena Chmielewska

What is pure imagination and what reality? Magdalena Chmielewska’s dream-like portrayals Gretchen’s spinning and brooding in her love to Faust make it nearly impossible to differentiate. Her love is a constant toing and froing between pure passion and panic desperation, between slowing down and accelerating – the principle upon which Schubert’s masterpiece rests. Made under the auspices of Michael Haneke at the National Film and TV School in Vienna Filmakademie Wien.
Duration: 00:06:00

It's Her (United States) by Travis Newsad

A "How-To" video maker runs into a slight snag while editing his project.
Duration: 00:01:00

Deserto (Italy) by Jacopo Miliani

‘Deserto’ reflects on the possibility of multiple identities through the invention of a new language. The desert is the set for the polysexual ‘guest’ in Teorema (1968) by Pier Paolo Pasolini and the transsexual Bernadette in The Adventures of Priscilla (1994). The same actor played both roles.
Duration: 00:06:08

Satyagraha (Italy) by Nuanda Sheridan

A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless love.
Duration: 00:28:00

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film