Submit your movie. € 1000 cash prize.

Festival is open for all shorts under 40 minutes, any genre, subject or theme.

The second edition of “Il Varco – International Short Film Festival” will take place in Pescara (Italy) in May 2018. It is meant for directors, producers of any age and nationality, that have shot and produced a short movie after 1/1/2015. There is no minimum duration and maximum duration is very extended. Tell your story without the time limitation you will find in most festivals. Our goal is to discover and promote new authorial cinematographical visions through the language of short movie. Prizes for Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Composer, Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress. Regulations are brief and concise. Check out the call for entries for more information.

Jurors 2017/2018

Show your film to some of the most prominent professionals of the italian industry.

These years the organizers will be helped by a jury of first class professionals: Marco Spoletini – David di Donatello for Best Editor 2009 for Gomorra – will assign the prize for Best Editing; Daniele Ciprì – David di Donatello for Best Cinematography 2010 for Vincere – will assign the prize for Best Cinematography; Elisabetta De Vito – David di Donatello Nominee for Non Essere Cattivo – will assign the prize for Best Actress; Saverio La Ruina – Premio Ubu best Italian Actor – will assign the prize for Best Actor; Antonio Cericola – Composer and conductor at Athens 2004 Olympics – will assign the prize for Best Original Score; Lorenzo Berghella – SIAE Best Talent at Venice Film Festival – will assign the prize for Best Director; Antonio Romagnoli – Director and author – will assign the prize for Best Screenplay and Andrea Gatopoulos – Producer, director, author and founder of Il Varco – Will assign the honorable mention Il Varco.

We watch all the movies you submit. No film is left to itself.

Maximum quality screening.

Screening night in one of the biggest Abruzzi’s cinemas. DCP 2k screening, and we prepare the files for you.

The last edition of our festival was a huge success: a screening on a marvelous, big screen with lots of people, with the attendance of prestigious guests. We really select movies from great, young authors. Directors that got selected in our festival later saw their film recognized with big awards. Screening night gives you the opportunity to show your film at maximum quality. In case of seleciton, we prepare DCP files for you.

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500 €

best film prize

Low submission fees

Distribution fees may be too much of a cost for an independent filmmaker. That’s why we decided to keep fees low for everybody. Submit your film through a platform of your choice or through mail. Fees may vary depending on the platform. Keep an eye on the deadlines to save as much as you can on the submission fee.

Till 28/02/2018


€ 7


Till 31/03/2018


€ 10


Till 15/04/2018


€ 12

Special discounts on multiple submissions for distributors and producers. Contact us at


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