Bellaria Film Festival

Years running: 42 (since 1983)

Bellaria Film Festival

International Film Festival.


Born in 1983 as "Anteprima for Italian Independent Cinema", Bellaria Film Festival boasts a prestigious history: in 38 years, many important scholars, critics and curators have directed the Festival: from Morando Morandini to Gianni Volpi, Marco Bellocchio, Enrico Ghezzi, etc.
It is one of the most authoritative Film events in Italy, also thanks to the participation of talents such as Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Gianfranco Rosi, Pietro Marcello, Silvio Soldini, Daniele Segre, Ciprì and Maresco, Roberta Torre and many others.
The recent affirmation of the documentary as a genre and the increase in events dedicated to it, shows that the direction taken by Bellaria Film Festival represents a clear trend of the contemporary.

2020's edition is, once again, dedicated to Art. IX of the Italian Constitution, with the aim of enhancing and protecting historical, artistic, cultural, environmental heritage and promoting the knowledge of all cultures through the use of multiple arts and languages: from music, to theatre and, of course, cinema.



The winner of Bei Doc competition will receive a prize of € 3,0000.00 + plaque, while the winner of the Bei Young Doc competition will receive a prize of € 1,000.00 + plaque.

  • “Luis Bacalov” AWARD

The jury will reward a prize of € 500.00 + plaque to the film with the best soundtrack.
The work will be voted directly by the audience; consequently it is not possible to register your documentary for this award.

  • "Equal Opportunities" special mention

In order to promote knowledge and awareness on equal opportunities and / or diversity issues, in 2019 the art direction introduced the mention for "equal opportunities", dedicated to those films that place the emphasis on social issues related to, for instance, gender or disabilities.

All the rewards will be validated during the award ceremony only with the presence of at least one representative of the film.
The Festival Direction has the right to cancel, vary, integrate prizes and mentions.


  • the competition is open to films produced after January 1, 2023
  • films may be unreleased, already presented in other festivals or distributed in cinemas
  • minimum duration is 20 minutes. Films must not exceed 60 minutes (including titles) duration.
  •  Italian documentaries must be subtitled in English
  •  foreign-language docs must contain appropriate Italian subtitles.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organizer: Municipality of Bellaria Igea Marina




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Via Paolo Guidi, 77/e
Bellaria Igea Marina, Rimini 47814

Phone: +39.0541343892

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 03, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    December 18, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    February 23, 2024
  • Notifications
    April 06, 2024
  • Event Dates
    1 — 5 May 2024
Categories & Fees
  • Regular Deadline — $11
  • Regular Deadline — $22
  • Regular Deadline — $11
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