Il Varco Short Film Festival


Years running: 6 (since 2017)

Il Varco Short Film Festival

Showcasing best international independent shorts from emergent directors.


Our goal is to discover and promote new authorial cinematographical visions through the language of short movie.

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. For example, Elio Di Pace later went to Venice Festival. Gianluca Santoni won Solinas Award and went to Hollywood with StudioUniversal. Aldo Iuliano and its movie "Penalty", that was awarded last season, later won the italian Golden Globe and was selected in Oscar qualifying festival. "Wherever was using this bed", an australian movie that we screened, after our festival won more that 25 awards and was selected in over 100 festivals, including BAFTA and Oscar qualifying events. This year our jurors will be among the best professionals of the italian Film Industry. We only care about quality movies, intelligent vision, experimentation and authorial style. We're not saying that this movies went far because of us, but we can tell you that being selected here means that your film has all that is needed to be recognised as an author's film and if we do select it, many others will surely be interested in it.


  • To the Best International Short Movie: € 1000,00 cash prize.
  • To the Best Director
  • To the Best Director of Photography
  • To the Best Screenplay
  • To the Best Original Score
  • To the Best Editing
  • To the Best Actor
  • To the Best Actress


We ask filmmakers and producers to accept simple regulations:

- Free theme or subject;

- Shorts must have a maximum running time of 40' and must have been produced after 1/1/2017;

- Shorts must be either shot in italian or have english or italian subtitles;

- Shots that contain obscene, libellous or diffamatory language will be disqualified;

- You can submit only one short per subscription fee: multiple shorts require multiple subscription fees;

- Producers and/or author, if the short is selected for the final stage of the festival, must declare to be solely responsible for all rights regarding his work and must declare that the movie does not contain any third-party rights.

- The judgement of the jurors is unchallengeable 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website


Via Colle Renazzo 75
Pescara, Pe 65129


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 27, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 22, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    August 11, 2020
  • Third Deadline
    September 15, 2020
  • Andrej Tarkovskij Deadline Deadline
    October 14, 2020
  • Charlie Chaplin Deadline
    December 07, 2020
  • Steven Spielberg Deadline
    December 27, 2020
  • Sergio Leone Deadline
    January 16, 2021
  • Quentin Tarantino Deadline
    February 05, 2021
  • Federico Fellini Deadline
    February 25, 2021
  • Francis Ford Coppola Deadline
    May 04, 2021
  • Notifications
    May 21, 2021
  • Event Dates
    4 — 7 June 2021
Categories & Fees

International short films under 40 mins

  • Earlybird Deadline — $18
  • Regular Deadline — $18
  • Third Deadline — $19
  • Andrej Tarkovskij Deadline Deadline — $19
  • Charlie Chaplin Deadline — $19
  • Steven Spielberg Deadline — $19
  • Sergio Leone Deadline — $22
  • Quentin Tarantino Deadline — $24
  • Federico Fellini Deadline — $27
  • Francis Ford Coppola Deadline — $30
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