Pentedattilo Film Festival


Years running: 16 (since 2006)

Pentedattilo Film Festival

International Short Film Festival in Italy.


Pentedattilo Film Festival is one of the most important Festival for Short Movies in Southern Italy.
Pentedattilo Film Festival is held every year in the ancient ghost town of Pentedattilo, near Reggio Calabria. The village, defined by the nineteenth-century traveler Edward Lear "The strangest human dwelling place" is perched on a strange rock shaped as a giant hand, and it has recently experienced a cultural recovery that has made it one of the most significant destination for the spread of international short films.
You have to see it to believe it: a small town still injured by the abandonment, that gets filled with words, ideas images.
Every year Pentedattilo Film Festival opens to those insatiable travellers who explore unusual borders, dedicating them a 5 full time days of screenings, seminars, films, special events.


The jury panel of industry professionals (whose names will be forwarded at the deadline on the festival website) will award the following prizes

  • Best Short Film € 700
  • Best Animation Short movie € 400
  • Best Thriller Short Film € 400,00
  • Best Music Video € 200,00 


  • Short Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017. 
  • Submission via Filmfreeway. 

Subtitle language: English. 


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival director: Americo Melchionda



Reggio Calabria (Pentedattilo)

Official Website



Via Itria 26/A
Reggio Calabria,

Tel: +39 096-503-2426

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 10, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 31, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    April 30, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    May 31, 2020
  • Notifications
    August 20, 2020
  • Event Dates
    5 — 9 December 2020
Categories & Fees

These works may last no longer than 10 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $9
  • Regular Deadline — $10
  • Late Deadline — $11
  • Earlybird Deadline — $12
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $18

Short films competition without limitations about the topic. These works may last no longer than 30 minute

  • Earlybird Deadline — $12
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $18

Animated short films competition. These works may last no longer than 30 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $12
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $18
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