Years running: 13 (since 2006)

Rome International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Rome.


The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness of and promote international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment, and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. In addition to the
competitive programmes mentioned in the paragraphs below, the Festival may also feature retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a greater understanding of the history of cinema.



  • BNL People’s Choice Award. The BNL People’s Choice Award will be conferred to the film that receives the largest number of preferences from the audience. The award will also attribute a cash prize of 10 000 euro to the Italian distributor of the film. If within 6 months of the official screening at the RFF the film has not been purchased by an Italian distributor, the prize money will be awarded to its international sales agent.
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement and other awards
  • The Artistic Director may make recommendations to the President and the Board of Directors to confer the Acting Award, the Lifetime Achievement Awards and any other prizes.


  • Only feature-length films that have never been shown in Europe or have been shown only to audiences in the country of origin will be eligible for submission to the Official Selection. They must never (even in part) have been shown on television or Internet or through any other channel or form of diffusion. Italian films must be European premieres.
  • All submitted films must be recent productions completed not prior to Thursday December 1st 2016.
  • Short films or medium-length films (lasting less than 52 minutes) are not eligible for submission.

In order to be considered for pre-selection, the film’s submitter must: 

  • Fill out and sign the pre-selection entry form online exclusively on the RFF website at;
  • Send a copy of the film;
  • Send, together with the film, proof of online payment of the entry fee;
  • Send a digital information kit including the synopsis in Italian or in English, the director’s biography/filmography, cast, crew, and a press kit if possible;

The registration fee is in the amount of:

  • 60 euro: for films registered by uploading the video file using the Starbase platform, or for those who choose to specify a link to an independent platform on the pre-selection form;
  • 80 euro: for films registered by shipping a DCP, DVD or Blu-Ray Disc.

Selection Media Type: online, DVD, Blu-ray Disc or DCP

Screening Media Type: 35 mm, DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English or Italian

Premiere Requirements

Continental premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • President: Mr. Paolo Ferrari
  • Artistic Director: Mr. Marco Mueller




Official website


Address (for pre-selection shipping):

Festa del Cinema di Roma
Ufficio Cinema Fondazione Cinema per Roma
Via degli Scialoja, 3

Address (for invited films to be sent):

Festa del Cinema di Roma
Ufficio Cinema – Movimento Copie p/o Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro De Coubertin 30
Roma – I

Phone: +39 06 40 40 19 00

Email: (submission questions)​ (selected films shipping questions)


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    August 03, 2017
  • Event dates
    26 October — 5 November 2017
Categories & Fees

Feature-length films (more than 52 minutes).

  • Deadline — €60

Feature-length films (more than 52 minutes).

  • Deadline — €80
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