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A film festival focussing on the complexity of human relationships set in Shakespeare's city of love Verona, Italy. Does it get any better than this?

The Verona International Film Festival presents films which revolve around relationships in their different forms whether spiritual, physical, interpersonal, familial, and humanitarian and can even touch upon relationships between nations and political parties. Films can tackle the complexity, ever-changing dynamics, adversity, and multi-faceted aspects pertaining to these different types of relationships. Based in Verona (Italy) the festival aims to screen a dozen of feature and short films.

All screenings will take place at Mulitsala Rivoli in Verona.

The Verona International Film Festival is a true arthouse festival in every sense. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

Awards

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Narrative Feature Film 
Best Documentary Feature Film 
Best Narrative Short Film 
Best Documentary Short Film 
Best Animated Film 
Best Experimental Film

Best Music Video

No red carpet

The real star of any film festival should be the films. It shouldn’t be countless celebrities posing for pictures on the red carpet, lavish parties for select critics that completely overshadow what’s happening on the screen, or costly admission fees that rake up receipts but severely limit a filmmaker’s chances of having an appreciative audience.

Admission to screenings is always free of charge to encourage a suitable audience of filmgoers. These intimate screenings allow festival guests to enjoy themselves even as they view challenging films, creating a welcoming and receptive environment.

Previous editions

Find out more about the previous editions of the Verona International Film Festival:

Proud partner of The Bigger Screen

Verona International Film Festival is supported by The Bigger Screen, an organization that aims to make film as an art form more accessible and more inclusive.

Supporting Film Festivals: Film festivals are not only a place to share films, but they are a safe haven for film makers to connect, share, and learn. The Bigger Screens supports and engages with over 25 respected international film festivals from mainstays like the 61st Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Brussels Independent Film Festival to emerging events such as the Venice Film Week and The Producer’s Night Los Angeles. These events bring filmmakers and filmgoers together, providing that place to connect and engage in a comfortable setting, away from Hollywood glitz and glamour.

 

Connecting Cultures Program: Each year, The Bigger Screen selects ten countries and grants filmmakers from those areas the ability to submit their work free of charge to partner festivals all over the world. This opens the door of film exposure to those who may not otherwise be able to enter. As we support inclusivity and shareable films, this program exemplifies our mission.

 

Local Filmmakers Program: We understand that the cost of making a film can be taxing, so to encourage rising talent, we waive the festival submission fee to local talent. With numerous worldwide locations for festivals, this provides great opportunity for filmmakers around the world to enter the international film scene. This opportunity opens the world of film. Think global, act local, right?

 

Inclusive Audience Program: Our screenings are always low or even free of charge to provide opportunity for interested film goers to view up and coming, challenging, and inspiring pieces of art, encouraging students, seniors, and those in underprivileged environments to share the experience of film and cinema. We welcome film goers, regardless of income and financial status.

 

The Tarkovski Grant: All selected filmmakers will receive The Tarkovski Grant, a film festival submission fee waiver package with an average value of about $250. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed. The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers, by promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length.