The CASTROVILLARI FILM FESTIVAL was born by the desire of transporting the audience on a journey to discover the various nuances of the human soul, thanks to the visions of authors who can bring their uniqueness in the cinematographic art.
Regardless of the genre, the nation, the budget, the medium used for filming, what interests us is to see strong, daring short films that are capable of shedding light on the human condition.


We are looking for works out of any standardization that are so common today in the world of short films, works that are able to create a glimpse of conscience in the soul of the spectators and that are able, even if only for a moment, to bring them out and at the same time inside themselves.


The festival is held in the ancient Castello Aragonese of Castrovillari (Calabria, southern Italy), which this year will become the real home of the festival offering events, meetings and screenings during the whole three days of the festival.

From this year, to encourage the meeting between the authors and the creation of a space of creativity and discussion, the festival will host the selected directors.


This year also sees the beginning of the collaborations with festivals such as Il Varco International Short Film Festival, ShortDays, Calabria Movie – International Short Film Festival, Pollino Film Fest, Desenzano Film Festival, Scario Film Fest, Prisma – Rome Independent Film Award.

All submission will receive a 50% discount package from the festivals partner worth more than € 30,00, making the submission really convenient.


This year we’re also partnering with Gargantua Film to offer a € 1000,00 worth of worldwide distribution contract to one of the films of the official selection.


Finally, the short films that won the main prize and the jury prize will win € 500,00 each one.


Registration for this year will open on March 1st.



Castrovillari has always been, since Hellenic times, a strategic commercial spot to connect the rest of Italy to all the lands that lied in the south.

Inside the “Civita” stands the Aragonese Castle, built by order of Ferdinand of Aragon in 1461 and finished in 1490. Used as a prison from 1495 to 1995, the Castle has been restored in recent years and transformed into the most important cultural center of the city.