With over 806 short films entered from 72 countries around the world and over 600 spectators in the 2 screenings nights, the first edition of the Castrovillari Film Festival proved to be a success.

Organized by the Municipality of Castrovillari and the Cultural Association Chimera, the festival took place on 24 and 25 August 2019 inside the Aragonese Castle of Castrovillari.

The jury composed of Rossella Inglese (who presented the two evenings), Andrea Benjamin Manenti, Andrea Gatopoulos and Antonio Romagnoli, awarded 13 prizes divided among the 13 short films of the official selection chosen by the artistic directors Antonio La Camera and Francesco Sottile from all around the world, without geographical borders and from all kinds of production – both no budget and big budget – showcasing the best of world’s creativity in films.

The inaugural evening saw the participation of the Mayor of Castrovillari Domenico Lo Polito and the assessor for education and social planning Giuseppe Russo who inaugurated the festival and gave their wish for the continuation of the event in the following years.