Monthly Picks


From all the submissions we pick a pool of films that are eligible for our competition. The films are listed on our website at the end of the monthly call
Monthly Finalists


On the notification date, some of the Monthly Picks advance as finalists
Monthly Nominees


Among the finalists, few of them are nominated for one or more of our 24 monthly awards.
Monthly Winners


Some of the nominees win one or more of our 24 monthly awards, thus qualifying for the annual award of the same category.


A selection of the Best of Fest nominees curated by our artistic director Marcello Di Trocchio is screened three times a year at Cinema Farnese Arthouse in Rome
Annual Nominees


At the end of the year, among the 12 films that won a monthly award 6 are nominated for the annual award of that category.
Annual Winners and Ceremony


At the end of the cycle, every annual award is won by one film and the winner of the Best of Fest of the year receives the deserved cash prize.
The award ceremony is held live at Cinema Farnese where the 6 Best of Fest Nominees are screened in company of the directors and of our community


Every month we give away $9056 in services from our partners to the nominated filmmakers and winners.


  • The Nominees for each category get a 3-month submission account with for a value of $117.
  • The Winner of each prize gets a certificate and a 12-month subscription worth $189.
  • The Winner of Best Original Score also gets a Filmstro Pro account worth $299
  • The Winner of Best of Fest gets the certificate, the 12-month subscription plus a 3-month Studiobinder software worth $297.


We award films in the following categories:

  • 🏆 Best of Fest
  • 🏆 Best Short Film
  • 🏆 Best Feature Film 
  • 🏆 Best Short Doc
  • 🏆 Best Feature Doc
  • 🏆 Best Animation Film
  • 🏆 Best VR/Experimental
  • 🏆 Best Music Video
  • 🏆 Best Web Series
  • 🏆 Best Short Screenplay
  • 🏆 Best Feature Screenplay
  • 🏆 Best Poster
  • 🏆 Best Trailer
  • 🥇 Best Director
  • 🥇 Best Screenwriter
  • 🥇 Best Cinematographer
  • 🥇 Best Editing
  • 🥇 Best Sound
  • 🥇 Best Original Score
  • 🥇 Best Costume Designer
  • 🥇 Best Leading Actress
  • 🥇 Best Leading Actor
  • 🥇 Best Supporting Actress
  • 🥇 Best Supporting Actor 

Every award is iMDb-qualifying and can be added to the iMDb profile of the director. It also qualifies for the annual award in the same category. Annual awards are given during the summer, every year in Rome. The annual Best of Fest, which is selected among the 12 monthly Best of Fest of the year, receives a cash award that grows with every submission.




Submissions are open.