Paradiso Film Fest: open call for short films and documentaries

The Paradiso Film Fest, scheduled this year from Aug. 4 to 6, is a sensory and artistic journey, an immersion in the world and secrets of cinema and music, which today lights up the square of Palazzo Adriano with a selection of screenings and special events. This year, the municipal administration of the municipality of Palazzo Adriano, in collaboration with Proloco, local associations, and volunteers who support the festival, launched the callfor short films and documentaries open until July 5, 2023.

If you are an author or writer, please read the rules and enter your short film or documentary.

Download attachments:

  1. Paradiso Film Fest 2023 Notice of Competition Regulations
  2. Model release notice Paradiso Film Fest 2023
  3. Paradiso Film Fest 2023 Participation Form
  1. WHEN

Paradiso Film Fest, scheduled for August 4/5/6, 2023, will be a sensory and artistic journey, an immersion in the world and secrets of cinema and music, discovering an area with unique and authentic peculiarities.


The Paradiso Film Fest is organized by the municipal administration of the town of Palazzo Adriano in cooperation with Proloco. These entities are joined by local associations and possible private sponsors.


The artistic direction will view the works and make the selection.

Short films up to 30 minutes in length made by Italian and international filmmakers in the last 4 years (2020 to present) are eligible to participate in the festival; no more than three titles per author can be submitted.


Documentaries with a maximum duration of 60 minutes, both Italian and international, made within the last 3 years (from 2021 to the present) can participate in this section; no more than one title per author can be proposed.


The awarding of prizes will be made by and at the sole discretion of the festival jury divided into technical and popular jury.

The following prizes will be awarded:

Best short film award of 500 euros.

Mention best animated short film

Mention to the best documentary

Mention best short film on social issues (live action and animation)

Mention best performer

Mention best photography

Mention best original soundtrack

Mention to the best short film on the Sicilian territory.

Audience Mention


Registration for the festival is free of charge.

Application should be submitted to the following e-mail address:

The following attachments, duly completed and signed, should be submitted:

Paradiso Film Fest entry form


Owners of works that intend to participate in the Festival must, no later than July 5, 2023, also to the same mailing address, send videos in 1920x1080p .mp4 .mov H264 format via downloadable links on Vimeo.

In case of selection, communicated by July 20, 2023 is also required:

The transcript of the dialogues in the original language and English

Subtitle synchronized in English and Italian

Low-resolution copy with imprinted subtitles

Five official photos


Short author/author bio

Registration will be considered valid only if it is complete with all required materials.

The presence of the author of the work at the festival is not binding. In case of non-attendance, a video greeting to the audience is required.


As of July 30, 2023, the titles, selected authors, dates and screening times will be published along with the full program on the official website of Paradiso Film Fest (


Upon entry, the Authors and Producers of the films submitted to the Festival agree to all the rules of the announcement. The Authors and Producers, while remaining for all purposes fully owners of their rights to the works, grant the Festival “Paradiso Film Fest” the right to screen their works, free of charge, as part of the event.

The authors also grant, free of charge, to the “Paradiso Film Fest” Festival the right to use one or more images from their works in order to promote the event and for other forms of communication and activities with the sole obligation of mentioning the artist. The “Paradiso Film Fest” Festival reserves the right not to publish or exhibit texts or works that are defamatory or obscene, or even considered as such. The Authors and Producers, in entering this contest, declare that they own the rights of use for any music that may be present in the film and for non-original video sequences. The “Paradiso Film Fest” Festival disclaims any responsibility concerning any injury of rights or disclaimers by the submitted works and their respective authors. The authors of the works and their producers by submitting the entry form also authorize the Festival “Paradiso Film Fest” to process their personal data in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (Privacy). Personal data will be processed in accordance with the rights of confidentiality and personal identity. All disputes will be dealt with in Italy and according to Italian Law, with jurisdiction in the Court of Termini Imerese.