Paradiso Film Fest: call for entry

The call for submissions for short films and documentaries for the fifth edition of the Paradiso Film Fest is now open. The festival will take place at Palazzo Adriano (PA) from August 2nd to 4th.

If you are a filmmaker, please read the regulations and submit your short film or documentary by June 15, 2024.

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True cinephiles will surely recognize and cherish the enchanting village of Palazzo Adriano, a hidden Sicilian gem renowned for capturing the attention of director Giuseppe Tornatore. He transformed it into the primary, natural film set for the Oscar-winning masterpiece, “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”, but this quaint village has also served as the backdrop for various other films and commercials. This lovely Sicilian village always remains etched in memory, particularly its famous square where a grand cinema once stood for the making of Tornatore’s movie—witness to encounters, tragedies, and shattered dreams. Today, it stands laden with memories and evocative charm.

  1. WHEN
    The Paradiso Film Fest, scheduled for August 2/3/4, 2024, will be a sensory and artistic journey. It offers immersion into the world and secrets of cinema and music, unveiling the unique and authentic characteristics of the region.
    The Paradiso Film Fest is meticulously organized by the municipal administration of Palazzo Adriano in collaboration with Pro-loco, along with local associations and private sponsors.
    The artistic direction will curate and select the submissions. Short films, with a maximum duration of 30 minutes, created by Italian and international filmmakers within the last four years (from 2021 to the present), are eligible for participation. Each author may submit up to three titles. Participation is exclusively open to projects that have not been part of previous editions of the competition.
    Italian and international documentaries, with a maximum duration of 60 minutes created in the last three years (from 2022 to the present), are eligible for this section. Each author may propose no more than one title. Participation is open exclusively to projects that have not been part of previous editions of the competition.

The festival jury, divided into technical and popular segments, will be responsible for the prize distribution, acting at their sole discretion. The following awards will be presented:

– Best Short Film Prize: 500 euros.
– Mention for Best Animated Short Film.
– Mention for Best Documentary Film.
– Mention for Best Short Film on Social Issues (live action and animation).
– Mention for Best Performer.
– Mention for Best Cinematography.
– Mention for Best Original Soundtrack.
– Mention for Best Short Film on the Sicilian Territory.
– Audience Mention.

Registration for the festival is free of charge. Entries should be submitted to the email address The following attachments, duly completed and signed, must accompany the submission:

  • Paradiso Film Fest Participation Form
  • Release Form

Owners of works intending to participate in the Festival must, no later than June 15, 2024, send videos in 1920x1080p .mp4 .mov H264 format via downloadable links on Vimeo to the same mailing address. In the case of selection, communicated by June 20, 2024, the following additional materials are required:

– Transcript of dialogue in the original language and English.
– Subtitle files (.srt) synchronized in English and Italian.
– Low-resolution copy with imprinted subtitles.
– Five official photos.
– Synopsis.
– Brief author/author bio.

The entry will be considered valid only if complete with all the required materials. The presence of the work’s author at the festival is not obligatory. In case of non-attendance, a video greeting to the audience is required.

Starting July 15, 2024, the titles, selected authors, dates, and screening times will be published along with the full program on the official website of the Paradiso Film Fest (

Upon registration, the authors and producers of the films submitted to the festival accept all the rules of the announcement. While remaining full owners of their rights to the works, the authors and producers grant the 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 the right to use one or more images from their works to promote the event and for other forms of communication and activities, with the sole obligation of mentioning the artist.

The authors grant the organizing body, free of charge, the right to screen the works in future festivals organized on a non-profit basis. The Paradiso Film Fest reserves the right not to publish or exhibit texts or works that are defamatory or obscene, or considered as such. The authors and producers, by entering this competition, declare that they own the rights of use for any music present in the film and for non-original video sequences.

The Paradiso Film Fest disclaims any responsibility concerning any infringement of rights or releases by the submitted works and their respective authors. The authors of the works and their producers, by submitting the entry form, also authorize the Paradiso Film Fest to process their personal data in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (Privacy). Personal data will be processed in compliance with the rights of confidentiality and personal identity.

Any dispute will be dealt with in Italy and according to Italian Law, with jurisdiction in the Court of Termini Imerese.


Talks, master classes, photography exhibitions, traveling installations, urban tours with special guides, music, book presentations, and, of course, screenings—all unfold in the beautiful square of Palazzo Adriano and among the streets of the village.