Lucca Film Festival

23-Sep-2023 To 01-Oct-2023

Lucca, Italy

Entries are now open for the international feature and short film competition and for the Lucca Effetto Cinema evening of the Lucca Film Festival 2023. In addition, there is the Lucca Film Festival for Future, a new short film competition created in an exclusive collaboration with the Sofidel Group. Chaired by Nicola Borrelli, the Festival will be held from Sept 23 to Oct 1, 2023. It is one of the flagship events on the Italian cultural scene, realized thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca that manages to bring to Tuscany some of the greatest personalities of international cinema, such as Oliver Stone and David Lynch to David Lynch, via Alfonso Cuarón, Jeremy Irons, Rupert Everett, Terry Gilliam and many others. As with previous editions, the 2023 edition will be able to fully appreciate contemporary independent films that will be selected by a jury of experts. The short films will then be screened not only in Lucca’s cinemas but also online for the entire duration of the festival thanks to our well-established partnership with Festival Scope.

Feature Film Competition, 12 films will be selected and will compete for four prizes: Best Feature Film (€3,000), awarded by a jury of leading names in the film world, Best Feature Film - Student Jury, awarded by a jury of university students, Best Feature Film - Popular Jury, a prize awarded by the public, and the Marcello Petrozziello Prize, awarded by the press jury. The call for entries, via the Filmfreeway and Festhome, expires on 14 July 2023. There is no restriction on the genre or topic, however, the film must be at least 60 mins long and have been produced no earlier than 2022. The films must be presented as Italian premieres and therefore never have competed in other Italian festivals, been released on online platforms open to the public or screened or distributed in Italy. To submit an application all participants must send an online screener of their work – together with a dialogue list in English if neither the dialogues nor the subtitles are in Italian. The selected films will be announced – on the Festival website / social media pages – no later than Sept 15, 2023. Know more: featurecompetition@luccafilmfestival.it . 

The Short Film Competition is an important part of the Festival’s history, reaching its 19th edition in 2023.  There is a cash prize of 500 euros for the winning entry. Participants can submit their application no later than July 14, 2023, by sending their film as a link to competition@luccafilmfestival.it or by signing up on Filmfreeway and Festhome. Works produced preferably no later than 2022 are accepted, which in any case must be Italian premieres. The selected films will be announced on the Festival website/social media pages – no later than Sept 15, 2023. Know more: competition@luccafilmfestival.it

Popular Jury and the Student Judging Panel applications are now open. Send an email with the subject "LFF23 Giuria Studentesca" or "LFF23 Giuria Popolare" to: segreteria@luccafilmfestival.it  no later than Sept 15, 2023.