Lucca Film Festival 2023: entries for feature and short film competitions

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Photo: Yamabuki, feature film winner of the Lucca Film Festival 2022

Deadline: 28 july 2023


Lucca, 9 January 2023 – Registration open to the Lucca Film Festival 2023 international feature-length film and short film competitions. The Festival will take place from September 23  to October 1 in Lucca. Every year the Festival brings the great names of international cinema to Tuscany, from Oliver Stone to David Lynch.

Independent contemporary film productions will be selected by a jury of experts and valued as usual in the best way possible in this 2023 edition of the Festival. The films will be screened not only in the cinemas of Lucca, but also online for the entire duration of the event, thanks to the well-established partnerships with MyMovies for feature-length films and Festival Scope for short films. The films will be subject to a precise communication and promotion strategy aimed at increasingly highlighting the importance of cinematographic representations of today’s world and the directors’ talent.

Feature-length film competition


12 films will be selected for the feature-length film competition and they will compete for the assignment of four awards: Best feature-length film (3000 euros), awarded by a jury of prominent names of the cinema world, Best feature-length film – Student jury, awarded by a jury of university students, Best feature-length film – Popular jury (audience award) and and the Marcello Petriozziello Award (press jury).
Films can be submitted by July 28, 2023 via the portals Filmfreeway and Festhome; there are no restrictions of genre or topic, however the films shall have a minimum duration of 60 minutes and shall not date back to years prior to 2022. Besides, the films shall be national premieres, that is they must have never participated in Italian festivals, have never been on online platforms open to the public or have never been in any way broadcasted or distributed in Italy. In order to participate, it is required to send a screener of the work online (with a list of dialogues in English, in case neither the spoken dialogues nor the subtitles are in Italian).
The international jury of the previous editions was made up of important figures of the cinema world like Paulo Branco, Claudio Giovannesi, Daniele Gaglianone, Massimo Gaudioso, Cristi Puiu, Rutger Hauer and Philip Groening. The selection committee consists of Martino Martinelli and Stefano Giorgi.
Selected films will be announced (on the website and social network pages of the event) by September 15, 2023. For more information:


Short film competition


The short film competition is an integral part of the festival’s history that in 2023 reaches its XIX edition. The winning work will be awarded a money prize of 500 euros.
Applications shall be submitted by July 28, 2023, sending the film in the form of a link to or registering on Filmfreeway and Festhome. Films produced preferably not later than 2021 will be accepted.
Every year more than 400 participants – including famous names such as Adan Jodorowsky, son of the very well-known Chilean artist, but also directors the likes of Luca Ferri, Adriano Valerio, Giuseppe Boccassini, Giuseppe Spina, Leonardo Carrano, Bonifacio Angius – come under examination of the committee headed by Laura Da Prato and Dario Ricci. Authors which are nationally (for example by the Venice film festival) and internationally (by Berlin, Locarno, etc.) renowned, in an ongoing dialogue between experimentation and opening to the most diverse genres.
Selected films will be announced (on the website and social network pages of the event) by September 15, 2023. For more information:


Popular jury and Student jury


The presence of a popular jury and a student jury is confirmed for this edition too. Entries are already open!

To register, it is sufficient to send an email with subject: “LFF23 Giuria Studentesca” (for the student jury) or “LFF23 Giuria Popolare” (for the popular jury) to: no later than September 15, 2023.

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