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What is Trieste Film Festival?


This festival is an obvious outcome of a long process of study and research on the cinema of Central and Eastern European countries completely isolated by the Soviet bloc and Western censorship. Nevertheless, Trieste is particularly enlivened by interesting ferments, which can be felt and perceived by a town located on the border with the East.

Each year, this major event in cinema culture promotes information, debate, and mutual cooperation among those located in the audio-visual production industry, and in particular among those which produce films from Central and Eastern Europe. The competition sections aim primarily to highlight innovative and original films, as well as those that focus on specific aspects and problems of culture and society in their homeland.  In addition to the official selections and sidebar programs, starting in 2010, the festival will host the co-production meetings "When East Meets West", which are attended by over 120 artists from all over Europe.

There will be an International Competition of Feature Films; an International Competition of Short Films (max 30 minutes); and an International Competition of Documentary Films. The Trieste Prize is awarded each year to the festival audience for the best feature film in competition (5000 EUR); the Trieste Short is awarded each year for the best short film in competition (2000 EUR), and the Alpe Adria Cinema Award is awarded for the best documentary film in competition (2500 EUR).

Rules and regulations:

  • The films must be completed after January of 2021. 
  • Films should be submitted via the Eventival platform to the Trieste Film Festival.
  • The International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Competition must be Italian premieres.
  • Competition selections must be regional premieres (Friuli Venezia Giulia region).
  • The producers of Feature Films and Documentaries competing for an award should guarantee that one person (the director, the producer, the main actor, or the screenwriter) will attend the official screening of the film.
  • Subtitles language: English

The 33rd edition of the Trieste Film Festival will be held in a "hybrid" format from January 21st to 30th, following the inevitable digital edition of last year. Kornél Mundruzzo's new film "Evolution [+]" will open an event following the success of the Oscar-nominated "Piece of a Woman" as well as being award-winning in Venice. Widely acclaimed in the Cannes Premiere section of the previous Cannes Film Festival, Evolution can also boast Martin Scorsese as an executive producer, just like its predecessor (screened at the Italian Cinema via Theodora Film on January 27). ).

Kamalika Sarkar