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Spello Film Festival

Spello Film Festival

Spello, Foligno, Assisi, Monte Castello di Vibio, Perugia, Giano dell'Umbria from 02/24/2018 to 03/04/2018
Type of event:
  • Art and Culture
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cinema
  • Contest
  • Festival
  • Exhibit
  • Music

Phone: 0742 304035, 346 8513933


From 25th February to 5th March 2017, there will be the Film Festival of Spello and Umbrian Towns, an unmissable appointment for all the cinema lovers.

In fact this Festival was created in 2012 with the aim to promote film culture in all of his forms and also to enhance and get the public closer to the professions "behind the scenes" of cinema. The festival, in fact, proposes itself as a Review - Competition about the Cinema Professions dedicated to the great work of screenwriters, cinematographers, set designers, sound engineers, editors, costume designers, makeup artists, responsibles for the special effects... and all of those professionists whose work, often little known, is crucial for the realization of a film.

The movies shown at the festival compete in different categories: Italian movies, foreign movies, backstage and documentaries. A jury composed by professionals of Cinema will award a prize for each category. Since 2015, the projections have been composed also by 7 European films selected among the productions of the previous two years, focusing on those films of value that have had a minor distribution. All screenings are free admission.

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The Film Festival of Spello obviously has its nerve center in the beautiful town of Spello, in particular at the Subasio Theater and the Cinema Palazzo (at the Town Hall).

Many other towns participate in the initiative also this year, with screenings and events in enchanting places, that are also able to enhance the excellences of the Umbrian region. From the Sala Fra' Giordano of Giano dell'Umbria to the Auditorium San Domenico of Foligno, from the Metastasio Theater of Assisi to the Astra Cinema of Gubbio, passing by  the Belle Arti Academy of Perugia and the wonderful Concordia Theater of Montecastello di Vibio.

In addiction, there will be also a special screening accompanied by a rich tasting at the House of Chocolate in Perugia, which on this occasion will have a special night opening.

This year, the theme chosen in the section dedicated to documentaries is the strict relation between "Cinema & Food", which will be the theme of a special exhibition too, organized by the Experimental Center of Cinematography - National Film Archive. The exhibit, with a suggestive photo gallery, will be entirely realized by archive images linked to three places of nutrition: street, kitchen and table, highlighting how the food has a privileged perspective from which to observe customs and traditions and to record changes in the society.

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We suggest you many special appointments of the Festival:

  • Creators of Wizardry - To dress up dreams

Spello - Cinema Palazzo
From 25th February to 05 March, Time 9 am - 13 am and 3 pm - 6 pm (From Wednesday to Sunday)
From 6 March, Time 10 am - 13 am to 3 pm - 6 pm (Only on Saturday and Sunday)
The exhibition focuses on the artistic contribution of Scenographers, Costume Designers and Decorators, retracing the creative process of conception, preparation and realization of the forms that make up a complete image, "the exact style" with which to tell a specific story.

  • Savina Prize "Sound & Music in the Cinema"

Spello - Subasio Theater
On Saturday 4th March, Time 6:30 pm
Award given to the best musical contribution for a story in pictures, dedicated to Carlo Savina, one of the most influential musicians in the history of cinema. The award wants to enhance and emphasize the theme of music in the film reality, from the silent movies to the advent of sound, until the affirmation of the sound tracks as a whole set of sound events: dialogues, sound effects, music.

  • Prize to the 2017 Excellence

Spello - Subasio Theater
On Saturday 4th March, Time 6:30 pm
Award ceremony for a recognition of artistic excellence to a prestigious star of Italian cinema.

  • Book Presentation "Cinema à la carte" of Stefano Giani

Spello - Cinema Palazzo
On Saturday 4th March, Time 3:30 pm
A complete analysis of how they eat and have eaten on the big screen, with the presentation of the careful work of Stefano Giani. In this book, the author describes a series of historical and recent films, from around the world, where food plays as protagonist with a specific role: from science fiction of Georges Mélièrs to the use of Charlie Chaplin and John Ford; from Babette to the ethnic lunches so fashionable, until the French-Indian challenge of love, food and curry and the Elysee canteen.


Finally, space also for collateral events tied to the music with "Black & White" between art, music and culture. On Saturday 25th February at 7:30 pm, in Spello at Cinema Palazzo, buffet dinner with dress code Black and White accompanied by music and with visit to the festival exhibitions. The event is by invitation and reservation.

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Between the movies of the festival, that you can find in the brochure attached at the bottom of this page, we present you a small roundup of Italian films in competition:

  • VELOCE COME IL VENTO of Matteo Rovere (with Stefano Accorsi, Matilda De Angelis, Paolo Graziosi, Roberta Mattei, Lorenzo Gioielli, Giulio Pugnaghi) - The complicated relation between a brother and a sister, among motors passion and cars races
  • LE CONFESSIONI of Roberto Andò (with Toni Servillo...) - The silence of a monk, among the seal of confession and the intrigues of power
  • LA VITA POSSIBILE of Ivano De Matteo (with Margherita Buy, Valeria Golino, Andrea Pittorino, Caterina Shulha, Bruno Todeschini ) - A woman and her son, escaping from a violent man and looking for a new life
  • LA PAZZA GIOIA of Paolo Virzì (with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti...) - An unexpected and unique friendship, to pursuit happines
  • LA MACCHINAZIONE of Davide Grieco (with Massimo Ranieri, Libero De Rienzo...) - Pier Paolo Pasolini, from the Summer of 1975 to the tragic night of his death
  • IL PIU' GRANDE SONNO of Michele Vannucci (with Mirko Frezza...) - The fragile and irrational dream of a "bandit" who tries to safeguard his little but precious happiness
  • IN GUERRA PER AMORE of Pif (with Pif, Miriam Leone, Andrea Di Stefano...) - A tragi-comic story on the background of the arrival of American troops in Sicily, an event that will change the history of the Mafia and of the Sicily itself
  • 7 MINUTI of Michele Placido (with Cristiana Capotondi, Violante Placido, Ambra Angiolini, Ottavia Piccolo, Fiorella Mannoia...) -  The uncertainty of the future in 7 minutes, in the very different lives of women, mothers and daughters
  • MINE of Fabio Guaglione e Fabio Resinaro (with Armie Hammer) - A soldier inadvertently steps a mine, in the middle of the Afghan desert...
  • SENZA LASCIARE TRACCIA of Gianclaudio Cappai (with Michele Riondino...) - A past that comes back in sickness, a past to deal
  • UN BACIO of Ivan Cotroneo (with Rimau Grillo Ritzberger, Valentina Romani, Leonardo Pazzagli, Thomas Trabacchi) - A film about adolescence, about its models and schemes, and about the friendship that helps us to resist


Discover all about the Cinema Festival of the City of Spello with the brochure attached!