Best Short Film
under 30

V Edition

International Award for the Best Short Film

An international award for Best Short Film, dedicated to the late director Ermanno Olmi, to support and promote the works of young filmmakers.

The award is addressed to filmmakers of all nationalities and not older than 30 on the date of the open call deadline. The maximum length of each submission (fiction, documentary or animation) must not exceed 15 minutes. All entries must have been produced in 2022 or 2023. Each filmmaker can submit a single entry.

A special mention will also be assigned to the most significant film dedicated to theme “The Human Being and Time”. The theme chosen by the municipal administration for the special award is reflection on the relationship of the human being with time, a theme that Ermanno Olmi explored in various aspects throughout his film production. Olmi has dealt with the relationship of the individual with family history and collective history, the bond with the heritage of the places of birth and belonging; he has recounted the harmony with the rhythms of nature and the bewilderment that humanity and individuals experience when this is broken. The winner of the mention will be awarded a cash prize worth € 300 offered by FIC – Federazione Italiana Cineforum.

The winners’ announcement and award ceremony will be held on December 5th, 2023, at the Auditorium in Piazza della Libertà, Bergamo, or another suitable venue.

The competition awards the following:

Ermanno Olmi Award – 1st Prize: € 1200
Ermanno Olmi Award – 2nd Prize: € 600
Ermanno Olmi Award – 3rd Prize: € 400

Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023 sees Intesa Sanpaolo and A2A as Main Partner, Brembo as System Partner, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and SACBO as Area Partners. The Ministry of Culture and Regione Lombardia are institutional partners together with Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione della Comunità Bresciana and Fondazione della Comunità Bergamasca.


For information / +39 348 1022828


Participation fee — € 5
Deadline — October 15th, 2023


Winners – IV Edition

First Prize


Péter Dóczé

A valuable story that addresses a socially relevant topic told through the eyes of children: a perfectly constructed short film that demonstrates mastery of the cinematic device.

Second Prize

Things Unheard Of

Ramazan Kılıç

A short film that reveals a solid cinematic instinct and addresses relevant themes with an important - and universal - message of resistance in sharing.

Third Prize

The Passing of Time

Nathan Le Graciet

A film that stands out for its conscious direction, both in the use of the handheld camera - which allows maximum adherence to the characters and in the choice of black and white, which enhances the poetic dimension of the story.

Special Mention

Busan, 1999

Thomas Percy Kim

A well-calibrated narrative, with two very intense characters who effectively represent the poignant challenge that time represents for human beings, and the unbreakable bond that binds us to our birthplaces and the people to whom we owe our lives.

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