Corto Dorico Film Fest, founded in 2004 in the Italian port city of Ancona, is an international film festival whose focus lies chiefly on short films, debut feature films, documentaries and auteur films, and whose mission has always been that of fulfilling the challenge of researching, promoting and supporting cinema through its new and ever-changing views, its diverse poetics and its individual visions.
Over the course of its almost two decades of programming, Corto Dorico has been able to establish itself as one of the leading short film festival in its region and in all of central Italy, and as a popular meeting ground for film aficionados, industry professionals and film journalists and critics, as well as students of all ages through its plenty of collaborations with the local schools and universities.
It has had the privilege of hosting the likes of Pupi Avati, Matteo Rovere, Maurizio Nichetti, Gianni Amelio, Marco Spoletini, Claudio Giovannesi, Ruggero Deodato, Ugo Gregoretti and many more important figures in the past and present history of both national and international moviemaking.

The Festival is directed by famed writer/director and cinematographer Daniele Ciprì, and co-directed by Luca Caprara. It is co-organized by the Ancona City Council, with the support of the Marche Region and the MIBACT – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, and it is usually held in the first week of December


“Short on Rights” International Competition
Since 2019, Corto Dorico has held its own International Short Film Competition in collaboration with Amnesty International Italy.
The short films admitted to the selection may be of any kind and genre, provided that they deal with issues related to human and/or civil rights, in both conventional and unconventional ways or forms, and to either the upholding or the violation of said rights as guaranteed for each individual by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our yearly selection of shorts can take part in the International AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD Competition “A Corto di Diritti” / “Short on Rights” and therefore can run for the main prize of 1,000 euros and our Young Jury Award.

National Short Film Competition
The main competition of our Festival has always provided a significant opportunity for young and yet-to-be-known directors to be discovered and appreciated for their talents and their efforts. It has promoted and sought to aid the launch of the careers of plenty of Italian filmmakers who later went on to establish themselves as prominent new voices within the national cinematic landscape. Those have included several future David di Donatello and Nastro d’Argento awards recipients, as well as now well-regarded directors like Simone Massi, Gabriele Mainetti, Laura Bispuri, Mario Piredda, Giovanni Aloi, Andrea Jublin and Pippo Mezzapesa, just to name a few. Our selected shorts are set to compete each year for our main prizes, such as the Jury Prize and the People’s Award as voted by our viewers, with a total prize money of 4,000 euros.

Salto in Lungo – Debut Feature Film Selection
Salto in Lungo is a sought after platform for first-time filmmakers to have their debut films screened for a larger audience and compete for a chance to be shown in the movie theaters of the UCCA – Unione Circoli Cinematografici Arci film circuit. Each year’s winner of the Salto in Lungo competitive section is decided by our Young Jury committee.

Cinemaèreale – Documentary Films
Cinemaèreale represents not only an important section of our Festival, with its selection of documentary features and its masterclasses held by leading experts in the genre, but also gives opportunities to film students and aspiring directors to learn and practice through its year-round workshops in documentary filmmaking. The final projects of the workshops are also routinely shown at the Festival.

Collaborative Projects
The Festival has maintained a longstanding collaborations with the schools of the city of Ancona, whose students comprise our Young Jury committee and are responsible for awarding both the Young Jury Award for Best International Short Film and the Young Jury Award for Best Debut Feature Film.

Corto Dorico has also been active in promoting the democratization of short film viewing, with several projects such as:
Oltre le Mura (“Beyond the Walls”), an initiative aimed at bringing cinema within the confines of the Marche region’s six penitentiaries, thorough short films screenings and the institution of the Oltre le Mura Award, voted by the inmates.
Storie dell’Appennino, a filmmaking and VR technology workshop held in the earthquake-stricken areas of central Italy, with noted actor Elio Germano.
–  La Bellezza per Tutti, the screening of our national selection of shorts at Ancona’s main community home and refugee shelter, with the possibility for its guests to award a Special Prize.

Corto Dorico is also a member of AFIC – Italian Association of Cinema Festivals.

Its XVII Edition will be held in Ancona on the exceptional dates of 20-28 March 2021.




National Selection:
International Selection:

The call for the XVII Edition of Corto Dorico is now closed.

Corto Dorico Film Fest – Edition XVIII will be held on 4-12 December 2021 and its Call for Entries will be open from July 2021 to September 2021.