October 26th, 27th & 28th

Submissions open for the LDFFF short film festival

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Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival is a film festival specialized in fantastic cinema in its broader meaning: fantasy, sci-fi, horror and animation. This is the first edition of a festival that wants to become one of the main event in the cultural landscape of its territory. LDFFF is promoted and organized by the Smaskerando Cultural Association, in its cultural promotion project. This project was made possible by Funder35, promoted by Cariplo Foundation.


The Media Valle del Serchio and the Garfagnana are the main territory of the whole project of cultural promotion by Smaskerando. The territory at the moment is lacking of a similar event and it fits perfectly for a fantastic festival: it’s impossible to ignore the historical vocation for fantastic tales and the evocative locations that inspired various international directors.


LDFFF will premiere during the last days of October, during the beginning of the Halloween celebrations. We plan to catch some of the public of the other events related to the Horror and the Fantastic in take it to the Garfagnana. Doing so, we hope to prolong the stay of tourist in our territory.



There are four categories:
– Fantasy short film
– Sci-Fi short film
– Horror short film
– Animation short film

The maximum duration of the short film must be 20 minutes (ending titles included).

We accept films in every language. For non-Italian films, English subtitles or a dialogue list will be required in order to make the Italian subtitles.

We only accept online screening, here on filmfreeway.

When the finalists will be selected, we’ll contact them in order to receive a Full HD digital copy (.mov or .mp4) of the films and the promotional material: the poster of the film, three high-resolution pictures, the press-kit and a trailer if available.

For any further information, please contact us: neon.filmproduction@gmail.com

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(Currently being developed, times, venues and events may change)

october 26th, 27th & 28th - sala suffredini (Castelnuovo G.na)

screening of the selected short films

During all of the Festival’s days, it’ll be possible to watch the short films selected in the short film contest at the Sala Suffredini. The detailed screening schedule will be published on October the 17th.

from 3:00pm till 8:00pm

friday, october 26th - teatro alfieri (Castelnuovo G.na)

voyage dans la lune

The opening night of the Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival will take place in the magical Alfieri Theatre in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
The core of the opening night won’t be the presentation of the Festival. It’ll be the screening of the famous Voyage dans la lune by Georges Méliès with live piano music by the maestro and composer Massimo Salotti.

9:00 pm - voyage dans la lune, Screening with live music

friday, october 26th - Centro storico (Castelnuovo G.na)

movie night

The opening will continue, after the screening at the Alfieri Theatre, in the streets of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. For the event, the streets will transform into a movie set. The  shops and the bars will become the locations of the most famous Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror and Animated films.
There will be live traveling shows that will recreate the most famous films scenes. 

10:00 pm - movie night, cinema in the streets

october 27th and 28th - sala CIAF (Castelnuovo G.na)

stop motion animation workshop

During the two days of Festival there’ll be also a Stop motion animation worskshop directed by Stefano and Alice Tambellini. During the intensive days of the workshop, the partecipants will be guided through the planning of the puppet, starting from its sketch. They will be introduced to the main materials and to the different solutions based on the style of the animation. It’ll be teached how to set a small shooting location and all the tricks to use during the animation.  
Each partecipant will realize a small video clip animating his character.

saturday 3:00pm-8:00pm - the making of the puppet and introduction to stop motion animation

sunday 10:00am-6:00pm - character animation

saturday, october 27th - sala suffredini (Castelnuovo G.na)

lucinda + the becky carmichael fan club

The saturday night will be painted black during the LDFFF: on the night of October 27th, our special guest will be the director Alberto Bambini from Lucca, that will present his horror short film Lucinda. Before the screening we’ll meet the director and we’ll talk about the production of his film and about horror cinema in general. 

After the screening of Lucinda, it’ll be the moment of the Canadian director and 15 second horror film challenge founder, Andrew J.D. Robinson that will present his new film: The Becky Carmichael Fan Club.

9:00pm - screening of lucinda, by alberto bambini

10:30pm - Screening of the becky carmichael fan club, by andrew j.d. Robinson

sunday, october 28th - Cinema eden (Castelnuovo G.na)


The main guest of the last night of the Lucid Dream Fantastic Film Festival  will be Lamberto Bava, director and screenwriter of cult films and tv series like  Fantaghirò (1991-1996) and Demons (1985). The master of horror, with Paolo Zelati will guide us into a journey in the horror cinema, to understand how the seventh art has changed in the last decades. 
Following, it’ll be screened the cult film

6:00pm - masterclass with Lamberto Bava and Paolo Zelati

9:00pm - award cerimony of the short film contest

10:00pm - screening of Demons

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