Fantafestival 2023

Il meglio del cinema fantastico internazionale: anteprime, incontri e retrospettive.

World premieres, meetings and movie retrospectives. The best of national and interational production in the fantastic genre compete for the golden bat given by Fantafestival.

Il progetto, promosso da Roma Culture, è vincitore dell'Avviso Pubblico Estate Romana 2020-2021-2022 curato dal Dipartimento Attività Culturali ed è realizzato in collaborazione con SIAE.



Fantafestival is the oldest and one of the most important Italian festival devoted to genre movies: science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is held every year in Rome, usually during the first part of summer, since 1981.

During its long history, Fantafestival has presented and launched in Italy many filmmakers who later would become among the most popular in the fantastic film world. The list of guests of honor includes all the biggest names in the genre, from actors such as Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Rutger Hauer, Robert Englund, to directors and producers like Roger Corman, Freddie Francis, George A. Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, and among Italians, Lucio Fulci, Riccardo Freda, Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava.

Fantafestival is also among the founding members of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. More information about Fantafestival and its history can be found on Wikipedia here.


Michele De Angelis and Simone Starace have been appointed as directors since 2019. The 2020 edition will be held between May 24th and June 2nd.

Submission deadline: March 29th 2020. Materials received beyond this date will be taken into consideration for the next Fantafestival or for other events which take place during the year.


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