Discover CinemadaMare

CinemadaMare is an international and travelling film festival. It began with an idea of Franco Rina.
At its 15th edition, the Festival is scheduled to be held from late-June to September – it actually lasts 12 weeks!

What does CinemadaMare mean?

It is a travelling festival including production and innovation on digital cinema. It relies on its unique organization and on its unrivaled operational programme.

Since 2003 CinemadaMare has been hosting every year over 300 filmmakers from over 65 countries around the world. It has screened houndreds of films in the most beautiful italian cities and represents the longest cinema journey (5200 km) across Italy from north to south.


As a result CinemadaMare has become the biggest gathering of young filmmakers in the world.

The filmmakers are hosted for free throughout the festival. They are divided in crews and shot their films during the festival. Each stage lasts one week and takes place in an Italian city. In this way the filmmakers make the film and have the chance not only to work together with the local people but also to learn the history and the art of many Italian places. This event is not about only one city or region but it moves around – like a gypsy caravan – equipped with its most precious luggage: 100 filmmakers who move from a place to another. They are almost one hundred for each stage given that their attendace to CinemadaMare runs from 3 weeks minimum to 12 weeks maximum. So they alternate and reach the number of 300 every year.

After signing up, the filmmakers are selected and benefit from the accomodation provided by the festival: free attendance,  free overnight stay, free travels from a place to another. All festival activities are free as well. Round trip and food are not free of charge.

Since 2003 CinemadaMare has seen a huge growth. There are more and more filmmakers coming here and the number of the regions involved has increased: Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Abruzzo, Liguria, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Marche, Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Veneto.

That is why CinemadaMare is unique: a cultural and artistic experience who turns summer into a big travelling festival across Italy. Moreover it is all free!