2021 edition

To discover the first edition of the Villa Medici Film Festival!
From 14 to 18 September 2022 

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The Festival is divided into three sections: the international Competition, the Focus, and the open-air screenings of the Piazzale. Take a look on the films and events of 2021.

  • The international Competition:

The international Competition features fourteen films of all lengths and genres (documentary, fiction, essay) made in the year preceding the Festival. This cinematographic gesture translates the personal, alert and lively world vision of the artists who made it.

  • The Focus selection:

The Focus selection presents out-of-competition films and performances inviting the public to singular cinematographic explorations, as an opportunity to share special moments with the members of the jury.

  • The Piazzale screenings:

Each evening, festival attendees gather around the Piazzale (the main courtyard of the Villa Medici) for a programme of recent films intended to bring together all audiences for unique screenings under the stars.

Download the brochure of the 2021 edition
Download the schedule of the week’s films


For its first edition, the Villa Medici Film Festival is accompanied by a prestigious jury composed of three personalities from the cinema and visual arts: Teresa CastroMati Diop and Béla Tarr.


On Saturday 18 September evening, the jury composed of Teresa Castro, Mati Diop and Béla Tarr awarded the two prizes of the 2021 Film Festival on the Piazzale stage of Villa Medici, with a projection of the winning films the day after.

Inside the Red Brick Wall (2020) from the collective of filmmakers Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers

Premiering in Italy in the occasion of the festival, this documentary film shot in November 2019 follows the Fight For Freedom Movement in Hong Kong when it took up the Polytechnic University as their base. With the police blocking all exit routes, the University was placed under siege. Inside the Red Brick Wall is a chilling testimony of police repression in Hong Kong.

The Prize for Best Film, worth 5,000 euros, is accompanied by a fifteen-day writing residency at Villa Medici for the directors.

El Gran Movimiento (2021) from Kiro Russo

With its second feature film, Bolivian filmmaker prodigy Kiro Russo films La Paz and the under-proletariat of miners with an astounding magical realism. The film tells how the character of Elder arrives in the big city seeking to be reinstated in his work at the mine.

The Jury Prize, worth 3,000 euros, is accompanied by a seven-day writing residency at Villa Medici for the director.

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The Villa Medici Film Festival would like to thank the sponsors and partners who supported its first edition: