The Bif&st 2021 program was inevitably reduced – certainly not in terms of its quality but in terms of the number of screenings and venues involved – due to the announced sharp decrease in the financial resources available in this dramatic situation linked to the pandemic and the many economic resources that it demands. The extraordinarily positive results obtained by the previous editions of the Bif&st – including the “open air” one in August 2020 – induce its artistic direction to renew without disruption the formula and the programming scheme adopted in recent years and much appreciated by audience and press, obviously with a series of adjustments due to the new locations used. These are the four historical theaters, in Bari’s Theatre Mile: Petruzzelli, Piccinni, Kursaal, Margherita, the venues of the Film festival in theatres.

The Bif&st is an eminently cultural festival, without worldly frills or infamous red carpets, but it is no less popular, as it carries out an in-depth exploration of the cinema and audiovisuals of many countries (there are about 30 film works from all over the world presented every year, in absolute Italian or world premiere) but also of the best that the history of cinema has narrated through the films of the past. Without knowledge of history there is no future, but neither is there a full understanding of the present. This is the main reason why the Bif&st program – from its origins – includes major retrospectives dedicated to the most eminent figures of cinema and its industry, such as 01 Distribution in 2021, but also a showcase of Italian production that is still unrelased. The Bif&st employs about 200 people between preparation, execution, post-production. The dates of 2020 and 2021 were imposed by the pandemic and saw the Bif&st squeezed between the Venice Film Festival (September) and the Rome Film Festival (October), but from 2022 it will be necessary to return to the traditional spring dates (26 March- April 2).

The audience, mostly young people, has always given an amazing award to the Bif&st program,  with an average attendance – in the years preceding the pandemic – of about 75,000 spectators in just 8 days: an almost exclusive feature of the Bif&st if compared to the attendance of other similar events of even longer duration. This provoked surprised and strongly positive comments from those who gathered in Bari: the protagonists of Italian and international cinema and the most qualified press. A large trace of it can be found in the 15-minute video that sums up, with images and statements, the history of the first 11 years of the Bari International Film Festival.

This video, updated to the 2020 edition held largely outdoors in venues such as Piazza Prefettura and Corte del Castello Svevo, will be presented on the opening night of the next Bif&st-Bari International Film Festival, whose 12th edition – under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic – will take place from Saturday 25 September to Saturday 2 October 2021, promoted and financed by the Puglia Region, president Michele Emiliano, and by its Department of Culture, councilor Massimo Bray, produced and financed by the Fondazione Apulia Film Commission, president Simonetta Dellomonaco, with the contribution of the Directorate General for cinema of the Ministry of Culture and the collaboration of the European Union and the City of Bari, mayor Antonio Decaro, and the sponsors ANCE Bari and BAT, INAIL, Gruppo Marino Automobili, Monile -MarioMossa Gioielliere, Aeroporti di Puglia, with this year’s addition of the logo Custodiamo la Cultura in Puglia. Media partner: RAI, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, La Repubblica, Libreria Laterza, La Feltrinelli. With the collaboration of the CSC and the Universities of Bari.

President of the Bif&st is the film director Margarethe von Trotta, honorary president Ettore Scola, creator and artistic director Felice Laudadio, organizational director Angelo Ceglie, consultant of the artistic direction Enrico Magrelli, programmer Giuliana La Volpe.



International Premieres

Eight films selected from the most recent world production and totally unreleased in Italy will be presented in the non-competitive section of the International Premieres:

  • IL MATERIALE EMOTIVO (A BOOKSHOP IN PARIS) by Sergio Castellitto with Sergio Castellitto, Bérénice Bejo, Matilda De Angelis, subject by Ettore Scola and script by Ettore Scola, Furio Scarpelli, Silvia Scola, Sergio Castellitto – written by Margaret Mazzantini (25 September, world premiere). Italian distr. 01 Distribution

Vincenzo’s life flows quietly between the love for his daughter Albertine, forced home due to an accident, and that for his Parisian bookshop. But the calm cannot last. One day Yolande, chaotic and exuberant, breaks into his library. Fascinated by her life force, Vincenzo will rediscover forgotten emotions ….

  • AGENTE SPECIALE 117. ALLERTA ROSSA IN AFRICA NERA (OSS 117: FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE) by Nicolas Bedos with Jean Dujardin (26 September). Italian distrib. I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm Collection

1981. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Special Agent 117, is back. For this new mission – more delicate, more dangerous and more torrid than ever – he is forced to team up with a new young colleague, the promising Special Agent 1001. Third chapter of the saga dedicated to the most irreverent Special Agent in the Service of the (French) Republic, again starring the Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin, but with a new direction, entrusted to the talent of Nicolas Bedos (former director of the award-winning La Belle Époque).

  • ANNETTE by Leos Carax with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard (27 September). Italian distrib. I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm Collection, with Koch Media and Wise Pictures.

The visionary cinema of Leos Carax, one of the greatest living filmmakers, awarded the Palme d’Or for Best Director at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, is back. Henry (Oscar® nominee Adam Driver) and Ann (Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard) have it all. They love each other, they have talent to spare, he a preceptive comedian, she a music star. They are adored by both the public and the press, but the greatest joy comes when their baby Annette is born. They soon realise that their little girl is not like any of the others, but is destined for something very special, which will change their lives and more. A cinematic experience you won’t be able to forget.

  • HAUTE COUTURE by Sylvie Ohayon, France 2021 with Nathalie Baye (28 September) – Italian distrib. I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm Collection

Esther is at the end of her career as Head Seamstress at Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop. One day, she gets her handbag stolen in the metro by a 20 years old girl, Jade. Instead of calling the police she decides to take care of Jade. She sees in her the opportunity to pass on her skills.

  • BEST SELLERS by Lina Roessler with Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, UK-Canada 2020 (29 September)

A touching dramedy, Harris, a miserable has-been novelist, is thrust into a book tour by his feisty publisher Lucy, who desperately needs a bestseller to save her company. When his hilarious drunken outburst at an event goes viral, Harris’s book sales take off. Lucy and Harris grow closer, but little does she know that he will soon reveal a truth that will change her world forever.

  • ROBUSTE by Constance Meyer with Gérard Depardieu and Déborah Lukumuena (30 September)

George is an aging film star in decay. Aïssa, a semi-pro wrestler who earns a living as a security officer.When George’s right-arm man takes a leave of absence for several weeks, Aïssa is immediately appointed as his replacement. Between this pragmatic young lady bodyguard and our disenchanted renowned actor, a singular bond begins to take root. Life has shaped in ways more similar than thought.

  • CASABLANCA BEATS (HAUT ET FORT) by Nabil Ayouch with Meryem Nekkach, Ismail Adouab. France- Maroc 2021 (1 October) – Italian distrib. Lucky Red

Former rapper Anas finds work in a cultural centre in a working-class neighbourhood of Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, his students will try to free themselves from the weight of certain restrictive traditions to live out their passions and express themselves through hip- hop culture.

  • MARILYN HA GLI OCCHI NERI (MARILYN HAS BLACK EYES) by Simone Godano with Stefano Accorsi and Miriam Leone (2 october, world premiere). -Italian distrib. RAI Cinema-01 Distribution

Clara is so good at lying that she is the first to believe his lies. Vital and chaotic, she has some trouble keeping her impulses in check. Diego is his opposite, a man with various psychoses and constant fits of anger. They find themselves in a day center for the rehab of disturbed people. They must manage a restaurant in the Center but will soon begin to discover that the union can lead to incredible results. And who knows, maybe even love.

Federico Fellini Platinum Awards for Cinematic Excellence and Lifetime Achievement awards

Before the screenings, the “Federico Fellini Platinum Awards for Cinematic Excellence” will be awarded to important cinema personalities. The Fellini Awards confirmed so far will go to Luigi Lonigro (25 September), Carlos Saura (26), Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford (28), Gianfranco Rosi (1 October), Micaela Ramazzotti (2). Vittorio Storaro (26) and Lino Banfi (30) will receive the Bif&st Lifetime Achievement Award.

International Panorama

12 films from all over the world will be presented in competition at the Petruzzelli Theater – in the afternoon screenings and in Italian or international premieres. The jury – chaired by film director Roberto Faenza and composed of actresses Martina Apostolova and Katja Riemann, actor Vinicio Marchioni, Klaus Eder, general secretary of Fipresci, the international federation of film critics, and Patrick Zaki as honorary member – will award the following awards: Bif&st International Award for best director – Bif&st International Award for best leading actress – Bif&st International Award for best leading actor, which will be conferred on the closing evening of 2 October. These are the films scheduled at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm:

26 September

  • WU HAI by Ziyang Zhou, China 2020
  • THE ROAD TO EDEN (Akyrky Koch) by Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Kyrghyzstan, 2020

27 September

  • SCARECROW (Pugalo) dbyDmitrii Davydov, Russia 2020
  • WILD MEN (Vildmænd) by Thomas Daneskov, Denmark 2021 – Italian distrib. IWonderfull

28 September

  • BRUNO REIDAL – CONFESSION OF A MURDERER by Vincent Le Port, France 2021
  • L’ENNEMI (The Enemy) by Stephan Streker, Belgium-France-Luxembourg 2021

29 September

  • PURE WHITE (Bembeyaz) by Necip Çağhan Özdemir, Turkey 2021
  • JUNIPER by Matthew Saville with Charlotte Rampling, New Zealand 2021 (international premiere).

30 September

  • THE SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE by Marc Wilkins, Switzerland 2020
  • THE LAST BUS by Gillies MacKinnon with Timothy Spall, UK 2021

1 October

  • PLAYLIST by Nine Antico, France 2021
  • GOODBYE, SOVIET UNION (Hüvasti, NSVL) by Lauri Randla, Estonia-Finland 2020

Special Events in Teatro Petruzzelli
As a special event linked to the “Fellini Award”, the great Spanish director Carlos Saura will be in Bari from 25 September to present in the afternoon at 5 pm, with the author of cinematography and Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro

  • EL REY DE TODO EL MUNDO by Carlos Saura with Isaac Hernández, Greta Elizondo, Giovanna Reynaud, Ana de la Reguera – Spain-Mexico 2021, 110’

Carlos Saura’s latest film is a musical fiction in which the director recovers the artistic and musical ties between Spain and Mexico.

  • PINO by Walter Fasano, Italy 2020, 60’

Rome, 1968: the artist Pino Pascali, at the height of his artistic career, dies at the age of just over thirty in a motorcycle accident. Fifty years later the Pascali Museum in Polignano a Mare bought his work Cinque Bachi da Setola and un Bozzolo. Through the photographs of Pino Musi and Pino Pascali himself, the story in images of the return of a work to the places of its origins.

Masterclasses in Teatro Petruzzelli

At 9 am a film will be presented followed by the masterclass held by various cinema personalities:

  • 25 September: CARO MICHELE by Mario Monicelli (1985) honoring Mariangela Melato 80 years after her birth, followed by the presentation of the magazine “Bianco e Nero” dedicated to the great actress with Anna Melato, Sergio Bruno, Felice Laudadio and Maurizio Porro.
  • 26 September: ¡AY, CARMELA! by Carlos Saura (1990) followed by his masterclass together with Vittorio Storaro (author of cinematography of 7 films directed by Saura).
  • 27 September: to be announced soon
  • 28 September: ANNETTE by Leos Carax (2021) followed by his conversation with the audience
  • 29 September: ELLA & JOHN (THE LEISURE SEEKER) by Paolo Virzì (2017) and surprise masterclass
  • 30 September: IL COMMISSARIO LO GATTO by Dino Risi (1986) followed by a meeting with its leading actor Lino Banfi, who will receive in the evening the Bif&st Lifetime Achievement award
  • 1 October: NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi (2020) followed by his masterclass
  • 2 October, 9am: LA TERRAZZA by Ettore Scola (1980) followed by the presentation of the magazine “Bianco e Nero” dedicated to the film director with Silvia Scola, Jean Gili, Luca Bandirali, Oscar Iarussi, Walter Veltroni.
  • 2 October, 3pm: NAUFRAGI by Stefano Chiantini (2021) followed by a masterclass by her leading actress Micaela Ramazzotti.


ItaliaFilmFest/World premieres

In this section, 6 Italian films will be presented in absolute world premieres that will be evaluated by an audience jury chaired by journalist Antonella Matranga and composed of 24 spectators – selected by the artistic direction on the basis of their CVs. – which will award the Ettore Scola Award for the best director, the Mariangela Melato Award for cinema for the best leading actress and the Gabriele Ferzetti Award for the best leading actor. These are the films, one a day at 7pm, with reruns at 10pm the next day:

  • SULLA GIOSTRA by Giorgia Cecere Italy 2021, 105’ – with Claudia Gerini, Lucia Sardo
  • QUERIDO FIDEL by Viviana Calò, Italy 2021, 91’- with Gianfelice Imparato
  • TRA LE ONDE by Marco Amenta, Italy 2021, 94’ – with Vincenzo Amato, Sveva Alviti
  • BENTORNATO, PAPÀ by Domenico Fortunato, Italy 2021, 93’with Donatella Finocchiaro
  • THE ITALIAN BANKER by Alessandro Rossetto, Italy 2021, 80’ – with Fabio Sartor
  • LA VERA STORIA DI LUISA BONFANTI by Franco Angeli Italy 2021, 81’- with Livia Bonifazi and Stefano Pesce

There are also three short films on the program:

* FRITTI DALLE STELLE by Marco Lombardi, Italy, 27’;
* DISTANZA ZERO by Pier Glionna, Italy, 7’ – for the event dedicated to INAIL, festival partner;* VICINE by Martina Di Tommaso, Italy, 15’, in memory of the young director from Bari who recently passed away.

Special Events in Teatro Piccinni

  • On September 25, at 10pm, screening of the film TOMMASO BLU by Florian Furtwängler, Italy-Germany 1987, 90’, fram the famous book Tuta blu by Tommaso Di Ciaula.
  • On September 27, at 7pm, the great actor and film director GABRIELE LAVIA will hold a one man show L’UOMO SENZA IL FIORE IN BOCCA. A live performance.
  • On October 1 at 4pm to honor Alida Valli – who would have been 100 years old in 2021 – the film ALIDA by Mimmo Verdesca, Italy 2020, 104’, selected by Cannes Film Festival, will be presented.
  • On October 2 at 4pm, CHE STRANO CHIAMARSI FEDERICO by Ettore Scola, Italy 2013, 91’, with the participation of the script writer Silvia Scola, daughter and collaborator of the great film director.

Cinema and Medicine

Based on the success achieved by this section in previous editions – until 2019 – one afternoon, that of 25 September, will be dedicated to this theme, with the screening of the film IL POSTO DELL’ANIMA by Riccardo Milani, Italy 2003, 102′, followed by a debate between the director of INAIL Puglia Giuseppe Gigante, prof. Nicola Laforgia, Riccardo Milani and Paola Cortellesi.

Cinema and Science
In the afternoon of September 26, the film UNDER THE VOLCANO by Laurence Thiriat, France 2021, 90′ will be presented, with the participation of the director of the Rai Documentari network Duilio Giammaria and prof. Carlo Doglioni, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Cinema and Legality

This section too had an extraordinary success with the public in the past, dedicated as it was to addressing, through specific films and clips of them, the popular question in cinematographic works of the relationship between investigators, magistrates, lawyers, defendants. It will take place in the afternoon of 2 October at the Piccinni Theater with the participation of Angela Arbore, Enzo Augusto, Gianrico Carofiglio and Michele Laforgia.


History, memory – Tribute to 01 Distribution

20 years after the foundation of the largest Italian distribution company, founded in 2001 on the initiative of Rai Cinema, a Tribute to 01 Distribution, Division of Rai Cinema, will be dedicated, with the presentation of 32 films at the Kursaal Theater, plus 8 at the Piccinni Theater, among the most significant of the two decades, introduced by some talents (directors, actresses, actors, producers) who took part in them. A historical volume, edited by Enrico Magrelli, will also be specially published by Rai Cinema , tracing the long and prestigious path of 01 Distribution’s activities. Almost all the selected films will be accompanied by presentations and meetings with their authors and performers who have come to the Bif&st. Here are the 40 films distributed from 2001 to 2020 in addition to other films by Rai Cinema-01 Distribution of 2021 included in the rest of the Bif&st program:

LUCE DEI MIEI OCCHI Giuseppe Piccioni 2001
SOLE NEGLI OCCHI Andrea Porporati 2001
IL CUORE ALTROVE Pupi Avati 2002
ROSENSTRASSE Margarethe von Trotta 2003
IL POSTO DELL’ANIMA Riccardo Milani 2003
LA MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ Marco TullioGiordana 2003


Cristina Comencini

Kim Rossi Stuart



BABEL Alejandro G.  Iñárritu 2006
LE VITE DEGLI ALTRI Florian Henckel 2007
I VICERÉ Roberto Faenza 2007
CAOS CALMO Antonello Grimaldi 2008
IL PASSATO È UNA TERRA STRANIERA        Daniele Vicari 2008
GOMORRA Matteo Garrone 2008
FORTAPASC Marco Risi       2008
VINCERE Marco Bellocchio 2009
MINE VAGANTI Ferzan Özpetek 2010
LA NOSTRA VITA Daniele Luchetti 2010
NOI CREDEVAMO Mario Martone 2010
HABEMUS PAPAM Nanni Moretti 2011


Gianni Amelio

Francesco Bruni



LE IDI DI MARZO George Clooney 2011
HUGO CABRET Martin Scorsese 2012
VIVA LA LIBERTÀ Roberto Andò 2013
IL CAPITALE UMANO Paolo Virzì 2014
SMETTO QUANDO VOGLIO Sydney Sibilia 2014
LA SEDIA DELLA FELICITÀ Carlo Mazzacurati 2014
SUBURRA Stefano Sollima 2015
HUNGRY HEARTS Saverio Costanzo 2015
VELOCE COME IL VENTO Matteo Rovere 2016


Damien Chazelle

Manetti Bros.



EUFORIA Valeria Golino 2018
MARTIN EDEN Pietro Marcello 2019
I PREDATORI Pietro Castellitto 2020
MISS MARX Susanna Nicchiarelli 2020

In a meeting with Jean Gili at 6.30 pm on 25 September at the Margherita Theater, the CEO of Rai Cinema Paolo Del Brocco and the director of 01 Luigi Lonigro will illustrate the 20 years of activity of 01 Distribution, Division of Rai Cinema.


Photo Exhibition

2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the birth and the 5th of the death of the great director and screenwriter Ettore Scola, for many years president of the Bif&st. An essential photographic exhibition will be set up at the Teatro Margherita with 60 images of his presence in Bari for the festival, from 2009 (when the first major retrospective of the Bif&st was dedicated to him) to 2015. Photos by Nicola Amato, Daniele Notaristefano and Pasquale Susca.

Press Conferences

From 1 pm every day, the Margherita Theater will host press conferences with authors, actors and producers of the films presented the previous day in the Petruzzelli and Piccinni Theaters.

Focus on…

Curated by Franco Montini, president of the SNCCI-National Union of Italian Film Critics, the cycle will focus on 8 Focus intended to host directors, actors and producers testimonial of the 20 years of activity of 01 Distribution and the recipients of the Awards dedicated to most recent Italian films.

Meetings with…

Curated by Jean Gili, French critic and greatest expert in Italian cinema, 8 meetings will take place that will host the personalities of cinema who joined the Bif&st for the Tribute to 01 Distribution and the recipients of the Awards dedicated to the most recent Italian films that will be announced .

Conference on Cinema and the Middle Ages and the memory of Raffaele Licinio

The great medieval historian Franco Cardini edited the special issue of the magazine “Black and White” entitled Cinema and the Middle Ages which will be presented in a conference, moderated by the president of the AFC Simonetta Dellomonaco, scheduled on the morning of 1 October, during which the figure of another distinguished medievalist historian will be remembered, Raffaele Licinio, who passed away in 2018. He taught for many years at the University of Bari, partner of the initiative that provides for the presence of the Magnificent Rector Stefano Bronzini, of the president Michele Emiliano and the Councilor for Culture Massimo Bray of the Puglia Region, as well as other medievalists such as Francesco Violante, Victor Rivera Magos, Giuseppe Losapio.

Cinema and Books

At 3.30 pm every day, the Margherita will host the presentation of 8 books on cinema for one hour:

  • OLTRE L’INETTO edited by Federico Zecca and Angela Saponari, Melteni Editore
  • ACQUE SANTE ACQUE MARCE by Tommaso Di Ciaula, Sellerio Editore
  • LA STANZA DEL CINEMA Lo specchio dentro di noi by Rosario De Giglio, Progedit
  • HARLEM edited by Luca Martera, Edizioni del CSC-La Nave di Teseo
  • MORDERE LA NEBBIA by Alessio Boni, Solferino
  • LE MOLTE VITE DI LINO BANFI by Alfredo Baldi, Edizioni Sabinae
  • CINECITTÀ ANNI TRENTA edited by Adriano Aprà, Edizioni del CSC-Bulzoni Editore
  • LA CARICA DEI SEICENTO edited by Alberto Anile, Edizioni Sabinae.

The last five volumes will be presented by the film critic Alberto Crespi.


As every year, some training and professional formative workshops will be held by personalities of the cinema and reserved for 25 participants for each workshop (maximum age: 29 years) selected on the basis of a call for participation and related curricula. For the Bif&st 2021 there are five Laboratories entrusted to prestigious names in cinema, theater and critics:

Film Direction workshop held by film director Alessandro Piva

  • Screenwriting workshop held by screenwriter Silvia Napolitano
  • Film editing workshop held by editor Walter Fasano
  • Film criticism workshop held by critic Paolo D’Agostini
  • Acting workshop held by actress and singer Lina Sastri.

The workshops will be held every day from 25 September to 2 October for three afternoon hours from 15 to 18. The first 4 will be hosted in the classrooms of the former Palazzo delle Poste and in the De Gemmis Library, while Lina Sastri‘s laboratory will be hosted by the Teatro Van Westerhout of Mola di Bari made amicably available by the mayor of the city Giuseppe Colonna whom the Bif&st thanks for the traditional and precious collaboration.


In addition to the restored films CARO MICHELE by Mario Monicelli (especially for the Bif&st) and LA TERRAZZA by Ettore Scola, the CSC-Cineteca Nazionale is also present in Bari with another precious restoration: IL CAMMINO DELLA SPERANZA by Pietro Germi (1950) with Raf Vallone, presented last July at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, was selected among the 100 Italian films to be saved. It will be presented on September 28th at 10pm at the Piccinni Theater.


Felice Laudadio


Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford, Leos Carax, Timothy Spall, Katja Riemann, Carlos Saura, Antonio Saura, Anna Saura, Vincent Le Port, Necip Çağhan Özdemir, Mark Wilkins, Nine Antico, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Thomas Daneskov, Stephan Streker, Lauri Randla, Sylvie Ohayon, Nabil Ayouch, Anna Melato, Vittorio Storaro, Sergio Castellitto, Margareth Mazzantini, Matilda De Angelis, Riccardo Milani, Paola Cortellesi, Claudia Gerini, Lucia Sardo, Giorgia Cecere, Alessio Vassallo, Marco Risi, Andrea Porporati, Cristina Comencini, Carlo Doglioni, Francesco Piccolo, Giuseppe Piccioni, Manetti Bros, Viviana Calò, Gianfelice Imparato, Mario Desiati, Marco Morricone, Gabriele Lavia, Antonello Grimaldi, Domenico Procacci, Roberto Faenza, Marco Amenta, Sveva Alviti, Vincenzo Amato, Fausto Brizzi, Marco Bellocchio, Renato Carpentieri, Domenico Fortunato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Alessio Boni, Vinicio Marchioni, Gianni Amelio, Alessandro Rossetto, Pif, Sydney Sibilia, Lino Banfi, Lina Sastri, Walter Fasano, Alessandro Piva, Gianfranco Rosi, Mimmo Verdesca, Franco Angeli, Pietro Castellitto, Paolo Virzì, Matteo Rovere, Stefano Accorsi, Saverio Costanzo, Franco Cardini, Silvia Scola, Walter Veltroni, Micaela Ramazzotti, Simone Godano, Miriam Leone, Pupi Avati, Valeria Golino, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Daniele Luchetti.

To these names will be added those of the winners of the following awards – all Italian filmmakers – which will be announced later after being selected by the jury of critics:

Franco Cristaldi Award for the best producer
Mario Monicelli Award for the best director
Anna Magnani Award for Best Actress
Vittorio Gassman Award for Best Actor
Alida Valli Award for Best Supporting Actress
Alberto Sordi Award for Best Supporting Actor
Ennio Morricone Award for Best Music composer.


The Bif&st 2021 is an initiative of the Apulia Film Commission and the Puglia Region – Department of Culture and Tourism based on the autonomous budgetary resources of the AFC Foundation and regional resources POC 2007/2013 and the extraordinary plan “Let’s keep culture in Puglia 2021”, produced as part of the Apulia Cinefestival Network 2021 allocation.


Rome-Bari September 13, 2021