Submission deadline of XVI edition expired last August 17th. Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest - Ravenna Film Festival rewards the best film production related to the "dark side" of cinema explored by our Festival. Through our website and online platforms FilmFreeway, Festhome, Movibeta and Shortfilmdepot, hundreds of filmmakers from more than 50 countries answered to our call for entries by sending their films.


Selected works will be exclusively presented to the audience during Ravenna Nightmare's XVI edition, that is going to take place from October 26th to November 4th 2018 at Palazzo del Cinema in Ravenna. It will be the occasion not only to enjoy films that usually run outside of traditional film circuits, but also to meet with the directors who are going to attend the Festival, confronting with the audience and sharing their experiences.


This is where we start, the dark side of movies, inspired by the legendary Pink Floyd’s album. We start with the dark side, not visible to the naked eye, mysterious, obscure - a side with blurred boundaries and infinite nuances, where nothing is certain, precise, predetermined. Not visible rather than invisible, lying under the surface, or elsewhere, it’s something that can’t be simplified as it continuously alludes to deeper meanings. It’s the side of cinema that is never accommodating and always inquiring, making us question the meaning of what we see, listen, perceive. If you look closely, you’ll see that there’s a dark side to everything. You find it in Brothers Grimm’s folk tales, in Fritz Lang’s fantastic and apocalyptic visions, in Stephen King’s archetypes of narrative fiction, in Stanley Kubrick’s unforgettable imagery, in Homer’s poems as in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings epic.
From the Holy Scriptures to Game of Thrones, the dark side is the driving force behind every art form and Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest is its cinematographic icon.

Franco Calandrini
Art Director Ravenna Nightmare Film Fest

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