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La Cappella Underground

La Cappella Underground is the organizer of Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, an Italian multidisciplinary event devoted to the realms of the fantastic, the experimental languages and the new technologies in cinema, television and visual arts.

Based in Trieste, an enchanting location on the border of the Balkan Peninsula and the Mitteleuropa, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival ( was founded in 2000 and, year after year, has asserted itself as the leading fantastic film festival in Italy. As a result, since 2005 the Festival has been an affiliate member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (






The 19th edition of  Trieste Science+Fiction Festival – organized and promoted by the film and audio-visual research and experimentation Centre La Cappella Underground – will run October 29th - November 3rd, 2019.

Submissions are open, the deadline being July 31st, 2019. Guidelines and instructions for submission to the 2019 edition are available here. Films shall be submitted via FilmFreeway at

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival showcases the following competitive sections:

• Asteroid Award – competition for best international science-fiction and fantasy feature-length film; • Méliès d’argent Award – competition for best European feature-length and short film from the fantastic genre;

and the following non-competitive sections:

• Spazio Italia – selection of Italian productions from the fantastic genre;

• Fantastic Shorts – selection of international short films from the fantastic genre;

• Futurologia – selection of international science(-fiction) documentaries;

• Sci-fi Educational – selection of international works from the fantastic genre targeted at a younger audience;

• premieres and special events;

• retrospectives and special programs.

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is the most important film festival in Italy exploring the worlds of science-fiction and the fantastic genre. Cinema, television, new media, literature, comics, music, performative and visual arts are the tools to explore the wonders of possibility.

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, together with Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, Lund International Fantastic Film Festival and Sitges – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya.

Founded in Trieste in the year 2000, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival has picked up the heritage of the historic Trieste International Science-fiction Film Festival which took place from 1963 to 1982 and was the first genre film festival in Italy and one of the firsts in Europe.

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is a member of AFIC – Italian Film Festivals Association.


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