The September 11 attacks, the resignation of Benedict XVI, the impact of Pope Francis, the challenges of inter-faith dialogue, the new insta-spirituality of today's social media. These are just a few of the trends and events that have changed our lives in the past 20 years, in the context of Post-Secularization and the Return of the Sacred. The 20th Religion Today Film Festival will be an opportunity to review these sensational two decades, and get a glimpse of tomorrow’s world.

For all information about the 2017 competition, please refer to our regulations and application form.

Exploring the differences

Since 1997 Religion Today has been the foremost international and itinerant film festival dedicated to Cinema and Religions for a culture of peace and dialogue between faiths, cultures, peoples and individuals.

It promotes a journey “exploring the differences”, both in religious practices and beliefs and in cinematic styles and languages, towards a mutual enrichment through reciprocal knowledge and comparison.

Together with the world cinema competition, open to any film with a religious connection, it offers a platform for exchanging ideas and viewpoints, including a “living workshop” involving filmmakers of different faiths and nationalities.

Every edition presents an “annual theme” and includes special events, academic panels and activities for schools and colleges.

Religion Today Film Festival is realized by Associazione BiancoNero, situated in Trento - Italy.

Memories of 2016

Theme of the year

Adam and Eve, the serpent, an apple split in two, paradise lost, peace compromised. 

The title “We all loved each other so much. Religions and gender issues”, paying homage to Scola, sums up the 2016 programme, continuing a line of investigation which has always been at the heart of the Festival, namely the portrayal of women and the female condition in different religious contexts and the challenges of gender diversity.

7 > 17 October 2016

The XX edition poster

The XX edition catalogue