IFA 10th EDITION | June 26th - July 7th 2023 | Bologna, Italy


June 26th - July 7th 2023

Bologna, Italy

June 24th - July 2nd | Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival

June 27th - July 3rd

Il Cinema Ritrovato

Film Festival

Participation at the 37th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival / Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world specializing in restored and classic cinema. More than 100.000 spectators from 50 countries each year attend the festival.Martin Scorsese inaugurated Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival 2018 and Francis Ford Coppola was a guest at Il Cinema Ritrovato 2019. The excitement generated by this festival has proven life-changing for past IFA students. The festival screens hundreds of films, holds forums on restoration, and seminars with world renowned film scholars and filmmakers.IFA considers it essential to combine the knowledge of the cinema of the past with the experiences of the present to help create the future of the moving image.

June 27th - July 7th | Masterclass in Film Directing with Ruben Östlund

July 1st - July 7th


in Film Directing

with Ruben Östlund

Masterclass in Film Directing led by Ruben Östlund, one of the world’s leading directors who will not only share his filmmaking experience/aesthetic, but also screen and critique your latest film, and lead you in your short film project. Ruben Östlund will mentor you through a total directing process from script to final edit.The Masterclass aims to develop filmmakers' auteurial identity using a mentoring process as a fundamental method, in order to give birth to each own individual esthetic. The personal poetics and aesthetics can only be communicated directly through dialogue and direct experience with the Master’s work. The master is first and foremost an artist.

For the talented directors just starting their professional career, the possibility to come into direct contact with great film auteurs in a multicultural climate is invaluable and provides artistic life changing experiences.

Ruben ÖstlundMaster Teacher 2023

Ruben Östlund is a Swedish filmmaker born in Styrsö on April 13, 1974. After studying film at the School of Design and Visual Arts in Gothenburg, he began working as a director and screenwriter of short films and documentaries. In 2004, he directed his first feature film, "The Guitar Mongoloid" which received a nomination for Best Swedish Film at the Guldbagge Awards.His second film, "Involuntary" won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, while the third, "Play" received a Special Mention from the jury at Cannes in 2011. His 2014 film, "Force Majeure" won the Jury Prize at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.Östlund is known for his distinctive visual style and the use of black humor to explore complex social themes. In 2017, he directed his most critically acclaimed film, "The Square" which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. With his latest film, "Triangle of Sadness" he won second the Palme d'Or in 2022 and won 3 Academy Award Nominations. Ruben Östlund named jury president of 76th Cannes Film Festival.

Selection process

Selection process

The IFA Masterclass consists of 20 participants.IFA evaluates candidates' portfolios and CVs, and selects the 20 most creative, curious and intellectually brave talents. As IFA participants come from throughout the world, speaking many languages, the official language of the IFA Masterclass is English.If your school is not part of the IFA network, or you are an indipendent filmmaker, you can apply individually by sending a link of your film or short film to Apply.

Application deadline: May 5th


Bologna is a city of about 380.000 of which over 80.000 are students studying in the most ancient university in the Western world founded in 1088. It is also the first university in the world to employ women faculty. Bologna is a youthful city full of night life, jazz, cafes, and some of the best cuisine in the world.