Young audiences are the focus of this year’s Festival with a special section devoted to them. The CinemAmbiente Junior program includes a variety of learning projects for children of all ages and their teachers. Created within the framework of the National Cinema Plan for Schools promoted by the two ministries (MIUR and MIBAC), this year’s program was launched on 22 March and will continue through to 5 June as a featured part of the Festival program.

The new format for CinemAmbiente Junior program has proven highly popular: themed film showings coupled with meet the experts talks that coincide with calendar dates of environmental interest.

Alongside the film program is a variety of learning events, workshops, and educational pathways, plus a seminar on environmental issues addressed to school administrators and teachers.

Admission to events is free of charge and by previous reservation: here the program.

Like last year, there will be a national competition of films by students from primary and lower and upper level secondary schools. Over 200 short films on environmental topics have been received from around the country. 

Entrance procedure


The CinemAmbiente Junior section brings together multiple initiatives devoted to children and young people; as such, it affirms the Festival’s commitment to raising awareness about the environment and to promote ecosustainable practices. Environmental education is gaining importance in the curriculum: teaching respect for nature, encouraging practices that reduce pollution, and promoting sustainable lifestyles have become key learning objectives for preparing future generations to step up to present challenges and engage in protection of the environment.

The project is divided into two sections: one is for students to experience cinema as spectators and as creators.

The CinemAmbiente Junior National Competition, launched in 2018, is a competition for short films (10 minutes or shorter) that students have made during the school year. The theme Environment is set broad enough so that students can narrate in images the issues they find of interest. The competition is open to students from three school levels: primary school, first and second level secondary school. Selected films are entered in a film database and can be seen on the Festival YouTube channel. A jury of experts awards the best film in its school level.

Registration starts 1 October 2021. The registration form can be downloaded from the Festival website.

The Fridays at CinemAmbiente program takes its name from the Fridays for Future youth movement. The films are selected for their narrative quality, topic, and age-appropriate language. The program offers an ideal occasion for students to discover through cinema new places and stories and to grow their knowledge. The program is presented nationwide and is free of charge; it is held in movie theaters for school classes in Turin and broadcast via streaming for schools in other areas of the country for classroom viewing with the aid of interactive whiteboards (IWB).

The program starts Friday mornings at 9 o’clock, followed by a meeting with experts in which students can participate (reserved booking required) directly via streaming. The film and the recorded meeting are available online for one week so that they can be viewed whenever the school schedule allows.

This year’s CinemAmbiente has a lineup of short films in its Ecokids section for young children.

Film submission

26° Festival


05 June - 11 June 2023

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