Ora! Fest is the International Film Festival in Apulia dedicated to the environment, sustainability and social justice with a line-up of international stars. 

From 3 to 7 June, Monopoli hosts the first edition of Ora! Fest, International Film Festival in Puglia 2023. A ‘green’ festival, the first in the region, dedicated to respecting the ecosystem and enhancing the naturalness of the Apulian environment. Ora! Fest, in fact, follows the rules established by the Association of Italian Festivals for ‘green cinema’ and invites world-famous actors, directors, screenwriters and producers to take part in discussion round tables aimed at implementing concrete actions on the territory. The event is conceived and realised by the Allora Fest Association and enjoys the important support and patronage of the Apulia Region and the Municipality of Monopoli, which hosts all the scheduled events in the splendid setting of its historic centre.

The artistic direction of Ora! Fest is entrusted to Silvia Bizio, La Repubblica’s correspondent in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, former director of the Taormina Film Festival and the Cinema Italian Style festival in Los Angeles, and last year’s director of the Allora Fest, held in Ostuni. Among the stars are film legends such as Dame Helen Mirren, Terry Gilliam, Marisa Tomei, Matt Dillon and Matthew Modine.

For this edition, Ora! Fest, in collaboration with Matthew Modine’s Cinco Dedos Production, has created Heaven on Earth: a 50-second video narrated by Modine himself, which will have its world premiere on 3 June 2023.

The films in competition will be judged by two excellent juries: the president of the feature film jury is actress Alfre Woodard, flanked by producer Lawrence Bender, former director of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Marcello Foti, model actress Antonia dell’Atte and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alessandro Camon; the short film jury is chaired by writer André Aciman flanked by actor Richard Flood and Cortinametraggio director Maddalena Mayneri. A special prize, Premio Sguardi Giovani to the best short film, will also be awarded by a jury of 60 young high school students from Monopoli, involved by Sudestival in the event’s project.



A selection of Italian and international premieres, shorts, features and documentaries chosen according to originality and relevance to the festival’s mission, with particular attention to films that embrace the themes of environment, diversity, inclusion and social justice in all sectors.

March 17, 2023
Carbon — The Unauthorised Biography
  • 2.00–4.00 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Cinema Radar

With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about her. But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all. Narrated in first person by  Sarah Snook (Succession), Carbon tells of her birth in […]

March 16, 2023
The Era of Giants
  • 4.30–6.30 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Cinema Radar

In Puglia, a region in south-eastern Italy, the most serious botanical pandemic of the century is underway: a quarantine bacterium, Xylella Fastidiosa, is killing millions of olive trees. Disrupting landscape, economy and human relations. Il Tempo dei Giganti narrates Giuseppe’s journey to his father’s land, in the Plain of the Monumental Olive Trees, where the epidemic […]

March 15, 2023
Opening Event
  • 6.30 PM–12.00 AM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Piazza Palmieri

6.30 – 7.30 pm Pre-opening Narrating change: the importance of literature and cinema in the climate crisis A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Nicola Lagioia starting with “Tasmania”. Readings by Caterina Valente. In collaboration with Lucy. Sulla cultura. 7.30 – 8.00 pm Interview Giuseppe De Bellis and Michele Emiliano A film region 8.00 – 9.00 […]

March 14, 2023
Telling change: the importance of literature and film in the climate crisis
  • 7.00–8.30 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Piazza Palmieri

A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Nicola Lagioia starting with “Tasmania.” Readings by Caterina Valente. In collaboration with Lucy. Sulla cultura Tasmania (Einaudi) is a novel about the future: what we fear and desire, what we will not have, what we can change, what we are building. The fear and surprise of losing control is […]

March 13, 2023
  • 9.00–10.00 PM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Piazza Palmieri

The eight-episode drama series — available exclusively on Paramount+ — stars Oscar® winner Helen Mirren and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford. Created by Oscar® nominee Taylor Sheridan, 1923 is the new chapter in the origin story of Yellowstone, following the record-breaking performance of 1883, the most-watched title ever on Paramount+ globally. The series introduces a new […]

March 12, 2023
  • 10.30 PM–12.00 AM
  • 03 June 2023
  • Piazza Palmieri

Siccità, a film directed by Paolo Virzì, is set in Rome, where it has not rained for about three years. This drought causes a lack of water and consequent thirst in the population, who in their search for a few drops find themselves with their minds altered, going so far as to upset the rules […]