The Milan Film Festival has been held since 1996. At the beginning, it was only a competition for short local films and the group of participants included filmmakers and their friends. At that time, there were only two award nominations: the "April Prize" and the "Best Short Film Prize". The festival started gaining considerable popularity and grew quickly to become one of the most luxurious international film festivals in Europe. Initially, the festival was held in Piccolo Teatro and evolved to include other spots in Milan like the Civic Aquarium (Acquario Civico), Park Simplon (Parco Sempione) and Oberdan Space (Spazio Oberdan).
The Milano Film Festival held annually in late September is open to the public. It's an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in a cheerful and friendly atmosphere and enjoy watching movies on the giant screen with plenty of cinematography pros around.