IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award

A Corto di Libri

The award is part of “A Corto di libri”, a contest for short films about libraries and librarians, organized by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB). The contest has three Sections (Fiction, Documentary and Advertising). 

The IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award is given to the best short film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas, among all the submitted films.

Everyone, as an individual or an institution, is eligible to apply. 

Criteria for selection of winner

Creativity and originality of the content; potential for library advocacy and marketing; technical level


The jury is composed by the participants of the IFLA MetLib Conference, usually held in April or May. In addition to these, the Chairs (or a delegate) of the following Sections have the right to vote on-line: the Section on Audiovisual and Multimedia, the Section on Metropolitan Libraries and the Section on Public Libraries.


For the year 2018 the winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award was planned to receive:

  • If a library, € 1,000 as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30, 2018);
  • If an individual film-maker, € 1,000 in film-making equipment.

Relevance to IFLA’s Strategic Plan

The short films can be tools to support all Key Indicators of Stategic Direction 4, when it relates to strengthen “the ability to advocate effectively for libraries”

Current call for submissions

Past Award winners


Profumo di latte, musica e parole [English subtitles]

by Roma Capitale / Istituzione Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali

Profumo di latte, musica e parole


Stadtbibliothek Bremen 2013 [English audio] [German audio]

by Stadtbibliothek Bremen

Stadtbibliothek Bremen 2013


Metropolitan Libraries, Awards, Marketing

Last update: 23 March 2018