Born from an idea of John Paul II in 1997 and organized by Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo under the patronage of the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy Seat, the Pontifical Council for Culture, the National Office for Social Communications of the CEI, the Directorate General for Cinema MiBACT and the Department for the Cultural Growth of the Municipality of Rome, the Tertio Millennio Film Festival has always investigated the issues related to spirituality and, for some years, it has become a place for an interreligious and intercultural dialogue between the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic communities.
Characterised by a rich list of films from all over the world, meetings with authors, a competition between themed short films and a convention of study and in-depth analysis, the festival is held every year in December in Rome.
The Tertio Millennio Film Fest is also the occasion in which the awards of the Rivista del Cinematografo, the RdC Awards, are assigned according to the following categories:
Navicella Award for Italian Cinema
Navicella Fiction Award
First Work Award
Diego Fabbri Award to the best book about cinema
Since 2017 the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo promotes a first short film competition, created to give voice and value to the creativity of all-age authors on the theme of the Tertio Millennio Film Fest. The top three of the competition were awarded during the gala ceremony of the RdC Awards.
Since 2017 the Tertio Millennio Film Fest has become a competitive festival. Two awards are assigned during the event: the Tertio Millennio Award to the best film of the competition and another award to the top three finalists of the short film contest related to the theme of the festival.