The rare disease international film festival is the first and only film festival on rare diseases in Europe. It collects and promotes the best video works on rare diseases and social inclusion through an international competition and works with public and private partners, both national and international, the rare diseases community, disability advocates, entertainment and film culture professionals. It is a cultural project created by Claudia Crisafio, actress and author, and Serena Bartezzati, a rare patient and professional in the field of communication. Both share Ingmar Bergam’s claim: “There is no art form like cinema to strike the conscience, shake the emotions and reach the secret rooms of the soul.”
“Our aim is to hold annual awareness-raising event on rare diseases and disability issues to share knowledge, information and experience. We believe that sharing knowledge and speaking about rare disease and disability can make life easier for persons affected by rare disease and/or disability, their family members and caregivers. It is important to break the isolation rare disease patients and their families, one of the most felt problems especially by younger generations”.