The winners of the 19th edition of ShorTS IFF!


Trieste – The 19th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival concluded on Saturday 7th July with the award ceremony in Piazza Verdi at 8.30 pm. The event in Trieste announced the 2018 winners of the various competitive sections, confirming their dedication to the research of the new cinematographic landscapes.

“Even in this edition, the people of Trieste have shown a profound fondness for the festival, as shown by the huge participation in the evening screenings and side events”-said the director Chiara Valenti Omero- “This was a year of growth for ShorTS, also with thanks to the introduction of Virtual Reality and to the expansion of the section dedicated to children and teens, and the presence of some great protagonists of the film scene and Beyond. We will continue, even in the next editions, to innovate and expand ourselves by exploring new realities and challenging ourselves with new frontiers”.

 

MAREMETRAGGIO SECTION

EstEnergy Award – Hera Comm, sum of 5.000 euros

Best short voted by the panel composed of Virna Gioiellieri, Emanuele Nespeca, Chiara Nicoletti and Veronica Pivetti was awarded to:

‘Matria’ by Alvaro Gago (Spain, 2017)

Trieste – The 19th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival concluded on Saturday 7th July with the award ceremony in Piazza Verdi at 8.30 pm. The event in Trieste announced the 2018 winners of the various competitive sections, confirming their dedication to the research of the new cinematographic landscapes.

“Even in this edition, the people of Trieste have shown a profound fondness for the festival, as shown by the huge participation in the evening screenings and side events”-said the director Chiara Valenti Omero- “This was a year of growth for ShorTS, also with thanks to the introduction of Virtual Reality and to the expansion of the section dedicated to children and teens, and the presence of some great protagonists of the film scene and Beyond. We will continue, even in the next editions, to innovate and expand ourselves by exploring new realities and challenging ourselves with new frontiers”.

For the following reason:

“Thanks to a mature direction and a wonderful interpretation the film emits the anxiety, tension and attention with which this heroic mother protects her family, against everything and everyone. The daily routine becomes a three-headed Cerberus against which is hard to survive even the most trivial banalities of life. This film is striking for its ability to reverse the concept of patriarch and matriarch; reestablishing the portrait of everyday life of a woman, mother, grandmother, wife, worker, who becomes the hero capable of supporting the whole family and social structure that surrounds it.”

Universal Studio Award

Best Italian short awarded to:

A Christmas Carol di Luca Vecchi (Italia, 2017)

For the following reason:

“For its ability to tell its highly emotional backstory within a few minutes; bringing together the highest quality of expressive elements that a director has at their disposal: staging, dialogue, interpretations, photography and editing.”

Premiere Film Award

Best undistributed short awarded to:

‘9 pasos’ by Marisa Crespo Abril, Moisés Romera Pérez (Spain, 2017)

For the following reason:

“For its ability to tell a story with such few elements; using only two characters in a place where many pass – a corridor – turning them into protagonists in a story about our ancestral fears.”

Oltre il Muro Award

Best Italian short voted by the House District of Trieste awarded to:

‘Je ne veux pas mourir’ by Massimo Loi, Gianluca Mangiasciutti (Italy, 2017)

For the following reason:

“The setting is staged as both brutal and dreamlike at the same time. In close-up shots, told with a skilled piano-sequence, a tragic spectacle unfolds that nobody wants to witness. At the centre of it all, a child, in a powerful and empathetic gesture, lays their emotions bare and forces us to question ourselves about our sense of humanity. It was awarded this also for the depth of the gaze and the intensity of the narrative.”

Special mention from the judges from Oltre il Muro

Is awarded to:

‘Il legionario’ by Hleb Papou (Italy 2017)

For the following reason:

“For a screenplay that looks inside a family, cultural and political conflict, and for unveiling how power takes over and consumes the identity and soul of the individual.”

Trieste Coffee Award

Best short voted by the public is awarded to:

‘Fantasia’ by Teemu Nikki (Finland, 2016)

AMC Award

Best Italian editing is awarded to:

‘Twinky Doo’s Magic World’ by Alessandro Izzo (Italy 2017)

For the following reason:

“The editing of this short is notable for the credibility that this little film genre provides. With its archive editing, which lays the foundation for a phantasmal atmosphere, combined with the well-timed shots builds a well-defined, almost claustrophobic space and a delusional pathos akin to the characters. Between tricks, flashbacks and hallucinations we feel like we are trapped on a fairground ride.”

 

NUOVE IMPRONTE SECTION

Crédit Agricole FriulAdria Award

Best feature film voted by the panel composed of Marco Alessi, Daniele Orazi, Elena Radonicich, Sydney Sibilia and Giovanna Taviani is awarded to:

‘Happy Winter’ by Giovanni Totaro (Italy 2017)

For the following reason:

“After a long discussion dictated by a selection of extremely mixed films, ranging from genre cinema, to social engagement, from animation to documentary which had put us in a difficult situation, we decided to reward a film that gives new light to the genre which has an amusing look, which was the merit of opening up a ‘niche’ type of cinema to a wider audience. It succeeds in this thanks to its language aesthetic, highly effective staging and characters which impress us and create an immediate empathy. We hope that this award can attract the attention of those who distribute films and create intrigue towards this genre that is still seen as a ‘younger brother’ of fictional cinema.”

Il Piccolo Award

Best feature film voted by the public is awarded to:

‘Happy Winter’ by Giovanni Totaro (Italy 2017)

AGICI Award

Best production is awarded to:

‘Happy Winter’ by Giovanni Totaro (Italy 2017)

For the following reason:

“’Happy Winter’ by Giovanni Totaro is above all an enjoyable and innovative film in the Italian scene. However, this award is not only dedicated to the quality of the overall outcome, but also to the production process. Making a film like HW is not easy. The project was presented by the director at IDS Academy, where he went on to win the best project award at IDS|MIA 2015; the pitch where the Indyca company decided to take it into development. Further on, the film won the MISE development prize, as well as establishing a link with sales agent Deckert Distribution. In January 2016 the project was presented at the Piemonte documentary film fund and in the Indyca Slate Media Catalogue to conclude the development budget. Then began the development and the collaboration with the company that manages the beach with a co-funding. In May 2016, the project received the support of the Piemonte Doc FF and was selected for the HotDocs pitch where it won as best Cuban Hat project. It went on to gain the support of Mibact OPS and Rai Cinema. A contract with I Wonder Pictures was then confirmed for Italian distribution. In December 2016, at Milan Filmnetwork’s Atelier, it won an award for post-production. In 2017, the project, now finished, was selected in Venice 2017, finally gaining access to the 25% credit on production expenses. This recount is to give an idea of the amount of work that goes into a film like this and why we are awarding it. It is a film selected in the most prestigious short-film festivals, such as IDFA, Vision du Reel and HotDocs. Right now, it is still touring different festivals all over the world, even the US. It is a film that has sold out in Switzerland, Israel, Finland and under negotiation with PBS (Point of View). So, congratulations to Indyca that prevailed over such a complex production challenge and produced something with such a high artistic and commercial result.”

SNCCI Award

Best feature film voted by the panel of the Italian National Film Critics Union, composed of Luigi Abiusi, Massimo Causo and Adriano de Grandis was awarded to:

‘La terra dell’abbastanza’ by Damiano and Faibio D’Innocenzo (Italy 2018)

For the following reason:

“For the effectiveness in intertwining different registers and materials, from the realistic, to the noir, to the expressionist, whilst also succeeding in offering a coherent and congruous representation with the social context, the psychological dimension of the characters and an aesthetic of the original genre in its classical derivations.”

ANAC Award

Best screenplay was awarded to:

‘La terra dell’abbastanza’ by Damiano and Faibio D’Innocenzo (Italy 2018)

For the following reason:

“For its sharp writing that describes a landscape of Italian ‘banlieu’ where a group of young people drag their existence to an unfortunate end, the prize goes to Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo. Far from the stereotypes about social marginalization, what breaks out from this short is the unpopular image of our suburbs, a 3-dimensional image of the souls that inhabit them, and a clear and implacable mirror of contemporaneity.”

 

SEZIONE SHORTS VIRTUAL REALITY

EstEnergy – Hera Comm Award

Best VR short as voted by a panel composed of Emilio Cozzi, Txema Muñoz and Omar Rashid was awarded to:

‘Remember’ by George Kacevski (Australia, 2016)

For the following reason:

“For its ability to tell the narrative potentialities of virtual reality in a metaphylactic way, through a subjective experience in just a few minutes. It makes us reflect on the critical aspects of our time and the value of memories, loneliness and identity.”

Rai Cinema Chanel Award

Best VR short was jointly awarded to:

‘The Dream Collector’ by Mi Li (China, 2017)

For the following reason:

“It is a high-quality animation that leads the curiosity of the viewer into a dimension of virtual fantasy.”

And ‘Lifeline’ by Victor Michelot (France, 2017)

For the following reason:

“Because it propels the spectator into an emotional bubble in which time and space are jumbled, giving life only to our feelings.”

 

SHORTER KIDS’N’TEENS SECTION

Shorter Kids Award

Best short was awarded to:

‘Dumbheads’ by Matic Perčič (Slovenia, 2018)

For the following reason:

“Because it is fun, packed with jokes and has a story that sweeps the viewer away. The characters and setting are colourful and create an original universe.”

Shorter Teens Award

Best short was awarded to:

‘Change Your Planet’ by Julia Bobkova (Russia, 2017)

Shorter Teens Award

Best short was awarded to:

‘Running Lights’ by Gediminis Siaulys (Lithuania, 2017)

For the following reason:

“We appreciated the director’s visual method of portraying life and death in this animated film: from the hare shown at the beginning to the reflection on what happens to our body when the heart stops beating. It made us laugh and cry: very emotional and moving!”

 

Cinema del presente award:

Matteo Rovere

Perspective Award:

Sharon Caroccia

La Porta Rossa Fiction Award

For the following reason:

“For bringing the beauty of Trieste to the homes of millions of Italians and the world.”

SYNOPSIS OF WINNING WORKS:

‘Happy Winter’ by Giovanni Totaro:

Through the style of a documentary, Totaro recalls a summer in Mondello, near Palermo. The lively beach, a summer destination for many holiday-goers, reflects the contradictions of the Italian society after the crisis. It gives a look at the crisis of recent years seen from the beach in Palermo, where many families spend the summer season hiding behind the memory of a social status that no longer exists.

‘La terra d’abbastanza’ by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo:

The D’Innocenzo brothers with their debut film set in the outskirts of Rome, which talks about criminal education and fate, was presented at the Berlinale 2018 for the best first-time direction.

‘Matria’ by Alvaro Gago:

Ramona lives with her husband who she barely even speaks to and works as a depot manager in a canned-goods factory. She is pushed to the edge by the difficulties in her daily life and seeks refuge through the relationship with her daughter and granddaughter.

ShorTS International Film Festival was realized with help from the contributions of: Mibact – Cinema Direction, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region – Cultural Department, Friuli Venezia Giulia region – Department of Productive Activities and Tourism, CRTrieste Foundation, K.F House and Municipality of Trieste Foundation, EstEnergy, Hera Comm, Crédit Agricole FriulAdria, AcegasApsAmga, TriesteCaffè, Ikon Technical Partners and E-Factory with Seed Box-it.

 

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ShorTS International Film Festival 2018
19° Edizione | Trieste | Dal 29 giugno al 7 luglio
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