The festival taking place in Trieste from the 28th of June to the 7th of July is now open to entries for the 20th edition!
The event also announces the new co-director Maurizio di Rienzo, a journalist and film critic who will collaborate with the director Chiara Valenti Omero.
Entries for the 20th edition of the ShorTS International Film Festival are now open, organized by the Maremetraggio Association and runs from the 28th of June to the 7th of July 2019 in the capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The event is also pleased to announce the new co-director Maurizio Di Rienzo, who will be working alongside the president and director Chiara Valenti Omero, who has stated: “It is with great pleasure to entrust the co-direction of the festival to a long-standing friend for whom I have such respect, and because of whom, for many reasons, the festival has grown so much in its 20 years. I believe that, with our vision of the next three years as a phase of support and growth, his contribution promises new strategies that will lead the festival in this direction. It is also on my part, an act of recognition of the loyalty that Maurizio has always had to ShorTS.”
“For me, supporting Chiara Valenti Omero’s forward-thinking spirit after my many years at ShorTS is a professional and amicable way of stimulating creative involvement, to which I owe the trust I received” – Maurizio di Rienzo commented. “It’s a fierce environment of many (too many?) Film Festivals. But ShorTS’ unique and ever-changing thematic horizons are longstanding. The short films, reality and fiction cinema, virtual reality cinema are sections accompanied by perspectives, focuses and meetings to foster an engaging union with the public. In a distributive national and international landscape like this, our small but grand Festival located in a magnificent city, a geo-cultural crossroad, wishes even better to identify, display and analyse the whole 360° of this art-form, which is so strongly rooted in concepts of emotion, discovery and storytelling. So, with Chiara and all the collaborators, we will not go about this by merely watching, but by trying to ‘see’ the bigger picture behind this sea of stories. We will do so both will seriousness and with a smile!”
Confirmed for the 2019 edition of the Festival are the sections: Maremetraggio, Shorter Kids’n’Teens, Nuove Impronte and ShorTS Virtual Reality.
In the competition section (a longstanding section of ShorTS), short films that have won a prize in one or more international-level festivals over the course of 2018 can compete.
The section Shorter Kids’n’Teens is a section dedicated to the youngest participants, where short films of any genre can participate. Moreover, this year, the section will be divided in two age-groups, with two distinct panel of judges: the Kids section, dedicated to short films for children aged 6 to 10 years, and the Teens section for young people aged 11 to 15 years. As with every edition, it will be the young people amongst themselves who make up the panel of judges who will decide the winners of the section.
Also confirmed is the section Nuove Impronte by the journalist and critic Beatrice Fiorentino, who selects 7 feature-films every year amongst the best works emerging from Italian cinema.
We are also making a return to the section ShorTS Virtual Reality, which was introduced last year with great success with both public and critics. It is a section dedicated to short films shot in virtual reality, in either a monoscopic or stereoscopic version.
The entries must be submitted no later than the 28th of February 2019.