Screenings, panels, workshops and much more – it’s the return of this years ShorTS International Film Festival in Trieste, the festival dedicated to the world of short films and beyond. For our 20th edition of ShorTS, we return with many new additions to the festival. From the 28th June to the 7th July, the festival will revive cinema within the heart of the city, offering a rich programme both in terms of film content (short films, feature films, documentaries) and other events such as panels with writers and directors, workshops and master classes.
As always, the objective of ShorTS is above all to promote the genre of short films and bring it to the forefront for an increasingly younger, wider and more diverse audience. In order to achieve this, ShorTS has over the years brought together selections of the finest short film works, both nationally and internationally, and will continue to do so in this new chapter of the festival. Screenings will be organised side by side with moments for theoretical discussion (in the case of director/producer-led panels) and the opportunity for practical experiences (in the case of workshops). In this way, the viewers have an active involvement in ShorTS, especially the younger spectators, who will represent a coming together of sector professionals and young emerging directors, through which the foundations for possible future collaborations can be made.
Over the years, ShorTS has been an exceptional manifestation of strong identity, but also as an event which is able to constantly reinvent itself and expand according to the needs and new trends in the cinema scene. It’s thanks to the particular nature of ShorTS and its interest shown towards the research of diverse cinematographic landscapes that it has been able to grow as a festival over the years, all the way up to its 20th edition; full of innovation and fresh content.
Sections of the Festival
In the Maremetraggio section, the best shorts from all over the world which have won awards in the most prestigious of international film festivals over the course of 2018 will be in competition. They will compete for the prestigious award of €5,000 decided by a selected panel.
Looking towards growth and development, ShorTS intends to expand the scope of the Nuove Impronte section, going beyond the well-established research of emerging talents in Italian cinema.
The Shorter Kids’n’Teens section has been reconfirmed for its 4th year, which will be dedicated to children aged 6 to 15 years. The panel will be made up of 200 youngsters who will be joined by the students who, over the course of the year, took part in the cinema workshop (Cinema in italics) organized by the Maremetraggio Association alongside some schools.
Another section that will be reconfirmed is that dedicated to Virtual Reality, ShorTS Virtual Reality. After its debut in the last edition and the great success it received, the reconfirmation of this competitive section will have the aim of pushing the boundaries compared of the past edition, both in terms of the quantity of shorts proposed and the locations dedicated to their use by the public. As such, the aim of this section is to create a convergence of industry experts for opportunities to meet and discuss in order to deepen the relationship between cinema and new technologies.
The festival will also award the Conferma award to the creator whose way has validated the talent shown at the beginning of their career. There is also the Prospettiva award, which, as always, will go to a young actor or actress.
After the success received in the first two editions of the marathon dedicated to the world of comics, the 24HR ShorTS Comics Marathon will also be presented again in 2019. It is a contest open to young cartoonists and professionals who will try their hand at creating a comic book in 24 hours.
As in previous years, ShorTS will take the opportunity to turn its gaze towards international horizons by focusing on the cinematography of a foreign country in order to get closer to a new world and discover different ways of producing films. For 2019, Iceland will be the focal-point, thanks to the collaboration with the Reykjavík International Film Festival, which will have the task of selecting some of the best Icelandic shorts that screened during the festival and dedicated evening screenings.
Moreover, ShorTS Pitching Training will also be re-confirmed after the success of the last edition. The workshop, organized in collaboration with NISI MASA, the European Network for Young Cinema dedicated to mainly European schools, represents an opportunity for young directors with their own project to practice the preparation of an effective and persuasive pitch, side by side with big names in the international film industry.
Last but not least, in 2019 there will be the ‘cinematographic walks’ of Esterno / Giorno; a project realized by the Casa del Cinema in Trieste. Thanks to the virtual technology, those who participate will be transported to where great movies such as Il ragazzo invisibile, La migliore offerta, Il Padrino were shot, as well as well-known RAI tv series such as La Porta Rossa, thanks to the virtual reconstruction of otherwise inaccessible film sets.
With our attention always turned towards the social, ShorTS IFF will once again bring the cinema inside Trieste Casa Circondariale with a number of detainees who will form the panel and that will present the Oltre il Muro award to the best Italian short.