Trieste – Friday 1st July marks the beginning of the 17th ShorTS International Film Festival, staged in collaboration with TriestEstate and with contributions from: Mibact; the Regional Office of Culture, Sport and Solidarity; the Regional Office of Productive Activities, cooperation and tourism; the CRTrieste Foundation and the Casali Foundation.
The festival’s official inauguration will take place at 21:00 in Piazza Verdi, with festival president Chiara Valenti Omero and Zita Fusco saying some words before the Maremetraggio section begins. This is a section dedicated to short films: 94 shorts from both Italy and overseas, of which 35 are Italian premieres, have been picked out from the 1400+ shorts we received from all corners of the globe (26 countries including Turkey, France, USA, Spain, Kenya, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and, of course, Italy) to compete for the 5,000 euro Enel Prize for the Best Short Film, awarded by an international jury consisting of Elisa Fuksas (director), Alessandro Corsetti (Rai Cinema), Alessandra Priante (MIBACT), Paul Badoudjian (producer) and Cecilia Dazzi (actress), assembled to identify the crème de la crème of short films. As was the case last year, the public present in Piazza Verdi can rate the shorts they have seen, and the film with the highest rating at the end of the festival will be awarded the Trieste Caffè Prize. The shorts you can see on the big screen are: The Secret World of Foley by Daniel Jewel, Cuenta con nosotros by Pablo Vara, Grouillons-nous by Margot Reumont, Edit > Undo by Daniel Clements, The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs, Punto di vista by Matteo Petrelli, Den lille døden by Simon Tillaas, Vainilla by Juan Beiro, Faint by Natalie Piaskura, Muerte blanca by Roberto Collío, Stag by Kevin Newbury and Rearranged by Ewa Górzna.
The inauguration will also see the awards ceremony for the It’ShorTS contest, for which lovers of cinema and design were called upon to create a graphical projection of a watchstrap. The victor, Beatrice Stasolla from the Liceo artistico Nordio di Trieste, will come up to the stage to receive her prize from Valentina Lesini and Giuseppe Taranto: her own IT’S WATCH watch with the strap she designed herself together with one from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
Cinema Ariston at 20:00 will host the beginning to a homage to the documentary maker, Andrea Segre, showing his Marghera canale nord. It is a story of the large, immovable Kawkab Motor Vessel, an Egyptian merchant ship gifted to the Marghera docks by an experienced ship owner, merchant sailors and human lives. This is followed at 21:30 by Fernando Cito Filomarino’s Antonia, the first of the films in competition for the Nuove Impronte section, which is dedicated to Italian debut works. The film tells the story of Antonia Pozzi, who was amongst the greatest poets of the 20th Century and who lived in Milan in the 1930s.
At 10:00 – and then at 14:00 – Punto enel will host the festival’s first special event, with Francesco Filippi’s workshop dedicated to adolescents between 12 and 15 years of age who will make, harnessing the tricks of shooting a film using a tablet of mobile phone taught at the workshop, an ideal trailer for the SweeTS4Kids section.