Since its establishment in 2000, Associazione Maremetraggio has promoted cinematographic activity, the study and diffusion of cinema through the organization of festivals, conferences, professional training courses and workshops. To achieve such goals, the Association organizes ShorTS – International Film Festival (named the Maremetraggio Festival until 2013): a competitive festival dedicated to short films from all over the world and independent cinema. ShorTS IFF aims to promote young Italian and international cinema through a rich-quality program both in film content (shorts, feature films and documentaries) and cultural and secondary activities such as workshops, training courses and special events to create links between young emerging talents and professionals in the sector. ShorTS IFF also aims to introduce the genre of the short film to an increasingly young and diverse audience, paying particular attention to school-aged children, with a whole section entirely dedicated to them along with an educational project during the school year.
Furthermore, the festival aims to constantly reinvent itself and open itself up to the new frontiers of cinema and virtual technology, with a competitive section entirely dedicated to VR short films.
The Associazione Maremetraggio continues carrying out work with the Trieste Penitentiary, where every year a jury of prisoners awards the Oltre il Muro Prize to the best Italian short film.
Part of the Association’s activities are also partecipatory video projects (Città Visibile, Science for Suburbs) realized in Trieste and on its territory, together with SIAE, schools and microareas.
Lastly, the Associazione Maremetraggio is one of the founders of the Associazione Casa del Cinema di Trieste with which it shares common goals and projects.