A corta distanza

Promosso dall’AFIC, un incontro per accorciare le distanze nel settore del cortometraggio tra produzione, distribuzione, autori e Festival.

Elio Germano

Elio Germano will be the protagonist of a meeting published on Facebook on Monday 6 July, 18:00.

Simone Massi

Simone Massi will be the protagonist of a live meeting on Facebook on Saturday 11 July, 18:00.

24H Comics Marathon 2020

Per il quarto anno consecutivo il cinema incontra il fumetto a ShorTS con la 24H Comics Marathon.

Shorter Kids ’n’ Teens

Ready to binge watch films?
Want to laugh, daydream, go on imaginary journeys?
Want to choose the winning short in the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section from among all those we selected for you from around the world?

If the answer’s “Yesssss!”, then register right now with the jury of the section of the Festival dedicated exclusively to younger viewers.

There are two events you can take part in – not sitting in the cinema but staying comfortably at home using a computer, smartphone or tablet to get onto the MYmovies.it website, where the whole Festival is to be held because of coronavirus.

Depending on your age, you can enrol with the jury of the Shorter TEENS section (11-15 years old), in which the films can be seen on Tuesday 7 July at 6 pm, or the KIDS section (6-10 years old), scheduled for the day after, Wednesday 8 July at 6 pm.

Watch the shorts then choose the best one!

There’s more! If you live in Trieste, a rider will bring directly to your place a multicoloured cinema KIT, full of great things: a personalised pizza box (pizza is also the word in Italian for the traditional container used to keep films) with inside the Festival t-shirt, the slip for voting for the films, a card to be coloured in and a surprise gift offered by Estenergy and Gruppo Hera, main partners of ShorTS International Film Festival.

So, ready to binge watch Shorter Kids’n’Teens films?
Just fill in the form below.

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    Il sottoscritto

    A masterclass with Saverio Costanzo

    A special online masterclass held by Saverio Costanzo, the acclaimed director of the TV series My Brilliant Friend 

    The event, free of charge and open to the public, is to take place online on Zoom on Thursday 9 July.

    “During the online masterclass we will discuss with Saverio Costanzo his inspirations and how his original and introspective viewpoint as a filmmaker developed”, explained Maurizio di Rienzo and Chiara Valenti Omero, directors of ShorTS International Film Festival- “and which focus on theatrical nuances expressed by bodies and souls set within contexts ‘out of this world’. A Palestinian family held hostage by an intrusive Israeli patrol (Private, Golden Leopard prize at the 2004 Locarno International Film Festival and Silver Ribbon for best first feature). A Jesuit isolated among his doubts and vocation in a Venice convent (In Memory of Me). The ring of solitude and lack of communication filled with fear, disillusion and secrets inhabited for years by a couple who later become soulmates (The Solitude of Prime Numbers). The confines of a New York home with the conflicting approaches to child-rearing of two young parents (Hungry Hearts, Coppa Volpi at the 2014 Venice Film Festival for lead actors Alba Rohrwacher and Adam Driver). The studio of a psychotherapist who is in turn in a critical situation (three seasons of the series In Treatment). A Naples brimming with quintessential feminine emotions reworked with powerful sensitivity beyond the original structure of the book (the two seasons of the series My Brilliant Friend). Film locations with architectural details, open to extreme emotions and in which the natural link between remarkable performances and solid directing is highlighted”.

    Saverio Costanzo is also to receive the Cinema del Presente 2020 prize, an award through which ShorTS International Film Festival endorses and showcases the extraordinary talent of this Italian film director. “I’m very honoured to receive this award from the splendid city of Trieste”, said director Saverio Costanzo, a crossroads of cultures and ideas, which offersthrough its Festival, different and vital cinematic viewpoints while maintaining its twenty-year-old tradition and presenting images of the present whose strength is often rooted in the past. The specific focus by ShorTS on short-length films is important and highlights the mission of shorts, that of launching new narratives necessary for the cinema of the future”.

    Born in Rome in 1975, Saverio Costanzo is one of the most admired filmmakers on the Italian film scene. In 2004 he directed his first feature film Private, winner of the Golden Leopard award and the prize for best lead actor at the Locarno International Film Festival and later released in over twenty-five countries.

    In summer 2006 he made In Memory of Me, filmed on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice and selected to compete at the Berlinale in 2007. 2010 was the year of his third feature film, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, taken from the novel of the same name by Paolo Giordano which sold two million copies in Italy and was translated into more than thirty languages. The film competed at the 67th Venice Film Festival.

    In 2014 he directed Hungry Hearts starring Alba Rohrwacher and Adam Driver. The film was presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival where it won two Coppa Volpi awards for the performances of the two lead actors. Costanzo then directed for Sky Cinema the Italian adaptation of In Treatment Seasons 1, 2 and 3, the HBO series of the same name taken from the Israeli format created by Hagai Levi. In 2018 he directed the first two seasons of the Rai Fiction-HBO series My Brilliant Friend, taken from the first two books of the four-part trilogy written by Elena Ferrante and published in Italy by Edizioni E/O.

    Shorts Pitching Training 2020

    Online training workshop for short film projects
    3rd-4th July, 2020

    ShorTS International Film Festival, in collaboration with NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema and Italian Short Film Center, presents also for this edition the ShorTS Pitching Training, a workshop aimed at young directors who have a project of short film. During the workshop participants will learn how to create effective and persuasive pitches for their projects, specifically to present short films projects.

    Due to the current situation, the Pitching Training has to change its traditional structure, but it is an opportunity for us to experiment a completely new and different version of the workshop. Only for this year it will be held online in English by Jérôme Nunes from NISI MASA, tutor of the workshop. The selected projects will be 5 and the participants will have two individual sessions on Zoom with the tutor, organized as follows:

    – 1-hour individual session about their project for an in-depth analysis and discussion, creating a dialogue and comparing feedback about the project

    – 1-hour individual session on the pitch, learning the basics of creating an effective pitch and working on their own one

    Then, participants will create a 5-minute video-pitch where they can immediately put into practice what they learned during the workshop. Projects will be presented to a short list of producers.

    The workshop will be held on the 3rdand the 4th of July. The detailed organization of the two days of workshop will be communicated to participants later.


    About the registration:

    Participants will have to register on-line, using the registration form available below and including all the required material.

    Requests of registration must be submitted no later than (new deadline) June 7th 2020. A maximum of 5 participants will be selected. Participants must already have a project of short film and the selected projects will be announced on June 15th .

    The registration is free of charge. Participants that will be selected will have to pay a 30 euro tuition fee for the workshop.

    The selected projects are:

    Everybody kills by  Francesco Puppini, Italy
    Putia by Fausto Russo, Italy
    Rabbit Stew by Francesca Zammit, Malta
    The Moustache by Amélina Limousin, France
    Bitch by Matteo Palmas, Italy

    Submissions open for the 21st edition of Shorts International Film Festival 2020



    The submissions for the 21st edition of ShortTS International Film Festival are now open. The festival, organized by the Maremetraggio Association, will be in Trieste from 26th June to 4th July 2020.

    This year’s edition features “Science&Society”, a new competitive section dedicated to short movies from all over the world, with a 3.000,00 euro prize for the best movie. The section is created in collaboration with ESOF 2020 (EuroScience Open Forum), the most important European event focused on the debate between science, technology, society and politics, which will be held in Trieste from 5th to 9th July 2020. The sections Maremetraggio, Shorter Kids’n’Teens and ShorTS Virtual Reality are also confirmed. In this edition, the program will also feature the section Last Chance, including short films which did not win any award. Submitted films must not exceed 10 minutes (titles included), must have been produced after January 2019 and can belong to any genre. A maximum of 10 selected films will be included in the Maremetraggio section.

    The well-known competitive section Maremetraggio is reserved to short films which have already been awarded in one or more international film festivals in 2019. The 5.000,00 euro prize for the “Best Short Film Award” has been confirmed.

    The section Shorter Kids’n’Teens accepts every genre of short films dedicated to the youngest. Just like last year, the section will be divided into two age groups, with two different juries: the Kids section, dedicated to short films for children aged 6 to 10 years old, and the Teens section for teenagers from 11 to 15. As in the previous editions, the children will be the jurors and will choose the best films.

    This year’s program will include again the international section ShorTS Virtual Reality, completely dedicated to short films in virtual reality. This is due to the VR Room’s success last year in the foyer of Verdi Theatre, where the traditional movie theatre dynamics were recreated using 15 stations for the collective vision of the competing films. The 2.000,00 euro prize for the “Best Virtual Reality Short” has been confirmed.

    In order to submit their films, all participants must use one of the following platforms: Festhome or Filmfreeway.

    The deadline for submission is 29th February 2020.

    Submissions opened for the new competitive section created in collaboration with ESOF2020

    For the next year the cinematographic event announced for the “Science & Society” Section, a new competitive section dedicated to short movies from all over world and create in collaboration with ESOF2020 Trieste (EuroScience Open Forum), the largest event focused on the debate between science, technology, society and politics.

    Great news for this 2020 edition of ShorTS International Film Festival, which for the next year’s edition announces a new competitive section in addition to the traditional ones of Maremetraggio, Shorter Kids’n’Teens, Nuove Impronte and ShorTS Virtual Reality.

    For this year’s edition, which will be held from 26th June to 4th July 2020, the festival today opens submissions for “Science&Society”, a new competitive section dedicated to short movies from all over the world. The section is create in collaboration with ESOF 2020 (EuroScience Open Forum), the most important European event focused on the debate between science, technology, society and politics which will be held in Trieste from 5th to 9th July 2020.

    Days of debate that will attract to the city scientists, entrepreneurs, public administrators and participants from all over the world while the “Science in the City Festival” (27th June-11th July 2020) will bring various events of art and science through the city’s streets. Between these events the collaboration with ShorTS IFF and the creation of the “Science&Society” Section are also included. This special section is dedicated to short movies from all over the world which are freely inspired by the claim of ESOF2020 Trieste “Freedom for science, science for freedom” and which tell the relationship between technology, science and society.The short movies must not exceed 12 minutes in terms of length (titles included) and must have been produced after the January, 2018.

    In order to submit short movies in this section of the Festival it is necessary to complete the online procedure on Festhome. From the end of October will be available also the online procedure on Filmfreeway. Submissions for this section will close on January 2020.

    The winners of the 20th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival

    The 20th edition of the ShorTS International Film Festival ended on Saturday 6th July with the award ceremony in Piazza Verdi at 8.00 pm. The Trieste event has announced the 2019 winners of the various competitive sections, confirming its commitment to finding new cinematic landscapes.

    Here are the comments from the director Chiara Valenti Omero and the co-director Maurizio di Rienzo:

    “After 20 years of screenings, discoveries and research, ShorTS wanted to confirm with this important edition its diverse vocation and attention to new horizons on the reality of the world through exciting short films, feature films and documentaries, as well as immersive journeys in Virtual Reality, screenings dedicated to children and adolescents and meetings with authors, producers and filmmakers. It gives us pleasure and honour that the Trieste public (and the wider world) has followed and appreciated this articulated 9-day program of unique images and dialogues with the protagonists. Our intention is to give space to all the different ways of making films in the world today, just as we seem to be surrounded by ordinary audiences with videos, stories and media on which to see them. Therefore ShorTS, eager to anticipate new eras of cinema, will try with passion and critical spirit to continue its “elusive” side in the coming years.”

    The winners of the 20th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival

    (Jury composed of Álvaro Gago Díaz, Heinz Hermanns, Hrönn Marinósdóttir, Pippo Mezzapesa and Fabio Omero)

    EstEnergy Award – Hera Group

    Best short film:
    “All inclusive” by Corina Schwingruber Ilić
    Reason: “Accurate, touching, all-encompassing. A compelling narrative that reveals the emptiness of the entertainment industry staged aboard a cruise ship, inviting us all to look in the mirror, to laugh, and to use this laugh to change the ship’s course. ”

    Special mention to:
    “Inanimate” by Lucia Bulgheroni
    Motivation: “This intelligent and original animation shows us the daily life of a woman. Through the use of extraordinary images and surprising twists it connects different levels of life and reality. ”

    AcegasApsAmga Award

    Best Italian short film:
    “My Tyson” by Claudio Casale
    Reason: “We particularly appreciated the application of the short film tools to the contents of the documentary film. The result is a work that at the same time tells a human story and investigates a social phenomenon (the integration of second generations), gravitating attention to the emotional impact of overlapping languages ​​and to minute details that, together, restore complexity of a fresco of life. ”

    Premiere Film Award
    Best short film not distributed:
    “Raymonde or the Vertical escape” by Sarah Van den Boom
    Reason: “For the ability to build a world suspended between fairy-tale elements and the contemporary, in which the protagonist, after a life of solitude, finds the strength to question her choices and to act to satisfy her desire of love, of sex, of life. ”

    Oltre il Muro Award

    Best Italian short film voted by the inmates of Trieste Prison:
    “Bautismo” by Mauro Vecchi
    Reason: “The short film represents with strength and lucidity an increasingly topical subject: that of petty crime, youth gangs and bullying that is raging in large urban areas. In this case the metropolis is Milan. Outlining a character, one of these boys in disarray but outside of criminal and indeed very sensitive and delicate contexts, the author succeeds in resurrecting that violence of an almost ancestral rituality that has always been the depersonalisation of the individual, one of the prices to pay to become part of the “social contract” of a group or clan (not necessarily criminals) where you live or survive. ”

    Special mention to:
    “Così in terra” by Pier Lorenzo Pisano
    Motivation: “For having deeply grasped the inexplicable mystery of life that no one, not even the “experts” in togas or those in white collars, knows how to answer. The only solution remains to help and compare those who live in great inner suffering, moral and even physical, depending on their nature and role which in their turn destiny or god has bestowed on us. ”

    Trieste Caffè Award
    Best short film voted by the public:
    “Pepitas” by Alessandro Sampaoli and “Fino alla fine” by Giovanni Dota

    AMC Award
    Best Italian editing:
    “My Tyson” by Claudio Casale
    Reason: “For the use of dialectical editing as an element of narrative dynamics. As the mother sews clothes so the assembly weaves moments of life of the two protagonists. Mother and child unite, images and sounds intertwine developing their history in the present to detect the conditions determined in the past, and indicating a future already existing in our reality: the inevitability of a possible freedom, always.

    Special mention to:
    “Freddo dentro” by Valerio Burli
    Reason: “The special mention goes to a short film that in the fusion of imagination and reality metaphorically represents the generational confrontation. The narrative timing of the montage describes, on the one hand, the human condition of addiction to horror and the inability to oppose it together in searching for an embrace, an impossible spark of humanity; on the other hand, as a last path for the new generations, the dive into a foggy elsewhere in search of a concrete possibility.”

    Leonardo Da Vinci Award
    Best Italian Cinematography:
    “The Shadow of the Bride” by Alessandra Pescetta
    Reason: “The Sicilian sea welcomed and never returned the bodies of thousands of children who died during the Second World War. The dead on one side and on the other the opposing armies and nations, but they all found themselves at the bottom of the sea. Bodies that in the tight cuts of the shots fluctuate through the water, together with the memories and the connections left and now broken – the photo of the lover, love letters, the wedding ring -, bodies that not even in the depth of that sea can find peace. Alessandra Pescetta paints these bodies with the raw light that filters through the water, the leaden colours and the final gestures that seek a contact again with those who in that same water have lost all hope of once again embracing them. And as in Leonardo, also in “L ‘shadow of the bride’, it is the affections that draw the story between men and to talk about them still holds power. It is in fact the story of a tragic journey, which transforms the dream of a future life into the drama of those who will not even have a wooden coffin and a piece of land in which to be buried. A tragic journey, which still continues to repeat itself in that stretch of sea. ”

    (Jury composed of Antonio Giacomin, Gabriella Giliberti and Stefano Seriani)

    EstEnergy Award – Hera Group

    Best VR short film:
    “Tower of Babel by the sea” by Feng Wei-Jung
    Reason: “Tower of Babel by the Sea is an immersive journey, achieved through the use of virtual reality and, therefore, the subjectivity of the viewer, which allows us to explore new narrative perspectives that have their roots in the tragic reality of an ever growing world adrift. A mythological re-elaboration that faces us with a passive, narrow and disturbing struggle, and makes us reflect on how much man hides behind the concept of an “evil deity”; the film brings to light his tragic delirium of omnipotence, of vice and pride that makes him a victim of himself. A complex technical and narrative work, with an important, accurate, chilling and shocking metaphorical value, where the use of virtual reality amplifies the sense of powerlessness and drama of events, profoundly tarnishing the soul of the viewer.”

    Special mention to:
    “Borderline” by Assaf Machnes
    Reason: “A reflection on the physical and conceptual sense of the border, on the exploration of it and on the lability of the term in front of the vastness of a deserted land. A film that pushes us to go beyond the idea of ​​the border itself with the use of virtual reality, spurring the viewer to cross any “line”, discovering, exploring with the look and actions. An extract of reality constructed with a dramatic structure at par with a thriller, where suspense grows and the climax is almost exasperated, leading to desperately wanting to interact with the drama of the events, until reaching an unexpected final that makes the narrative itself , as current as it is unique. A task – in the light of what we are experiencing – that cannot be but remembered and, therefore, rewarded.”

    RAI Cinema Channel Award
    Best VR short film:
    Ex aequo “Metro veinte: cita ciega” by María Belén Poncio and “Borderline” by Assaf Machnes

    Reason for “Metro veinte”: “To have wisely exploited the potential of VR technology and to have put it in support of a story that defies courage but at the same time delicately taboos about sexuality and disability.”

    Reason for “Borderline”: “For the ability to immerse the viewer into the virtual experience, bringing it effectively into the narrative, capturing our attention to the end and allowing him to experience the emotions and uncertainties of the protagonists.”

    Il Piccolo Award
    Best VR short film voted by the public:
    “Borderline” by Assaf Machnes

    (Jury composed of Alessio Cremonini, Elena Cucci, Gianluca Guzzo, Vinicio Marchioni and Sara Serraiocco)

    Crédit Agricole FriulAdria Award
    Best feature film:
    “Selfie” by Agostino Ferrente
    Reason: “For the ability to make us question the ethical and aesthetic mechanisms of representation, in an age in which everyone becomes the director of themselves and yet never ceases to be the object of the gaze. For the authenticity of the story personally managed by the protagonists and the uneducated truth of their gaze. For the honesty in declaring, however, that the presence of a director in some way also shapes the self-managed representation. And because this film changes the way we interpret the narrative and representational possibilities of Italian cinema, leaving a profound imprint that from now on will be impossible to ignore.”

    MYmovies Award
    Best feature film voted by the public “Beautiful Things” by Giorgio Ferrero and Federico Biasin

    AGICI Award
    Best production: “Selfie” by Agostino Ferrente
    Reason: “It is strange to give the prize to the best producer / production where a production seems to be almost non-existent. This documentary film goes beyond cinematic veracity and enters the mirror of truth, in the representation of the same by the protagonists. The extraordinary work of the screenwriter, director and producers is to put his strength and skills at the service of the unpredictable path of those who tell themselves. They won the award for Best Production, Casa delle Visioni and Magnèto Productions for having been able to support the extreme concept of Agostino Ferrente in a production process that brought to the Film the support of precious institutions such as the Istituto Luce and the French CNC as well as two large European cultural companies: Rai Cinema and ARTE France. Selfie is a difficult film to produce precisely because of its deliberately anarchic construction, which thanks to certainly tenacious producers has given all its spectators unique moments of cinema. ”

    SNCCI Award
    Best feature film voted by the jury of the Italian Film Critics Union: “The World is flat” by Matteo Carrega Bertolini
    Reason: “To look for one’s place in the world between needs and desires, fears and frustrations, without losing oneself. “The World is flat” shows how the encounter with the other is the best compass when the Earth seems to flatten out. We reward the film, therefore, for its ability to tell in a non-trivial way bodies and spaces, looks and gestures, to find authentic images even within a tradition of independent cinema, through a conscious aesthetic “.

    ANAC Award
    Best screenplay: “Selfie” by Agostino Ferrente
    Reason: “An innovative, rigorous writing. The portrait, or rather self-portrait, of the two protagonists Alessandro and Pietro, both sixteen and resident in the Trajan district of Naples, is touching and detached at the same time. The stylistic choice of the “selfie”, a risky and reckless road, was pursued with great consistency and awareness. The lucid determination with which a writing that made use of the technique of empathy was discarded, thus avoiding transforming the two protagonist boys into “cool anti-heroes”, in the style of many TV series. Ultimately, an innovative writing for an equally innovative film, whose “frontal” frames suggest the shots of the first two films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, “Accattone” and “Mamma Roma”. As we know, for the great Friulian poet “frontality is sacredness”.


    Shorter Kids Award
    Best Kids short film:
    “Becolored” by Maurizio Forestieri

    Public Shorter Kids Award
    Best Kids short film voted by the public:
    “Becolored” by Maurizio Forestieri

    Shorter Teens Award
    Best short Teens:
    “Me first” by Aggelos Tzogou, Diamantis Pachis, Giorgos Foskolos, Nikos Skiathitis, Panagiotis Fouscarinis, Ioanna Foskolou, Ioanna Tsarpala

    Public Shorter Teens Award
    Best Teens short film voted by the public:
    “Golden Girl” by Chiara Fleischhacker

    Cinema Award of the Present
    Alessio Cremonini

    Prospettiva Award
    Francesco Di Napoli