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

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. ”

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

Alessio Cremonini will receive the Cinema of the Present Award 2019

Alessio Cremonini will receive the Cinema of the Present Award 2019, which ShorTS awards yearly to highlight the extraordinary talent of Italian filmmakersThe director of On my skin will also hold a Masterclass on Friday 5 July at Trieste Penitentiary in the presence of a group of prisoners, who at the end of the festival will also award the special prize “Oltre il muro” to the best Italian short film in the Maremetraggio section.

The exciting film Sulla mia pelle is the story of the last days of Stefano Cucchi and of the week that changed his family’s life forever; a work that has won over audiences and critics, achieving great success at the David di Donatello 2019 where Alessio Cremonini was honoured as Best New-coming Director and Alessandro Borghi for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The film will be screened in Trieste with the filmmaker present on Thursday 4th July at 8.00 pm at the Miela Theater. At 9.30 pm on the same day in Piazza Verdi, the director Alessio Cremonini will receive the Cinema Award of the Present, an award through which the Trieste festival highlights the extraordinary talent of the Italian filmmaker.

The director’s Masterclass at ShorTS 2019 is part of a project that the Maremetraggio Association has been organizing in collaboration with En.A.I.P for several years, offering professional training courses in audio-visual techniques within the Trieste Prison, allowing the possibility for a select group of prisoners to acquire the basics of these techniques so that they can be integrated into society and into the world of work. The group that will attend the Cremonini Masterclass is in fact following a 400-hour professional course (started in April and ending in December), at the end of which they will be given a professional certificate.

This group of inmates will also form the jury that each year awards the special “Oltre il Muro” prize for the best Italian short film in competition at the ShorTS International Film Festival in the Maremetraggio section, a historic competitive section dedicated to short films already awarded at major international festivals.

The 24H ShorTS Comics Marathon Jury

Scheduled for Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June in Piazza della Borsa, where participants will have to create a comic of 12 panels within the space of 24 hours.

The submitted comics will be judged by a FANTASTIC PANEL, including the illustrator Dr. Pira, awarded for the best comic at the Napoli Comicon, the cartoonist and screenwriter Menotti, co-author of the screenplay of “Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot”, the cartoonist Giopota, author for BAO Publishing of “A year without you”, and by the illustrator Ilaria Palleschi, author of the graphic novel “Nina Che disagio”.

For the third year in a row, cinema meets comic at ShorTS International Film Festival 2019, the Triestine festival running from June 28th to July 6th, which confirms the 24H ShorTS Comic Marathon for the Festival’s 20th birthday.

It’s a free contest which will be dedicated to aspiring cartoonists of all ages who want to test themselves in an artistic marathon, where they will have to produce a comic strip with at least 12 panels in ink and/or colour, all within a square border. The winning comic will be published and distributed free of charge, first on ShorTS’ Instagram page and then on paper, within a real comic book, which will then be distributed for free by our two Triestine comic event partners, Fantastylandia and Neopolis.

The marathon will be held in Piazza della Borsa from 17.00 on Saturday 29th June until 17.00 on Sunday 30th June. It is free to enter the competition and has a maximum limit of 15 people. You can register from our official ENTRY FORM.

After having big names like Laura Scarpa, Lorenzo Pastrovicchio and Sio, this year will also be judged by a fantastic panel made up from experts in this artistic field. In particular, the 2019 edition of the marathon will be composed by the animator and illustrator Dr. Pira, author of ‘I fumetti della Gleba’ and ‘Super relax’, which were awarded the Micheluzzi 2019 Award at Napoli Comicon, and other series from Repubblica, Vice Magazine and Smemoranda. We also have the comic creator/screenwriter of the critically acclaimed film ‘Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot’ and the comic creator/designer Giopota, who made the panels for ‘Gennaio’ and ‘A year without you’ written by Luca Vanzella, published by BAO Publishing and illustrator Ilaria Palleschi, author of the graphic novel ‘Nina che disagio’.

The film of the Shorts Virtual Reality 2019 section

After last years’ success, the 20th edition of ShorTS Film Festival will once again confirm ShorTS Virtual Reality; a whole section dedicated to shorts shot with VR technology, in collaboration with proEsof and the Trieste Observatory.

For 4 evenings from the 2nd-5th July, the Teatro Verdi foyer will hold viewings of the 13 works in competition: the surroundings of the theatre will be transformed into a cinematographic virtual room, where spectators can experiment with this new technology through a group viewing. Throughout the festival, it will also be possible to test out VR in Piazza della Borsa, where a virtual room will also be set up with 2 individual booths with headsets and viewing chairs.

Virtual Reality returns to Trieste. After last years’ success, the 20th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival, running from June 28th to July 6th, has reconfirmed the competitive section ShorTS Virtual Reality, a whole section dedicated to shorts shot with VR technology, in collaboration with proEsof and the Trieste Observatory.

The section is scheduled for 4 evenings between July 2nd and July 5th and will be held in the foyer of Teatro Verdi, where the 13 viewings of the works in competition will take place. The surroundings of the theatre will be transformed into a cinematographic virtual room, where spectators can experiment with this new technology through a group viewing, made possible with the technological assistance of IKON, a leading regional VR company and digital partner of the festival.

This year, the section will oversee 13 shorts in competition, carried out with VR technology in both monoscopic and stereoscopic versions. The winning short will be awarded with the Estenergy-Gruppo Hera prize of a 2000-euro sum. Also, up for grabs is the Rai Cinema Channel Prize which consists of purchasing the web rights to the short, with a sum of 3000 euros and distribution on the new app Rai Cinema Channel VR. New this year, there is also the premio del Pubblico from Trieste’s Piccolo Newspaper; media partner of the festival.

The 13 shorts come from France, Germany, Finland, the UK, Taiwan, Argentina, Turkey, Israel and of course, Italy, whilst the genres range from fictional shorts to the highly experimental, touching on great current themes, all done with VR technology, thanks to which the technology is fastly becoming a new means of artistic expression; offering to ShorTS’ spectators a new way of experiencing cinematographic art.

Thanks to this VR technology, it will be possible to live unimaginable and extraordinary experiences, such as the short Everest – The VR Film Experience by Jon Griffith, which will take the viewer all the way to the peak of the tallest mountain in the world. We also have the highly immersive work Wombsong by Hanna Vastislao, which thanks to this technology she is able to recreate the fascinating sensation of being inside the womb of a pregnant woman. There is also ‘Conscious existence’ by German Marc Zimmermann, which transports the viewer to the edges of the earth and universe.

Current themes are also greatly explored in the selected shorts, such as those confronted in Borderline by Assaf Machnes, previously shown at Biennale VR in Venice, which allows the spectator to experience first-hand the apprehensions of a young Israeli soldier stationed at the border. Paris Terror – The Hostages from the Hyper Cacher by Ricarda Saleh also touches on current themes; it rebuilds the attack on the Jewish shop Hyper Cacher in Paris, carried out two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack.

We also have 2 Italian shorts: Drumpossibile by Omar Rashid is a documentary-style short in which the drummer Fabio Vitiello reveals new ways of conceiving art, music, and by extension, reality itself. The other Italian short is Denoise by Giorgio Ferrero e Federico Biasin; a journey of words, sounds and shapes in which we lose ourselves, where VR allows the viewer to immerse themselves in an unthinkable world.

Moreover, this year in Piazza della Borsa, a space will be set up and dedicated to VR viewings: a virtual room in the heart of Trieste, where the spectators will be able to check out all of the shorts in competition.

Inside the virtual room, there will be 2 separate stations where the public will have the opportunity to see the shorts for free from 10am to 8pm. Each station will be equipped with a headset and a rotating chair that will allow you to envision the shorts in 360 degrees and put forward a new way of experiencing cinema.

For the shorts who aren’t in competition, we have In the Cave by the Gorizian director Ivan Gergolet along with the photography of Antonio Giacomin. It’s an immersive VR short which was presented at the 75 International Show of Cinematographic Art in the Venice Virtual Reality section. The short is born from the fascination for the world underground and the sense of beauty, danger, protection and loss in time and space that it produces. Exploring the metaphor of the cave as the maternal womb, In the Cave guides the spectator around the mysteries of life before life as we know it.

Friday 5th July, we have two panels scheduled which are dedicated to the relationship between VR and Astronomy, Speleology and Neuroscience. These two meetings will explore the possible scientific applications within this revolutionary technology, organized in collaboration with proESOF (EuroScience Open Forum), the most important European event focused on the debate between science, technology, society and politics.

The first panel, organized in collaboration with Trieste Observatory, will deal with the profondities of the Earth and space. From VR to speleology and space. During this panel, researchers, astronomers, speleologists and directors will discuss their ways of explaining and retelling their world; surfacing many overlapping points between speleology, space and VR.

The second event will be The mind and VR, in which psychologists, neuroscientists and researchers will discuss the relationship between the mind and experiences in VR; explaining how our brain reacts to VR stimuli and how it perceives VR narrations.


The Dreams of Henry Rousseau by Thomas Auclair (France)
Paris Terror-The Hostages from the Hyper Cacher by Ricarda Saleh (Germany)
Everest-The VR Film Experience by Jon Griffith (UK)
Floodplain by Deniz Tortum (Turkey)
Tower of Babel by the sea by Feng Wei-jung (Taiwan)
Conscious existence by Marc Zimmermann (Germany)
Wombsong by Hanna Vastislao (Finland)
Borderline by Assaf Machnes (Israel, UK)
Half life VR – Short Version by Robert Connor (Sweden)
Rooms by Christian Zipfel (Germany)
Drumpossible by Omar Rashid (Italy)
Metro Veinte: Cita Ciega by Maria Belen Poncio (Argentina)
Denoise by Giorgio Ferrero, Federico Biasin (Italy, Swizerland, USA)

The 11 films of the section Nuove Impronte 2019

“Nuove Impronte” at ShorTS International Film Festival, telling the stories of contemporary Italy

The 2019 selection features a wide range of genres, ranging from comedy to sports films, social dramas to documentaries, the works of eleven Italian directors not yet established in the public sphere but already appreciated for their courage and talent.

The “Nuove Impronte” sections is inspired by new and upcoming Italian directors appreciated for their talents despite not yet being known to the general public. This is a competitive section in its 20th edition, choosing the best works of emerging Italian cinema. There will be 11 titles in competition in a varied selection, bringing together comedy, social drama, sports, experimental works and documentary. These works ranging from north to south represent an inclusive Italy, one that is open to the world and diversity, and one that tells the stories of present generations, intimate love and the desire for redemption, in its own innovative and original way.

Never before – comments journalist and critic Beatrice Fiorentino, curator of the section – has the selection embraced such a wide spectrum of genres and tones. This variety is united by the commitment, observed within all the directors, to observe and question the complexity of the present. What emerges is a beautiful, inclusive and altruistic Italy that has no intention of surrendering to rampant cynicism and indifference. An Italy that, despite the difficulties it faces, still believes in respect, friendship and love.”

Among the jurors of the Nuove Impronte section are the director and screenwriter Alessio Cremonini, author of the award-winning film ‘Sulla mia pelle’ that tells the last days of the life of Stefano Cucchi, and the actor Vinicio Marchioni, unforgettable in the role of Freddo in the series ‘Romanzo criminale’ by Stefano Sollima and who also features in numerous Italian films, including ‘The Place’ by Paolo Genovese and ‘Ma cosa ci dice il cervello’ by Riccardo Milani. Also on the jury are actresses Sara Serraiocco, who starred in ‘In viaggio con Adele’, and Elena Cucci, who starred in ‘A casa tutti bene’ by Gabriele Muccio and ‘Se non rose…’ by Leonardo Pieraccioni. The final member of the jury lineup is Gianluca Guzzo, CEO and co-founder of MYmovies, a film information site.


The World is Flat (2018) by Matteo Caregga Bertolini – In his debut film, set in Paris, Matteo Carrega Bertolini, born in 1990 and raised in France, Switzerland and Italy, recounts the friendship between Jean and Antoine, struggling with the uncertainties of life. An intimate and personal work, a buddy-movie that pays tribute to the unforgettable ‘Nouvelle Vague’ era. (ITALIAN PREVIEW)

Beautiful Things (2017) by Giorgio Ferrero and Federico Biaso – The first film directed by composer Giorgio Ferrero and director of photography Federico Biasin, who together give life to a powerful and visionary work, a symphony of images and sounds to tell the story of the consumerist obsession in our contemporary world.

Bangla (2019) by Phaim Bhuiyan – For his debut feature on the big screen, Phaim Bhuiyan, here in the role of both director and leading actor, chooses the language of comedy with autobiographical elements to portray the everyday life of a young Muslim who lives with his family in Torpignattara, a multiethnic district of Rome.

Selfie (2019) by Agostino Ferrente – A documentary made up entirely of glances, which brings the theory of images to the forefront. Agostino Ferrente asks two sixteen-year-olds from the Trajan district of Naples to talk about themselves with their smartphone camera, in the same place where, in the summer of 2014, the young Davide Bifolco died on the run from the police who had mistaken him for a fugitive.

The Champion (2019) by Leonardo D’Agostini – A debut feature by Leonardo D’Agostini that tells the story of football as a metaphor for life and sport as an opportunity for redemption. A special friendship unites the protagonists Stefano Accorsi and the talented Andrea Carpenzano.

Fiore gemello (2019) by Laura Luchetti – A film about love, exile and the search for a life elsewhere. Starring Basim and Anna, two survivors: she is fleeing the violence of a man, while he has escaped to Italy from the Ivory Coast. A work playing out on the road that is both harsh and delicate.

Storia dal qui (2018) by Eleonora Mastropietro – Born in Milan, Eleonora Mastropietro makes a journey back to the discovery of her origins. She leaves for Ascoli Satriano, in the Puglian hinterland, the municipality from which her parents come. Through the documentary genre and a groundbreaking use of the device, the director tries to form an image of this unknown land for herself.

Dulcinea (2018) by Luca Ferri – An experimental filmmaker with a surrealist touch, Luca Ferri chooses the characters of Dulcinea and Don Quixote as archetypal images of another possible story: the story of a man and a woman, of a desire that cannot be realised, and of a hopeless obsession. The first in an internal trilogy and filmed in 16mm, with an eye to the solitudes and fetishes of the cinematic works of Ferreri and Buñuel.

Riccordi? (2019) by Valerio Mieli – After “Dieci inverni”, Valerio Mieli returns to tell the story of a couple. The result is a long love story, told only through memories, often distorted by moods and time, and told from the point of view of the young protagonists (Luca Marinelli and Linda Caridi). An ambitious and at the same time fragile story, that is stubbornly romantic.

Normal (2019) by Adele Tulli – A journey through habits, within the reassuring boundaries of stereotypes and the gender conventions of today’s Italy, and through the divisions we call masculine and feminine, in search of the impossible and arbitrary meaning of the concept of “normality”.

Un giorno all’improvviso (2018) by Ciro d’Emilio – Expectations, ambitions and dreams that break into the banality of reality. Through Antonio’s family history and his dream of becoming a footballer, rookie Ciro d’Emilio faces the transition to adulthood, along with the responsibilities it entails. At the forefront is the love story between a son and a mother, played by Giampiero De Concilio and Anna Foglietta.

The films in competition will compete for the Crédit Agricole FriulAdria Award for Best Film, the Critics Award awarded by the SNCCI, the Best Production Award awarded by AGICI and the ANAC Award for Best Screenplay.

The MYmovies award chosen by the general public has also been confirmed.

Revealed the ShorTS 2019 official poster!

A special cake to celebrate the 20 years of ShorTS!

It’s ShorTS 20th birthday! They key to any good birthday party is friends, fun and food, therefore cake is the running theme of this year’s poster art. Originally, to take the cake meant to win a prize or a competition — people as far back as the ancient Greeks used the word cake to mean “a symbolic prize.” It’s essentially an idiomatic way of saying that something has won top marks or is the best in its field, and here at ShorTS we strive every year to organise the best festival we possibly can – one that really ‘takes the cake’!

ShorTS 2019 volunteers!


We are once again on the lookout for volunteers for the 20th edition of the ShorTS International Film Festival!

If you are passionate about cinema and curious about the behind the scenes of an important international film event, you have found the right place!

By working with us, you will be able to talk with actors, directors, producers and many others with roles in the film industry, as well as having the opportunity to meet with and discuss films with other cinema fans. Also, if you know English or other foreign languages you will have the opportunity to practice them by talking to the numerous guests from all over the world.

If you decide to join our fantastic team, you will be contributing to the main activities necessary for organising this event alongside other festival staff, including preparation of event spaces, hospitality, room assistance, promotion and reception; your roles will be based on your availability, attitudes and preferences.

If you want to learn more about this world and you’re an enthusiastic spirit, get involved in this exciting adventure! Your participation will help make this edition of the festival even more special.

To find out about availability and preferences, you’ll need to fill in the form from the link provided and then we will contact you; you have until 9 June 2019 to send us your application! Thanks for the help, see you soon!

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Revealed the 82 short films of the Maremetraggio 2019 section

The 20th edition of ShorTS International Film Festival will feature 20 Italian works chosen from countless shorts; culminating in the selection of 82 works from 30 different countries. They will feature in the historic Maremetraggio section of ShorTS IFF, scheduled from June 28th until July 6th in Trieste.

In this section, the best short films from all over the world will compete. In 2018, these shorts were granted awards from major international film festivals, such as the Palme d’Or at Cannes (All These Creatures) and the Oscar (The Silent Child).

Behind the camera in our 2019 edition there will be many Italian directors, who sign as many as 20 works amongst the selected shorts; taking on a diverse range of genres, from comedy to animation, up to the most innovative and experimental of shorts.

Amongst the competing Italian works, we have Pepitas by Alessandro Samapoli and Renata Ciaravino, starring Lino Guanciale, star of the well-loved fiction La porta rossa and Ariella Reggio, acclaimed Triestine actress, who plays the roles of granddaughter and grandmother.

We have dedicated a large space to animation, which will include the work Mercurio by Michele Bernardi, one of the most important Italian animators and cartoonists; author of important collaborations in the world of television, music and advertising.

The short Sugarlove by Laura Lucchetti uses the technique of stop-motion to tell the story of Gemma and Marcello, a couple struggling with wedding preparations. We also have Goodbye Marilyn by Maria di Razza, set in Venice in the Giornate degli Autori section, which depicts an extraordinary animated version of an interview with the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

We present many storylines that focus on the very young, who are often struggling with a world that does not accept nor understand them. This is seen in the short Quelle brutte cose by Loris Giuseppe Nese, presented in competition at the International Critics’ Week 2018. We also see this in F**ck Different by David Barbieri, which follows the struggles of Luca, a bourgeoisie boy, during a dull night at the disco. Director Paolo Strippoli on the other hand, opts for allegorical language in his short Nessun Dorma, in which inside a church, two young scout refugees are the only ones still awake in a sleeping world.

Competing we also have Milky Way by Valerio Rufo with Daphne Scoccia; acclaimed protagonist of ‘Fiore’ by Claudio Giovannesi, which was awarded the Premio Prospettiva at ShorTS IFF 2017.

Furthermore, topical subjects such as those dealt with in My Tyson by Claudio Casale make an appearance; telling the story of Alaoma Tyson, a young Italian boxing champion born to Nigerian parents in Rome. We also have the highly experimental and innovative short L’ombra della sposa by Alessandre Pescetta, which imagines the last moments of soldiers in the depths of the Mediterranean during the Second World War.

The 82 works will compete for the esteemed EstEnergy – Hera Group Prize of 5,000 Euros awarded by an international panel of judges; composed of Hrönn Marinósdóttir (director of the Reykjavik International Film Festival), Heinz Hermanns (director of Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival), Alvaro Gago Diaz (Winner of Best Short Film Award in the last edition of ShorTS IFF) and Pippo Mezzapesa (director and author).

This year, we once again confirm the TriesteCaffè prize and the Oltre il muro award, given to the best Italian short by a panel of prisoners at the Trieste Penitentiary at the end of a 400-hour training course created by the Maremetraggio Association on behalf of EnAIP FVG.

“The presence of so many Italian films in the competition is certainly an important sign” – declares Francesco Ruzzier, curator of the Maremetraggio section – “because it serves as a testimony to the ever-growing movement with increasingly refined and acute awareness. As always, the film selection never begins with the themes approached or the political discourses addressed within, but from the attempt to identify an idea of personal cinema at the base of films; from this idea it’s impossible for a certain world vision to not emerge. In a period of crisis and transition like this, from both a human and environmental standpoint, certain issues are undertaken even by those who do not do so directly. What emerges most from the selection of the shorts is the condition of disorientation which human beings are experiencing; facing changes greater than themselves. There is a continuous attempt to decipher an increasingly chaotic and at times inscrutable reality, hence the desire to continually take refuge in human relationships, in the search for others, in understanding.”


27 floors (to live and invest) – Chile – Álvaro Rivera
A Place Called Home – Austria – Isabella Brunäcker
Acide – France – Just Philippot
All Inclusive – Switzerland – Corina Schwingruber Ilić
All these creatures – Australia – Charles Williams
Aquarium – Italy – Lorenzo Puntoni
Aurore – France – Mael Le Mée
Bautismo – Italy – Mauro Vecchi
Bless You! – Poland – Paulina Ziolkowska
Bug – France – Cedric Prevost
Butterfly – Italy – Gianluca Mangiasciutti
Circuit – Switzerland – Delia Hess
Colaholic – Poland – Marcin Podolec
Comments – Germany – Jannis Alexander Kiefer
Così in Terra – Italy Pier – Lorenzo Pisano
Cyclists – Croatia – Veljko Popovic
Deer Boy – Poland – Katarzyna Gondek
Déguste – France – Stéphane Baz
Delay – Iran – Ali Asgari
Don’t Feed These Animals – Portugal – Guilherme Afonso, Miguel Madaíl de Freitas
Doors of Perception – Germany – Caroline Schwarz
Entropia – Hungary – Flóra Anna Buda
Everything calms down – Argentina – Virginia Scaro
F**k Different – Italy – David Barbieri
Fauve – Canada – Jeremy Comte
Fifteen – Peru – Peiman Zekavat
Fino alla fine – Italy – Giovanni Dota
Fire Mouth – Brazil – Luciano Pérez Fernández
Five Minutes to Sea – Russian Federation – Natalia Mirzoyan
Floating – Spain – Frankie De Leonardis
Follower – Germany – Jonathan Benedict Behr
Freddo dentro – Italy – Valerio Burli
Gagarin, I will miss you – Italy – Domenico De Orsi
Gli arcidiavoli – Italy – Lorenzo Pullega
Goodbye Marilyn – Italy – Maria Di Razza
How Steel Was Tempered – Croatia – Igor Grubic
Inanimate – United Kingdom – Lucia Bulgheroni
Isle of Capri – Sweden – Måns Berthas
Kampung Tapir – Malaysia – See Wee Aw
La Faim Va Tout Droit (Hunger Keeps Walking) – Italy – Giulia Canella
Lobster Dinner – Italy – Gregorio Franchetti
Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous – Canada – Mélanie Charbonneau
M¥CELIUM – Germany – Justus Toussaint
Mar – Spain – Fèlix Colomer
Mercurio – Italy – Marco Bernardi
Milk – Canada – Santiago Menghini
Milky Way – Italy – Valerio Rufo
My Tyson – Italy – Claudio Casale
Nessun dorma – Italy – Paolo Strippoli
Nightmare – Germany – Ana Maria Angel
Nightshade – Netherlands – Shady El-Hamus
Now We Can Die in Peace – Belgium – Arnaud Guez
Our Song to War – Belgium – Juanita Onzaga
Patchwork – Spain – Maria Manero Muro
Pepitas – Italy – Alessandro Sampaoli
Rapaz – Chile – Felipe Gálvez
Raymonde or the Vertical Escape – France – Sarah Van Den Boom
Rise of a Star – France – James Bort
Ronaldo – Turkey – Recep
Selfies – Switzerland – Claudius Gentinetta
Skip Day – United States – Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Sluggish Life – Iran – Mohsen Mehri Deravi
Surgalove – Italy – Laura Luchetti
Sweet Night – Belgium – Lia Bertels
The Announcement – France – Romain Lafargue, Thibault Lafargue
The Bony Lady – Mexico – Thiago Zanato, Adriana Barbosa
The Camel Boy – Tunisia – Chabname Zariâb
The Death of Don Quixote – United Kingdom – Miguel Faus
The Divine Way – Germany – Ilaria Di Carlo
The Role – Iran – Farnoosh Samadi
The Shadow of the Bride – Italy – Alessandra Pescetta
The Silent Child – United Kingdom – Chris Overton
The Stained Club – France – Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier
The Thwarted – France – Stéphanie Vasseur, Sandrine Terragno
Those Bad Things – Italy – Loris Giuseppe Nese
Tierra Mojada – Colombia – Juan Sebastián Mesa Bedoya
Tomatic – France – Christophe Saber
Too Young for a Memoir – United States – Case Jernigan
Voice – Japan – Takeshi Kushida
Volte – Poland – Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała
Women Unseen – Spain – Omar Daher Guillén
You Idiot – Singapore – Kris Ong