Cinema in corsivo

A project by ShorTS International Film Festival to meet and get to know the world of short films

The main goal of the film literacy project Cinema in corsivo is to introduce students of elementary and middle schools to the world of short films. The project is divided into two steps: the first step aims at creating a group of Selecters (those selecting the films for the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section of the festival dedicated to children and teenagers); the second step aims at forming a jury which is going to decide upon the winners of the section during the festival taking place beginning of July.

Starting this year, Cinema in corsivo involves students not only from schools in Trieste, but also in nearby Gorizia. Teachers interested in making their students join this fun-filled and educational initiative, which is free of charge, may enrol by filling in a form available on our website.

ShorTS Development & Pitching Training 2022

This year ShorTS Pitching Training returns in a new format: ShorTS Development & Pitching Training.
Under the guidance of Massimiliano Nardulli (Less is more & Word-frame), tutor of the workshop, a selected group of directors and scriptwriters will develop their projects for a short film, working on both the creativity and the pitching.
The rules&regulations and the registration form can be found here.

Download the presentation of the workshop here.

ShorTS International Film Festival 2022: call for entries to the 23rd edition

The event, to be held in Trieste July 1 – 9, 2022 opens submissions to its 23 rd edition

Submissions to the 23rd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival, the well-established film event organised by Associazione Maremetraggio and scheduled from July 1st to 9th, 2022 in Trieste, are now open.

The festival confirms its competitive key sections dedicated to short films such as Maremetraggio, Shorter Kids’n’Teens and ShorTS Virtual Reality. For its 2022 edition the festival also confirms the Last Chance section for short films of any genre, which have been produced after January 2021 and with a maximum length of 10 minutes, which have not been awarded any prize yet. A maximum of 10 films will be included in the Maremetraggio section.

The long-established competitive section Maremetraggio is reserved to short films which have already been awarded at one or more international film festivals during 2021. The 5.000,00 Euro (five thousand euro) prize for the Best Short Film has been confirmed, as well as the 3.000,00 Euro (three thousand euro) cash prize for the Best Italian Short Film added for the first time last year. Furthermore, all short films enrolled in this section will be competing for additional prestigious awards.

The ShorTS Virtual Reality Section, entirely dedicated to international short films produced in virtual reality, together with the 2.000,00 (two thousand euro) cash prize which will be awarded to the Best Virtual Reality Short, have been confirmed also for this 23rd edition.

Lastly, also the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section, dedicated to short films of any genre for the very young, is confirmed. This year again the section is going to be divided into two age groups, with two separate selection committees and two juries made up by the youngsters themselves: the Kids section, dedicated to shorts for children aged 6 to 10, and the Teens section launched for teenagers aged 11 to 15.

The complete rules and regulations of the festival as well as the links to the platforms for participants to enrol their film (Filmfreeway or Festhome) can be found at this link:


The deadline for submissions is on or before February 28, 2022.

The press release may be downloaded here.


ShorTS International Film Festival 2022
23rd edition | Trieste 1 – 9 July 2022

Press review of the 22nd edition of ShorTS IFF

Download the complete press review of the 22nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival.

The winners of the 22° edition of ShorTS International Film Festival

The 22nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival ended on Saturday 10 July with the award ceremony live at the Cinema Ariston in Trieste and on the Facebook page. The Trieste-based event announced the winners of the 2021 edition of the various competitive sections, confirming its commitment to the search for new cinematic viewpoints.

This is the statement from the director Chiara Valenti Omero and the co-director Maurizio di Rienzo: “This was a very special edition, which on the one hand saw the return of the public and on the other the confirmation of online consumption at international level. Personally, we are satisfied, even if we realise that the entire sector will have to make huge efforts to ensure that people return to the cinema. In any case, despite the health uncertainties and turbulent nature of the current times, there was a good turnout and a higher-than-expected level of guest participation. This bodes well for the future, towards which we are already working.”

There was also large participation on the virtual side of the Festival. The streaming platform of MYmovies, technical partner of ShorTS 2021, has seen an extraordinary success of online audience, with around 100 thousand views from more than 30 different countries. After Italy (from which 84% of the online audience came), the largest number of hits on the ShorTS 2021 streaming platform came from Israel, the United States and China. Out of the virtual participation in Italy, a large part came from Lombardy (30%), which, like last year, confirmed itself as the Italian region that followed the festival online the most. Friuli Venezia Giulia (12%) was in second place, Veneto (11%) in third place, followed by Lazio (8%) and Liguria (7%). These are significant figures, as they make it clear that the online edition does not impinge on the live one, but rather complements and brings the two aspects of the event together, expanding its audience through new channels.

The winners of the 22nd edition of the ShorTS International Film Festival


(Jury composed of director and screenwriter Ella Cieslinski, actress Nadia Kibout and director and producer Amos Geva)

Premio EstEnergy – Hera Group
Best Short Film – €5,000

I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face by Sameh Alaa
(Egypt/France/Belgium/Qatar, 2020)

“For confronting traditions, norms and gender roles, and treating the topics with a deep, yet universal emotion. For the unique camerawork, which amazes while remaining simple, touching a political nerve from an unexpective perspective and for wanting to see the face of a loved one for the last time. The emotions stayed with us long after watching the film.”

Special mention to

Välguga löödud (Struck by Lightning) by Raul Esko e Romet Esko
(Estonia, 2020)

“This film is a brave, personal and unconventional tribute by the filmmakers to their friend Brandon who, as they say, was too special for this world. As they mourn his death, they embark on a journey through time and memories, celebrating their friendship with what held them together: humour, fun, and music. Exploring the boundaries of storytelling, the filmmakers have created an eclectic and playful collage that reveals an unexpected power. Just like their friend Brandon, the film doesn’t tuck away neatly in a drawer but expands the possibilities of modern cinema.”


Premio AcegasApsAmga
(Jury composed of employees of AcegasApsAmga and the Hera Group)
Best Italian Short – €3,000

Ape Regina by Nicola Sorcinelli
(Italy, 2019)

“For the second year in a row and with an even greater sense of responsibility, given the €3,000 prize introduced this year, as the Hera Group jury we had the arduous task of choosing the winner of the best Italian short film. This was not an easy choice due to the consistently high level of the shorts selected by ShorTS, as well as the presence of several animated films that created a debate among the jurors on the variety of languages and styles that characterised this selection. Nevertheless, it was evident from the outset that the jury was united in a clear preference for one short film, which in the end did not require any discussion. Both the vividness of the images and the ability to narrate very topical issues, but with a new language and a different point of view, convinced everyone almost immediately. For having managed to expose the meeting of cultures in a few delicate frames, elevating differences to an element of union and solitude to a perspective of community.”


Premio del pubblico
Best Short voted for by the audience.

Solitaire by Edoardo Natoli
(Italy, 2020)

Premio AMC
Best editing in an Italian Short

Ape Regina by Nicola Sorcinelli
(Italy, 2019)

“Direct in stating its intent, it deals with sensitive and topical issues through an impressive parallelism with insects. This is a symphony about life, help, sharing, friendship and survival of the whole planet. The editing as well as the direction are well constructed and elegant. It offers linear editing which always remains faithful to the story, without smears or mannerisms of any kind. We have rewarded the simplicity and fluidity of this editing.”

First Special Mention to

La Grande Onda by Francesco Tortorella
(Italy, 2020)

“The story, in its harshness and simplicity, is fluid and captivating, and the editing follows suit, with impeccable filmic timing. It is visually convincing, everything is well calibrated and has an artistic coherence with a well-constructed and well-developed plot. It also tells a complex and articulated story in a clear, convincing and interesting way. This is a story with dense and pungent content.”

Second Special Mention to

Gas Station by Olga Torrico
(Italy, 2020)

“There was a great effort in the making and editing especially of the parts on film, resulting in a creative use of repertoire that reinforces the language chosen and “completes” the discourse of the film. The acting is slight, sometimes forced and not very believable. We acknowledge the young age of the director and the creative effort made in using the repertoire, which is undoubtedly very interesting”.


(Jury composed of film journalist Marta Balaga, director and producer Ilir Butka, Lithuanian actress Aisté Diržiūtė and director Giuseppe M. Gaudino)

MYmovies Award
Best Feature Film

Mighty Flash (Destello Bravio) by Ainhoa Rodríguez
(Spain, 2021)

“For its particular and original approach to taking on the themes of patriarchy, feminism and liberation, going one step further than their usual representation. Thanks to its innovative cinematography, the roles of characters and places interchange and add an intriguing grandeur to the scene of independent cinema.”

First Special Mention to

Pebbles (Koozhangal) by P.S. Vinothraj

“Because of its authenticity, the director has enabled us to learn about a human condition that seems distant to us, and to be surprised by what we see. Thank you for this good film which is able to enrich us and speak to the heart.”

Second Special Mention to

Radiograph of a Family by Firouzeh Khosrovani
(Norway/Iran/Switzerland, 2020)

“In this film, the director analyses the history of her divided country through her family’s complicated heritage. From scanning old letters and photos in search of answers she never received as a child, the director finds a new way to show that sometimes, in order to understand the present, you need to look back to the past.”

Premio del pubblico
Best feature film voted by the public

Longing Souls (El Alma Quiere Volar) di Diana Montenegro García
(Colombia/Brazil, 2020)

Premio SNCCI – Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani

(Jury composed of critics Adriano De Grandis, Gemma Lanzo and Raffaele Meale)
Best feature film voted by the SNCCI jury

Pebbles (Koozhangal) by P.S. Vinothraj
(India, 2021)

“For its ability to seamlessly blend a vivid representation of reality and a metaphor for the human condition, through the aridity of its natural and mental landscapes. Following in the footsteps of neo-realism and Iranian cinema, this dualistic film manages to put us into a child’s shoes and to portray inequality in a society where those at the bottom, the poor, children and women (the only ones who might still know how to find water) must pay the highest price.”



Premio Shorter Kids
Best Kids Short Film

Tobi and the Turbobus by Verena Fels and Marc Angele
(Germany, 2020)

Premio Shorter Teens
Best Teens Short Film

Tikkun Olam by Bob Ahmed
(USA, 2021)


Premio Rai Cinema Channel VR
Best Virtual Reality Short Film – €3,000

Black Bag by Shao Qing
(China, 2019)

Premio ShorTS Virtual Reality
Best Virtual Reality Short Film voted by the public – €2,000

Om Devi: Sheroes Revolution by Claudio Casale
(India/Italy, 2020)


Premio Cinema del Presente 2021

Alice Rohrwacher


Premio Prospettiva 2021

Luka Zunic

New schedule!

We would like to inform you that the feature film Simon Chama by Marta Sousa Ribeiro will be screened TODAY at 20:00 at Cinema Ariston in the presence of the director (and not tomorrow night, as stated in the programme).
Tomorrow evening you will be able to watch the feature film El Alma Quiere Volar by Colombian director Diana Montenegro.

We look forward to seeing you!

Presentation of the 22nd edition of ShorTS IFF!

This morning the press conference for the 22nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival took place both on zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. Those present included Councillor Tiziana Gibelli for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Dr. Albino Belli and Dr. Roberta Bait for EstEnergy – Hera Group, Dr. Valeria Rosati for AcegasApsAmga – Hera Group for the institutional greetings. The co-directors and all the curators of the festival explained the very rich programme that distinguishes this new multifaceted edition of ShorTS. Thanks again to all those who took part and to all the festival’s supporters.
We look forward to seeing you from 1 to 10 July!

Virtual Reality returns to the ShorTS IFF 2021

The 22nd edition of the festival will see the return of ShorTS Virtual Reality, the section dedicated entirely to VR short films.

For 5 days from the 5th to the 9th July, free screenings of the 13 selected films will be held at the Casa del Cinema in Trieste.
which will be transformed into a virtual cinema, where audiences can try out the new technology at individual stations equipped with headsets and revolving armchairs.


Virtual reality returns to Trieste. Following the success of previous years, the 22nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival marks the return of the competitive section ShorTS Virtual Reality, dedicated entirely to short films shot in virtual reality.

The section spans five days from Thursday 5th to Friday 9th July, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Casa del Cinema in Trieste, where the free screenings of the 13 works in competition will take place. The rooms in Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi will be transformed into a virtual movie theatre, where spectators will be able to experience this new technology. Each station will be equipped with a visor and a revolving armchair that will allow viewers to watch the short films in competition and move 360° whilst experiencing this new approach to cinema.

This year the section will feature 13 short films made using the virtual reality technique in monoscopic or stereoscopic versions. The winning short film will win the people’s choice prize of €2,000.00.

The 13 shorts in competition are from a wide range of places, including from the United States, China, Iran, Australia, Romania and Italy. The genres range from more experimental works to fictional shorts and those that tackle more contemporary issues, but they all involve this virtual reality aspect. Thanks to virtual reality, technology can be utilised in the process of artistic expression and offers the audience at ShorTS a new way of experiencing the art of cinema.

Thanks to VR technology we have the opportunity to experience out of the ordinary situations, places and perspectives that would otherwise be alive only in our imaginations. These shorts often take us on an emotional journey, for example Shao Qing’s Black Bag is a Chinese short film in virtual reality that employs the artistic effect of 2D brushstrokes in a story that raises crucial questions about human nature. The story revolves around Mr. S, an ex-member of the military and now a regular bank clerk, who fantasises about a major robbery: a dream that will soon become a reality.

om Taiwan, Hsu Chih-Yen’s short film Jiou Jia – Home, uses an evocative sequence shot to outline the portrait of a family and its relational dynamics. Thanks to the immersive experience of virtual reality, the spectator sees from the point of view of the infirm grandmother, around whom the members of a large family gather during a summer afternoon. This is a touching work that involves the viewer in a perfect dialogue between real and virtual.

There is a place for fantasy too with the Swiss film La stanza di Hermann by Antonio Librera, a ghost story in VR set in a hotel reminiscent of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. The US short film Hominidae by Brian Andrews offers an immersive experience in the sci-fi genre, telling the story of an arachnid hominid with great visual impact, as does the French production Odyssey 1.4.9 by François Vautier, a breathtaking VR journey into the heart of the visual effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey in a tribute that reveals the secrets of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece.

Two of the Italian works selected include the Italian-Indian production Om Devi: Sheroes Revolution by award-winning documentary filmmaker Claudio Casale, who had previously made My Tyson, a 2018 Nastri d’Argento nominee, winner of the MigrArti Best Documentary Award at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and Best Short and Best Editing at ShorTS 2018. He also made Shero, in the David di Donatello shortlist for Best Short Film 2021. Here, at his debut using virtual reality, the director takes an realistic journey into today’s India, through the eyes of three women who, in different ways, tell their dreams of gender equality in a country shaken by claims for fundamental civil rights. Also coming from Italy is the short film VR Free by Milad Tangshir, produced by Valentina Noya – Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema – and made with the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte thanks to the Under35 Digital Video Contest. The short film explores the essence of being in detention in the Lorusso and Cutugno prisons in Turin, capturing the reaction of some inmates watching immersive videos on life outside prison. Using VR visors and headsets, the inmates virtually took part in some public and private situations that they can no longer experience, such as watching a sports match at the stadium, a disco party, or meeting their family in a park. Presented as a world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and selected for numerous festivals, Milad Tangshir’s documentary immerses the viewer in the little-known world of prisons, reigniting the important debate on detention spaces.

“The return of ShorTS International Film Festival in person also marks the return of immersive cinema” – explains video designer and creative technologist Antonio Giacomin, the new curator of the ShorTS Virtual Reality section – “and with that comes the return of virtual reality in person after a year of things being virtual not by choice, and the totally virtual 2020 edition of the festival. In a time when the terms ‘virtual’, ‘immersive’, ‘in person’ are now part of everyday life and we are almost addicted to them, the return of the section dedicated to virtual reality – or rather, to immersive cinema in person – is a strong sign. This shows a desire to participate, to compare, to understand. Immersive cinema holds a narrative power that allows the author to observe their world and their story from a privileged point of view, leaving the spectator time to draw conclusions by accompanying them on the journey they have just made. We can therefore say with gusto: welcome back ShorTS Virtual Reality in person!”

The screenings of the short films in the ShorTS Virtual Reality section will be free of charge however booking is  compulsory, following the instructions on the festival’s official website

Director Giuseppe M. Gaudino stars in a special tribute at ShorTS IFF

ShorTS IFF announces a tribute to Campania filmmaker Giuseppe M. Gaudino,
who on Thursday 8th July will lead a meeting with the audience at the Ariston Cinema and an online masterclass.

The programme includes a special screening of his film “Giro di lune tra terra e mare”
(Around the moons between land and sea), which finally returns to cinemas 24 years after its initial release on 35mm film,
and “Per questi stretti morire (Cartografia di una passione)”
(For these narrow passages to die (Cartography of a passion)), shot with Isabella Sandri,
the screenwriter and producer of the film and a filmmaker from Campania, who will be present at the screening.

ShorTS International Film Festival, the film festival taking place in Trieste both in person and online from 1st to 10th July, announces “Rewind!”, a selection curated by Luigi Abiusi. This year it includes a tribute to the director Giuseppe M. Gaudino, made in collaboration with the Cineteca Nazionale.

On Thursday 8th July, the filmmaker from Pozzuoli, Naples, and director of some very mysterious and hypnotic films, will take part in an online masterclass conducted by journalist Luigi Abiusi, which will be broadcasted on the Festival’s Facebook page. He will also partake in a meeting with the public at 8.00 p.m. at the Cinema Ariston in Trieste, which he will host with director and producer Isabella Sandri.

Also scheduled for Thursday 8th July is the special screening of his film “Giro di lune tra terra e mare” (1997), of which he is also producer and co-writer with Isabella Sandri. The film finally returns to the cinema and will be screened at the ShorTS Festival in Trieste in 35mm film, twenty-four years after its participation in the Competition at the Venice Film Festival and its first theatrical release. The setting of the narrative is Pozzuoli, the director’s hometown and a place steeped in ancient history and mystery. Here, a family attempts to survive as they move from home to home in an area devastated by earthquakes. The film has won numerous awards (including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Golden Grolla for Directing at Saint-Vincent and the Best Director Award at the Semana dos Realizadores at Fantasporto) and has been selected at some of the world’s major festivals.

The evening of Thursday 8th July will continue with the screening of “Per questi stretti morire (Cartografia di una passione)” (2010), shot by Gaudino together with Isabella Sandri, who is also its screenwriter and producer. This is a powerful and evocative documentary film on the Italian explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, who left as a missionary for Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in 1910. The work was awarded the City of Imola Prize for Best Italian Film at the 2011 Trento Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 18th Premio Libero Bizzarri. Also scheduled for 8th July is the screening of one of the many short films shot by Gaudino, “Aldis, amore 101, 102, 103”.

Born in Pozzuoli in 1957, Giuseppe M. Gaudino graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, and attended DAMS, specialising in Performing Arts, in Bologna. He went on to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and graduated with a diploma in Scenography, subsequently specialising in Film and Television Direction.

He made his debut in 1985 with “Aldis”, which was selected at numerous festivals. In 1988, with the film “00580 Annotazioni per un Documentario su Pozzuoli”, Gaudino began a creative narrative on the Campi Flegrei, which he would develop into further new film, documentary and radio works: “Per il Rione Terra”, “L’Assunta”, “Verso Baia”, “Giro di Lune: video-trailer per un progetto di film”, “Là dove Bocca, Sguardo e Cuore s’incontrano”. At the XIV Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro in 2000 he received the CinemAvvenire Award as Emerging Author of 90s Italian Cinema. His later works have a global focus (Afghanistan, Middle East, Latin America, Tierra del Fuego), always oriented towards experimentation with new languages and production models.

New deadline for applications for the ShorTS Pitching Training

The deadline for registration has been extended until 22 May 2021!
There is one more week to submit your project for a short film.
Please click here for further details and the online form.

To apply, participants must already have a project for a short film and all the materials required in the form.
The application to participate is free of charge. Selected participants will have to pay a fee of 30 euros to attend the workshop.
The 5 selected projects will be published on 30 May.

Good luck!