Masterclass with the director Davide del Degan

On Thursday 6 May, the Trieste-based director will be holding an online Masterclass dedicated to AcegasApsAmga and Gruppo Hera employees in collaboration with ShorTS International Film Festival.

The meeting will be attended by 55 Hera Group employees, who will make up the jury awarding of the AcegasApsAmga Prize of 3,000 euros to the best Italian short film at the 22nd edition of the Trieste Film Festival.


On Thursday 6 May at 18:00, the Trieste-based director Davide del Degan will be holding an online Masterclass dedicated to AcegasApsAmga and Gruppo Hera employees in collaboration with ShorTS International Film Festival.

The Zoom meeting will be attended by 55 Gruppo Hera employees participating in the initiative. They will make up the jury awarding the AcegasApsAmga Prize to the best Italian short film at the 22nd edition of the Trieste Film Festival, which is to be held online and in person in the city of Trieste from 1st to 10th July 2021. The prestigious award, which is one of the new features of the 2021 edition of the event, includes a cash prize of 3,000 euros to the best Italian short film.

In June, after independently viewing the selected Italian short films, the jurors will take part in another meeting with the five directors of the five short films on the short list, followed by a final meeting with director Davide del Degan to decide on the winning work.
Following last year’s initiative, which already had strong support from the group’s employees, ShorTS IFF’s idea has been confirmed for this year’s edition. The prize will act as a “front-runner” for the same initiative within other short film festivals in which Hera Group is a partner.


Immerse yourself into the fresh selection of Maremetraggio, the core section of ShorTS IFF!

81 shorts from around the world in competition in the Maremetraggio section


The Trieste-based event, this year scheduled live and on the web from 1 to 10 July 2021, announces the section traditionally dedicated to shorts that have won awards at major international festivals.

The 2021 selection features 81 works from 44 different countries, with genres ranging from animation to current affairs.
Behind the camera are very many female directors, Italian filmmakers and Oscar nominees.

The shorts in the Maremetraggio section will be judged by an international jury, composed of German director and screenwriter Ella Cieslinski, French actress Nadia Kibout and director and producer Amos Geva.

81 short films from 44 different countries. These are the figures for Maremetraggio, the competitive section traditionally dedicated to shorts in the ShorTS International Film Festival, the Trieste-based film event now in its 22nd edition, which this year will take place live and on the web from 1 to 10 July 2021.

The Maremetraggio section features the best shorts from all over the world that have won prizes at major international festivals in 2020, such as Nina by Hristo Simeonov, Bulgarian short nominated at the 2020 European Film Awards and winner of numerous prizes, including the Prix Hans Christian Andersen, starring a 13-year-old girl determined to escape from the overbearing Vassil, who wants her to become a pickpocket. Vincent Tilanus’s Marlon Brando from the Netherlands, one of the short films in the Cannes 2020 Semaine de la Critique and in the running for the EFA 2021, tells the story of a brotherly friendship between two teenagers, threatened by their plans for the future that could drive them apart. Belgian-Ghanaian short film Da Yie by Anthony Nti, on the other hand, is a candidate for the 2021 Oscars. Through its two very young stars it portrays a ruthless world, supported by impeccable performances and directing of a disquieting delicacy. The journey to reunite with a loved one is at the heart of Sameh Alaa’s I am afraid to forget your face, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and the first Egyptian film in 50 years to take part in the shorts competition. Vietnamese director Linh Duong has won prizes all over the world and is participating in ShorTS 2021 with the short A Trip to Heaven, which takes us on a bus along the Mekong Delta where a woman meets an old flame from her youth. The journey continues with the Turkish-produced short film Pilgrims by Iranian directors Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, in which two children decide to go against their father’s wishes and leave for Istanbul in search of their mother.

Among the Italian works in competition we find Gas Station by Olga Torrico from Caserta, director and actor in the short film that won the SIC@SIC Short Italian Cinema Award at the Venice Film Festival for best technical contribution. From the Alice nella Città selection comes Ape Regina by Nicola Sorcinelli, that tells a story of solidarity and acceptance. Also from Italy is La tecnica by Clemente De Muro and Davide Mardegan, presented at the Leeds International Film Festival and the Turin Film Festival, which deals with the theme of first love, and the short Il confine è un bosco by Friuli director Giorgio Milocco and produced by the Quasar company, also from Friuli, and selected at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival. A story of physical and interior borders, told through the story of a man on the threshold of old age who lives far from his homeland. The lead character is Ivan, a sixty-year-old worker born in former Yugoslavia, who lives with his wife in Torviscosa, a small village in Friuli. One day he decides to embark on a journey that will take him back to the places of his childhood, in an attempt to atone for a sense of guilt that he has carried within him since childhood.

Plenty of space for animation, including the French short Sheep, Wolf and A Cup of Tea by Marion Lacourt, which uses 2D animation to recreate a dreamlike world of childhood, the Italian film Solitaire by Edoardo Natoli, which uses the stop-motion technique to tell a touching story of loneliness, or again Your Own Bullshit by Daria Kopiec, a playful and poetic stop-motion Polish short.

The 81 works in the competition will compete for the prestigious EstEnergy/Gruppo Hera prize of 5,000 euros for the best short film, while a new feature is to be the introduction of a cash prize of 3,000 euros for the best Italian short film (AcegasApsAmga prize), awarded once again this year by a jury made up entirely of employees of the Group at the end of a training course that will begin on 6 May with the Masterclass by director Davide del Degan. Another award is the AMC Prize for best Italian editing and the MYmovies Audience Award has also been confirmed.

Composer and programmer Massimiliano Nardulli, as from this year the new curator of the Maremetraggio section, already artistic director of several international festivals including Brest European Short Film Festival, Festival de Biarritz Amérique Latine, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and!f Istanbul, as well as a voting member of the Académie des Arts et Technique du Cinéma – César (France) and of the Gopo Awards (Romania), said: “I believe that the selection we’re presenting, possibly also carried along by the enthusiasm of my first experience as programmer of this historic and prestigious festival, responds to the dreams and needs that every cinematic experience should offer to every spectator. And today, more than ever, it’s important to feed on stories and visions from the most disparate corners of our planet”.

The shorts in the Maremetraggio section will be judged by an international jury, composed of German director and screenwriter Ella Cieslinski, French-Algerian actress Nadia Kibout and director and producer Amos Geva, international head of the Israeli online platform T-Port.


500 Calories di Cristina Spina
54 / The Blind Turtle and the Endless Sea di Isabella Margara
A ninguna parte (Into Nothingness) di Manu Manrique
Affascin di Elisa Baccolo
Al-Sit di Suzannah Mirghani
Anche gli uomini hanno fame (Men Are Hungry Too) di Gabriele Licchelli, Francesco Lorusso, Andrea Settembrini
Ape Regina (Queen Bee) di Nicola Sorcinelli
Artgerecht (Organic Love) di Carly Coco Schrader
Aura di Chun Chun Chang
Balkanika di Lu Pulici
Bambirak di Zamarin Wahdat
Cayenne di Simon Gionet
Charon di Yannick Karcher
The Cloud Is Still There di Mickey Lai
Il confine è un bosco (My Border, My Forest) di Giorgio Milocco
Cris Superstar di Guillermo Fernández Groizard
Da Yie di Anthony Nti
Da-Dzma (A Sister and a Brother) di Jaro Minne
Dante. Beatrice di Iryna Kodjukova
David di Zach Woods
Day-in Day-out di Anna Török
Les deux couillons (The Two Idiots) di Thibault Segouin
Dis moi oui (Tell Me Yes) di Sophie Clavaizolle
Dye Red di Vittoria Campaner
Eggshell di Ryan William Harris
Entre tú y Milagros (Between You and Milagros) di Mariana Saffon Ramírez
Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss di Sonny Calvento
Explosionen av en badring (The Explosion of a Swimming Ring) di Tommi Seitajoki
Ferrotipos di Nüll García
Gas Station di Olga Torrico
La grande onda (The Big Wave) di Francesco Tortorella
I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face di Sameh Alaa
Interstate 8 di Anne Thieme
It’s Desmond (Your Misguided Tour Guide) di Daniela Di Salvo
Ja i moja gruba dupa (My Fat Arse and I) di Yelyzaveta Pysmak
Jeep Boys di Alec Pronovost
Kilt di Rakel Ström
Knitting Club for Men over 40 di Egor Gavrilin
Kosher di Gideon Imagor
Lah gah (Letting Go) di Cécile Brun
Magnética di Marco Arruda
Marlon Brando di Vincent Tilanus
Martin est tombé d’un toit (Martin Fell from a Roof) di Matías Ganz
Masmelos di Duván Duque
May I Have This Seat? di Tabish Habib
Migrations di Jerome Peters
Navazandeh (Musician) di Mohsen Mehri Darouei
Nina di Hristo Simeonov
Noite perpétua (Perpetual Night) di Pedro Peralta
Numéro 10 di Florence Bamba
Los océanos son los verdaderos continentes (The Oceans Are the Real Continents) di Tommaso Santambrogio
Pain di Anna Rose Duckworth
Painting by Numbers di Radheya Jegatheva
Paranoia! di Dilek Kulekci
Pendeja (Stupid) di Sebastián Torres
Plava granica (Blue Frontier) di Ivan Milosavljević
Play for Everyone di Ivan Petukhov
Plot (Cone) di Sébastien Auger
Pustolovine Glorije Scott – Umorstvo u katedrali (The Adventures of Gloria Scott – Murder in the Cathedral) di Matija Pisačić, Tvrtko Rašpolić
Sad Beauty di Arjan Brentjes
Les saisons sauvages (Wild Seasons) di Nathalie Giraud
Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea… (Moutons, loup et tasse de thé…) di Marion Lacourt
El silencio del rio (The Silence of the River) di Francesca Canepa
Simulation of Mr. Yellow di Mahan Khomamipour
Skräpytan (Wasteland) di Daniel Milton
Solitaire di Edoardo Natoli
Stephanie di Leonardo van Dijl
Sticker di Georgi M. Unkovski
La tecnica di Clemente De Muro, Davide Mardegan
Teslimat (The Delivery) di Doğuş Özokutan
Thiên đường gọi tê (A Trip to Heaven) di Linh Duong
Toi aussi ça te chatouille? (Do You Also Feel a Tingle?) di Lucía Valverde
Tres pasos (Three Steps) di Antonello Matarazzo
Välguga löödud (Struck by Lightning) di Raul Esko, Romet Esko
Virago di Kerli Kirch Schneider
Viskas gerai (It’s Alright) di Jorūnė Greičiūtė
Wet & Soppy di Cliona Noonan
Wild Grass di Shan Wu
Własne śmieci (Your Own Bullshit) di Daria Kopiec
Wood Child and Hidden Forest Mother di Stephen Irwin
Yolcular (Pilgrims) di Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari



ShorTS International Film Festival is organised with funding from: Mibact – Central Department for Cinema, Friuli Venezia Giulia regional authorities- Department of Culture, Friuli Venezia Giulia regional authorities- Department of Production and Tourism, Trieste City Council, EstEnergy – Gruppo Hera, AcegasApsAmga. technical partner Our thanks go to Fondazione K. F. Casali.

ShorTS Pitching Training 2021

3-day online workshop for short films
2-3-4 July 2021




ShorTS International Film Festival, in collaboration with NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema and the Italian Short Film Centre is once again offering the ShorTS Pitching Training for this edition, a workshop for young directors in with a project in mind for a short film. During the workshop participants will learn the basics of creating effective and persuasive pitches for their projects. Moreover, as part of the collaboration between ShorTS IFF and Italian Short Film Centre, the best pitch/best project among the projects selected for ShorTS Pitching Training 2021 will be invited to join the 6th Torino Short Film Market.

Following the success of last year’s edition, the ShorTS Pitching Training will take place in an online format once again. The participants with the 5 selected projects will participate in 3 days of workshops, comprising of individual and group lessons with the tutor Jérôme Nunes of NISI MASA. The classes will be held in English and the detailed programme for the three days will be provided to participants after registration closes, but will include:

– time in individual sessions focused on the project presented by the individual participants, creating an opportunity for analysis and discussion of the presented project and to exchange opinions on it
– time in individual sessions focussed on the pitch, in order to learn the basics of creating effective pitches and to work on your own project
– time in the group sessions for all participants and the tutor to discuss the projects together

At the end of the workshop, participants will have to create an additional 5-minute video-pitch in which they will put into practice what they learned during the two-day workshop. The projects will then be presented to a small circle of producers.

The workshop will take place on 2-3-4 July 2021. More information on the organisation of the two-day workshop will be provided to participants at a later date.


To register:

In order to participate in the workshop, you need to register online through the form available below. To apply, participants must already have a project for a short film and all the materials required in the form.
The deadline for submitting the application is 15 May. The 5 selected projects will be published on 30 May.
The application to participate is free of charge. Selected participants will have to pay a fee of 30 euros to attend the workshop.


Luka Zunic to receive the 2021 Premio Prospettiva

Luka Zunic, co-starring in Non Odiare, to receive the 2021 Premio Prospettiva award at the
ShorTS International Film Festival


The young actor co-starring in Mauro Mancini’s film alongside Alessandro Gassmann and Sara Serraiocco will receive the award at the historic Trieste film event, scheduled to be held in the in the city and online from 2 to 10 July 2021.

Luka Zunic is to be awarded the Premio Prospettiva, prize dedicated by the Festival for 12 years to up-and-coming talents in Italian cinema.


ShorTS International Film Festival, the historic Trieste film event organised by Associazione Maremetraggio and scheduled to run from 2 to 10 July 2021 in the city and online, has announced the winner of the Premio Prospettiva 2021. The prestigious award of the 22nd Festival is to go to Luka Zunic, young co-star of the film Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate) directed by Mauro Mancini (the only Italian film in competition at the 35th International Critics’ Week of the 2020 Venice Film Festival), in which he plays alongside Alessandro Gassmann and Sara Serraiocco in the complex and intense role of a teenager tainted with racial hatred. Luka Zunic won the NuovoImaie Talent Award 2020 at Venice 77 for this performance.

Filmed also in Trieste and distributed in Italy by Notorious Pictures, Non Odiare tells the story of Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann), a successful surgeon of Jewish origin who, while helping a man injured in a road accident, notices the tattoo of a Nazi symbol on his chest and decides to abandon him to his fate. A few days later, ridden with guilt, he tracks down the man’s family in a suburban neighbourhood – his eldest daughter Marica (Sara Serraiocco), his teenage son Marcello (Luka Zunic), who shows the same racist inclinations as his father, and little Paolo (Lorenzo Buonora).

The film, produced by Mario Mazzarotto, is an Italy/Poland co-production – Movimento film and Agresywna banda, with Rai Cinema, in association with Notorious Pictures, and was made with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Directorate for Cinema, the Polish Film Institute and in collaboration with the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission. The film also received three David di Donatello 2021 award nominations for best debut director (Mauro Mancini), best composer (Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi) and best original song (Miles Away by Pivio & Aldo De Scalzi, lyrics and performance by Ginevra Nervi).

Born and raised in Riva del Garda, Trentino, and very young like the character he plays, Luka Zunic showed himself in this film to be an actor of great natural talent, a standout in auditions with his nervous anger and muted fragility that immediately won over director Mauro Mancini. “Luka’s performance, in his first co-starring role, was a gamble we both took and won together”, declared Mancini, “working side by side every day after lengthy preparation in which we left nothing to chance, concentrating on every aspect and nuance of his character”.

The co-director of ShorTS IFF, Maurizio di Rienzo, describes the Trieste Festival choice as follows: “Facial expression, body language, conscious bewilderment and unparented rebellion are the key points of in the remarkable performance by Zunic, a 19-year-old with a clearly precocious ability to balance expressions and silences. Luka has a convincing sensitivity and natural versatility. He really does have… the prospect of a promising future”.

Since its inception, the Premio Prospettiva of the ShorTS International Film Festival has specifically staked on the future of the young talents discovered by the Trieste event each year. Through this award, ShorTS will once again in 2021 turn the spotlight on a promising newcomer to Italian cinema. A gamble which, over time, has been vindicated by the careers of the various recipients of this award from the Festival, including Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Michele Riondino, Matilda De Angelis, Daphne Scoccia, Sharon Caroccia, Francesco Di Napoli and Giulio Pranno.


22nd ShorTS International Film Festival 2021
2 – 10 July

Submissions CLOSED

Entries to the competitive sections of ShorTS International Film Festival 2021 are closed!

ShorTS IFF 2021: new deadline for entries!

The deadline for entries has been extended until 7 March 2021! One more week to submit your short film to one of the competitive sections of the 22nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival (Maremetraggio and Last Chance, Shorter Kids’n’Teens and ShorTS Virtual Reality). For details please click here.

Please choose one of the platforms to enrol your short film: either Festhome or Filmfreeway.

ShorTS seeks young selecters!

ShorTS International Film Festival seeks young selecters for the section dedicated to children and teens


The film event, to take place in Trieste and online
from 2 to 10 July 2021, is to bring back for the 22nd Festival the section Shorter Kids’n’Teens,
dedicated to the very young.

A section dedicated to international short films
that is an actual “festival within the Festival”,designed for
children from 6 to 10 years old and teenagers from 11 to 15 years old.

For the 2021 Festival registration is open for participation also as selecter in this section dedicated to the very young.
Applications are to remain open until 19 February and
are intended for children aged 8-10 and teens aged 11-14.


Big little cinema for big little jurors: it’s called Shorter Kids’n’Teens and it’s the section dedicated to the very young of ShorTS International Film Festival, the historic Trieste film event organised by Associazione Maremetraggio and scheduled to be held in the city from 2 to 10 July 2021.

A real “festival within the Festival”, the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section aims to introduce the seventh art and the world of shorts to a young audience through a section designed especially for children and teens as part of the historic event in Trieste.

And if, year after year, the best films of Shorter Kids’n’Teens are announced thanks to votes from children and teens, the 2021 Festival introduces a special new feature that sees the audience of young film fans play an even more important part.

The selection of the short films competing in the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section, in fact, will be curated by them, through a fun and training experience, the only one of its kind in Italy. The Festival will open selections in order to create a group of Selecters (composed of a total of eight children aged between 8 and 10 years and eight teens aged between 11 and 14 years) who want to find out all the secrets that make a short film a special film, able to entertain but also to excite and make the audience think.

In March and April the Selecters will take part in a series of meetings in Trieste, where they will play an active part in selection. The first three meetings (with physical attendance, compatibly with the pandemic situation) will be dedicated to audio-visual and cinematographic literacy and will continue in April with another three meetings in which the Selecters will choose from among shorts from all over the world those that are to become part of the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section.

The Selecters are to watch, comment and judge the films, working as a team under the guidance of an experienced professional from the world of education and cinema who will help them choose the shorts that will then make up the official selection of Shorter Kids’n’Teens.

There is time until 19 February to become part of the group of young Selecters: in order to submit their application, the aspiring young Selecters will have to fill in a simple online questionnaire, necessary for collecting personal details and finding out the candidates’ film tastes and Internet consumption habits. Further information is available on the Festival’s official website


22nd ShorTS International Film Festival
Trieste, 2 to 10 July 2021