ShorTS 2016: The Winners!!!

There has been a Public Boom at the ShorTs International film festival brought to you by Maremetraggio: pre-booked seats are now full and ready for the 17th season, with 14,000 important guests, including 20 directors who have arrived from all over the world to assist with the awards, between the Punto Enel, home to meetings and workshops, the Piazza Miela and Piazza Verdi, where the short film festival was proposed, the Ariston Cinema, the place in which the works were initially banned, the homage to Segre, the SweeTS 4 Kids section and some previews, and more meetings at the Palazzo Gopcevich, in the Tergesteo Gallery and in the media room of the Underground Chapel.

There were 94 short films displayed on the giant open air screen, of which a good 35 were Italian. The winner of the Enel Award (5,000 euros for the best short film) had to be the Brazilian Pedro Paulo De Andrade with ‘O MELHOR SOM DO MUNDO’: in which a young boy called Vinicius collects sounds of the world, something that you can’t see or touch and that leads to truly arduous work, especially when he decides to find the greatest unheard sound.

The jury of the Maremetraggio section, which is comprised of Elisa Fuksas (director), Alessandro Corsetti (Rai Cinema), Alessandra Priante (MIBACT), Paul Baboudjian (producer) and Cecilia Dazzi (actress) made this decision due to, ‘the idea- the curiosity of the main characters who innocently bring forward his research, transmitting optimism and vitality, making us empathize with the childs viewpoints. It transmits a great message of love.

IRAQI SUPERMAN by the Iraqee Sajjad Abba wins the MAREMETRAGGIO award for the best animated short ‘for it’s power, like a fist to the stomach. And a won challenge, the first very important, very intimate and very personal step of the essential traits sometimes mentioned that  identify emotions. The ideas, the struggles and the love  are what make this short powerful outside of those means.

The prize for the BEST PRODUCTION goes to ‘HOLE’ by the Canadian director Martin Edralin ‘for the courage of the productive wager. A story about a bumber sticker, of crude and cutting photography that expresses in just one scene, his power. The boldly coloured documented images that don’t fear the shade are at fault and live the experience without education with immediate isolation’

SPECIAL MENTION goes to the Italian ‘BAGNI’ by Laura Luchetti for being ‘a short of indisputable quality for attention to detail, for the poetry of the story which emerges in its dreamy simplicity.’


The AMC jury chaired by Beppe Leonetti and comprised of Alessandro Giordani, Sara Groppi, Eleonora Marino and Patrizio Partino, decided to co-present the award to the winner of the montage  Gemma Barbieri because ‘she created a montage that manages to be lyrical yet also rhythmical, managing to create a balance between the invisible moments and those in which a full scene is characterized, masterfully managing a complex material and making elegant, functional and never off hand decisions. The knowledgeable use of the  technnology serves to enhance the account, making the montage a worthwhile addition to this film, contributing to the narrative development of the parallel stories.’

The UNIVERSAL STUDIOS award for the best Italian short goes to ‘DOVE L’ACQUA CON ALTRA ACQUA SI CONFONDE’ by Gianluca Mangiasciutti and Massimo Loi, the story of Luca, a lonely boy who likes to go night swimming in a pool when there is no one around, and just rest in silence in his own company. Until one Monday an unknown swimmer called Mia interrupts his little nocturnal world. It was selected by the tv broadcaster ‘for the capacity to take life, with lightness, with the essentiality and the  intensity of the poetic language all the while displaying the infantile imagination which continues to live within each of us’.

This work also won the award, OLTRE IL MURO for which the jury were very motivated: ‘A short film that plays to the simplicity and the fantasy of its strengths, where the linear narration blends with a strong overturning of perspective and shocks the viewer, diminishing the wall between reality and imagination, taking it to a level of girlish freedom.’

THE SWEETS4KIDS AWARD for the short for children most voted for by our 101 judges between the ages of 8 and 13, goes to Joost Lieuwma and Daan Velsink from Holland for ‘PANIEK’.

SHORTS SURF THE WEB, the short most voted for on the Triestine online daily paper IL PICCOLO is in fact the Triestine director Davide Salucci’s, ‘IL PRINCIPE’

The TRIESTE CAFFE PUBLICATION AWARD for the best short goes to ‘IL POTERE DELL’ORO ROSSO’ by Davide Minnella

For the NUOVE IMPRONTE section of the competition, aimed at the first works in the competition, was selected by a Jury comprised of Diane Fleri, Federico Spoletti, Marco Amenta, Marina Marzotto and Thomas Trabacchi, the award was presented to ‘I TALK OTHERWISE’ by Cristian Capucci: ‘spanning over 9 languages, 8 countries and 7 working years I TALK OTHERWISE represents a poetic work, a historical reflection that flows  like the Danube in an account of the modern and visionary style. With the aftermath of Brexit in the air and NATO that is today re-uniting to reinforce the contingency of the East, this film by Cristian Capucci seems non other than a journey through the soul of Europe, an important work for rediscovering the joy and the value in the cultural diversity of Europe, with the true richness of the continent and of the single European Market.’

The award for the BEST ACTOR goes to CORRADO SASSI, for the portrayal of ZIO ARDUINO in ARIANNA by Carlo Lavagna who manages to present a complex, naïve character with  effective characterization. His traits, empathy and sensibility maintain the story to the point of the protagonists turning point. The award for the BEST ACTRESS goes to ONDINA QUADRI, the protagonist of Lavagna’s ARIANNA , for her intensity and the extent to which she gives life to the interior turmoil of the ambiguous, difficult character, generously and courageously portraying the very human experience of a young girl in search of her identity. The BAKEL award of the public for the best work ever seen and most voted for goes to I RACCONTI DELL’ORSO’ by Olmo Amato and Samuele Sestieri.

The SNCCI Jury of critics, composed of Adriano De Grandis, Nicola Falcinella and Giona A. Nazzaro chose the long film I CORMORANI by Fabio Bobbio ‘for its captivating and generous view, auroral and observant in expressing the thrills that accompany the passage to the blurred lines which separate infancy and adolescence. An audacious work and joyous in the way in which it reinvents cinema, vertiginously confounding clues and traces, suspended between so called documentary and the classic novel form. A powerful and moving revelation that contains unto itself opportunities for a hypothesis for the regeneration of Italian cinema by combining experimentation, invention and, above all poetry.’

I CORMORANI also won the AGPCI award for the best Production which went to Mirko Locatelli and Giuditta Tarantelli of I STRANI FILM in collaboration with OFFICINA LAB for ‘having reintroduced talent, giving life to a true and well assembled work in each part of the production. From the photography to the editing, to the postproduction, I CORMORANI expresses love, courage and the great productive capacity to which independent cinema is capable.

COM STAMPA 9 luglio

Saturday 9th July is the final day of ShorTS International Film Festival, which has been invading Trieste with 94 shorts, national and international premieres, 7 Italian debut features in competition, 3 workshops, 2 days of workshops with Andrea Segre – to whom the 2016 homage is also dedicated – cultural trails following cinematic locations and a focus on Hungarian cinema in collaboration with BuSho (Budapest Short Film Festival).

The festivals protagonists (juries, actors, directors) will come together at 11:30 to meet the public at Punto Enel in Galleria Tergesteo. These include, amongst others: Diane Fleri, Federico Spoletti, Marco Amenta, Marina Marzotto e Thomas Trabacchi, Matilda De Angelis, Elisa Fuksas Alessandro Corsetti, Alessandra Priante, Paul Baboudjian and Cecilia Dazzi.

There will then be a meeting at 15:00 with the producers from the Triveneto Crescere in rete, in collaboration with AGPCI, before the grand awards ceremony for this 17th edition of ShorTS takes place at 18:30 in Galleria Tergesteo.

To close the festival, Alì F. Mostafa’s Viaggio da paura will be screened for the first time in Trieste at 20:00 at Cinema Ariston.

A road trip movie set in the Middle East, it is a comedy designed to interest both the Arab public and also a wider audience. The film tells of how , going from Abu Dhabi to Beirut and passing through Syria, barely traversing the boundaries of different countries, the landscape and the culture change so much it’s at times radical. Born to a mother from London and a father from Dubai, Alì grew up in the United Arab Emirates. Following his passion for cinema, he studied for a Master’s in Cinema Production at the prestigious London Film School. His films have been screened at festivals all over the world, to much acclaim from both critics and audiences.


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A day of total cinema Friday 8th July with ShorTS by the Maremetraggio association. After the usual morning workshops and Andrea Segre’s workshop Realmente liberi at the Mediateca La Cappella Underground, the day’s novelties include the presentation of Sergio Arecco’s book Il cinema breve: 18:30 again at the Mediateca. From Walt Disney to David Bowie, the dictionary of short film from 1928 to 2015 explores short and medium form cinema in 200 passionately written pages which are far from skimping on the details, in the way one would expect at first sight of the term “dictionary”. Sorted by decade, the works alternate between those by names who made waves in the world of cinema and and those from lesser-known filmmakers, reminding us what was and still is the force of short cinema: a preparatory ground where young filmmakers cut their teeth, a secret garden of obsessions, a place of uncompromising intellectual challenges, a diary… In collaboration with Mediateca La Cappella Underground.

The afternoon will also see the winners of the Oltre Il Muro prize being presented with their prize. Thanks to the valuable help of director Davide Del Degan and the efforts of the festival’s president and artistic director, Chiara Valenti Omero, together with Ivan Gergolet, the inmates this year once again are called upon to judge the Italian shorts in competition at the festival and assign the Oltre il Muro prize to the one they deem to be the best.

Since 2009 the Maremetraggio Association, always striving to develop the culture of its local area, has brought its cinema to the inmates of the Trieste District Prison.

The evening is set aside for both Italian and global premieres. At 20:00, Cinema Ariston will screen Fabio Bobbio’s I cormorani, in competition for the Nuove Impronte section for the SNCCI Prize, the Bakel Public Prize and the Nuove Impronte Prize. The film tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who spend their summer days between the river, the wood and the city; but time flies and, compared to years gone by, everything goes from being a game to being life experience.

21:30 will then see the world premiere of Rubando bellezza. A ShorTS exclusive, Fulvio Wetzl, Laura Bagnoli and Danny Biancardi’s Rubando bellezza is a documentary about the life of the Bertolucci family: A film which acts as a poetic analysis of an extraordinary family, and the custom of taking artistic inspiration (or stealing, actually) from those who have proceeded us and those who surround us, be it in our family or in our social lives, to nourish and form our own personal vision of the world, and our own poetic and artistic sensiblities. The cast includes: Attilio Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lucilla Albano Bertolucci, Giuseppe Bertolucci insieme a Fabrizio Gifuni, Sonia Bergamasco, Fabio Bianchini, Morando Morandini, Luigi Menozzi, Angelo Tonelli and Remo Galeazzi. It is a film that should be seen and listened to with the same attention and admired respect given by the authors. The figure of Bernardo seems to be more present (the only one still alive) than that of Giuseppe who lives on through the words of his companion, Lucilla Albano, who talks beautifully about him and special memories. Nonetheless, the figure of Attilio remains everpresent, having marked in depth – for better and for worse – the lives of his sons. The title of the movie is “stolen” from Bertolucci’s Io ballo da sola, which in English is entitled Stealing Beauty.

The evening of shorts in Piazza Verdi will begin at 21:30 with an extra: the short Fatti osceni in luogo pubblico by Stefano Viali, shot in Trieste during last year’s festival.

Produced by Dimitri Sassone for Ohana Film & Music Srl, thanks to the contribution of Mibact – DG Cinema, FVG Film Commission and Nuovo Imaie, and shot in July 2015 in the city of Trieste, Fatti osceni in luogo pubblico explores, through the implementation of a strong visual impact, the violence that develops inside interpersonal relationships in the presence of a serious mental illness and as a result of racism. Violence which, if executed as a vendetta or legitimised by a sudden injustice, can only lead to insanity. The woman, like a fly that repeatedly bashes itself against the glass of a window, frantically looks for a way out. By choosing the worst method, she triggers to the total destruction of herself and of others as a consequence of a mental disconnect. But change is always possible: the woman can become human again, re-establishing a healthy and vital internal image of herself which will allow her to determinedly condemn the horror of violence.

This will be followed by the Maremetraggio section with the shorts in competition for the Enel Prize of 5000 euros, the Studio Universal Prize, best editing and many others.


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COM STAMPA 7 luglio



Thursday 7th July: ShorTS begins at 10:00 at Punto Enel with the workshop Alice lost and found (Alice Nera 2016): Through the Mirror of Shadow, focused on female acting. Three days (7th, 8th and 9th July, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:30) focused on the study of first-rate female acting and the relationship between one’s own internal image and the image perceived by others, executed by studying the emotional map of the character of Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Claudia Della Seta, director of La casa degli spiriti and artistic director of Afrodita Compagnia, and Stefano Viali, David di Donatello 2005 – in a project financed by NUOVOIMAIE – will shine the light on the many possible means of expression with a first-rate study.

At the end of the workshop, a video will be shot and edited with contributions from the first-rate actresses expressing their inner “Alices”, delivered then by the actresses themselves. Artistic portfolio must be sent as part of registration.

ShorTS continues at Cinema Ariston at 19:00 with its focus on Hungarian cinema, in collaboration with BuSho – Budapest Short Film Festival. ShorTS Goes Hungary will involve the screening of 9 shorts which enable us to examine the cinema of a geographic area with a strong history, consolidated by strong artistic genius which serves as the protagonist in the memories of professionals and those with an passion for the artistic. All the works allow the viewer to undertake a journey at their leisure and share emotions and knowledge of a country from a position of surprising intensity.

This will be followed at 21:30 by Carlo Lavagna’s Arianna, in competition for the Nuove Impronte section, starring Valentina Carnelutti. Arianna is nineteen years old, but she still hasn’t had her first period. The hormones she has been prescribed by her gynecologist don’t seem to be affecting her development other than causing a slight breast enlargement, which irritates her nonetheless. At the beginning of summer, her parents decide to retake possession of the farmhouse on Lake Bolsena where Arianna lived until she was 3, and to which she hasn’t yet returned. During their stay at the house, old memories begin to resurface, to the extent that Arianna decides to stay even once her parents have returned to the city. The afternoons pass slowly and quietly while Arianna starts to examine her body and her past: the meeting with her young cousin Celeste – so different and feminine compared to her – and the loss of her virginity to a young man of her age push Arianna to confront once and for all the truth of her sexuality.

Shorts will be shown under the stars in Piazza Verdi from 21:30 as usual for the Maremetraggio section.

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COM STAMPA 6 luglio

The ShorTS international festival opens Wednesday 6th July with the second, conclusive part of SweeTS4Kids, the section dedicated to shorts for a younger audience, from 18:00 at Cinema Ariston. 20:00 will see the continuation of the homage to Andrea Segre, the documentary maker par excellence who, with narrative coherence and geopolitical depth, analyses journeys/processes in which Italy’s past, as well as the pasts of other countries, crumbles into an uncertain future. The documentaries screened will be Mare chiuso, which won two such prestigious awards as the Premio Vittorio De seta and the Globo d’Oro della Stampa Estera, and Il sangue verde, a 2010 documentary about the furious protests of immigrants in Rosarno, Calabria, which laid bare the degrading conditions and the injustice in which thousands of African day-labourers live every day.

And there are still some places available for the Realmente liberi workshop with Andrea Segre, which takes place over two days: tomorrow – Thursday 7th July – and Friday 8th July. The workshop is about the narrators, workers and techniques involved in making “truthful cinema”; how, where and why it is ever more important to identify, follow and frame people, places and societies, alternating with inventive logic between realism and the other. In collaboration with Mediateca La Cappella Underground, it is open to up to 15 people. Obligatory registration via mail at

The programme of ShorTS continues, still at Cinema Ariston, with Olmo Amato and Samuele Sestieri’s I racconti dell’orso as part of the Nuove Impronte section. It is set in a world abandoned by humans where a mechanical monk pursues a little red man. After crossing woods, dead cities and desolate landscapes, the amusing pair reach the peak of a magic hill. The discovery of an old teddy bear in a bad way after all this time leads to them reconciling their differences. They thus join forces, in the hope of being able to give life to this inanimate plaything and escape the emptiness that surrounds them.

From 21:30 in Piazza Verdi will be the screening of another 12 shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section, including Il Principe by local boy Davide Salucci. This Triestine, animated short is about a prince who, as in every fairytale, has the difficult task of saving the Princess and killing the dragon. But our hero soon finds himself faced with an unsolvable paradox that primarily concerns himself.


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COM STAMPA 5 luglio

ShorTS International Film Festival continues in Trieste, between the Cinema Ariston and Piazza Verdi. Tuesday 5th July will see the launch of the second edition of the lucky SweeTS4Kids section which, in 2015, went down a storm with the children. This will be the first of two evenings where 101 children will vote for the best short from amongst those selected for them by our 12 year old Artistic Director, Tommaso Gergori, from 18:00 at Cinema Ariston.

This will be followed at 20:00 by a screening of two further Andrea Segre documentaries: A sud di Lampedusa and Come il peso dell’acqua, still at Cinema Ariston. The former looks at the lorries that cross the Ténéré desert; the travel agencies from Agadez, in the north of Niger, that organize the passengers; but above all the repatriations carried out by Libya under European pressure. It tells the story of the hidden side of an emigration of which we often see only the final step: when they disembark on the island of Lampedusa. The latter looks at how, for over ten years, we have concentrated all of our economic, political and military forces on closing the Mediterranean border. There are some who have done it more prudently, and others who have done it more harshly. But, in any event, the goal was only ever to “reduce the number of landings”, to close and contain. It is a development that has decimated our ability to listen and understand the motives and choices of those who make the journey. The film, by paying attention to the stories of three women and the observations of two great civilian narrators, seeks to change this development.

At 21:30 we move over to Piazza Verdi for Triestine local Laura Samani’s La santa che dorme, which has just returned from its debut at Cannes. Born in 1989, after a thesis on the TV series Twin Peaks, the following summer, from the critics studio, Laura decided to turn to action. She shot her first shot, which allowed her to be selected as one of the six students taken onto the directing course at the Experimental Film Centre in Rome, class of 2015. La santa che dorme was shot in the Valli del Natisone, was produced by the Experimental Film Centre in Rome and was selected as part of the Cinéfondation programme at the Cannes Film Festival. The director, with this work shot completely in Slovene dialect (and shown with Italian subtitles), has written a screenplay which talks about growth and education, a timeless fairy tale in a community which protects its rich cultural heritage. This will be followed by a selection of shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section.

Bookings for the weekend are open. You can visit the city of Trieste and its cinematic locations through the Esterno/Giorno and Esterno/Notte walks on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. Together with film critic Nicola Falcinella we will retrace, with themed walks, the locations and stories from many big-screen works filmed in Trieste which, due to the characteristic light of its setting by the sea, the beauty of its historic buildings, its surrounding nature and its position close to the border between Eastern and Western Europe, has long been much appreciated by directors the world over; from Mauro Bolognini to Luchino Visconti, from Francis Ford Coppola – who chose the old Central Fish Market as the location for some scenes in The Godfather Part II – to Cristina Comencini, from Anthony Minghella – who used Porto Vecchio for some scenes in The English Patient, to Giuseppe Tornatore.

Participation open to a maximum of 40 people, who must each provide a personal contribution of €5. Booking is obligatory for all the walks and remains open until 12:00 on the day before the walk takes place by phone on +39 339 4535962 or by mail at Walks will be postponed in the event of bad weather.


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COM STAMPA 04.07.16

The week begins with ShorTS, Monday 4th July at 20:00, carrying on with the homage to Andrea Segre at Cinema Ariston. Come un uomo sulla terra, , a 2009 documentary in which the voices of African migrants talk for the first time on film about the way in which Libya is controlling migration fluxes from Africa, on behalf of and financed by Italy and Europe.

Staying at Cinema Ariston, at 21:30 the next film in the Nuove Impronte section, Cristian Cappucci’s feature film debut I talk otherwise, will be screened. I talk otherwise is a road movie in which we traverse Europe by from the perspective of the Danube. Shot across 8 countries and in 9 tongues, from West to East, from Capitalism to Communism, from the Black forest to the Black Sea, it is the story of the cultural fractures and contradictions of the land traversed by the great river. From its sources in Germany, passing through Austria and numerous countries from the former Eastern Bloc – Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania – and ultimately flowing into the Black Sea in a journey from the past to the future of Europe.

Our famous open-air big screen in Piazza Verdi, next to the splendid theatre, will screen twelve of the shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section from 21:30.
In Todo lo demás, Laura and Miguel discover the limits of their love. Before the Bomb talks about Elsa, a young, ten-year-old girl, who takes control of the situation when local social services organize a visit that could separate her from her brother. 112, a tale about Christmas inspired by a true story. Yùl et le serpent, in which thirteen-year-old Yùl and his big brother Dino go to conclude an affair with Mike, a criminal accompanied by his Argentine Mastiff. When things start to go wrong, a mysterious serpent appears. This is followed by the Canadian short My Younger Older Sister, which tells the story of a girl who suffers a crisis at her 19th birthday party when she realises that she’s about to surpass the age her older sister was when she died at the age of 18. Then comes The Haircut, set in 1976: Amy is amongst the first class of female cadets accepted into military academy; finding it difficult to survive her first day, she combats sexism, self-doubt and struggles to prove that she has what it takes to make it.
Hoe Ky Niels Werd talks about the search for one’s own identity and the right to be yourself; it talks about gender, hormones and other similarly complicated concepts. In Beach Flags, Vida finds herself face to face with an unexpected problem.
5 segundos tells the story of Carlo, who has prepared a surprise for his wife because he wants to apologise for an argument they had a few days ago.
In the short Rabie chetwy, Nour, a student who lives alone with her father and suffers a crisis with the sudden onset of puberty. She becomes a woman, but she can’t tell her father. We then move to Iraq with The Iraqi Superman, in which a boy makes an ingenious piece of equipment in order to save his father from the prison in Abo Ghraib. What he finds upon entering however is very different from what he had been expecting, revealing the maltreatment and torture the prisoners suffer. The evening closes with the Spanish short Disco Inferno, where a hell minion is on a mission to save her boss, the Devil, who is however not ready to return to his daily routine.

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COM STAMPA 03-07-16

A great Sunday of cinema with ShorTS International Film Festival in Trieste July 3rd. We begin at 20:00 at Cinema Ariston with Andrea Segre’s I sogni del lago. The film tells the story of a contemporary Kazakhstan that is living through a euphoric period of development that Italy no longer even remembers and whose growth is intrinsically linked to the Italian economy. The images of the great Eurasian Steppe, with its infinite and ordered swathes of post-soviet land, are intertwined in both the film the mentality of its creator with images of 1960s Italy found in both the ENI archives and in the personal memories of Andrea Segre’s mother and father who, being in their twenties in the 1960s, lived through the euphoria of this growth.

Following this at 21:30, still at Cinema Ariston, will be Nazareno M. Nicoletti’s Moj brate, a documentary in which Stefano Gabrini retraces the footsteps (through Rome, Bosnia and Canada) and experiences of one of his closest friends, the anthropologist, actor and clown Alberto Musacchio, who committed suicide in 2001.

In Piazza Verdi at 21:30 the short film Divento vento will be shown. This short is the result of a series of workshops, Mestieri di Cinema 2015, where attendees from various fields were able to put the knowledge they acquired into practice. This will be followed by eleven shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section: Boogaloo and graham by Michael Lennox, Two dosas by Sarmad Masud, O melhor som do mundo by Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Fernweh by Ena Sendijarevic, A single life by Job, Joris & Marieke, Scrabble by Cristian Sulser, Burned by Jaime Valdueza, Voltaire by Jan Snoekx, The girlfriend experience by Mark Kunerth, Pojat by Isabella Karhu and The reflection of power by Mihai Grecu.

ShorTS, for its 17th edition, also proposes the Alice lost and found workshop (Alice nera 2016) Through the Shadow Mirror, which focuses on female acting. It will take place at Punto Enel 7th, 8th and 9th July from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 17:30. Registration is already open and an artistic portfolio must be sent.

Alice lost and found will be a three day dedication to the study of first-rate female cinema and the relationship between one’s perceived internal image and the image one portrays for the benefit of others will take place. By studying the emotional profile of the eponymous protagonist of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Claudia Della Seta, director of La casa degli spiriti and artistic director of Afrodita Compagnia, and Stefano Viali, David di Donatello 2005 – in a project funded by NUOVOIMAIE – will bring to the fore the different expressive possibilities in acting with a first-rate study. At the end of a workshop, a video will be made and edited with the first-rate actresses seizing their inner Alice, delivered then to the actresses themselves.


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COM STAMPA 02-07-16

Day two of the ShorTS festival. Saturday 2nd July’s events begin at 10:00 (and then again at 14:00) at Punto Enel with Short 4 Sweets, Francesco Filippi’s workshop dedicated to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15. We then go on with the Premio Mattador which, at Palazzo Gopcevich at 11:00, will present the jury and finalists for their prize; and at 18:30 Francesco Filippi will present his book Fatti un Film! (joint editors), from which stems the workshop on how to use different multimedia devices such as phones and tablets to make films both long and short, at Libreria Ubik in Galleria Tergesteo.

The homage to Andrea Segre continues at Cinema Ariston at 20:00 with la Mal’ombra: the story of an industrial area built in a location which possesses one of the biggest and most important aquifer recharge basins in the province of Vicenza, near San Pietro, where for four years the locals have fought against the construction of a galvanisation plant from their permanent stronghold.

This is followed at 21:30 by screening of Antonello Faretta’s Montedoro for the Nuove Impronte section, in which a middle-aged American woman unexpectedly discovers her true origins only after the death of her parents. Deeply shocked, and in the midst of a serious identity crisis, she decides to travel in the hope of being able to re-embrace the birth mother she never knew. She brings herself to Montedoro, a small municipality in the south of Italy which she finds completely abandoned. Seven debut works compete in this section, and the best will be awarded prizes by the Nuove Impronte Jury: Diane Fleri, Federico Spoletti, Marco Amenta, Marina Marzotto and Thomas Trabacchi. The public will also designate their favourite film, which will receive the Bakel Public Award. New this year is our important collaboration with the Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani (National Association of Italian Film Critics): the SNCCI jury, made up of Adriano De Grandis, Nicola Falcinella and Giona A. Nazzaro, will make the decision on the best film in competition.

At 21:30 in Piazza Verdi, after the screening of Giacomo Caceffo’s Pillole dal futuro for Premio Mattador¸another eleven shorts in competition for the Maremetraggio section will be shown. The stand-out short is the Oscar-winning Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary (UK): a lonely, stuttering typographer, whose stutter is so bad he has to resort to sign language despite his profound thoughts and eloquent interior voice, is finding it increasingly difficult to immerse himself in normal, every-day social interactions. He meets a girl on Facebook and, eventually, the day arrives where he has to meet her in person. Three Spanish shorts follow: Ladrones de tiempo (by Fran X. Rodríguez), El abrazo (by Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta) and ¿Señor o señorito? (by Cristina Piernas and Victoria Ruiz). We then have two shorts from North America: the Canadian short You Are My Present by Sam Luk and the American short The Bravest, The Boldest by Moon Molson. These are followed by the German animated short The Present, by Jacob Frey, and the French short Papé, by Nicolas Polixene. We end with three Belgian shorts: De Smet by Wim Geudens, La Graine by Barney Frydman and L’Ours noir by Xavier Seron and Méryl Fortunat-Rossi. Free entry applies to all screenings. Info and complete programme available at


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COM STAMPA – 1 luglio 2016

Trieste – Friday 1st July marks the beginning of the 17th ShorTS International Film Festival, staged in collaboration with TriestEstate and with contributions from: Mibact; the Regional Office of Culture, Sport and Solidarity; the Regional Office of Productive Activities, cooperation and tourism; the CRTrieste Foundation and the Casali Foundation.

The festival’s official inauguration will take place at 21:00 in Piazza Verdi, with festival president Chiara Valenti Omero and Zita Fusco saying some words before the Maremetraggio section begins. This is a section dedicated to short films: 94 shorts from both Italy and overseas, of which 35 are Italian premieres, have been picked out from the 1400+ shorts we received from all corners of the globe (26 countries including Turkey, France, USA, Spain, Kenya, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and, of course, Italy) to compete for the 5,000 euro Enel Prize for the Best Short Film, awarded by an international jury consisting of Elisa Fuksas (director), Alessandro Corsetti (Rai Cinema), Alessandra Priante (MIBACT), Paul Badoudjian (producer) and Cecilia Dazzi (actress), assembled to identify the crème de la crème of short films. As was the case last year, the public present in Piazza Verdi can rate the shorts they have seen, and the film with the highest rating at the end of the festival will be awarded the Trieste Caffè Prize. The shorts you can see on the big screen are: The Secret World of Foley by Daniel Jewel, Cuenta con nosotros by Pablo Vara, Grouillons-nous by Margot Reumont, Edit > Undo by Daniel Clements, The Bigger Picture by Daisy Jacobs, Punto di vista by Matteo Petrelli, Den lille døden by Simon Tillaas, Vainilla by Juan Beiro, Faint by Natalie Piaskura, Muerte blanca by Roberto Collío, Stag by Kevin Newbury and Rearranged by Ewa Górzna.

The inauguration will also see the awards ceremony for the It’ShorTS contest, for which lovers of cinema and design were called upon to create a graphical projection of a watchstrap. The victor, Beatrice Stasolla from the Liceo artistico Nordio di Trieste, will come up to the stage to receive her prize from Valentina Lesini and Giuseppe Taranto: her own IT’S WATCH watch with the strap she designed herself together with one from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Cinema Ariston at 20:00 will host the beginning to a homage to the documentary maker, Andrea Segre, showing his Marghera canale nord. It is a story of the large, immovable Kawkab Motor Vessel, an Egyptian merchant ship gifted to the Marghera docks by an experienced ship owner, merchant sailors and human lives. This is followed at 21:30 by Fernando Cito Filomarino’s Antonia, the first of the films in competition for the Nuove Impronte section, which is dedicated to Italian debut works. The film tells the story of Antonia Pozzi, who was amongst the greatest poets of the 20th Century and who lived in Milan in the 1930s.

At 10:00 – and then at 14:00 – Punto enel will host the festival’s first special event, with Francesco Filippi’s workshop dedicated to adolescents between 12 and 15 years of age who will make, harnessing the tricks of shooting a film using a tablet of mobile phone taught at the workshop, an ideal trailer for the SweeTS4Kids section.

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