University students respond en masse to the project #stageinrete

AFIC elects a new Directive Council

With over 300 admissions, which is at least three weeks worth of Italian University students involved in #stageinrete (, the new project of the Italian Film Festival Association (AFIC) representing 53 Italian cinematic works. #Stageinrete proposes a different formula, to mark the coming together of the festivals and the students who are interested in participating in the organization of events in order to develop an important formative experience.

Financed with the contribution of the Ministery for Goods and Cultural Activity- General Direction for Cinema, the project #stageinrete was presented last Monday to the Cinema House in Rome at the general assembly of the AFIC that saw the election of the new directive council (2017-2019). The council, as always, was presided by Chiara Valenti Omero (ShorTs International Film Festival-Trieste) and put together by Pedro Armocida (Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema- Pesaro), Giorgio Gosetti (Noir in Festival- Milano e Como), Alberto Lastrucci (Festival dei Popoli- Firenze), Federico Pommier Vincelli (Molise Cinema- Casacalenda). Marking the re-launch of the Afic-Lab section which will be opened at the event with the relevant cultural depth that it deserves. Despite not being classed as a proper festival Afic-Lab still presents awards and sought after reviews.

Along with many current students, the round table of the Cinema House in Rome, coordinated by Giovanni Spagnoletti (Universita degli studi di Roma- Tor Vergata), opened by Bruno Zambardino (Universita degli Studi di Roma- Sapienza) and consulted by the General Cinema Direction added plateau to the state of the decrees during the course of the approval of new cinematic laws. It saw the interventions of teachers from the various universities teamed up with Gianni Canova (Libera Universita di Lingue e Comunicazione/IULM- Milano), Elena Di Giovanni (Universita di Macerata), Damiano Garofalo (Universita degli Studi di Roma- Sapienza), Vito Zagarrio (Università degli Studi di Roma – Roma Tre). The other universities are in collaboration with #stageinrete are Bari, Calabria, Florence and Udine, which is demonstrative of the interest of the many traditional institutions from all Italian territories when it comes to the development of the students. The Festivals, as productive machines are both cultural and organizational. They are therefore the best places for increasing the competency of youngsters who are gradually being introduced and integrated into the world of work. 













4318 submissions to ShorTS 2017!




Yesterday we closed the submissions for the 18th season of the ShorTS International Film Festival. This years entries have reached a grand total of 4318 short films from 122 different countries! Numbers confirming that this will be a record edition! We are very happy with our success, it is a clear sign that the festival is growing and starting to play a bigger role in the world of film.

It is now time to select the short films that will be taking part in our official competition! On April 30th 2017 the finalists will be announced. We will be expecting to see you at the 18th season of ShorTS, which will be taking place in Trieste from the 1st to the 8th July 2017.

Thank you to all participants!

Breaking out into cinemas ‘I Cormorani’ by Fabio Bobbi

ShorTS is proud to announce the break-out into Italian cinemas of ‘I Cormorani’ a film by Fabio Bobbio, produced and distributed by Strani Film . The film was presented nationally for the first time at the festival in 2016 and awarded by the SNCCI Giuria della Critica, also winning the AGPCI Prize for the best Italian production.

The jury defined it as ‘an audacious work and joyous to the extent of reinventing 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.’

From the Filming, to the editing, to post-production, ‘I Cormorani’ expresses love, courage and the great productive capacity to which independent cinema is capable.

Good Luck to the film and to the director from ShorTS!!

ShorTS 2017: Submissions now open!

Submissions for this years ShorTS International Film Festival opened on 17th October 2016 and we have already received over 1,000 entries from around the world! An excellent start to a what will be a great 18th season of our festival! This year ShorTS will take place in Trieste from 1st to 7th of July 2017. In order to participate in the festival you can submit your short film at this link:

For more information, please check our rules:

The deadline is 28th of February 2017.

Submit now!

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.

Day 8 – I Cormorani e l’ultima serata di concorso cortometraggi

Venerdì 08 Luglio 2016
La giornata di oggi è ricca di appuntamenti con il continuo dei due workshop partiti ieri e con la presentazione del dizionario Il cinema breve di Sergio Arecco, alle ore 18.30 in Mediateca, via roma 19.
Ultima serata per la selezione cortometraggi dello ShorTS International Film Festival edizione 2016! Accorrete tutti in Piazza Verdi per votare il vostro preferito!
Prima però tutti al cinema Ariston ad applaudire I cormorani presentato al pubblico triestino in anteprima nazionale. A seguire l’anteprima assoluta di Rubando Bellezza, un documentario sulla famiglia Bertolucci.
Per chi invece vuole conoscere Trieste da dietro la lente della telecamera, ecco Esterno/notte, la prima passeggiata cinematografica alla scoperta dei luoghi del cinema in notturna. Partenza da piazza Verdi alle ore 21.30

Programma proiezioni 08 luglio 2016

Cinema Ariston
ore 20.00
I CORMORANI di/by Fabio Bobbio

ore 21.30
RUBANDO BELLEZZA di/by Fulvio Wetzl, Laura Bagnoli, Danny Biancardi

ore 21.30
Evento – FATTI OSCENI IN LUOGO PUBBLICO di/by Stefano Viali
NUVOLA di/by Giulio Mastromauro
DARK TO DARK di/by Omid Khalid
GOWNOJADY di/by Agata Wojcierowska
ALIKE di/by Daniel Martínez Lara, Rafa Cano Méndez
IL POTERE DELL’ORO ROSSO di/by Davide Minnella
TISINA MUJO di/by Ursula Meier
SOUS TES DOIGTS di/by Marie-Christine Courtès
ZAWADI di/by Richard Card
DOVE L’ACQUA CON ALTRA ACQUA SI CONFONDE di/by Gianluca Mangiasciutti, Massimo Loi
SALI di/by Ziya Demirel
LA COLINA di/by Lawrence Rowell
LA VALSE MÉCANIQUE di/by Julien Dykmans
ZELOS di/by Thoranna Sigurdardottir

Day 7 – Omaggio a Busho e workshop

Giovedì 07 Luglio 2016

Giornata di Workshop quella di oggi. ShorTS propone non uno ma ben due laboratori: Claudia Della Seta e Stefano Viali condurranno Alice Lost And Found – Volto immagine allo specchio ombra per attrici professioniste mentre Andrea Aegre, reduce dal successo dell’omaggio che il festival gli ha riservato condurrà Realmente liberi – il workshop, una grande masterclass sui temi del documentario.

L’ariston invece si tinge di Internazionalità con la selezione di opere provenienti dal Busho Film Festival con ShorTS goes Hungary, per poi tornare ad essere tricolore con Arianna, opera prima di Carlo Lavagna.

In piazza Verdi si recupera La santa che dorme, il cortometraggio della triestina Laura Samani che è stato selezionato a Cannes, per poi tuffarci in altri 12 fantastici cortometraggi.


Programma proiezioni 07 luglio 2016

Cinema Ariston
ore 19.00

ore 21.30

Antonia di/by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

Piazza Verdi
ore 21.30
HERMAN THE GERMAN di/by Michael Binz
KINGDOM OF GARBAGE di/by Yasir Kareem
LOS ASES DEL CORRAL di/by Irving Sevilla, Manuel Báez
RYBA MOYA di/by Taya Zubova
DRAFT EIGHT di/by Chris Chalklen
PENJAČI di/by Siniša Mataić
BAGNI di/by Laura Luchetti
TOUT VA BIEN di/by Laurent Scheid
NON SENZA DI ME di/by Brando de Sica
HOLE di/by Martin Edralin
QUANDO A ROMA NEVICA di/by Andrea Baroni

Day 6 – Orsi, mari e kids!

Mercoledì 06 Luglio 2016

SweeTS4Kids volume 2. Il cinema Ariston sarà aperto dai ragazzi, con la seconda parte della sezione pensata apposta per loro. Dalle 18.00 i rimanenti 12 cortometraggi che concorreranno per la seconda edizione del festival nel festival.
Alle 20.00 ritorna invece Andrea Segre, con una doppietta d’eccezione, Mare chiuso e Il sangue verde, per poi passare il testimone alla coppia Amato-Sestrieri con il loro debutto: I racconti dell’orso.
E in Piazza Verdi? Corti, corti e ancora corti! Ai 12 cortometraggi votabili da programma, aggiungiamo in apertura la replica del vincitore del Premio Mattador 2015, Pillole dal futuro.
Vi aspettiamo!


Programma proiezioni 06 luglio 2016

Cinema Ariston
ore 18.00
SweeTS4Kids! seconda parte

ore 20.00
MARE CHIUSO di/by Andrea Segre
IL SANGUE VERDE di/by Andrea Segre

ore 22.00
I racconti dell’orso di/by Olmo Amato, Samuele Sestieri

Piazza Verdi
ore 21.30
Evento Premio Mattador – PILLOLE DAL FUTURO di/by Giacomo Caceffo
Y MAÑANA NAVIDAD di/by Héctor Rull
DANS LES EAUX PROFONDES di/by Sarah Van Den Boom
EL ADIÓS di/by Clara Roquet
LA SMORFIA di/by Emanuele Palamara
OBIEKT di/by Paulina Skibińska
HELENA di/by Nicola Sorcinelli
SOUS LES SOUTANES di/by Michel Zarazir
MAMCI I UDICE di/by Luka Popadic
UNARY di/by Luís Abilés Baquero
PRENDS-MOI di/by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
IL PRINCIPE di/by Davide Salucci
TUCK ME IN di/by Ignacio F. Rodó

Day 5 – Inizia SweeTS4Kids!

Martedì 05 è la volta dei più piccoli! DhorTS inizia anche per loro al cinema Ariston con SweeTS4Kids!, una due giorni di cortometraggi per i più giovani scelti da un ragazzino di 12 anni!
Segue la doppietta di documentari di Andrea Segre, A sud di Lampedusa e Come il peso dell’acqua, mentre la serata principale di concorso in Piazza Verdi verrà aperta da La santa che dorme, cortometraggio della triestina Laura Samani fresco di proiezione nella selezione ufficiale del festival di Cannes.
Come ogni sera, a ShorTS, solo il meglio!

Programma proiezioni 01 luglio 2016
Cinema Ariston

ore 18.00
SweeTS4Kids vol 01

ore 20.00
a seguire

Piazza Verdi
ore 21.30
Evento speciale – LA SANTA CHE DORME di/by Laura Samani
HELP POINT di/by Andrew Margetson
LAST BASE di/by Aslak Danbolt
OTTO di/by Salvatore Murgia, Dario Imbrogno
PER ANNA di/by Andrea Zuliani
ELENA di/by Marie Le floc’h, Gabriel Pinto Monteiro
LADY OF THE NIGHT di/by Laurent Boileau
CON LA BOCA CERRADA di/by Anna Farré Añó
CARAPACE di/by Flora Molinie
AUGUST di/by Jeroen Perceval
THE SMILING MAN di/by A. J. Briones

Day 4 – Questa sera si ritorna in piazza Verdi!

Dopo la doppietta al teatro Miela, questa sera le condizioni metereologiche dovrebbero permetterci di ritornare ”a casa”, sotto le stelle di piazza Verdi con la quarta serata di ShorTS.

Le stelle però sono di casa anche al Cinema Ariston, dove verranno oggi proposti Come un uomo sulla terra per la retrospettiva Andrea Segre alle ore 20:00 seguito dalla Nuova Impronta I Talk Otherwise di Cristian Cappucci. Non siamo nemmeno al giro di boa, salite anche voi nella nave del divertimento!


Programma proiezioni 01 luglio 2016

Cinema Ariston
ore 20.00
ore 21.30
I TALK OTHERWISE di/by Cristian Cappucci

Piazza Verdi
ore 21.30
TODO LO DEMÁS di/by Federico Untermann
BEFORE THE BOMB di/by Tannaz Hazemi
112 di/by Wenceslao Scyzoryk
HOE KY NIELS WERD di/by Els van Driel
BEACH FLAGS di/by Sarah Saidan
5 SEGUNDOS di/by David González Rudiez
YÙL ET LE SERPENT di/by Gabriel Harel
THE HAIRCUT di/by Alexis Korycinski
RABIE CHETWY di/by Mohamed Kamel
THE IRAQI SUPERMAN di/by Sajjad Abbas
DISCO INFERNO di/by Alice Waddington