A festival approaching its 20th consecutive edition can be considered an already well-established event with a strong identity, while also able, at the same time, to innovate and expand its offerings and explore new realities and challenges.
For this reason, ShorTS IFF is always looking to explore new cinematic landscapes and reflect on them. In 2018, for example, a new section called ShorTS Virtual Reality was included – the time is right to recognise this emerging cinematic art form on the competitive stage. ShorTS is only the second festival in Italy, after the “Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia”, to organise an international competitive section dedicated to VR shorts.
The festival has always aimed to promote both Italian and international young cinema thanks to a quality programme rich in film content (shorts, features and documentaries) and in cultural and secondary activities (24h ShorTS Comics Marathon, meetings with authors in collaboration with active realities on the Regional and National territory, etc.).
The Maremetraggio section is traditionally dedicated to the best short films of the last few years. The section continues to be the heart of the festival, attracting thousands of entries from all over the world that every year offer the audience (and those who select them) a very interesting insight in to everyday life.
The Nuove Impronte section, dedicated to emerging talents in Italian cinema, is becoming the perfect setting for the screening, promotion and discussion of contemporary Italian cinema. The aim is to promote dialogue between filmmakers and their audience, as well as fellow cinephiles, both accredited and those simply curious to meet an expert in the cinematic field.
ShorTS IFF wants to introduce shorts to an increasingly younger and wider public, paying particular attention to kids and teenagers with an entire section dedicated to them (ShorterKids’n’Teens) and the organisaiton of workshops and lessons in elementary and middle schools (the project “Cinema in Corsivo”).
Lastly we come to education, another particularly important aspect for ShorTS: during the festival we also organize ShorTS Pitching Training, a workshop aimed at film directors (coming from throughout Europe) and international producers who have a project of short work in progress.
The workshop has been organized in collaboration with Nisi Masa- European Network for Young Cinema – since 2001 it has been the reference point for young european film makers, in collaboration with CNC (Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio).
This and a lot more during ShorTS International Film Festival!