Season’s Greetings

Best wishes to all of you from ShorTS IFF! Thank  you so much for having been with us during this year.

ShorTS International Film Festival 2023 calling

Entries for the 24th ShorTS International Film Festival are now open, with important new ideas announced. 

Entries are now open for the competitions of the 24th ShorTS International Film Festival to be held in Trieste from 1 to 8 July 2023. The Festival, organised by Associazione Maremetraggio with its president Chiara Valenti Omero and under the artistic direction of Maurizio di Rienzo, is to continue its variegated path through the world of short films, proposing new segments for specialist and audience juries, confirming the focus on a virtual narrative and highlighting the merits of some of the leading figures, not just Italian, in feature films.

The innovations mainly concern the historic Maremetraggio section, which is to present 50 shorts from all over the world of recent quality production, either not yet shown or circulated to some extent in Italy, on the evenings planned at Trieste’s Giardino Pubblico, which will compete for prizes awarded by an international jury and by the public. In addition to the historic Maremetraggio, from 2023 the Festival is to combine other key points for a new journey into the world of shorts: ShorTS Express will host 12 shorts of a maximum length of 5′ (excluding the end credits) competing for a prize awarded by the public; Italia in ShorTS will include 12 Italian-made shorts competing, among others, for the prize awarded by AMC – the Cinema Editing Association; while Eco-ShorTS will host 10 international shorts with an environmental theme and a prize awarded by the public. These four key sections will be curated by Massimiliano Nardulli. There will also be a panel-meeting on the international panorama of short film production, distribution and aesthetics, attended by directors and producers coming to Trieste.
Another new feature: the pre-opening of ShorTS IFF, scheduled for mid-June 2023 to coincide with the beginning of the municipal summer season of screenings at the Giardino Pubblico, will offer a non-competitive showcase of 10 EFA-European Film Academy short films, the Academy having honoured ShorTS IFF with this prestigious collaboration for years.

Remaining in Europe, the Focus dedicated each year by the Festival to one country’s filmmaking, after the success of the one on the Israeli shorts scene held this year, will turn the spotlight onto productions in Greece and will consist of two programmes: one with Greek shorts from the recent past, another with shorts from the most recent years, with VIP attendance to accompany these works.

As a function of the realisation of new shorts projects and the ability of makers and producers to present them to markets and pitch sessions at festivals around the world, the three-day ShorTS Development&Pitching Training, a workshop for five unreleased stories by directors and screenwriters, will be held in 2023, with scouting and curating by Massimiliano Nardulli.

Very young selectors and jury members of primary school age (6-10 years old) and middle school age (11-15 years old) will instead be involved in the well-established Shorter Kids’n’Teens section led by Manuela Morana, who will handle the choice of kids and teens, first selectors of the approximately 25 Italian shorts planned for the two competitions and later the very young jurors of this section. This enthusiastic pool of budding critics and audience members will be referred to the Trieste and Gorizia areas, with a view to Gorizia 2025 European Capital of Culture.

The area reserved for ShorTS Virtual Reality, a section curated by Antonio Giacomin, will be extended for a competition of 12 shorts that can be viewed with visors to experience individual viewing in a common logistical context. The jury will be made up of the actual audience watching. A themed panel and a technological apprenticeship workshop on this new form of film viewing are also planned.

The section dedicated to feature films, curated by Massimo Causo and Beatrice Fiorentino, will be transformed into Campolungo to accommodate the interaction between two makers ‘in progress’ who have already directed important shorts and at least one feature film, demonstrating their process and discussing their narrative work.

New ideas also for the ShorTS Comic Marathon curated by Francesco Maria Cappellotto (non-competitive section) in which ad hoc drawings by comic strip artists and aspiring comic strip artists will make up a short comic strip story-marathon inspired by topical moments in historic films.

ShorTS IFF will award the Premio Cinema del Presente to a director whose career is developing through its depth and impact, also internationally (winners so far are Alessio Cremonini, Saverio Costanzo, Alice Rohrwacher, Gabriele Mainetti). The Premio Prospettiva for a young actor or actress who is coming to the attention of critics (on the list among others are Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Michele Riondino, Michele Alhaique, Daphne Scoccia, Luka Zunic, Aurora Giovinazzo) and the Premio Interprete del Presente which was introduced last year and awarded to Teresa Saponangelo). All these awards involve a masterclass of the prize winners.


The complete regulations and submission procedures via Festhome or Filmfreeway may be found at the following link:

Films must be submitted on or before 28 February 2023.

The press release may be downloaded here.


ShorTS International Film Festival
24the Edition  | Trieste  1 – 8 July 2023


Shorter Kids’n’Teens selection

The 23 short films of the Shorter Kids’n’Teens section that the kids and teens will be able to enjoy and vote.

Presentation of the 23rd edition of ShorTS IFF!

Today the 23nd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival was presented during a press conference at the Casa del Cinema in Trieste, on zoom and live-streamed on Facebook.
Those present included Councillor Tiziana Gibelli for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, the Cultural Attaché of the Israeli Embassy in Italy Dr. Maya Katzir, the Chief Rabbi rav Alexandre Meloni, Dr. Albino Belli for EstEnergy – Hera Group, Dr. Luciana De Mori for AcegasApsAmga – Hera Group and Dr. Silvia Risitano for Bazzara Caffè for the institutional greetings.
The president Chiara Valenti Omero and the artistic director Maurizio di Rienzo explained, together with all the curators of the festival, 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 9 July at Giardino Pubblico, Teatro Miela and Casa del Cinema di Trieste!

Please download the press release here.

Focus Israel

Special focus at ShorTS IFF on film productions from Israel

The image of the 23rd edition!

ShorTS IFF: Time has come

A festival dedicated to all those who would like to get a few pebbles out of their shoes.

How many of us have had the urge to act without reacting?

This year ShorTS IFF celebrates spontaneous and sincere people.
For all those who are instinctive, genuine, outspoken, reckless, determined, pure of heart and why not, even a little crazy, this is the festival for you.
For anyone who feels like they are on the verge of a nervous breakdown: watch a short film and let it pass.

ShorTS IFF announces the Maremetraggio section 2022!

ShorTS IFF announces the Maremetraggio Section 2022!

Premio Prospettiva 2022 award goes to Aurora Giovinazzo

Aurora Giovinazzo, who made her cinema debut in Gabriele Mainetti’s film
Freaks Out (2021), to receive the Premio Prospettiva 2022 award at the ShorTS International Film Festival.

The young actress will receive the Premio Prospettiva award, a recognition that the Festival has been dedicating for 13 years to emerging talents of Italian cinema, during the 23rd edition which will be held in Trieste from 1 to 9 July 2022.

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 2022 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, Giulio Pranno and Luka Zunic.

Here is the press release.

New deadline to register for the workshop!

The deadline to register for the workshop ShorTS Development & Pitching Training has been extended: the new deadline is 17 April 2022.
To read the complete rules and regulations and to register click here.

Download the presentation of the workshop here.

New deadline for entries to ShorTS IFF 2022!

The deadline for entries has been extended to 7 March 2022!
There is one more week to submit your short film to one of the competitive sections of the 23rd edition of ShorTS International Film Festival which are Maremetraggio and Last Chance, Shorter Kids’n’Teens ShorTS Virtual Reality. For all details please click here.

To enrol your short film, please choose either Festhome or Filmfreeway.