Workshop ShorTS Development & Pitching Training

Apply now for ShorTS Development & Pitching Training 2024

ShorTS Development & Pitching Training aims to discover, accompany – by providing theoretical-practical tools in the crucial phase of the transition from the idea to the movie script – and to launch the talents operating along the path that leads from the Middle East to Trieste, through the countries that we are exploring in more detail in this cycle.

Given the results of past editions, we will continue in the same direction, further enriching the part dedicated to the development of the idea, with the aim of bringing the projects to a high quality level at the time of pitching. The result of the collective work and the dynamic collaboration between the participants show us that we are on the right path, which will once again be full of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary exchange and interactions, being not only a cinematography workshop, but a real journey of discovery and reflection on the importance and richness of cinema in our world nowadays.

Registrations are open from 22 January to 10 March 2024. The complete regulations and the registration form can be found here.

Apply now for ShorTS Development & Pitching Training 2023

ShorTS Development & Pitching Training aims to discover, accompany – supplying all the necessary theoretical-practical tools during the crucial stage from the idea to writing the script – and launch talents working along the route leading from Jerusalem to Trieste, while exploring the countries part of the cycle more in detail.

Following the success of the first edition, we will continue in the same direction while further enhancing the part of the workshop dedicated to the development of the idea, in order to take all the projects to a high-quality level at the pitching. The results of collective sessions and the dynamics of collaboration between participants are key elements which will make sure we are on the right path. Once again multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary exchanges and interactions will play an essential role during the workshop, which is meant to be not only professional training but a proper journey to explore and reflect on the importance and the richness cinema may have in our world today.

Applications are open from 1 december 2022 to 1 march 2023. The complete regulations and the application form may be found here.

Workshop ShorTS Development & Pitching Training

ShorTS Development & Pitching Training 2022


ShorTS Development & Pitching Training for short film projects

Following the success of last year’s workshop and taking inspiration from the new artistic orientation for the years to come, ShorTS International Film Festival has decided to expand the format offering a more accurate focus on development and pitching for short film projects.

The workshop is dedicated to directors and scriptwriters with a project in an early stage of development – initial idea, synopsis, short treatment – for a short film of any kind (animation, documentary, experimental and fiction) from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey.
The main goal of the workshop is to boost the creativity of the participants improving originality and the thematic strength of the story, always keeping in mind the feasibility in terms of production and the potential of the story for the festivals circuit. Moreover, 5 selected participants will be trained in creating an effective and persuasive pitch for their projects and they will have the opportunity to test it in front of selected representatives of national and international production companies.

The ShorTS Development & Pitching Training will be divided into two parts:

  • The first one, online, in May 2022, will focus on development and it will include collective and individual meetings to prepare the participants to write down an upgraded version of their stories. For this part of the workshop 10 participants/projects of the Countries included in the list will be selected.
  • The second part will be held in Trieste, Italy, in person, in July 2022 and will be focused in how to pitch the project. For this second part only 5 participants/projects out of 10 will be selected.

All the sessions will be run by the tutor MASSIMILIANO NARDULLI (LESS IS MORE & WORD-FRAME).

Classes will be held in English and this is the proposed schedule (TBC).

  • MAY 3rd & 4th – Collective session + individual meetings (ONLINE)
  • MAY 24th & 25th – Collective session + individual meetings (ONLINE)
  • MAY 27th – Selection of the 5 projects for the second part of the workshop
  • JULY 1st & 2nd – Pitching training (IN PERSON)
  • JULY 3rd – Pitching showcase (IN PERSON & ONLINE)

The partnership with Centro Nazionale del Corto and Torino Short Film Market, will also guarantee the selection of one of the projects of the workshop to take part in the pitching session of the 7th Torino Short Film Market.


To register:

To apply for the workshop, you need to register online through the form available below accepting all the conditions and rules.
The application is free of charge. A fee of 50 euros is required to attend the first part of the workshop. An additional fee of 50 euros is required to attend the second part of the workshop (only for the 5 selected projects).
The deadline for submitting the application is APRIL 10th. The 10 selected projects will be published on APRIL 15th.