Maremetraggio – International Short Film and Debut Work Festival

73 short films, the “best of the best” of short cinema, coming from all over the world and a careful selection of the Italian debut works, which favors those who have had little or no distribution in the Italian cinemas: these are the basic ingredients of Maremetraggio, International Short Film Festival and Debut Work, that will be held in Trieste, from the 1st to the 7th of July.

This is its thirteenth edition and the festival has become enormously popular attracting people from Italy and abroad. In 2012 the festival will dedicate its seven days to the new promises  of the Italian and international cinema.

Marathon of screenings, as well as meetings with actors and directors, special events, workshops, discussions, cocktails and happening with the protagonists of Italian and foreign film-making: Maremetraggio also in 2012 will be an event completely dedicated to the next generation cinema, that will bring in Trieste many guests, such as young and new talents and European celebrities  on-the-rise, that will be presented for the first time to the press and cinema industry. All these features will represent for sure a big attraction for the public and tourists who will choose to spend some summer days in Trieste, taking the advantages of a vacation based on entertainment and culture.

The actors and directors who have participated in the previous editions of the festival Maremetraggio are many, such as Sergio Rubini, Andrea Bosca, Michael Riondino, Veronica Pivetti, Francesca Inaudi, Rocco Papaleo, Marina Massironi, Christiane Filangieri, Gianfelice Imparato, Michele Venitucci, Alba Rohrwacher, Giuseppe Battiston , Margherita Buy, Amanda Sandrelli, Laura Morante, Federico Moccia, Murray Abraham, Gillo Pontecorvo, Giuliano Montaldo, Paola Cortellesi and many others.

The competitions of Maremetraggio 2012

In the thirteenth edition of the festival there will be two competitive sections: Maremetraggio and Hippocampus. There will be an important collaboration with the European Barcolana Regatta, a sport event that helps to promote and introduce the city of  Trieste in Italy and Europe, glamorizing the area. This year there will be a completely new competition, titled “UnderOvertheWind”.

This year there will be a selection of 74 successful short films, winners in 2011 of the most prestigious international festivals; a professional jury  will choose the Absolute Best Short Film and awards it with 10,000 euros in cash. This year there are many awards for the different sections: the novelty of 2012 will be the  special award known as “Studio Universal Award“, dedicated to the best Italian short film, choosen by a jury inside the Tv Channel. The short will gain the rights paid for the Tv broadcasting in the Channel of Studio Universal, partecipating in the program “We like it short”, a program dedicated to the short films. There will be also other important awards, as the Best Italian Short Film, the Best Short Animation “Trudi” Award,   the Best Italian Editing Short AMC Award, the “Piquadro” Public Award, the “” Web Public Award, the “Behind the Wall – Trieste Province Award”, the “Rainews” Award to the Best Short of Topical Interest.

The Section Hippocampus will present instead 9 Italian debut films, focusing on films that have had a poor distribution or even failed to pass in the cinemas. This year in competition there will be title such as “Là-bas” by Guido Lombardi, “La kriptonite nella borsa” by Ivan Cotroneo,  with Valeria Golino, Luca Zingaretti and Libero Da Rienzo, “Il paese delle spose infelici” by Pippo Mezzapesa and “Acab” by Stefano Sollima, with Pierfrancesco Favino, Filippo Nigro and Marco Giallini. In this section there are many awards :  the “ Best Debut Film Award Fondazione Antonveneta”, “Best Actor and Best Actress Award Fondazione Antonveneta”, the “Critique Awards”,  the “Best Emerging Actor/Actress Award Officine Artistiche”  and the “Audience Award”.

The new competition UnderOvertheWind” will be dedicated to the sailing world, the sea spirit and all the sports that use the clean energy of the wind as a driving force. It’s the first time that Maremetraggio will work with the new media formats (short films made by the smartphone or the new camera technologies). The awards of this competition are the  “Best Professional Short Film Award” and the “Best Amateur Short Film Award” .

Focus and tributes: the news of 2012

For its thirteenth edition Maremetraggio, thanks to the precious support of JINDAL GROUP, will look towards the East, with the incredibly fascinating “Space India“, entirely dedicated to the Indian short films.

Maremetraggio will cooperate with the only European Festival of  Indian cinema, the Florentine River to River, and the Osians-Cinefan Film Festival of New Delhi, offering the screening of a selection of Indian short films, with the aim of conveying the fascinating culture of this great nation, between tradition and modernity. “Space India” won’t be only cinema, but will offer a total immersion in the Indian continent, with its smells, tastes and sounds.

In the past Maremetraggio moved in two directions: it proposed retrospectives of famous Italian actresses and actors  (Laura Morante, Margherita Buy and Sergio Rubini) and “perspectives” of some young  talented Italian actor and actresses (Andrea Bosca, Michele Riondino, Alba Rohrwacher), that later became famous.

Maremetraggio tips and bets for the young talent Michele Alhaique, for the outlook of the festival 2012, with the aim of supporting the career of this young talent.

Michele is an old acquaintance of the festival, because he had participated to Maremetraggio as a director with the short film “Il torneo”, winning the prize for the Best Italian Short Film in 2009. The festival will show Alhaique in his last two films,  that are two Debut Works, Cavalli” and  “Qualche Nuvola“: the first film is directed by Michele Rho and the second one by Saverio di Biagio. Also “Polvere”, a film by Massimiliano D’Epiro e Danilo Proietti, that has been seen by very few people, will be proposed in screening. Maremetraggio will organize a public meeting, where Michele, the young actor, will tell the public about his first steps into the world of cinema and his expectations for the future.

A special prize will also be awarded to an Italian actor whose talent has been “misunderstood” by the public, Marco Giallini, that will be in Trieste to meet the public of the festival.

More and more “Beyond the Wall”

Since 2009 Maremetraggio has always been interested in the social sector and its community, that’s why in “Beyond the Wallthe festival organizes screening inside the prisons of Trieste. After the positive experiences and enthusiasm shown by the prisoners with this initiative, this year the project “Beyond the Wall” has taken on a new connotation, becoming a training program that will last a whole year. Thanks to the  collaboration of the director Davide Del Degan and the commitment of the festival’s Artistic Director, Chiara Valenti Omero, “Beyond the Wall” consists of a series of meetings and lectures, which have already began and will conclude during Maremetraggio 2012, intending to educate inmates on what are the basic notions of cinema, with the aim not only to build a future jury that will be called upon to give the “Behind the Wall – Trieste Province Award”, but also to encourage inmates to build themselves a film produced in the wake of what has been done in Rebibbia and documented by the Taviani brothers with the docu-drama Bear winner in Berlinale 2012 “Caesar must die. ”

Special events: the videoart

The festival Maremetraggio won’t be only cinema, buti t will open for the first time to another artistic language based on the creation and reproduction of images moving inside a screen: the video art. This particular form of expression will be explored through a dedicated event, ironically titled “It’s all right”. The curator of the event will be Manuel Fanni Canelles and the exibition will be realized thanks to the collaboration of Verdi Theatre and the Artistic and Cultural Association Coreofficine. The neighboring Slovenia with its artist will be the protagonist of the works that will be host inside the foyer of the Theatre from the 1st to the 3rd of July in an installation composed by a series of screens, that will proposed in loop several art videos. The contrast between the perfect aesthetics of the Lirical Theatre and the videos presented, that communicate the uneasyness of contemporary man, is a choice that amplifies the strenght of works in exposition.

Meetings with the public and workshops

Maremetraggio has always supported young directors and filmmakers, that usually begin their careers with their own short film and can enjoy, participating at the festival, an exceptional showcase for the public and the chance to show their films to the professionists.

Not only the directors that will participate to the festival will have the opportunity to attend workshops and training courses, but the public will have the possibility of participate too. The workshops will be held by professionals and new techniques and technologies in filmmaking will be shown.

In addition to the meetings for the public there will be also meetings for the young filmmakers, where professionists and the participants will discuss the “hottest” themes  in the world of cinema. The workshops  will be useful to bring together professionals from the world of cinema and help the circulation of  new ideas and give birth of new big projects.

The location: Trieste, Piazza Verdi and Miela Theatre

The strength of Maremetraggio will be once again the geographical position, Trieste, in the North East of Italy, that thanks to its location between the Adriatic and the Carso, will be the ideal place for a great summer festival of quality cinema.

For the first year Maremetraggio, that will be presenting its festival in different areas of the city, will propose the short films marathon in Piazza Verdi, the most elegant place in Trieste, it’s near Piazza Unità and  the seafront of Trieste. In the seafront of Trieste there will be the second place of the festival, the famous “Teatro Miela”, presenting  the debut films of Italian directors.

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