๐˜ฝ๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™–๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™„'๐™ซ๐™š ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™™ - Severino Iuliano, Winner Best Film 2017 with "Penalty"
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„ ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™‘๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™ข ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก - Alain Parroni, Best Italian Production 2018 with "Adavede"
๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ก๐™ข ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ - Antonio La Camera, "Nel ritrovo del silenzio". 2019
"๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป!" - Giulio Mastromauro, David di Donatello Winner - 2020

๐—ง๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—จ๐——๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜

Since its birth in 2017, our festival committed to a deep and thoughful sifting of the international short film panorama, trying to showcase a selection that is able to portray the actual variety in languages, forms, innovations and genre films that is today independent cinema. What we look for, in terms of selected films, is a sign or premonition of an author to come. We try to find these new directors by looking not for just one sign, but for many good omens at once: a peculiar management of the filmโ€™s rhythm; an original aesthetic form; deep, metaphorical writing; the tendency to speak about oneโ€™s own peculiar vision of the world. All of this should converge in films that are able to release a very strong and deep emotional and intellectual pull in the spectator.

We try to adapt our selection to the times weโ€™re living, and weโ€™ll choose programs, themes, moods and awards also based on how the films are able to portray the ever-changing reality weโ€™re going through in these times. Also, the films are picked based on other picks as well, creating intertwining synergies, insights, interactions among them.

Our award is called The Hollow Man. It was inspired by T.S. Eliotโ€™s homonimous poem, but with a different meaning. For us, it is the symbol of someone who has torn his heart apart and offered it to us.

We strive for the creation of a festival that is really able to showcase, empower and promote the films of authors that can stay in time as masterpieces of the short film format.

We've just hosted one of the most followed online festivals in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemics, in collaboration with ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ, the second biggest film library in Italy, with almost 30.000 spectators following the live event.

We're preparing a big 5th edition for 2021 that will take place in the city center of Pescara, with open air screenings on the beach, a wide exhibition of experimental cinema for two weeks and a teeming community of filmmaker to join us.

We're up for the challenge of becoming the most recognized film festival for new emerging authors of the independent cinema circuit.

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐—ฆ ๐—ช๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ก ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ช๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฆ ๐—š๐—ข ๐—™๐—”๐—ฅ.

We had the privilege of having two Palme D'Or ("A Gentle Night" and "All These Creatures") in Abruzzi premiere in 2018 and 2019. Directors that got selected in our festival later saw their film recognized with big awards. We were among the first to screen "May Day" in 2018 that later got in the final 10 in Oscars 2018. Winner of the 2017 edition "Penalty" Aldo Iuliano later won the italian Golden Globe and was shortlisted in Oscars 2017. We were among the first to screen Elio Di Pace in a festival, next year he was selected in Venice. Simone Bozzelli, hosted in Nuovo Cinema Abruzzese, was selected in Venice shortly after our screening. Australian film "Wherever was using this bed" made over 170 festival runs and 70 awards after our festival. Our jurors are among the best professionals of the italian film industry. We only care about quality movies, intelligent vision, experimentation and authorial style. We're not saying that this movies went far because of us, but we can tell you that being selected here means that your film has all that is needed to be recognized as an author's film and if we do select it, many others will surely be interested in it.

๐—๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ข๐—”๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—ข๐—™ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ

Selected directors get a chance to become part of our Board of directors, a special Jury made by the directors that were selected in our previous editions. Moreover, on the festival dates, there will be a filmed Directors' Roundtable where the selected directors will have a debate about the forms and languages of short film, that will be distributed in web and TV. ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฑ+ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ including ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐—ข๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, meeting them and sharing ideas with them. Board of Directors jurors get to vote at our festival and have free stay with us in Pescara.

๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ ๐—๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ.

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ - ๐—ง๐˜„๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿต, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต
Will give the prize for Best Editing

๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถฬ€ - ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ
Will assign the prize for Best Cinematography

๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ผ ๐——'๐—”๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ - ๐—š๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ
Will assign the prize for Best Documentary

๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ - ๐—จ๐—•๐—จ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ
Will assign the prize for Best Actress

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ - ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—จ๐—•๐—จ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ
Will assign the prize for Best Actor

๐—”๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ - ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—”๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ข๐—น๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€
Will assign the prize for Best Original Score

๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜‡๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ - ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—”๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น
Will assign the prize for Best Animation Film

๐—™๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ผ - ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ
Will assign the prize for Best Director

๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€ - ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐—น ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ผ
Will assign the honorable mention Il Varco

๐—•๐—ข๐—”๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—ข๐—™ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ
Join Nadja Andrasev, Hanxiong Bo, Fedrik De Beul, Edison Sanchez, Rossella Inglese, Simone Bozzelli, Jimmy Olsson, Darius Etemadieh, Margo Mot, Dagne Gumbreviciute, Mino Capuano, Antonio Romagnoli, Alain Parroni, Lorenzo Berghella, Lorenzo Pallotta, Antonio Di Biase and other 65 directors that are joining us this year in our jury that gets to vote and stay with us in Pescara. Complete list here https://filmfestival.ilvarco.net/board-of-directors/

๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—•๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ

All the submissions get a 50% discount package for all our partner festivals, making the submission practically convenient. For a complete list of the festival look on our website.

๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—˜๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—ฆ

All selected shorts get $250 in services (Italian Subtitles, Italian-Subtitled DCP package), free stay and food for the director and a $500 worth of distribution contract proposal with Gargantua Film (not mandatory) for the distribution of the film in Italy. Moreover, the director is invited (forever) to take part in the Board of Directors in our festival.

๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ญ๐—˜๐—ฆ

๐Ÿ† Hollow Man Award to the Best Film: $1000 cash prize and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Short Documentary: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract.
๐Ÿ† Best Animation Short: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Experimental Short: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Italian Short: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract

๐—ง๐—˜๐—–๐—›๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ

๐Ÿ† Best Director: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Cinematographer: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Editing: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Original Score: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Acting: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Best Screenplay: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract

โ–ช Free theme or subject;
โ–ช Shorts must have a maximum running time of 40' and must have been produced after 1/1/2017;
โ–ช Shorts that are not English or Italian must have english subtitles;
โ–ช Producers and/or author, if the short is selected for the final stage of the festival, must declare to be solely responsible for all rights regarding his work and must declare that the movie does not contain any third-party rights.
โ–ช The judgement of the jurors is unchallengeable

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  • Kristen Williams

    Great festival with great communication! They care so much about the craft of filmmaking and filmmakers themselves and they work so hard to make sure the experience is valuable for everyone! I hope to get to attend in person someday!!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kristen for your kindest words!

  • kevin mcgloughlin

    Amazing Festival! Great communication! Great people!
    Brilliant films!!!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kevin and congratulations for your award!

  • Hanxiong Bo

    The festival and the staff there care about the filmmakers and their works very much. In a time of Covid, You can feel they work very hard to make the festival happen and it went really well. It's a really good experience to expose your work through their professionalism. Really wish to go to the festival someday soon.

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Hanxiong! Maybe we get to meet next year!

  • Luce Grosjean

    So happy to have our films part of the festival!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Luce and congratulations on winning this year's festival!

  • Hรฅvard Wettland Gossรฉ

    Nothing but positive things to say about this years festival!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Hรฅvard for your great work and words!