COVID-19 Notice: At the moment we cannot know if the festival will be held LIVE or not, but in any case we will hold it. If the law won't allow for a live screening, we will make an online screening of all the films with Q&A, live interviews with the directors and live events though streaming platforms and all the awards will be given normally.


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".

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ก๐——๐—œ๐—˜ ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—”๐—จ๐—ง๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—ข๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ช

In only three editions Il Varco International Short Film Festival has already gained the reputation of being one of the most interesting and artistically challenging festivals in Italy for films from all around the world, screening together an authorial selection that is a mixture of independent films, low budget productions, first films and great masterpieces.

In only three years our festival and its parallel screening "Short Days" have received more than 4900 films from 106+ countries, made 14 screenings around Italy with more than 1300 paying spectators screening the best short films from all around the world and giving directors the possibility to interact with a public of film students, film critics, directors, cinephiles and moviegoers.

Screenings take place in the biggest cinema of Abruzzi, on a 30 meters screen with DCP 2K projectors at maximum quality with 7.1 audio. Our staff prepares the DCP masters with double ita/eng subs for free for all the selected films, and you can keep it later.

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. Being part of the Board of Directors means joining a community of 40+ internationally awarded film directors, meeting them and sharing ideas with them. And you are invited in our festival for the next years as well.

๐—๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก ๐—” ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—š๐—˜๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—–๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜๐— ๐—” ๐—”๐—จ๐—ง๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ.

See you 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—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ - ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ
Will assign the prize for Best Italian Production

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—”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 Director

๐—”๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ - ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ
Will assign the prize for Best Screenplay

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 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 30 directors that are joining us this year in the first indie director jury panel that meets yearly at our festivals for the Board of Directors' Roundtable ยฎ.

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 Short Film: $1000 cash prize and a $700 worth of distribution contract
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
๐Ÿ† Best Italian Film: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
๐Ÿ† Honorable Mention for Experimental Cinema: 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

Overall Rating
  • BluMagma Factory

    Great festival, good pr and all the staff was kindly.. i hope to come back soon!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you guys! See you next year!

  • Fabrizio Condino

    wonderful festival and beautiful shorts film

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We're waiting for you next year!

  • Markus Kaatsch

    Great festival. Thanks for collaborating!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks to you and your team for the great films you support and share with us! Good luck!

  • Chiara Ciccone

    Massima professionalitร . Molto bella l'atmosfera e la location con cortometraggi di livello molto alto.

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Nuovo Cinema Abruzzese is waiting for your next work!

  • Jules Carrin

    Thank you for screening Premier Amour at your festival.

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jules! Hope to have you with us again!