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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.
𝘽𝙮 𝙛𝙖𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄'𝙫𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙙 - Severino Iuliano, Winner Best Film 2017 with "Penalty"
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙑𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙢 𝙁𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙡 - Alain Parroni, Best Italian Production 2018 with "Adavede"
𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙢 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙨 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 - Antonio La Camera, "Nel ritrovo del silenzio".
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗘 𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗟 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪
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.
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗜𝗟𝗠𝗦 𝗪𝗘 𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡 𝗔𝗟𝗪𝗔𝗬𝗦 𝗚𝗢 𝗙𝗔𝗥.
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.
𝗝𝗢𝗜𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗢𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗦
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.
𝗝𝗢𝗜𝗡 𝗔 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗙 𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗘𝗠𝗔 𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗦.
See you in Pescara.
𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗝𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗥𝗦 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗔𝗟𝗦.
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗶 - 𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝟵, 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵
Will give the prize for Best Editing
𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗶𝗽𝗿𝗶̀ - 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗱𝗶 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟬
Will assign the prize for Best Cinematography
𝗣𝗮𝗼𝗹𝗼 𝗕𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗮 - 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗱𝗶 𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗼 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟲
Will assign the prize for Best Italian Production
𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗼 𝗗'𝗔𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗳𝗶 - 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗟𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟲
Will assign the prize for Best Documentary
𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮 - 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗔𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗢𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘀
Will assign the prize for Best Original Score
𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘇𝗼 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 - 𝗦𝗜𝗔𝗘 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗩𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗺 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹
Will assign the prize for Best Director
𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗶 - 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿
Will assign the prize for Best Screenplay
𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮 𝗚𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘀 - 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗿, 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗹 𝗩𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼
Will assign the honorable mention Il Varco
𝗕𝗢𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗦 𝗝𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗥𝗦
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 ®.
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.
𝗧𝗢 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗘𝗗 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗦
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.
𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗗𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗭𝗘𝗦
🏆 Hollow Man Award to the Best Short Film: $1000 cash prize and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Director: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Cinematographer: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Editing: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Original Score: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Acting: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Screenplay: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Best Italian Film: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
🏆 Honorable Mention for Experimental Cinema: award and a $700 worth of distribution contract
▪ Free theme or subject;
▪ Shorts must have a maximum running time of 40' and must have been produced after 1/1/2017;
▪ Shorts that are not English or Italian must have english subtitles;
▪ 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.
▪ The judgement of the jurors is unchallengeable