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La Mia Italia

"La Mia Italia" is a war drama/romance short fiction set during the Second World War and based on the melange of two true stories.

Fighting on the battlefield, Sante (21 years old), a young Italian partisan, has been held in an Albanian prison camp, nearby the Devoll river.
The memory of his long-lasting Love for Elsa is all that keeps him going.

  • Jay Manari
    Director
  • Jay Manari
    Writer
  • Jay Manari
    Producer
  • Henry Thompson
    Key Cast
    "Sante"
  • Inna Bagoli
    Key Cast
    "Elsa"
  • Sara Rizzano
    Key Cast
    "Elsa Flashback"
  • Ivano Cavaliere
    Key Cast
    "Welsh Soldier"
  • Mauro Mercatali
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Jay Manari
    Editor
  • Aleksandr Korolev
    Colorist
  • Jonathan McKinney
    Composer
  • Nikola Vukovic
    Sound Designer
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Greece International Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    April 27, 2023
    European Premiere
    Winner of Best Short Film, Best Sound Design, Best Coloring and Nominee for Best Directing
  • Rome Prisma Film Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    July 27, 2023
    Italian Premiere
    Finalist for Best Short, Nominee for Best Trailer and Best Film Poster
  • Robinson Film Awards
    Poggiomarino
    Italy
    April 7, 2024
    Winner of Best Romantic Short
  • Cut International Short Film Festival
    New Jersey
    United States
    September 22, 2023
    American Premiere
    Winner of Best Drama Short
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival (AIMAFF)
    Athens
    Greece
    July 5, 2023
    Winner of Best Costume Design
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
    Calcutta
    India
    September 9, 2023
    Indian Premiere
    Best Romantic Short - Winner
  • Gold Wheat Awards
    Instabul
    Turkey
    July 30, 2023
    Winner of Best Cinematography and Best Drama
  • Symbotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    August 9, 2023
    Best Editing and Best Short Film
  • Aasha International Film Festival
    Maharashtra
    India
    December 15, 2023
    Winner of Best Short
  • New York Istanbul Short Film Festival
    New York City, New York
    United States
    November 12, 2023
    Official Selection for Best Low Budget
  • London Director Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 16, 2024
    Finalist
    Best Drama Director
  • Kalaburagi International Film Festival
    Karnataka
    India
    February 24, 2024
    Finalist
    Best Short Film
  • Västerås Film Festival
    Västerås
    Sweden
    May 12, 2024
    Swedish Premiere
    Finalist for Best Romantic Film
  • Robinson Film Awards
    Poggiomarino
    Italy
    April 13, 2024
    Annual Winner
    Best Romantic Short & Best Film Youth Audience Award
  • International Independent Permanent Memories Film Festival
    Ferrara
    Italy
    April 30, 2024
    Best Romance Short
    Winner
Distribution Information
  • WeShort
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View
  • StreamAuteur
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Jay Manari

Jay Manari is a director-writer-producer, based in the UK.
He works as director/producer for indie film productions and as producer's and director's PA on High-end TV shows, like 'Renegade Nell" (Disney Plus) produced by Lookout Point Productions, with series producer Jon Jennings, directors Ben Taylor, and Amanda Brotchie.

Previously, Jay worked as assistant director/ production coordinator for corporate productions both in Europe (Italy) and in the U.S. (California - LA & New York).
In LA, he began as director Simone Bartesaghi's Exec Development Assistant at the prestigious Los Angeles Film School.
Next, Jay worked within the Cineaste Films Productions for the music video 'Vandaag - Bakermat' and for the TV movie 'Megachurch Murder' (also known as 'Shaker Pointe’).

In 2014, Jay founded the ManarìFilmArts Productions.
In 2018, he became CEO and Creative Art Director of MiraBan LTD, a member of BFI and Film Hub London, an art and entertainment company focused on underground cinema and film festivals.

Versatile and explorative by nature, Jay enjoys taking on new roles, especially the ones requiring both creative and managerial skills. Painter by vocation, Jay constantly enriches his vision with a Fine Arts background to nurture and stimulate his research and exploration of characters' choices, wishes, and events.

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Director Statement

"All you can do depends on how much strength you have, how stubborn you are, and how many people you can convince to believe in your idea."