The Maremetraggio Association continues on its path, organising a festival which has reached its 22nd year. ShorTS IFF, organised by our own association, is divided in Maremetraggio section, dedicated to shorts from all over the world, Virtual Reality Section, dedicated to virtual shorts, and Shorter Kids'n'Teens section dedicated to short films for school aged children (6-10 and 11-15).

The Artistic Direction will choose a Jury of experts that will award the following prizes:

Maremetraggio Section
• Best Short Film Award (€ 5.000)
• Best Short Italian Film Award (€ 3.000)
• Best Italian Editing Short
• People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film

Virtual Reality Section
• Best Virtual Reality Short (€ 2.000)

Shorter Kids'n'Teens Section
• Best Short Film

The Artistic Direction of the Festival reserves the right to change the above-mentioned awards. The jury reserves the right to assign honorable mentions.
The Audience Award will be given after the votes of the audience.
The short films participating in the Web Initiative on the Internet will compete for an eventual Web Audience’s Award.
Please note that cash prizes are subject to taxation according to the Italian law ( 25% – art. 30, 2° comma DPR 600/73).
The cash prizes not retired by the winner will be not payable anymore after one year from communication.

ShorTS International Film Festival is organised by Associazione Maremetraggio and is sponsored by Public and Private Entities.

ShorTS International Film Festival is held in Trieste, Italy, and online from July 2 to July 10, 2021 and will last for 9 (nine) days.

The Festival is divided into five sections:
-Maremetraggio Section
-Last Chance Section
-Virtual Reality Section
-Shorter Kids'n'Teens Section
-Nuove Impronte Section (by invitation)

This section is reserved for short films that won one or more prizes in one or more international festivals during 2020. All submitted works must not exceed 20 minutes in terms of length (titles included) and must have been produced after January, 2019.
The films are selected at the incontestable discretion of the Artistic Direction of the Festival.

This section includes films that did not win any Award. Submitted films must not exceed 10 minutes (titles included) and must have been produced after January, 2020. All genres are eligible.
A maximum of ten selected films from this section will be included in the Maremetraggio Section of the Festival.

This section is dedicated to short films in virtual reality. Submitted films must not exceed 20 minutes.

This section accepts every genre of short films dedicated to kids from ages 6 to 15 years old. All submitted works must not exceed 15 minutes in terms of length (titles included) and must have been produced after January, 2020. The selection of the short films for the two sections (Shorter Kids and Shorter Teens) will be made by a group of children and teenagers coordinated by the Festival’s Artistic Direction. The Audience Award will be assigned by two juries of children (aged 6 to 10 years old for the Kids, 11 to 15 for the Teens).

All interested in participation must use one of the following platforms:
FilmFreeway (
The participants must enroll their own film by February 28, 2021.
There is a possibility that the work will be used for non-profit purposes (screenings in schools, cinema experts clubs, etc.)
For any other kind of usage, The Organisation will have to ask for permission.

The authors of the selected films will be contacted by the Organisation and will be advised to send the materials requested at moment of selection (photos, texts, dialogue lists…) .
The screening copy of the selected shorts must be sent by June 4, 2021.

The schedule and the programme of the screenings will be specified by the Artistic Direction of the Festival and will be published together with the programme.

Each author is liable for the content of his or her works.
The participants authorize the Festival to use their name and address for all the purposes related to the event. The information in the Entry Form will be published in the catalogue of the Festival and on the Festival’s Website.
The participation in the Festival implies the full understanding of this regulation, and compliance with its terms.
This regulation is issued in both Italian and English. In case of problems or contradictions relating to the interpretation, the Italian version is deemed authentic.

Overall Rating
  • Beatrice Aliné

    Really nice festival! - Wish I could have been there in person.
    But since this year, all festivals must adapt to the pandamic, it was still a very smart way to continue to hold the festival online.
    Also I was very surpriest that the festivals ceremony was even shown on italien television. So I really hope I can visit some other year and enjoy the festival in Italy. :)

    October 2020
  • One of the best european film festivals with a friendly staff, a great selection and a great audience! Besides, Trieste is very beautiful!

    August 2019
  • ilaria maria Nizzo

    Festival molto interessante! Consiglio la partecipazione, soprattutto ai giovani registi

    September 2018
  • Harvan Agustriansyah

    Thank you so much for ShorTS International Film Festival to include my short film work The Silent Mob with 80 best short film from around the world in competition film program. Great Film festival!! all the best for all festival staff..

    August 2018
  • Astrid Salas

    Fantastic festival! Couldn't recommend it more

    July 2018