The Maremetraggio Association continues on its path, organising a festival which has reached its 21st year. ShorTS, 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 undistributed Short
• Oltre il Muro Award for Best Short Italian Film
• 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

Science & Society Section
• Best Short Film Award (€ 3.000)

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 the € 5.000 prize is a subject to taxation according to the Italian law ( 25% – art. 30, 2° comma DPR 600/73).
The prize for the “Best Short Film Award” (€ 5.000) 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, from the 26th of June to the 4th of July 2020 and will last for 9 (nine) days.

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

This section is reserved for short films that won one or more prizes in one or more international festivals during 2019. All submitted works must not exceed 20 minutes in terms of length (titles included) and must have been produced after January, 2018.
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, 2019. All genres are eligible.
A maximum of ten selected films from this section will be included in the Maremetraggio Section of the Festival.


Submitted films must not exceed 20 minutes.

Short films in Virtual Reality can be either monoscopic or stereoscopic.

The following formats are considered optimal:

-Stereoscopic: 3840x3840 30 fps h265, at least 20 Mbs with an equirectangular projection of Top/Bottom

-Monoscopic: 3840x1920 30 fps h265, at least 15 Mbs with an equirectangular projection

Nonetheless other VR formats will also be accepted, provided that they come with equirectangular projections within their formats, that the organisation can freely re-code, for the organisation’s specific use of VR during the event.
The audio must be stereo because the spatial one is not supported by the technologies used by the festival.

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, 2019. 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).

ShorTS IFF proposes only for this edition of 2020 a new competitive section created in collaboration with ESOF2020 Trieste, the largest European event concerning the debate between science, technology and society which will be held in Trieste from 5th to 9th July 2020 under the claim “Freedom for science, science for freedom”. These days of debates will attract scientists, entrepreneurs, public administrators and participants from all over the world to Trieste, while the Science in the City Festival will bring various events of art and science from 27th June to 11th July. Between these events is included the collaboration with ShorTS IFF and the creation of the “Science&Society Section”. This section is reserved for shorts film from all over the world which are freely inspired by the claim of ESOF2020 Trieste “Freedom for science, science for freedom” and which tell the relationship between technology, science and society. The short movies must not exceed 12 minutes in terms of length (titles included) and must have been produced after the January, 2018.

All interested in participation must use one of the following platforms:
FilmFreeway (
The participants must enroll their own film by the 21st of February 2020.
DVDs of films will also be accepted and they will be included in the Festival archive. 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 materials must be sent to:

Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi, 3 – 34135 Trieste – Italy

Please write outside the package:

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 the 5th of June 2020.
Important note: the screening copy must be in PAL format. The copies sent in NTSC format will not be screened due to technical incompatibilities.
The shipping costs are paid by the Sender, and the Festival will cover the return costs.

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

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
  • 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
  • i Licaoni Digital Studio

    Just an amazing festival. Great hospitality and high profile films to watch, surrounded by the lovely city of Trieste.

    July 2018