We managed to make four live screenings in a year with two pandemics. Unluckily we are now forced to go back online as they closed all the cinemas again in Italy.

๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—–๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—œ๐—ง๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—”๐—ก ๐—–๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜๐— ๐—”, ๐—›๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฅ๐—˜๐——๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ, ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—œ๐—ก ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—  ๐—œ๐—ก๐——๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—ฌ. ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—•๐—ฌ ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐— ๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฌ๐—•๐—ข๐——๐—ฌ ๐—”๐—ง๐—ง๐—˜๐—ก๐——๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—” ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐— ๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ.

๐—๐—ข๐—œ๐—ก ๐—” ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—–๐—˜. (And if you are skeptic, check the reviews!)

โ€œShort Daysโ€ is an international ๐—œ๐— ๐——๐—• ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด short film festival that has been active in several italian cities since 2015. Keeping its nature of monthly screening, since 2018 โ€œShort Daysโ€ has become a festival that has the goal of screening in cinema venues a selection of the best independent short films, giving them the chance to be screened in multiple cities through our partnership with many italian festivals. During the monthly screenings, jurors will award a winner that is going to qualify for the ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’–๐’‚๐’ ๐’„๐’‚๐’”๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’›๐’†.

๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—” ๐—™๐—”๐—ž๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ง๐—›๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—™๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ

Practically all monthly festivals will give your film little or no value. You basically sign up and at best you will have a laurel to put on your poster. They usually have no real screening. This is not a fake monthly festival: ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น thanks to our partnership with CGS - one of the biggest moviegoers association in Italy with the support of Mibact - Ministry of culture of Italy, with more than 500 screening rooms in the whole nation.

Our first year saw 44 films screened in 3 cities with more than 750 spectators attending.

This is how our process of selection works:
- The submissions are watched by a pre-selection panel and put in a leaderboard that we share with the new art directors every month.
- The new art directors every month watch the submissions starting from the shorts that the panel have valued best, going down, then they choose their programs. This means that a single submission may be watched by two, three, ten different art directors in a year. If it's not chosen by the first, it might be chosen by the others that come later.

๐—” ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ฌ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—ง

Every month the art supervisor will chose a new art director that will propose his own idea of cinema. This means that a film that was not selected for one edition because of the art director taste might be the best film for the next one! Each month, the new artistic director will go through the submission of the previous months also: this means that ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐˜€. (Jan 2020 - Jan 2021, the whole annual edition).

๐—œ๐—ง ๐——๐—ข๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—˜๐—ก๐—— ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—˜

Selected directors for the screenings are invited to be part of the jury ๐—•๐—ข๐—”๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—ข๐—™ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ of the prestigious "Il Varco Film Festival", one of the most appreciated author short film festival in Italy, with more than 30 international directors already taking part in it, a community which will award its own prize in the festival and will meet during the first day of screenings. ๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’š+๐’‡๐’๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‡๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ท๐’†๐’”๐’„๐’‚๐’“๐’‚.

๐—ช๐—›๐—ฌ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ง ๐— ๐—”๐——๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ฌ ๐—™๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐— ๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ, ๐—ช๐—›๐—ฌ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ฉ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—จ๐—”๐—•๐—Ÿ๐—˜?

Because Short Days will have a different artistic director each month, that will choose its own lineup of films to his taste and make his/her own program. Artistic directors are chosen among all the filmmakers that apply. ๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’” ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‡๐’Š๐’•.

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—– ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—จ๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—œ๐—ง๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—”๐—ก ๐—–๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜๐— ๐—”

โ–ช Alain Parroni, Venice Selected director
โ–ช Fulvio Risuleo, winner of Semaine de la Critique in Cannes
โ–ช Ondina Quadri, winner of italian Golden Globe for best Actress
โ–ช Tommaso Santambrogio, italian director produced by Werner Herzog & Lav Diaz
โ–ช Veronica Spedicati, winner of best director at Venice Film Critic Week, David di Donatello Nominee for Best Short Film
โ–ช Giulia Di Battista, Locarno selected director
โ–ช Toni Trupia, Nastri D'argento winner director and screenwriter
โ–ช Maria Iovine, italian editor
โ–ช Antonio La Camera, italian director and artistic director of Castrovillari FF
โ–ช Giovanni Bufalini, italian director and teacher
โ–ช Marcello Di Trocchio, italan producer and curator
โ–ช Federico Annichiarico, italian cinematographer with more than 60 films

๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—– ๐——๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ
โ–ช Andrea Gatopoulos, italian producer and director (Oct 2018)
โ–ช Lilian Sassanelli Nissen, german/italian director and actress (Nov 2018)
โ–ช Elio Di Pace, italian photographer and director (Jan 2019)
โ–ช Rossella Inglese, italian award winner director (Feb 2019)
โ–ช Samuele Sestieri, italian director (May 2019)
โ–ช Lorenzo Berghella, italian director (June 2019)
โ–ช Konstantinos Stragalinos, greek director (July 2019)
โ–ช Paolo Strippoli, italian director (Aug 2019)
โ–ช Adriano Giotti, italian director (Oct 2019)
โ–ช Daniele Parisi, italian actor (Nov 2019)

๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐— ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ง๐—› ๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช (2020-2021)
โ–ช Anna by D. Berenson (15', Hungary) - Jan 2020
โ–ช Agosto by A. Valerio, E. Jospin (15', France) - Feb 2020
โ–ช On the Border by Wei Shujun (15', China) - Aug 2020
โ–ช Wild Will by Alan King (12', Australia) - Oct 2020

๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—”๐—จ๐——๐—œ๐—˜๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช (2020-2021)
โ–ช Anna by D. Berenson (15', Hungary) - Jan 2020
โ–ช Agosto by A. Valerio, E. Jospin (15', France) - Feb 2020 Ex-aequo
โ–ช Acadiana by G. Fournier, Y. Nolin, S. Matteau (9', Canada) - Feb 2020 Ex-aequo

Anybody can apply to be artistic director for our screening. Info shortdays@ilvarco.net

Short Days is produced by IL VARCO and INSOLITA FILM in partnership with CGS.

Short Days is partnered with:
- Il Varco International Short Film Festival
- Rome Prisma Film Awards
- Pollino Film Fest
- Desenzano Film Fest
- Scario Film Fest
- Castrovillari Film Festival

๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—•๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ
โ–ช 20$ worth of discount codes in our partner festivals. This means the submission here is practically free.

๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—˜๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—ฆ
โ–ช Selected shorts are sent to partner festivals for evaluation.
โ–ช Screening in Rome @ Cinema Greenwich.
โ–ช Italian subtitles and DCP are done for free by us and you can keep them.
โ–ช Selected directors are invited to the special jury BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the prestigious "Il Varco Film Festival", one of the most appreciated author short film festival in Italy, with more than 30 international directors already taking part in it, a community which will award its own prize in the festival and will meet during the first day of screenings.

๐— ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ง๐—›๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ
โ–ช Best short of the month (Trophy)
โ–ช Audience award of the month (Trophy)

๐€๐๐๐”๐€๐‹ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’
โ–ช Best short of the year (Trophy and $๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ)
โ–ช Honorable mentions and awards

โ€ข The festival is open to directors and producers of all ages and nationalities;
โ€ข Short films can be of any genre, theme and language and must be under 40โ€™;
โ€ข Non-english and non-italian short films should be subtitled in english or italian;
โ€ข In case of selection, an italian-subtitled copy must be provided.
โ€ข Short films must be produced later than 01/01/2016;
โ€ข The author declares to own all rights (music and film) for its short. Our festival is not responsible for any claim about copyright.

Overall Rating
  • Antonio La Camera

    A very interesting festival that offers a high quality selection in every edition, diversified each time by the chosen artistic director. A unique way to expand your knowledge of the world of short films.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for being one of us!

  • Francois Morisset

    Keep going, and good luck for next year during these trying times!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your work in the short film panorama!

  • Gargantua Distribuzioni

    Every month a different selection that is very valuable and deep in content. Congrats!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you guys for your support!

  • Trent -

    Fantastic that our film SHORT CALF MUSCLE was selected in your festival. Hope the audience was laughing out loud. Would be great to be at more festivals like this. Well done. Really looking forward to meet again next year or another festival

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your great comedy! Our audience loved it!

  • Jim Martรญn

    It was a great pleasure for our film to be selected in Short Days, hope that we could come again in the futur !

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Great work Jim! Hope to see you soon again!