The Meglio matti che corti (Better crazy than shorts) contest – since 2014 - aims to look into those stories which recount the world of mental health through the language of moving images.

Technical Jury Award: € 500,00
People’s Choice Award: € 200,00

The short films shall not exceed the duration of 20 minutes and must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021. Participation is open to any genre, provided that the work deals, either explicitly or metaphorically, with the theme of mental health.

The 7 selected films will be announced privately to the directors on 21 September 2021. The official communication will published on 10 October 2021.
The final event will take place in Modena on 12 November 2021 at the Cinema Astra (Via Francesco Rismondo 21, Modena).
If it is necessary to proceed to an online event (due to the international health emergency), the selected will be notified in time of this eventuality.
After the screening, the technical jury award and the people’s choice award will be assigned.

The TECHNICAL JURY will be composed of representatives of: Ucca Nazionale, Arci Modena, Mental Health Department of Modena, University of Modena, Idee in circolo Association, Nonantola Film Festival, EnnesimoFilmFestival, CortiVivi, Le parole Ritrovate Nazionale, Forum Salute Mentale.
Furthermore, the technical jury is entitled to award special mentions to any other video included in the official selection. The awarded as well as the selected films will be screened on the occasion of non-profit cultural initiatives that will ensure maximum visibility to the works.
The POPULAR JURY will be composed of the audience present during the screenings. In the case of an online event, the new voting method will be communicated to the selected ones.

REQUIRED MATERIALS (to be sent no later than 10 October 2021)
The 10 selected films will be contacted by an e-mail requesting the following materials:
- photo and biography of the director
- brief synopsis of the short film
- notification in case of international or Italian première at the time of the selection
- fullHD video file (mp4 or mov) with English subtitles
- fullHD video file (mp4 or mov) without subtitles
- any other useful file (srt or ssa or word), such as the list of dialogues or the English subtitles track

Overall Rating
  • Antony Petrou

    Amazing festival. lovely people and well organised. Very proud to have won best film!

    February 2020
  • It was an honor to take part to this great festival about mental health. The location was great, an old and beautiful cinema in Modena, the selection was full of great movies and the projection was technically perfect. Great experience!

    December 2019
  • Francesco Felli

    ci sono molti festival assolutamente più blasonati, dove il tema è solo un pretesto, spesso rinnegato dalla tipologia di film scelti e dall'incompetenza sull'argomento da parte degli stessi operatori.
    In questo caso, pur trattandosi di una piccola realtà, ho conosciuto persone straordinarie ed impeccabili. Inoltre è uno dei pochi festival che riconosce un premio in denaro!

    December 2017
  • Ben Grace

    I had a fantastic experience with Meglio Matti Che Corti, as one of the festival winners they ensured I was able to attend the festival. They were kind and welcoming and completely inclusive, even ensuring that one of the Arci Modena volunteers (Filippo) was there to translate the discussion for me as I don't speak Italian.

    I'd absolutely recommend entering supporting this competition and entering your film - this was the best festival experience I've ever had!

    December 2017