Curated short films essay screenings.

With a new artistic direction every edition.

Submissions are open. Next screening on April 22nd and May 3rd.

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A NEW IDEA OF FESTIVAL FOR NEW IDEAS OF CINEMA.

Every edition is created from a concept developed by an artistic director chosen among the Italian filmmaking new generation. We involve the directors into a curatorial experience that has the goal of empowering film literacy and film culture in all its possibilities. 

Meet the curators

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHORT FILMS.

We engage with directors in in-depth conversation about their work. We then bring the public to watch their short and we develop a debate with the public as well. Our spectators usually are film enthusiast or come from the industry. For us, it is all about the content and the form of the film. 

INTERVIEWS ARCHIVE

SEASON 3 EDITIONS

III EDITION @ PALERMO

Nov 9th, Palermo

Artistic direction by Collettivo Corrente

II EDITION @ ROME

Oct 12th, Rome

Artistic direction by Antonio Romagnoli

I EDITION @ BOLOGNA

April 21st 2023, Bologna

Artistic direction by Olga Torrico & Adam Selo

SEASON 2 EDITIONS

XII EDITION @ ROME

Oct 4th 2022, Rome

Artistic direction by Lorenzo Tardella

XI EDITION @ ROME

Apr 13th 2022, Rome

Artistic direction by Eleonora Contessi

X EDITION @ ROME

Feb 23rd 2022, Rome

Artistic direction by Andrea Gatopoulos

IX EDITION @ ROME

Sep 28th 2021, Rome

Artistic direction by Giulia Grandinetti

VIII EDITION @ ONLINE

May 20-23 2021, Online

Artistic direction by Antonio Di Biase & Davide Perego – Tafano

VII EDITION @ ONLINE

Apr 7-11 2021, Online

Artistic direction by Veronica Spedicati

VI EDITION @ ONLINE

Jan 26-29 2021, Online

Artistic direction by Giulia Di Battista

V EDITION @ ONLINE

Dec 18-22nd 2020, Online

Artistic direction by Tommaso Frangini

IV EDITION @ ROME

Oct 17th 2020, Roma

Artistic direction by Alain Parroni

III EDITION @ SCARIO

Aug 2nd 2020, Scario

Artistic direction by Tommaso Santambrogio

II EDITION @ ROME

Feb 24th 2020, Rome

Artistic direction by Marcello Di Trocchio

I EDITION @ ROME

Jan 3rd 2020, Rome

Artistic direction by Toni Trupia

SEASON 1 EDITIONS

CLOSING CEREMONY @ ROME

Dec 16th 2019, Rome

Hosted by Atelier Montez

X EDITION @ ROME

Nov 25th 2019, Rome

Artistic direction by Daniele Parisi

IX EDITION @ ROME

October 28th 2019, Rome

Artistic direction by Adriano Giotti

VIII EDITION @ ROME

September 30th 2019, Rome

Artistic direction by Paolo Strippoli

VII EDITION @ ATHENS

24th June 2019, Athens

Artistic direction by Konstantinos Stragalinos

VI EDITION @ PESCARA

8th June 2019, Pescara

Artistic direction by Lorenzo Berghella

V EDITION @ ROME

6th May 2019, Cinema Greenwich, Rome

Artistic direction by Samuele Sestieri

IV EDITION @ ROME

25th February 2019, Cinema Greenwich, Rome

Artistic direction by Rossella Inglese

III EDITION @ ROME

21st January 2019,  Cinema Greenwich, Rome

Artistic direction by Elio Di Pace

II EDITION @ ROME

19th November 2018, Cinema Greenwich, Rome

Artistic direction by Lilian Sassanelli

I EDITION @ ROME

8th October 2018 , Cinema Greenwich, Rome

Artistic direction by Andrea Gatopoulos

STAFF

ANDREA GATOPOULOS

He is a film producer, director and distributor. He was born in Pescara (Abruzzo, Italy) in 1994 and currently lives in Rome, where he graduated cum laude in 2016 in Modern Literature with the thesis “Virtual reality and image culture in the civilization of entertainment”. He founded the production company called Il Varco and produced 16 short films, 3 feature films and the edition of 5 books. He’s the artistic director of Il Varco – International Short Film Festival, Italy. He also founded the monthly screening Short Days in Rome and the Abruzzi’s film screening “New Abruzzi Cinema” in Pescara and the film distribution Gargantua Film. His film productions were featured in more than 120 festivals all around the world including Venice SIC@SIC, Camerimage, Rotterdam IFFR, In the Palace, Drama, Cyprus, Rome Film Festival. As a director, he shot “Onyricon” in 2015, “Spettri” in 2017, “Materia Celeste” in 2019 and “Polepole” in 2021. In 2020 he worked alongside Werner Herzog for his film Accelerator in Leticia, Colombia, in which he developed the filmed correspondence “Letters to Herzog”. He was among the finalists of Premio Zavattini 2021/2022.

MARCO CRISPANO

Born and raised in Pescara in 1994, he lives and works in Rome since 2013 where he earned a degree in economics. He approaches painting in the capital, learning the basics of Caravaggesque mannerism from the master Giorgio Dante from which he moves away after a short time. He prefers oil and acrylic painting as an expressive medium but also develops installations. He is co-founder of Il Varco, a film production company and a company that operates in the art sector, including cinema, painting, literature and photography.

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