Eight ideas for a short film competition
Here are some notes, in random order, on the short film competition (58 films, 32 countries taking part), that are not to be used as a guide to seeing the films, but more as an invitation for a transversal reading of the selection, beyond the individual programmes. Because this is how it is patiently put together by the ten selectors.
Social. It’s official, the web has irreversibly contaminated the short film. In the selection, a compendium of the most effective (and radical) proposals.
Kids. A recurring theme of debut filmmakers, they are more lost and hard to catch than the average kid.
Animals. Humans are losing contact with reality, and the cinema attempts to re-establish a virtuous bond with the animal world, possibly a non-hedonistic one (cute kitties on the web, trendy coats for dogs etc. …).
Time. Our time, which the short films – because usually they are freer from the production demands of feature films – try to frame in the moment in which it becomes reality.
Italy. The very lively and eclectic selection of the Italians – at last!! – engages in enthusiastically challenging the standard way of making short films in Italy.
Men. It is not a tender picture for men that emerges from the selection.
Women. As though obliged by a dark force to push herself beyond what her body and her heart can do, woman in this selection is restless and in transition.
Cinema. Freed from every constraint, the short film at times reflects on its cinematographic existence.