In only three editions Il Varco International Short Film Festival has already gained the reputation of being one of the most interesting and artistically challenging festivals in Italy for films from all around the world, screening together an authorial selection that is a mixture of independent films, low budget productions, first films and great masterpieces. In only three years our festival and its parallel screening “Short Days” have received more than 4900 films from 106+ countries, made 14 screenings around Italy with more than 1300 paying spectators screening the best short films from all around the world and giving directors the possibility to interact with a public of film students, film critics, directors, cinephiles and moviegoers. Screenings take place in the biggest cinema of Abruzzi, on a 30 meters screen with DCP 2K projectors at maximum quality with 7.1 audio. Our staff prepares the DCP masters with double ita/eng subs for free for all the selected films, and you can keep it later.
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗜𝗟𝗠𝗦 𝗪𝗘 𝗦𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡 𝗔𝗟𝗪𝗔𝗬𝗦 𝗚𝗢 𝗙𝗔𝗥.
We had the privilege of having two Palme D’Or (“A Gentle Night” and “All These Creatures”) in Abruzzi premiere in 2018 and 2019. Directors that got selected in our festival later saw their film recognized with big awards. We were among the first to screen “May Day” in 2018 that later got in the final 10 in Oscars 2018. Winner of the 2017 edition “Penalty” Aldo Iuliano later won the italian Golden Globe and was shortlisted in Oscars 2017. We were among the first to screen Elio Di Pace in a festival, next year he was selected in Venice. Simone Bozzelli, hosted in Nuovo Cinema Abruzzese, was selected in Venice shortly after our screening. Australian film “Wherever was using this bed” made over 170 festival runs and 70 awards after our festival. Our jurors are among the best professionals of the italian film industry. We only care about quality movies, intelligent vision, experimentation and authorial style. We’re not saying that this movies went far because of us, but we can tell you that being selected here means that your film has all that is needed to be recognized as an author’s film and if we do select it, many others will surely be interested in it.
𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗢𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗦
Selected directors get a chance to become part of our Board of directors, a special Jury made by the directors that were selected in our previous editions. Moreover, on the festival dates, there will be a filmed Directors’ Roundtable where the selected directors will have a debate about the forms and languages of short film, that will be distributed in web and TV. Being part of the Board of Directors means joining a community of 40+ internationally awarded film directors, meeting them and sharing ideas with them. And you are invited in our festival for the next years as well.