Cortinametraggio 2018

the festival of short films that has enchanted spectators and critics!

From 19 March 2018 to 25 March 2018

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In the rich calendar of Dolomites events in Cortina, March plays a leading role thanks to a fixture that, year after year, is steadily gaining greater recognition from the public and the critics: the Cortinametraggio short film festival in Italy.

Cortinametraggio 2018 will take place from 19th to 25th March and feature a week of great events, celebrations and unmissable screenings… To welcome the spring in the beautiful scenery of the Pearl of the Dolomites!

Cortinametraggio - International Short Film Festival in Italy

Confirmed among the most anticipated short films festivals in Italy, the Cortina film festival will offer seven days (19 to 25 March) of screenings, workshops, meetings, tributes, exhibits and curiosities dedicated to short films.

Launched in the ‘90s as an innovative showcase for the Cortina film festival, Cortinametraggio is a short genre film festival that offers visibility to emerging filmmakers with the aim of promoting interaction between films and the audience. After a short pause, in 2010 this movie festival in Italy was revived in a totally new version that has captivated the public and the experts in the industry. Cortinametraggio in 2017 celebrated an important milestone: 20 years from its beginning. In 2018 this short film festival in Italy is kicking off with many exciting new features!

Cortinametraggio aims to promote cinema and, in particular, its special bond with Cortina through screenings and other events, open to all and strictly free. Thanks also to the creation of the jury Noi di Cortina, which awards the audience prize, the event wants to bring the inhabitants of Cortina closer to contemporary film culture.

Beside the classical protagonists of the festival - the CortiComedy, short films of different genre (horror, thriller, science fiction, police, drama, comedy) whose duration should not exceed 20 minutes –exciting new 'competitions' have been included in the edition of this short film festival in Italy in 2018:

  • Music Videoclips, considered an extraordinary source of talents of Italian filmmakers.
  • Branded Entertainment includes narrative short films, web stories, videoclips, ... and more generally video-related contents, strictly made in Italy and lasting a maximum of 20 minutes, produced or co-produced by a brand to communicate its values with the aim of starting or consolidating a relationship with its target audience. One of the characteristics required to take part in the competition is that the brand must be fully integrated into the narrative plot and not simply displayed during the clip. 

Important collaborations with Rai, National Union of Italian Film Journalists, Experimental Centre of Cinematography and the National Short Film Centre testify to the success and interest around the Cortinametraggio festival, which over the years has seen artists the likes of Ricky Tognazzi, Veronica Pivetti, Cinzia Th Torrini, Omar Pedrini, Jane Alexander, Enrico Lo Verso, Alessandro Preziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and many other famous stars of Italian cinema parading on its red carpet.

Besides CortiComedy, Branded Entertainment and Videoclips, the program of Cortinametraggio Film Festival 2018 will include a new prestigious award, the Medusa Prize, which rewards the best screenplay for a newly-released feature film. The context is open to those between the ages of 18 and 34 who have already made at least two short films resulting from the participation to film festivals in Italy. The works to be awarded the Medusa prize will be shortlisted by a first-class jury enlisting Paolo Genovese, the screenwriters Ludovica Rampoldi and Armando Trotta, the associate editor of Vanity Fair Malcom Pagani and the story editor of Medusa Film Lucia Cereda.

The other awards up for grabs at Cortinametraggio – prizes available for the CortiComedy, Branded Entertainment and Videoclips sections plus some honourable mentions - will be awarded as usual by specialist juries composed of journalists, actors and prominent directors.

In addition to the Eden Cinema - the historic location of Cortinametraggio - events scheduled in 2018 will be based at the Grand Hotel Savoia, where there will be presentations, cocktails, food and gala evenings.

Conferences dedicated to cinema and its protagonists, meetings and book presentations complement the rich Cortinametraggio film festival 2018 program. A series of Dolomites events to experience the cinema festivals in Italy in all its facets, next to established and new competitions of short films.

Worthy of mention is also the workshop 'Acting and Film Making Intensive Workshop: Directing the Actors' conducted by Gianni Amelio and organized by the festival of cinema in Cortina in collaboration with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, as part of the CSC Lab project. Starting with improvisation, Gianni Amelio will work with the participants as if they were on a film setting, experimenting with various acting expressions and with the aim of putting together an original performance, which will highlight the qualities of the actor but remain consistent with the played character. The workshop is aimed at actors, actresses and directors who want to improve their preparation in the field of film making and acting.

Cortinametraggio, great cinema is again enchanting Cortina d'Ampezzo during the month of March! Book a holiday in Cortina d'Ampezzo during these two great events. A unique opportunity to combine the beauty of the Dolomites with the unique beauty that has always characterized this picturesque Venetian resort!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff