Find more about the winners of the 1° MalatestaShort Film Festival

Best Animation

"Arkhe", the winner in the “Best Animation” category, is a 3D short film with accurate aesthetics and elegant sound. Batuhan Köksal, born in 1987 in İzmir, is a young Turkish filmmaker, screenwriter and producer of his own works. Besides animated films, he loves acting, an art that he studied at Dokuz Eylul University.

His short film deals with the archetypical story of the desire for knowledge, its control and the abuse of power which have always characterized mankind.

In a luminous globe, two faceless spirits made of light arrive on a dark, abandoned and apparently lifeless planet. But they are watched by mysterious shadows. They are later lured by the skeleton of a tree without leaves nor fruit; they observe it and wander in the surroundings, until they discover parts of human bodies, like pieces of abandoned mannequins. They take those parts and put them on so as to build a human body that seems to allow them to see what there is around them. Only through this human body they can define who they are and understand the world which, however, becomes quickly a will to affirmation and abuse of power that will transform them into shadows. A symbolic story that can be largely interpreted. In any case, this short film makes the public think about the ancestral dynamics of the human spirit. Moreover, it astonishes the spectator thanks to the essential shapes, the pure colors: blue, black and white as the colors of the universe.

Best Fiction

 

The winner in the “Best Fiction” category is "AKITA" (United Kingdom, 2016, 9' 01'') by Alastair Cummings and John Hickman.

The short film was presented to other festivals in the UK and in other countries where it won awards for best director and best actor in leading role. During the film, a man, who is going back home from work, sees an apparently abandoned dog. When he finds it at the same spot some days later, he decides to walk the dog somewhere outside the city. By doing so, the dog has the chance to play and have fun again.

Some short films tell complex stories in very few minutes, they show different characters and build intricate plots. Even if Akita’s story seems too simple, it strikes for its profound message without even showing it: the main character makes us think of Ken Loach, we can image the background where he comes from, the frustration due to his hard and poorly paid work (which is just mentioned but not really explained), the loneliness of his life to which he will soon come back, the very few social relationships he has. For all these things, we are able to understand what the encounter with this dog means to him: it is the chance to escape his routine life and finally have someone to spend some time with, a happy moment in the beautiful English countryside, maybe the motivation to start a new life (when he throws his high visibility warning jacket that he wears at work). The simple directing highlights the emotional landscapes withoutemphasis but only through little details, for example we hear the music only when the dog climbs into the car, and also in the ending, allowing the spectator to realize by himself the man’s internal conflict to take a heartbreaking decision.

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Best Documentary

The winner in the “Best Documentary” category is a beautiful short film by Victoria Fiore, director and editor with Italian origins who lives between London and Naples. “My Deadly, Beautiful City” (United Kingdom 2016, 11' 00'') is Norilsk, in Siberia, and industrial city in the middle of a snow desert, world capital of nickel and palladium. There are no roads to reach the city, Internet connection is extremely limited, and Norilsk is basically off limits to foreigners (the director had to struggle to obtain permission to shoot there). Industrial processing causes the emission of toxic gases and the release of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, which is the major cause of acid rain and of the death of plants and trees. Human health is negatively affected too.

Yet, many inhabitants say they are in love with the city, a symbol of the “titanic” human strength on nature, and with the almost surreal landscape full of chimney stacks and factories surrounded by a white steppe. Through a perfect cinematography which is able even to show the poetic side of this degradation, Victoria Fiore gives space to the voices and captures the moments in everyday life which seem to come out of a Russian novel: the middle-aged man, proud to live in that harsh environment, throws himself into the icy waters of the river near the factory discharges, which produce vapors and heat the water; the little girl who, in the blue reflection of the snow, breaks the branch of a charcoal gray tree, while she says that she does not like living there because the gases give her headaches and stomach aches, and cough; a boy, like a hermit, perched in his apartment turned into a greenhouse to create a reserve of oxygen; the workers of the mines plunging into the darkness; a man who crosses the city by bus at night to go to work and sees the factories outside the window, having the feeling to "live cosmic moments".

The most significant part is the interview to a doctor who repeats half-heartedly the official version of authorities: it is true, sulfur dioxide causes acid rain which has a negative effect on nature but does not damage the human body. What betrays him is the direction of his gaze, which he lowers and raises several times, pointing to an object on the desk that is unveiled in the next shot: a photo of Vladimir Putin with his finger pointed to warning "Use your head".

A perfect directing which shows, without even speaking, a complex reality in all its aspects: these are certainly among the reasons for a more than deserved prize.



 Official Selection - 2017 - Category in Competition

 

Best Animation

Project Title

Duration

Country of Origin

Country of Filming

Genres

Aspect Ratio

Film Color

Directors

Writers

Producers

Little Thing

00:05:00

Israel

Israel

16:9

Color

Or Kan tor

Mor Kan tor

Or  Kan tor

An Elephant on the Moon

00:08:55

France

France

2:35:1

Black & White and Color

Benjamin Barthélémy

Benjamin Barthélémy

B.D.B

One Egg to Hell

00:06:37

Taiwan

Taiwan

humor

16:9

Color

Pin-Hua,Hsu

Pin-Hua,Hsu, Xu-Zhe,Fu

Xu-Zhe,Fu

Light Sight

00:07:34

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Drama, musical

16:9

Color

Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Simin Farrokh Ahmadi

OBC_nuumber 1

00:00:36

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Animation, comedy

Color

Amin Haghshenas

Amin Haghshenas, Samira khosrojerdi

Amin Haghshenas

Eidos

00:04:33

Italy

Art, Fantasy, Dance

16:9

Color

Elena Ortolan, Alberto Comerci

Elena Ortolan

CSC Animazione - Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

Still There

00:02:42

United States

Drama

16:9

Color

DJ Kim

DJ Kim

John McIntosh

Revenge of the Corks

00:04:37

Germany

Germany

Comedy, Thriller

16:9

Color

Lucas Paio

Lucas Paio

Lucas Paio

Arkhe

00:10:43

Turkey

Turkey

Drama

16:9

Color

Batuhan Köksal

Batuhan Köksal

Batuhan Köksal

The little boy

00:07:35

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Black & White

Mona Abdollah Shahi

Finito

00:04:36

Brazil

Australia, Brazil, Indonesia

Sci-fi, Drama

Color

Mauricio Bartok, Gabriel Dorazio

Mauricio Bartok

Mauricio Bartok, Gabriel Dorazio

The Beard

00:07:03

Russian Federation

Russian Federation

16:9

Black & White and Color

Sofya Badalova

Sofya Badalova

Vladimir Malishev

The Blue Butterfly

00:05:29

China

United States

16:9

Color

Mei Li

LAMPS

00:06:25

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

16:9

Color

Patrick O'Mahony

Patrick O'Mahony

Will Bishop-Stephens

Kreatury

00:09:55

Poland

Poland

Sci-fi, fantasy, stop-motion, silhouette

16:9

Color

Tessa Moult-Milewska

Tessa Moult-Milewska

Studio Munka

Three Ghosts Slept Here

00:03:26

Germany

France

Spooky, Horror, Music

16:10

Color

Leonard Ermel

 Best Fiction

Project Title

Duration

Country of Origin

Country of Filming

Genres

Aspect Ratio

Film Color

Directors

Writers

Producers

Le Distributeur

00:13:18

France

Color

Mathias Malzieu

Mathias Malzieu, Stéphane Landowski

Full Dawa Films

AKITA

00:09:01

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

2:35:1

Color

Alastair Cummings, John Hickman

Alastair Cummings, John Hickman

Stripes

00:04:11

France

France

Comedy, Sci-Fi

16:9

Color

Tibo Pinsard

Tibo Pinsard

Tibo Pinsard

Frequency

00:08:00

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Iran, Islamic Republic of

16:9

Color

Alireza Ghasemi

Alireza Ghasemi

Alireza Ghasemi

Dreaming of Peggy Lee

00:10:53

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Musical, Family

16:9

Color

James Everett

James Everett

James Everett

Il Nostro Piccolo Segreto / Our little secret

00:10:00

Italy

Italy

16:9

Color

Franco Montanaro

Franco Montanaro, Elisa Iacobucci

Franco Montanaro

Friends

00:08:53

Ukraine

Ukraine

16:9

Color

Victor Zayets

Andrey Motorin, Victor Zayets

Victor Zayets

The Locksmith

00:05:11

Greece

Greece

16:9

Color

MIltiades Christides

Miltiades Christides

Miltiades Christides

White Tides / Les Marées blanches

00:14:15

France

Germany

4:3

Color

Marie Fages

Le G.R.E.C.

Le Potager

00:10:00

France

France

Fantasy

16:9

Color

Grégoire Berthon

Grégoire Berthon

Grégoire Berthon

It was yesterday

00:15:00

Italy

Italy

Drama, lgbtq, youth

Color

Valentina Pedicini

Valentina Pedicini, Francesca Manieri

Alfredo Covelli

All I Want

00:07:24

India

India

drama, comedy, slice of life

1.85

Color

Venika Mitra

Venika Mitra

crowd funding friends and family

Bianco

00:06:40

Italy

Italy

Experimental, Metaphysical, oniric, animation, short film, symbolism

2:35:1

Color

Riccardo Rizzo

Riccardo Rizzo

Tonnerre de Brecht

00:15:37

Switzerland

Switzerland

16:9

Color

Nicolas Rohrer

Nicolas Rohrer

Emmanuel Gétaz, ECAL - University of Arty and Design

PET

00:11:21

Greece

Greece

Color

Chris Moraitis

Chris Moraitis [Dialogues: Katerina Filiotou]

CHRISTOS  LIAKOURIS

The Department of Correction

00:12:00

United States

United States

2:35:1

Color

Ninan Tan

Ninan Tan

Kim Rios Lin, Aaron David Anglada

Best Documentary 

Project Title

Duration

Country of Origin

Country of Filming

Genres

Aspect Ratio

Film Color

Directors

Writers

Producers

Bread of Life

00:07:02

Spain

Spain

16.9

Color

Sergio García Locatelli

Sergio García Locatelli

Hugo Carmona

The Salt Man

00:15:00

United States

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Color

Seyed Sajad MOOSAVI

Seyed Sajad Moosavi

Seyed Sajad Moosavi

Everywhere protect

00:11:30

Italy

Italy

16:9

Color

Massimo Bondielli

Massimo Bondielli, Luigi Martella

Caravanserraglio Film Factory

A Visual Journey through Iran : Sistan and Baluchistan

00:04:23

United States

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Travel, Documentary, Music video, Culture, Ethinic, World culture, Journey, Photography

16:9

Color

Ebrahim Mirmalek

Ebrahim Mirmalek

Ceramic Tales

00:09:12

Hungary

Belgium

16:9

Color

martina Droandi

Martina Droandi , Luigi Conidi

Brez zice

00:04:00

Slovenia

Slovenia

16:9

Color

Julia Minet

Luksuz Produkcija

Urban

00:04:15

Slovenia

Slovenia

Color

Nataša Vidaković, Filip Fortuna, Lucija Pigl, Nika Petković, Maša Zagorc

Tom Gomizelj

Salt Of The Earth

00:11:00

Egypt

Egypt

1:2.35

Color

Bishoy Ashraf

Bishoy Ashraf

Bishoy Ashraf & Anas El fekey

Modern Day Slavery: What The World Doesn't Know

00:05:38

Not Specified

Color

Nahdir Asyraf

Ali Daoudi

WeekEnders Media

Through the Pane

00:06:21

United States

United States

Drama, Family, History

16:9

Color

Dawn Westlake

Dawn Westlake, Donald G. Westlake

Dawn Westlake

My Deadly Beautiful City

00:11:00

United Kingdom

Russian Federation

Environment, Thriller, Russia, Global warming, Art

16:9

Color

Victoria Fiore

Victoria Fiore

Victoria Fiore

The Complete Circle

00:07:30

United States

Korea, Republic of, United States

autobiography, coming-of-age, pilgrimage

16:9

Color

Jaime Ekkens

Jaime Ekkens

Jaime Ekkens

I Do Not Hate You, Death

00:12:18

Romania

Moldova, Republic of

16:9

Color

Olga Lucovnicova

Djinns, the Spirits of Patras

00:13:40

France

Greece

16:9

Color

jean-jacques cunnac

jean-jacques cunnac

jean-jacques cunnac, monique cunnac, Cyril Depraz

BACKSTREET TALES

00:05:09

Italy

Italy

16/9

Black & White and Color

Daniele Cambria 

Francesco Santosuosso


MalatestaShort Film Festival

The 13th – 14th – 15th March 2017, at Cinema Eliseo Multisala

Three days of film screenings, meetings and award ceremonies: the MalatestaShort Film Festival brings in Cesena the variety and imagination typical of short films.

Film enthusiasts have the chance to discover new talents!

47 short films from 55 countries have been selected, competing in three categories: - Best Animation - Best Fiction - Best Documentary. We will first present the works of local directors, then we will show their short film followed by an interview. 

The first edition of the MalatestaShort Film Festival pays tribute to the short film "Le Ballon rouge" (1956) by Albert Lamorisse.

 
PROGRAMME


Monday, March 13th, 2017


8.30 pm: Opening and presentation of the Festival

Km 0 talents: “Lontano Ovest” (fiction, Italy 2016) by Francesco Selvi

Film in competition screening:

9.00 pm: Animation

9.45 pm: Fiction

10.30 pm: Documentary

11.30 pm: Shortino - After Festival party at Zampanó

Download the pdf file with the daily details of the film screening.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

8.30 pm: Km 0 talents: “UnControl Room” (documentary, Italy 2014) by Martina Dall’Ara

Film in competition screening:

9.00 pm: Animation

9.45 pm: Fiction

10.30 pm: Documentary

11.30 pm: Shortino - After Festival party at Zampanó

Download the pdf file with the daily details of the film screening.

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017


Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

8.30 pm: Km 0 talents: “Energy Diary” (animation, Italy 2016) by Emilio Rossi

Film in competition screening:

9.00 pm: Animation- Best animation award

9.45 pm: Fiction- Best fiction award

10.30 pm: Documentary- Best documentary award

11.30 pm: Shortino - After Festival party at Zampanó

 

Download the pdf file with the daily details of the film screening.



Film exhibit

Gruppo Fotografico 93 honors cinematography and the Festival with a film exhibit especially organized for this Festival.

The film exhibit, by Fabio Liverani, will take place in the Cinema Eliseo foyer from the 13th to the 26th March 2017.



Official committee of the Festival


The awards will be given by a national and international committee, composed of:

Antonio Maraldi director of Centro Cinema Città di Cesena e and film critic
Francesca Bartoli, journalist and press officer
Sara Alessandrini, film-maker
Marco Benazzi, film expert and screenwriter
Corrado Bertoni Chitarra Azzurra, documentarist and theatre director
Carina Doppler, Media and Marketing communication expert
Alberto Semprini, communication, new media and videogames expert - Associazione Sovraesposti
Luca Stringara videomaker and representative of Monty Banks Aula Didattica
Lisa Tormena documentarist and journalist - Sunset Comunicazione

 

Many collaborators made it possible to present the MalatestaShort Film Festival. Below you can find their names, in random order. We thank them very much for their incredible and professional work.

Translations and subtitles (translated short film title)

Sonia Bacchi (Translation project manager, reviewer – Frequency, I Do Not Hate You Death, Little Thing, The Department of Correction, The Salt Man)
Caterina Arzani (Urban)
Elisa Balboni (Salt of the Earth)

Greta Bezzini (The Complete Circle)

Ester Biasizzo (Modern day Slavery: What the World Doesn't Know)
Giulia Giorgini (PET)
Erica Granato (The Locksmith)

Serena Grementieri (Brez žice)

Cristina Mircea (Bread of Life)
Alessandra Orlo (Tonnerre de Brecht)
Guendalina Pirruccio (My deadly Beautiful City, Dreaming of Peggy Lee)
Francesco Rossini (All I Want, Le Distributeur)
Annarita Tranfici (Djinns, the Spirits of Patras - English, French, Spanish and Portuguese website translations)

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Andrea Pari

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  • MalatestaShort Film Festival invited producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 2st edition that will be taking place from 12th March to 14th March 2018 in Cesena - Italy. The winner of this edition are:

    • Best Animation: My Grandfather was a cherry tree - Olga & Tatiana Poliektova - Russian Federation
    • Best Fiction: CUBEMAN - Linda Dombrovszky - Hungary
    • Best Documentary: Ninnoc - Niki Padidar - Netherlands
    • Best Experimental: CLOUD KUMO - Yvonne Ng - United States
  • The short films in competition are divided into the following categories:

    • Best Fiction
    • Best Animation
    • Best Experimental
    • Best Documentary
    The winner of each category will receive an award.
  • MalatestaShort Film Festival invited producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 1st edition that will be taking place from 13th March to 15th March 2017 in Cesena - Italy. The winner of this edition are:

    • Best Animation: Arkhe - Batuhan Köksal - Turkey
    • Best Fiction: AKITA - John Hickman - Alastair Cummings - United Kingdom
    • Best Documentary: My Deadly Beautiful City - Victoria Fioravante - United Kingdom

Festival Location: Cinema Eliseo Multisala  

Viale Giosuè Carducci, 7, 47521 Cesena FC, Italia