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Over 100 entries – spanning from fiction, documentaries and animation – from the US, Israel, Pakistan, Jordan, along with several other European countries and a substantial Italian representative, were selected to compete in the third edition of the Ermanno Olmi Award, an event aiming to promote short films by young directors.

Autoritratto con arma (Self-portrait With A Gun) by Giovanni Ortoleva (Italy, 2021), Finis terrae by Tommaso Frangini (USA/Italy, 2020), Intertidal. Barene by Collettivo Confluenze (Italy, 2020) and Stephanie by Leonardo van Dijl (Belgio, 2020) are the four finalists among whom, on Thursday, December the 2nd, the Jury composed by Emanuela Martini (film critic), Annamaria Materazzini (Bergamo Film Meeting programmer), Cecilia Valmarana (Rai Movie), Giuseppe Previtali (cinema teacher) e Sara Luraschi (director) will assign the Ermanno Olmi Award and the Special Mention to the most significant film dedicated to environmental themes.


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Autoritratto con arma

Self-portrait With A Gun
by Giovanni Ortoleva (Italy, 2021, 11’, fiction)

Giuliano, a divorced father of a family, takes his 14-year-old son Giovanni on his first hunting trip. That day the boy will find the strength to disobey his father for the first time.

Finis terrae

by Tommaso Frangini (USA/Italy, 2020, 15’, fiction)

Travis and Peter, two childhood friends in their mid-twenties, decide to go on a camping trip to spend some time together. The desolate nature which surrounds them will highlight their differences and the distance that separates them.

Intertidal. Barene

by Collettivo Confluenze (Italy, 2020, 14’ 50’’, sperimentale)

The lagoon of Venice is a very dynamic ecosystem that has to deal with a continuous challenge to survive. Intertidal. Barene intends to bring an artistic focus on this precious environment, measuring the landscape of the intertidal zones through a performative action.


by Leonardo van Dijl (Belgium, 2020, 15’, fiction)

Stephanie smiles as she’s applauded by the crowd. The 11-year-old gymnast just won her first international title. Crushed by attention and pressure, the young girl realizes that the game has only begun.

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