International Award for the Best Short Film
An international award for Best Short Film, dedicated to the late director Ermanno Olmi, to support and promote the works of young filmmakers.
The award is addressed to filmmakers of all nationalities and not older than 30 on the date of the open call deadline. The maximum length of each submission (fiction, documentary or animation) must not exceed 15 minutes. All entries must have been produced in 2021 or 2022. Each filmmaker can submit a single entry.
The competition awards the following:
Ermanno Olmi Award – 1st Prize: € 1200
Ermanno Olmi Award – 2nd Prize: € 500
Ermanno Olmi Award – 3rd Prize: € 300
A special mention will also be assigned to the most significant film dedicated to theme of “the religion of small things”. Ermanno Olmi’s cinema demonstrates his search for a less transcendent and more immanent spirituality, which is accomplished in the relationships between people and nature. Ermanno Olmi’s message resonates with everyone because, although religious in its essence, it is devoid of dogmas, prioritising the will to strive for good and to rediscover the joy of simple everyday things.
The winners’ announcement and award ceremony will be held on December 6th, 2022, at the Auditorium in Piazza della Libertà, Bergamo, or another suitable venue. Should there be still, on the appointed date, containment measures due to the Covid-19 emergency, the award ceremony and the screening of the finalist films will be broadcast online, on a dedicated streaming platform.
Winners – IV Edition
Flores del precipicio
For the refined simplicity and sweetness with which a salvaged relationship in a barren world is portrayed. A little tale that speaks of loss, physical and emotional distance, but also of the need to reconnect with a past that’s been silently waiting at the foot of a cliff. A father and daughter, the most difficult relationship in the world, and, around them, a boundless space: endless possibilities for a new beginning.
La vera storia della partita di nascondino più grande del mondo
Paolo Bonfadini, Irene Cotroneo, Davide Morando
Because it manages to tell a story that combines a game of Hide-and-Seek with the commemoration of the partisan Resistance in the village of Serravalle Langhe. The film is both light and engaging. The staging of some reconstructed sequences mixes well with the realism of the storytelling, creating a successful hybridisation between two cinematic styles. The use of graphics and music is engaging and effective in conveying the dynamics of the game; the archive footage is dosed well and facilitates the connection between the two polarities of the story without weighing down the narrative.
Paul Marques Duarte
Inspired by actual events as absurd as they are authentic, the film steers the ecological perspective towards a candid and innocent observation of children and their unique understanding of the world. A delicate tale of an age when every little thing becomes a treasure for the eyes and curiosity is a tool for understanding ourselves and the world through imagination, the film reflects on the carefree and visceral friendship typical of children.
A secluded and obsessive character becomes the window through which we see the world under a new perspective, rooted in the profound analogical capacities of cinema. Things shimmer with a new substance through the audio-visual perspective, revealing the inherent ambiguity of everything. Such is the power of cinema and light, of the sun that here transcends into silver nitrate and pixels, taking us to a different place that’s always and still our mysterious world.
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