SIC@SIC - Short Italian Cinema @ Settimana Internazionale della Critica is the short film program of the upcoming 32nd Venice International Film Critics Week (August 30-September 9). After last year’s experience it is not just an exciting bet, but it has rather become laboratory for young talents. The purpose of this project, born in collaboration with the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà is to test the waters (and the territory): that is, to point out today the Italian filmmakers of tomorrow.

In the words of General Delegate Giona A. Nazzaro: "We are confident that our cinema has plenty of reserves of talent, still unexplored and in constant process of regeneration and we wanted to investigate what is happening beyond the visible and the circumstantial. This search became exciting. The Italian filmmakers of tomorrow, all very young and digitally natives, are determined and have a vision, and they showed they can, not only challenge the present and the constant diversification of the demand, but also – and mostly - have an absolutely non-nostalgic relationship with the moving images, focused on “the doing".

Carla Cattani, Head of the Promotion of Contemporary Italian Cinema department at Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, further comments: "For the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà it is paramount to support and promote the new generations, to invest in the emerging talents even if in a short format. Because, although short films do not have the perfection of a square root, they do represent the hypothesis of a new cinema, both personal and unique, just like fingerprints." The shorts will be programmed within the 32nd Venice International Film Critics' Week, independent section of the Venice Film Festival. The selection is curated by General Delegate Giona A. Nazzaro with selection committee members Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino, and Massimo Tria. The short film program is made possible by the collaboration of the Union of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI) and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, and it is one of the initiatives for the support of new Italian cinema and the promotion of young filmmakers.

The short films programme is part of the 32nd Venice International Film Critics’ Week, an independent and parallel section organized by the National Union of Italian Film Critics’ (SNCCI) during the 74th Venice International Film Festival (August 30 – September 9, 2017). The selection is curated by the General Delegate Giona A. Nazzaro with the members of the selection committee Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria. The programme was born thanks to the synergy between the National Union of Italian Film Critics’ (SNCCI) and the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà as one of the initiatives supporting the development of the new Italian cinema and promoting young filmmakers. After premiering in Venice, the short films presented at SIC@SIC will be promoted at an international level by the Department for International Promotion of Contemporary Cinema of the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà through a series of initiatives and festivals, such as, the Mostra de Cinema Italià de Barcelona (Short Films Competition section) programmed in Spain in December 2017. Furthermore, the short films will be made available for industry professionals through the online platforms Festival Scope Pro and Italian Short Film Video Library – a tool for the promotion of Italian short films realized by the Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (Italian Short Film Center) in collaboration with Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Last but not least, at the end of November 2017 they will attend the TSFM – Torino Short Film Market, organized by the Italian Short Film Center.After screening at the first edition of SIC@SIC, the seven short films selected in 2016 have been travelling the world. In less than nine months, they have already attended almost fifty festivals and cinematic events, including, Film Festival Rotterdam, DocLisboa, BFI Flare, London LGBT Film Festival, Lima Independeiente – Festival Internacional de Cine, Lovers Film Festival – Torino LGBTQI Visions and Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro. Some of the directors of the “class” of 2016 are now working on their first feature film. 

Adavede by Alain Parroni
Due (Two) by Riccardo Giacconi
Les fantômes de la veille (Ghosts of Yesterday) by Manuel Billi
Il legionario (The Legionnaire) by Hleb Papou
MalaMènti (MeanMinds) by Francesco Di Leva
Piccole italiane (Little Italian Girls) by Letizia Lamartire
Le visite (Visiting Day) by Elio Di Pace

Special event – Opening short film
Nausicaa - L’altra Odissea (Nausicaa – The Other Odyssey) by Bepi Vigna
Special event – Closing short film
L’ultimo miracolo (The Last Miracle) by Enrico Pau