SA.FI.TER. – Film Festival Internazionale Cortometraggio

di Umberto Garibaldi

The beauty of cinema in the streets to join citizens and territories. In the circuit of the seventeenth edition of the Sa.Fi.Ter – Salento Finibus Terrae – International Short Film Festival, the municipalities of Sammichele di Bari, Fasano and San Severo debut. The itinerant film festival, the only one of its kind in Europe, is scheduled this year from 3 to 9 July in the three locations chosen by the director Romeo Conte and with the organization of his Events Production.
Even this year some suggestive corners of Puglia will host screen and chairs under the starry sky, a great show: in a week 5 feature films and 45 short films will be screened in competition, made by international productions from Italy, Iran, Poland, France, Mexico, Serbia, Spain, Great Britain and Germany.
It will be an intense week in which the enthusiasts will be able to have a real feast of the most recent works by filmmakers and screenwriters, chosen with great attention by the artistic director, always sensitive to the transformations of the cinematographic languages ​​and to the themes treated.
Not just projections: another strength of the festival is the ability to create debate about what you will see. For each evening, in fact, there will be meetings with guests of the cinema who will dialogue with the public.
“The short film is a genre that may seem niche, but that attracts many newcomers to the camera as well as the great directors”, Conte comments. “It is not a simple exercise to transmit intense emotions and condense stories and situations into an extremely filmed shorter than the classic film. And during the evenings there will be
something for everyone”, he assures.
There are four categories in competition: Diritti Umani, Corto Italia, Mondo Corto, Commedia in Corto. A category is dedicated to each host city and each will conclude the event with the awarding of the best shorts for its sections. The appointments are free and open to all.
The Safiter is an initiative of the Regione Puglia Assessorato Industria Turistica e Culturale based on the resources of the Patto for Puglia FSC 2014-2020.
Initiative co-financed by FSC – Fondo per lo sSviluppo e la Coesione dell’Unione Europea, Regione Puglia, created by Apulia Cinefestival Network, Apulia Film Commission, Comune of San Severo, Comune of Sammichele di Bari, Laura Di Mola and Lello di Bari by Association Egnathia. It has the patronage of the Municipality of San Severo, Municipality of Sammichele di Bari, Egnathia Association, Touring Club Italiano. It is made in collaboration with the Association of L’Arte nel cuore, Addictive Ideas, the association of La Città dei Colori. Main Sponsors: Stefano Ricci, U-Boat Italo Fontana and Klinve by Simone Lingua. Sponsor: Bruno Palmegiani Designer, Toyota Aquilano Dealer for the San Severo car service. Supporters: Moving Center for the car service of Sammichele of Bari, Le Moki Milan, Pelosi Shop, VKA, Restaurant De Gustibus of San Severo, Salumeria Da Bergantino, Acqua delle Puglie, Epoque by Egon Furstenberg and TreCi Salotti that will set up the Movie Village of San Severo, the products of Nonno Vittorio, Pastificio Cardone, Carni Più, Il Fagiano Eventi and Catering of Fasano, Cinzia Olearia srl ​​of San Severo, Giardini San Biagio. For the San Severo stage, the floral tributes are made by I fiori di Valeria. The Italian Touring Club awards were made by Bottega Fratelli Vestita di Grottaglie, the SAFITER made by Camilla Becherini, the Safiter heads of Aquila awards are by Stefano Ricci. Media Partners: Red Carpet Magazine, Cineclandestino, Sharing TV,, San Vito In, FilmFreeway. And here is the program of the week from 3rd to 9th July. It starts on July 3rd in San Severo, in the province of Foggia. Here at 9.00 pm, in Piazza del Municipio, the evening will be opened by the screening of the spot produced by the “Vinci con noi” association followed by the short film “Mica scemo” by Antonio Palumbo. After a brief meeting with the authors, the real evening will start at 9.15 pm, in Piazza del Municipio, with the screening of 13 short films in competition for the Human Rights section. On July 4th, we move to the Giuseppe Verdi Municipal Theater, where at 5.30 pm the 9 shorts of the Corto Italia section will be screened. The evening continues at 9 pm in piazza Municipio, with the first screening of the film, out of competition, “Detective per caso” by Giorgio Romano. The meeting with the authors will follow. On the last day of the Festival in San Severo, on July 5th at 9 pm in piazza Municipio, the evening will include three moments starting with the film, out of competition, “A mano disarmata” by Claudio Bonivento. Subsequently there will be the time dedicated to the awarding of short films screened in the previous days and to close the debate with the authors. On July 6th the festival arrives in Sammichele di Bari and will meet at 9.00 pm at the foot of the Caracciolo Castle, in Piazza Castello, for the screening of the out-of-competition film “Non ci resta che il Crimine” by Massimiliano Bruno. Following, as usual, the meeting with the authors. The following day, still in the same location, Piazza Castello, at 6.00 pm, will start the screening of the Mondo Corto section with 9 works in competition. At 9 pm, again in Piazza Castello, the screening of the film “Il vizio della speranza” by Edoardo De Angelis continues, with the awarding of the shorts for the short section of the Mondo and the meeting with the authors. The XVII edition of Sa.Fi.Ter ends in the two events of Fasano: on July 8th at 9pm in the evocative setting of La Torre Bianca, in the Coccaro district, will start the screening of the last 11 short films in the competition, for the Comedy section in short. The final evening is July 9th at 9 pm, again at La Torre Bianca with the screening of the film “In Viaggio con Adele” by Alessandro Capitani, the awarding of the last section of short films in the competition and the meeting of authors and guests present.

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