The Cisterna Film Festival is ready to go: the international short film festival will be held on 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd July from 09.30 pm. This is an edition, which, as the organizers of the cultural association Mobilitazioni Artistiche claim, “dresses the changing without renouncing the certainties of the past“. The first news was about the Next Generation, the collateral section that in June offered shorts for students at the school Plinio il Vecchio in Cisterna. Definitely, a winning decision, which has allowed a higher number of teens to take part to the screenings, making independent cinema a great school subject, even if only for a little time.

What will happen exactly in the CFF4 evenings? As usual, the screenings in the inner court of Palazzo Caetani will go together with a free photo exhibition open every day. Set up inside the rooms of the historical building, this year it is signed by Luigi Fieni, author of the 2018 poster. The Other visions section dedicated to experimental film, which in the past years used to be screened in the exhibition gallery, this year will open every evening of the festival with a different short, except for the opening night. July 19th, in fact, will be entirely dedicated to Focus On, a category that this year takes shape thanks to the collaboration with the Irish Film Festa, and it proposes a selection based on some of the best independent Irish products of last years. On Thursday July 19th, guests will be some representatives of the Irish Film Festa and of the Embassy of Ireland in Italy, which granted the patronage to the entire event.

During the opening night, will be screen the short Il tratto, winner of Next Generation and its director, Alessandro Stevanon, will be awarded by a delegation of students. Stevanon, the following morning will hold a filmmaking workshop for under-18. Another guest star, on Friday 20th, will be Giorgio Cantarini, the lead actor of Il dottore dei pesci, third classified in the Next Generation section. He is famous for his participation in the Oscar-winning film La vita è bella by and with Roberto Benigni.

There will be two appointments with literature. Friday, July 20th we will meet Davide Bennato to talk about one of the most popular and followed TV series of recent years and about which he wrote Black Mirror – Distopia e antropologia digitale (Villaggio Maori Edizioni). The day after at 7 pm, the film director Renato Chiocca will present his book La cicatrice (Oblomov Edizioni).

The films of the official competition, nineteen in total, will be screened from 20th to 22nd July and will be judged not only by the public, who will vote its favorite, but also by a jury of experts in the field. Filippo Ticozzi (documentary filmmaker, awarded at the Torino Film Festival 2017 for Moo Ya), Giovanni Anzaldo (actor, protagonist of Non è un paese per giovani by Giovanni Veronesi), Paolo Bogna (producer with Kimerafilm of “Don’t be bad” by Claudio Caligari and “Il Contagio” by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini),  Michele Fofi and Peppe Barbera (artistic directorsof the Civitanova Film Festival). They all will be guests of the CFF4 on Sunday, July 22nd for the awards ceremony. The host will be Renzo Di Falco, Rds speaker.

The Cisterna Film Festival, as always, can boast the support of privates, local and national sponsors and institutions, with the patronage of Regione Lazio, Provincia di Latina, Comune di Cisterna di Latina, Latina Film Commission, Proloco Cisterna and as already mentioned, of the Embassy of Ireland in Italy. The directors of Cisterna Film Festival are Cristian Scardigno (artistic director), Marianna Cozzuto (executive director) and Eleonora Materazzo (communication manager).

Below is the complete and official selection of all the categories of the Cisterna Film Festival 2018:

– Bismillah (Italy, 2018, 14 ‘) by Alessandro Grande
– Brug (Netherlands, 2017, 4 ‘) by Niels Bourgonje – Italian premiere
– Calamity (Belgium, 2017, 23 ‘) by Séverine De Streyker, Maxime Feyers
– Cani di razza (Italy, 2017, 20 ‘) by Riccardo Antonaroli, Matteo Nicoletta
– Celui qui brûle (France, 2016, 18 ‘) by Slimane Bounia
– Clac! (France, 2017, 19 ‘) by Fabien Ara – Italian premiere
– Exit toll (France-Iran, 2017, 19 ‘) by Mohammad Najarian Dariani – Italian premiere
– A father’s day (UK, 2016, 10 ‘) by Mat Johns
– Futuro prossimo (Italy, 2017, 18 ‘) by Salvatore Mereu
– Gaze (Iran, 2017, 15 ‘) by Farnoosh Samadi
– Happy today (Italy-France, 2017, 17 ‘) by Giulio Tonincelli
– Nightshade (Netherlands, 2017, 14 ‘) by Shady El-Hamus
– Panthéon discount (France, 2016, 15 ‘) by Stéphan Castang
– La partita (Italy, 2017, 18 ‘) by Frank Jerky
– Premier amour (Switzerland, 2017, 20 ‘) by Jules Carrin
– Terrain vague (France-Portugal, 2017, 14 ‘) by Latifa Said
– Timecode (Spain, 2016, 15 ‘) by Juanjo Giménez
– Vanilla (Italy, 2016, 13 ‘) by Rossella Inglese
– Yellow country (Portugal-Spain, 2018, 18 ‘) by Dinis M. Costa

– Fog people (France, 2016, 8 ‘) by Antoine Janot
– Les indes galantes (France, 2017, 5 ‘) by Clément Cogitore
– I-Occupy (Italy, 2018, 3 ‘) by Lorenzo Lodovichi – Italian premiere

– Big booom (Russia, 2016, 4 ‘) by Marat Narimanov

– Birdy wouaf wouaf (Turkey, 2016, 4 ‘) by Ayce Kartal
– Los dos cines de Yody Jarsún (Argentina, 2017, 5 ‘) by Alejandro Gallo Bermúdez – Italian premiere
– Il dottore dei pesci (Italy, 2017, 16 ‘) by Susanna Della Sala
– El niño y la noche (Argentina, 2017, 12 ‘) by Claudia Ruiz
– Shadower (South Korea, 2018, 20 ‘) by Ki Bong Kwak – Italian premiere
– Il tratto (Italia, 2017, 15 ‘) by Alessandro Stevanon


– Boogaloo & Graham (Northern Ireland, 2014, 14 ‘) by Michael Lennox
– The date (Ireland, 2017, 16 ‘) by Selina Cartmell
– Gridlock (Ireland, 2016, 20 ‘) by Ian Hunt Duffy
– Late afternoon (Ireland, 2017, 9 ‘) by Louise Bagnall
– Lava Lisa (Ireland, 2017, 10 ‘) by Edward Cleary
– Native (Ireland, 2017, 14 ‘) by Linda Bhreathnach
– Second to none (Ireland, 2016, 7 ‘) by Vincent Gallagher