Presenting the official selection of the ninth edition of the Cisterna Film Festival, which will take place in Cisterna di Latina from July 21st to 23rd in the splendid setting of Palazzo Caetani. The short films finalists will compete for the “Best Film” award, determined by a jury of experts and industry professionals composed of:


– Karin Proia; actress and director

– Raffaele Buranelli; actor and director

– Christian Angeli; director and professor of “Visual Documentation Techniques” at RUFA in Rome

– Chiara Guida; journalist and film critic

– Matteo Di Simone; sound designer and mix technician


The other awards are:

– Grand Jury Prize – Best Director

– Mobilitazioni Artistiche Award for Best Performer

– Audience Award (determined by the votes of the audience present during event)


Cristian Scardigno, the artistic director of the Festival, presents the 2023 selection:

“18 short films from 13 countries, with 5 works representing Italy and nations that are joining us for the first time, such as the Philippines and Ukraine. Three directors return to Cisterna for the second time (Carlos Segundo, Ramazan Kilic, and Giulia Grandinetti), and it’s the third participation for Ali Asgari, the winner in 2017. There will be three national premieres, an Italian short film world premiere, and many short films from prestigious festivals such as Venice, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. The overall quality is extremely high, which unfortunately meant the exclusion of many other deserving works.”


COMPETING FILMS (in alphabetical order):

– About me (Netherlands) by Ali Asgari

– Applause (Portugal) by Guilherme Daniel

– Big Bang (France-Brazil) by Carlos Segundo

– Buon Natale (Italy) by Viren Beltramo

– Busan, 1999 (South Korea) by Thomas Percy Kim

– Datsun (New Zealand) by Mark Albiston

– The Devil (Poland) by Jan Bujnowski

– Di ogni bene (Italy) by Pablo Solari

– Domar (France) by Alcibiade Cohen

– Golden Bells (Philippines) by Kurt Steven Yu Soberano

– My Girl Friend (Egypt) by Kawthar Younis

– Not tomorrow (Greece) by Amerissa Basta

– Périphérie (France) by Thibault Bru

– Sir (Italy) by Maurizio Ravallese

– Super Jesus (Italy) by Vito Palumbo

– Things unheard of (Turkey) by Ramazan Kiliç

– Till I pass out (Ukraine) by Kateryna Eugenievna Holovko

– Tria (Italy) by Giulia Grandinetti


The International Short Film Festival, organized by the Mobilitazioni Artistiche Association, is completely free and also includes a photography exhibition by Vanessa Pistilli, the presentation of the book “Raudo e i cuori nel caffè” by Giovanni Anzaldo and an acting workshop for student actors curated by Karin Proia.