25.06.2009 -

MAREMETRAGGIO 2009. International Short Film Festival. Trieste, Italy. 26 June-4 July 2009

In the field of the safeguarding of cultural diversity and creativity and its expressions in the field of cinema, UNESCO Office in Venice supports the tenth edition of the MAREMETRAGGIO International short film Festival to be held in Trieste (Italy) from 26 June through 4 July 2009 The Press Conference will take place on 23 June 2009 at 11.30 am. 

The International Maremetraggio Festival is a short film Festival that mainly displays and promotes various debut works created by new and young filmmakers. It is organized by the Maremetraggio Association in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural administration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, the Municipality of Trieste and the Chamber of Commerce of Trieste. 

Since 2008, The MAREMETRAGGIO International short film Festival is recognized and supported by UNESCO. It supports in fact the values expressed in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005 (Article 4 . Cultural diversity) : “Cultural diversity” refers to the manifold ways in which the cultures of groups and societies find expression. These expressions are passed on within and among groups and societies. Cultural diversity is made manifest not only through the varied ways in which the cultural heritage of humanity is expressed, augmented and transmitted through the variety of cultural expressions, but also through diverse modes of artistic creation, production, dissemination, distribution and enjoyment, whatever the means and technologies used. 

Maremetraggio is ready to celebrate its first ten years of life with a special programme for the 2009 edition. It will be a gold edition with numerous meetings and novelties. Over 9 days, from 26 June through 4 July in Trieste, screenings, conferences and meetings with actors and directors will alternate to offer to the festival audience a total immersion in the world of cinema. 

The selection includes 100 shorts and 15 shorts of the CEI section reserved to short films from the countries belonging to the Central European Initiative, screened together for a world tour based on shorts. 

In the frame of the partnership with the Ellenic Foundation of Culture, 2009 will be the year of Greece and its cinema. A retrospect on Greek short films selected in collaboration with Drama Film Festival will introduce every evening screenings of feature films of Ippocampo section – Debut Works at Cinema Ariston. 

Contact : Matteo Rosati at m.rosati(at)unesco.org 




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