Since 2010 the shortest day of the year, December 21, has been consecrated International Short Film Day. In more than fifty countries, the anniversary is celebrated by programming shorts in theaters, on television or in specific events.

The success of the initiative makes it Short Film Day an ideal showcase for the short works that, during the year, hardly ever leave the festival circuit. The Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio has created a program of recent Italian short films that aims to be a gallery on Italian production, dedicated to our country and abroad.

A formula that allows a wide diffusion of the Italian short film in the world, with always extremely positive results. The Shortest Day is an opportunity to access a production that rarely arrives at the hall, mostly confined to the festival circuit, able to meet the favors of the public for its originality and freshness.

On the occasion of Short Film Day 2018, the Association La Voce della Luna, in collaboration with the National Short Film Centre, the Culture and Development Association, the Fic (Federazione Italiana Cineforum), Officinema Laboratorio cinematografico dell'I.I.S Saluzzo Plana, organize a special event that includes the screening of some of the best contemporary shorts.

The evening will take place on Friday 21st December starting at 9 p.m. at the Associazione Cultura e Sviluppo di Alessandria (Piazza De André 76). A toast at the end of the evening. Admission free.

The movies on the program
Magic Alps, Andrea Brusa & Marco Scotuzzi, fiction - 2018 - 15
. The official of a refugee centre has to handle the asylum request of an Afghan refugee who arrived in Italy with a goat. Based on a true story.

The stretchAlexander Stevanon, fiction - 2017 - 15'.
Federico is an eleven-year-old boy who lives in a small town in northern Italy. Silent and thoughtful, he is invisible to his companions and parents. Meeting an old Senegalese artist will help Federico to discover his talent and learn to see others for what they are: people with their own story made of silent details, which can only be told by those who can watch. A modern fairy tale about friendship, about the details that make them unique, about knowing how to observe and tell people for what they are: stories.

MalaMenti, Francesco Di Leva, animation - 2017 - 13'.
Fat O' Pazz and Ciruzzo Pesce bello, they're two bloodthirsty gangster power figures. The legacy left to them was of the same violent nature, born and raised in a path of prevarication over the weakest. But there are enemies to make room for themselves in this climate of domination among miserable, apparently harmless enemies that the two consider as possible usurpers of their power... They are Severino the donkey, famous chief of the donkeys in Campu Perdu, and Piero the Boar, chief of the Boars on the lands of Campo d'oliva. The showdown is near. The two men must get rid of the presence of the two animals.

Lobster Dinner, Gregorio Franchetti, fiction - 2017 - 14'.
Left home alone one evening, a 12-year-old boy steals some real lobsters from his parents' fridge and brings them as a gift to his schoolmate's working-class mother, only to reclaim a place in their home that goes far beyond dinner. Entirely set during a trivial school evening in Rome, Lobster Dinner recounts the journey of misunderstandings, betrayals and awakenings of two boys from different social classes suddenly caught up in their respective quests for virility.

FramedMarco Jemolo, animation - 2017 - 7'.
Fk, the protagonist, is a little plasticine man, one of those used in animation cinema to make entertainment films. But he has a deep soul and a strong critical spirit: he rebels against his condition. In an interrogation room in an anonymous police precinct, Fk has come in search of the freedom that every living thing needs: that of choosing its own destiny.

A friend in meGianluca Manzetti, fiction - 2017 - 10'.
In a "social" world where everyone wants to be protagonists, there are those who share posts, those who pose waiting to become immortal through his digital representation, and those who, like the protagonist of this story, risk real life distracted by what would seem to be his closest friend... the smartphone.

Mon amour mon ami, Adriano Valerio, documentary - 2017 - 16'.
Daniela and Fouad live in Gubbio, but both come from the sea, Bari her, Casablanca him. They met by chance, united by a difficult life and out of the rules, which has left an indelible mark. Taking care of each other gave birth to a deep and healing friendship. Now that Fouad needs a residence permit, a marriage seems the easiest solution. Daniela agrees. But one step away from the wedding, the ambiguity of his feelings is starting to upset her. Can you fake marry someone who really loves you?

Alessandria by bicycle. The Museo AcdB, Claudio Pasero and Gianni Giavotto (Officinema Laboratorio Cinematografico) - 2018 - 3'02"
Il Museo Alessandria Città delle Biciclette raccontato in 2 minuti e mezzo, produced by Officinema-laboratorio cinematografico, in collaboration with Laboratorio teatrale L'esperienza della scena, in collaboration with and under the patronage of Città di Alessandria, Camera di Commercio and Confartigianato di Alessandria, with the contribution of Fondazione CRT.

Hat's soul. The hat takes the fold of the soul, Sara Todarello and Gianni Giavotto (OFFICINEMA Film Laboratory) - 2018 - 1'56
. Homage to the Borsalino hat made by Officinema-laboratory cinema, in collaboration with Laboratorio teatrale "L'esperienza della scena", in collaboration and under the patronage of the City of Alessandria, Chamber of Commerce and Confartigianato di Alessandria, with the contribution of Fondazione CRT.

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