Interview with the Festival Team of Picentia Short Film Festival

“Picentia Short Film Festival is one of the main international shortfilm festival in Campania (province of Salerno, Italy), born in 2017, produced by the Association of Independent Cinematographic Production ACT Production, a young production formed by filmmakers between 19 and 28 years old which have reached in the last two years the finals and the official selections of some main international shortfilm festival. PSFF has got in these years among the patronages and partnerships Campania Film Commission, World Film Fair (New York), JIFF – Jaipur International Film Festival (India), ToHorror FilmFest (Turin).

The festival – edition 2019 – will take place at the end of the next summer in the little city of Montecorvino Rovella, in the heart of Monti Picentini Regional Park, in province of Salerno.”

Short Bio of the Artistic Direction: “PSFF Artistic Direction is composed by Antonio Palo (M. Rovella, 25 y.o., founder and artistic director), Luca Capacchione (M. Rovella, 19 y.o., deputy artistic director) and Erica De Lisio (Salerno, 23 y.o., deputy artistic director), all of them part of ACT Production’s team.

 

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Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Picentia Short Film Festival Team: Picentia Short Film Festival’s goal is to award the talented filmmakers giving them an apposite ‘place’ where they could valorize their works, meeting also the main cinematographic productors and artistic directors of the region. Through our parterships the winners have been part of some international events (as World Film Fair) and mentions: it’s a starting point both for emerging filmmakers and also for successfull ones.

2) What would you expect to experience if you attend your upcoming festival?

I would expecting a relaxing contest where to show your abilities, experiences, stories: in a few words, a piece of your life. Picentia Short Film Festival is made by yuong filmmakers for filmmakers: we’d love to share each other and widespread all of the visions of cinema with the people that still believes in it or could be attracted by this form of communication.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films?

There are 6 categories/genres: “Horror & Thriller”, “Drama & Social”, “Comedy & Comic”, “Past & Future”, “Docs”, “Music Video”. The qualifications is for short films with a maximum duration of 20 minutes; documentaries with a maximum duration of 52 minutes; music videos with a maximum duration of 4 minutes. There will be two juries (technical and public) who will assign each day of the event – from 11th to 15th September, 2019 – the festival prizes (total combined value of about $3.000,00).

4) Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

I think it’s partially true, that’s why some film festivals have become – with the passing of time – a sort of limited circle for some kind of ideas, artists managements, distributions or for the ‘great possibilities’ of their single filmmakers. I personally – as all of the rest of the artistic direction – believe in pluralism and impartiality. So, being Picentia Short Film Festival neutral in terms of judgement, there’s no distintion among tipologies of budgets, distributions or curricula. Here low budget short films can compete with higher budget and distributed short films: the only evaluetion criterion is the quality.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

My team and me are very motivated doing Picentia Short Film Festival: it represents the making of the job we love to do and the proof that some young boys could build an international company where skills and professionalism could valorize people and places. We want to be an example for the youngest generations to believe in their dreams.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

The FilmFreeway process has been great. It’s a really great platform to view films and super user friendly. We’re proud to be there.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2023?

Very hard question… (That’s the first time I’m thinking about!). I wish 2023 festival greater than the previous years, with the same friends and the same values which keep us together. But the first step is now, in 2019!

8) What film have you seen the most times in your life?

I haven’t a favourite or most-seen film, but I can’t remember how many times have seen Eddie Murphy’s and Ben Stiller’s comedies, Leslie Nielsen’s “The Naked Gun” serie, Steve Carell’s “Angie Tribeca”, Monthy Python’s sketches, and fanta-epic series (as “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings”). Really great movies…

9) In one sentence, what makes a great film?

The ability to leave into you something deep inside.

10) How is the film scene in your city?

The film and artistic scene is almost, completely absent: a further incentive to reach our festival’s goals.

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