The city of Venezia is well known for its loving relationship with cinema. The independent and artistic filmmakers scene has taken place, for years, in LA CASA DEL CINEMA

Venezia Shorts has rapidly turned into a favorite between independent filmmakers. This festival, in a few years, has become part of the 50 most popular, and the 100 best reviewed worldwide and IMDb qualifying.

We are committed to screen the complete official selection of films at our live event, where filmmakers and guests will participate of the Q&A’s and panels, enhancing the opportunity for networking with directors, cast, crew and people from the industry. An amazing opportunity to submerge yourself in other visual artists’ works! During the year, we will award the best films with cash prizes for a total of USD 4500.


Some of our recent winners include a new wave of amazing uprising directors as Kaveh Akaber, Lamara Sogomonian, Luiza Budejko, Zornitsa Dimitrova, Marion Reymond, Ivan Stojkovic, Aleksandra Gavrilenko, Ross Carson, Kalman Nagy and so many more! These new talented Italian directors: Fabiana Ricco, Emanuele & Enrico Motti, Davide Pellino, Francesco Gozzo. And César Winner Amélie Bonin from France, Academy Award Nominee Hugo Covarrubias from Chile and Clermont-Ferrand ISFF Kálmán Nagy.

Furthermore, the festival will select a number of films as semifinalists. All semifinalist projects will be invited to our Virtual Screening Event, where they will be awarded semifinalist laurels. After the online event, we will choose the best film of the Online Event which will receive a USD 1500 cash prize.

All the Winners will receive the Official Laurels and the winning-category achievement certificate after the Live Event. Jury will choose from the Official Selection a film that will receive the JURY’S DISTINCTION AWARD with a cash prize of USD 3000.

All OFFICIAL SELECTION films will be screened at our public Live Event.


Suzie Léger
Austrian-Canadian actress and director based in Vienna. Born in Horn, Lower Austria, I grew up in Vienna and actively participated in various theater groups. At the age of fifteen, I did an exchange year in Sao José do Rio Preto, Brazil, where I became fluent in Portuguese and studied the Brazilian film movement known as O Cinema Novo, renowned for its emphasis on social equality during the 1960s and 1970s. Inspired by this experience, I began crafting my first own narrative and experimental short films, both as director and actor. Post-high school, I pursued degrees in Transmedia Arts at the University of Applied Arts and Performance Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. My art works, videos and performances garnered international recognition, earning awards such as the Ö1 Talentestipendium, a START grant for media art, the Best Short Film Award at the Women’s Film Festival Vienna, the top prize at the Now&After Film Festival in Moscow, and the Young Female Artist Award from Bildrecht GmbH. Following my acting program, I secured an artist visa to remain in the US until 2020. I performed in various theater productions, gained a supporting role in the American TV pilot Cicatrix, and starred in several short films. I am passionate about portraying resilient female characters who navigate life with humor and determination. My role in the Argentine-Austrian film Astronauts, which I co-wrote with director Mariano Cabaco and brought me back to Austria, earned us accolades at international festivals and screened in competition at the Diagonale’22. I am currently working on my second narrative short film, shedding light on forgotten Jewish women artists during National Socialism in Vienna. Contributing to this complex thematic exploration, I also participated in the production The more it comes the more it goes by Israeli director David Maayan (Arbeit macht frei) at Hamakom Theater in Vienna.
Lorenzo Danesin
Lorenzo Danesin (Treviso, 1988) is a sound designer, composer, and sound engineer. In cinema, he has worked from the beginning with Giulio Boato. In 2021, he founded 313, a film production company, together with Giulio Boato and Laura Belloni. He has been responsible for the soundtracks, sound design, and sound editing of various short and feature films, including "Animata Resistenza" by directors Francesco Montagner and Alberto Girotto (awarded the Lion for Best Documentary on Cinema in the Venice Classics section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014), and all films directed by Giulio Boato, such as "Jan Fabre. Beyond the Artist" (2015), "Theatron | Romeo Castellucci" (2018), "Shiro Takatani – Between Nature and Technology" (2019). In 2022, the documentary film "Tiziano - L'impero del colore," co-directed by Giulio Boato with his sound design, was released in Italian theaters. In 2022, he composed the soundtrack for the animated short film "A guerra finita" by Simone Massi, presented at the Venice International Film Festival and awarded at numerous international film festivals around the world, including the Nastro d'Argento for Best Animated Short Film.
Mochi Lin
Mochi Lin is a director, animator, and composer, who recently graduated with a BFA in Film and Animation from Rhode Island School of Design. She also concentrated in History Philosophy and Social Sciences and studied Music at Brown University. Her undergraduate film, Swallow Flying to the South, toured over 80 festivals around the world, and won top honours at Venezia Short Film Festival in 2023, earning a place on the 2023 BAFTA animation shortlist.
Marina Glezer
Marina Glezer a notable filmography, delving into directing after studying dramaturgy and scriptwriting in 2008. They debuted in 2012 with "Gabriela e Ismael," a UNASUR-winning short sold internationally. In 2015, "Berta y las Menores" garnered UNCIPAR recognition and was showcased at various festivals. Their creativity extended to theater in 2017 with "Salon de Belleza," securing the FNA award and PRO theater support. 2018 saw the release of two new short films, "El señor del tiempo," a winner at the INCAA blood window contest, and "Animal Woman." Now, they've recently completed their first full-length feature, "La Ruptura."
Barbara Lombardo
Barbara Lombardo, studied acting at the Julio Chavez Theater School. Her breakout role was as Vanina in the hit series Resistiré, followed by lead roles in Socias and Mujeres Asesinas. She gained immense popularity as Pochi in El Puntero. Her diverse TV credits include History Of A Clan, The Rich Do Not Ask Permission, The Roldan, and You Are My Man, alongside appearances in Mexican series like XY La Magazine and Soy Tu Fan. In film, she earned acclaim for Captive, landing a nomination for Best New Actress at the Argentinian Film Critics Association and international recognition, including a win at the San Sebastián Festival. Other film credits include The Mugger, El Hombre Que Corría Tras El Viento, and 2001 Mientras Kubrick Estaba En El Espacio. She starred as Manuela in the 2020 feature film Manuela.


You can submit your film in any of the Main Competitions and automatically your film will be considered for all Technical & Performances Categories with no extra cost. You don’t need to pay any additional category fee.

Our event will hold 10 COMPETITIONS by movie genre.We proudly announce our MAIN COMPETITIONS:


By submitting in any of our 10 MAIN COMPETITIONS, your film is automatically considered for all TECHNICAL & PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES with no extra cost.

These categories are all complementary.

When you enter a MAIN COMPETITION, your film is automatically considered in all Technical and Performance Categories. Simply check all of the free categories you want to be considered and enter the names of the artists in the Custom Form.


Our Live Screening Event at the magical city of VENEZIA is held at the intimate LA CASA DEL CINEMA located at Salizada San Stae 1990.

In our Event, we screen THE COMPLETE OFFICIAL SELECTION. Films are specially curated by our Program Director in different blocks, more than 10 Q&A with filmmakers from all around the world and an exclusive Cocktail.

Please check our photos of our last live event and get prepared to join us in the next one.

As Filmmakers we know the importance of screening a film in a full cinema, not only for the networking possibilities, but also because we make movies to be seen on a big screen. We are fully committed to run our events in person honoring the best projects of the season.

We will screen all our complete Official Selection in our Live Event and filmmakers will have the opportunity to network with other artists and professionals from the industry.

In addition, all semifinalists’ films will become part of our virtual event and will compete for a cash prize.

Winners will be announced in our live event.