Cà Foscari Short Film Festival 10


Concilio Europeo dell'Arte renews its partnership with the international Cà Foscari Short Film Festival and hosts a special screening schedule held at InParadiso Art Gallery - Giardini della Biennale, Venice

InParadiso Art Gallery, Venice

Free admission subject to availability 

7th - 10th October 2020



Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival is the first European film festival managed by university students under the guidance of a staff of Professors in film studies and professionals from the world of cinema, with the artistic direction and overall organization of Maria Roberta Novielli. Our initiative results in an international competition open to film students from all over the world, which has become an important landmark for those involved in film studies. We promote the diffusion of the achievements accomplished in the field of cinema and transmedia by cooperating with international cinema schools and distributors. Internationally relevant producers, cinema experts, directors and actors join us each year as members of the jury or as special guests.


The tenth edition of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival takes place from October 7th to 10thwidespread in Venice, thanks to the collaboration of nine partner institutions.

Concilio Europeo dell’Arte id honoured to support the event hosting a selected screening schedule held at InParadiso Art Gallery – Giardini della Biennale.


Other partners: Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, Centro Culturale Candiani del Comune di Venezia, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Galleria Giorgio Franchetti Ca’ D’Oro, Museo Palazzo Grimani, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and Hotel NH Venezia Rio Novo.


30 short films from the most prestigious film schools and universities around the world, representing 27 countries:

Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Japan, UK, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, USA.


Actress Jun Ishikawa, Japanese by birth but Italian by adoption, made her big screen debut in 2003, after her theatre studies, appearing in Ermanno Olmi’s movie Singing Behind Screens. She then took part in movies such as To Sleep Next To Her by Eugenio Cappuccio, The Mother of Tears and The Best Offer, directed by Dario Argento and Giuseppe Tornatore respectively. Her commitment to cinema and theatre is also accompanied by an intense activity in television series, particularly in the famous RIS 5 – Delitti imperfetti, which gave her fame in the whole country. Winner of many awards, throughout her career she has also voiced characters in movies such as Lost in Translation, the Harry Potter saga and The Wolverine. She recently made her appearance in Alessandro Siani’s latest movie, Il giorno più bello del mondo.

Sulafa Hijazi is a multimedia artist and movie director, born in Damascus and currently residing in Berlin. After her studies, she immediately decided to speak to younger audiences, addressing social and educational development issues. Hijazi has been artistic and creative director of Space Toon, the first free satellite channel dedicated to Middle Eastern children, for which she has produced 2D and 3D content. Her animations received prizes and awards in several film festivals. Amongst her most successful works is The Jasmine Birds, an animated feature film she made in 2009. In 2010, in Damascus, she also founded “Bluedar”, a company producing digital art and animation that creates educational content for young people and organizes workshops for refugees from areas affected by conflicts in Siria. Her conceptual and multimedia artworks have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the British Museum.

Polish actress Maria Mamona is one of the most respected performers in her country. After graduating from the Warsaw Theatre Academy, she immediately made her debut in one of the most famous theaters in Poland. As a versatile artist, she has acted many roles in movies and television series, thanks to which she received several acting awards. Throughout her long career, she has worked with many of the most important directors in Poland, such as Andrej Wajda in 1999 movie Pan Tadeuz, Tadeusz Konwicki in Lawa (1989), Barbara Sass and Małgorzata Szumowska. Among her most recent performances stands out the ruthless criminal Bloody Mary in Ryszard Bugajski’s Zacma (2016), screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has also worked in international productions such as Within the Whirlwind (2009) and 1980s television series Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.


The three jurors will also be protagonists of the special jury program, during which they will meet the audience, attending the screenings of short films they directed or starred in. Maria Mamona will present her most recent short film, Wojciech Klimala’s Elizabeth, in which she plays the main role of a hairdresser who participates in a mature beauty contest during which she also discovers her son’s secret. Sulafa Hijazi will present two of her most recent works that prove her versatile artistic approach: the video art work Red Shoes and her animation video Drops. Finally, Jun Ichikawa will show and comment a series of excerpts from her most famous films.



FREE ADMISSION subject to availability 

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The Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival forays in (South) East Asian short movie production. Curated by Stefano Locati, the aim is to show a snapshot of this vital and stimulating scene.

This year’s selection opens to new countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, keeping intact the will to look at the present from unusual perspectives. The four selected short movies have already been screened in many international festivals, from Cannes to Locarno, from Busan to Singapore, never losing their surprising strength. The short movies are directed by two men (Pham Thien and Sorayos Prapan) and two women (Kris Ong and Sreylin Meas), who have accepted the challenge of low-budget stories from everyday life (often through crowdfunding) that reveal unusual aspects of life. From the flavors of street food vendors (Stay Awake, Be Ready) to a cramped flat (Sunday), from sunny rooftops that look like non-places (Dossier of the Dossier) to a resort on the ocean (California Dreaming), the four short movies explore the many facets of human relations with never-ending wonder.




Alnajma, Gilbert Karam, Lebanon, 11’14”
Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 14’44”
War Game, Mehrnoosh Fetrat, Jon Appel, USA/Iran, 18’40” Ardhviraam, Abhishek Gowda, India, 19’54”
Neptune’s song, Pierre Lazarus, France, 20’02”
Therese, Fabiana Serpa, Switzerland, 29’




Orange, Liu Yuchen, Lu Hai, Zhang Zihan, China, 5’50”
Ladies of Wakaliwood, L. Björklund – N. Fogelström – A. Moen, Sweden, 15’34”
Moya, Siyabonga Mbele, South Africa, 15’35”
Adam, Shoki Lin, Singapore, 19’33”
Superficies, José Luis González Peña, Mexico, 21’40”

Soleil, Tianxiang Yang, Hoiming Pau, China/Hong Kong, 29’59”




Presentation of last works by the three jurors Jun Ichikawa, Maria Mamona and Sulafa Hijazi.


Contents available also on streming on YouTube CFSFF10 channel.