Now going into its sixteenth edition, Magma – mostra di cinema breve has so far examined over 6.000 short films coming from 79 countries of the world, reaching a total attendance of about 14.000 festival goers and standing out as one of the best short film festivals in Italy.
In addition to the international competition, the programme offers special sections devoted to producers or distributors of the short film.
In contrast to bigger Italian film festivals, Magma has always focused on the short film, considering it as a separate art form, as a format allowing the experimentation of new styles and the creation of new trends, the presentation of works from both first-time amateurs and established directors.
The festival offers a chance of visibility for high-value works that are often precluded from the main distribution channels. Its aim is to build a bridge between the audience and the endless forms of expression of the short format, from genres including documentary, animation, narrative and experimental.
Over the past editions, Magma has successfully tried to create and intensify inspiring collaborations with other distinctive international film festivals, as well as producers or distributors of the short film: the Istanbul Short Film Festival, Madrid El Ojo Cojo, the Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho), Bochum Internazionales Videofestival, Tangier Mediterranean Short Film Festival, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), the Spanish Short Film Agency (ACE), Comma Film project (Manchester), the Leeds International Film Festival (UK), Off Plus Camera (Poland), the Glasgow Short Film Festival (Scotland) and the Jameson Cinefest International Film Festival Miskolc (Hungary), the Zagreb Film Festival, the Tirana International Film Festival, Friss Hús Budapest,Fest Anča International Animation Festival and In the Palace International Short Film Festival.
Associazione Culturale Scarti was founded in September 2001.
Since the very beginning, its aim was to produce and promote short films. In 2002 it organised an exhibition which put together the most interesting works from around the world in the field of short film, giving birth to the first edition of Magma - mostra di cinema breve.
The following year Magma took part in the first Notte Bianca in Rome. In 2004 Scarti members created Cortomeriggio, a set of short films designed and produced for television. In the same period the cultural association organised a series of presentations of books by Sicilian writers.
In 2003 Gli Invisibili came to life. The project consisted in the implementation of a summer open-air cinema for the screening of Italian works rarely shown in cinemas. The same event was repeated in summer 2004 and 2006, along with the themed screenings periodically organised by Scarti.
Scarti has always been involved in the support and promotion of culture, mainly focusing on its own territory but also considering flourishing cultural activities fostered in other regions of Italy and abroad.
The association plays an active role in the cultural programme offered by the cultural centre Mistero Buffo, with which Scarti regularly organises various activities including labs, workshops, screenings, drama seminars, music events, graphic arts and audiovisual education.