Magma – mostra di cinema breve is now in its tenth edition.
Now taking place in winter, 8th-10th December, the festival is organised in a time of the year when Acireale lacks cultural programming. Going back to the cinema – the festival is held at Cinema Spadaro – represents a new challenge focused on offering a quality event to the audience. Something totally new this year is that, for the very first time, all the works in competition have been subtitled into Italian by the festival organising committee. The 28 selected short films, traditionally divided into the Narrative, Experimental, Animation and Documentary sections, will compete against each other to win the Lorenzo Vecchio Prize. In addition to the international competition, this year the programme offers special sections devoted to producers or distributors of the short film such as the English project Comma Film and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome). Furthermore, on the occasion of the celebration of the tenth year of activity, some of the winning short films from previous editions are screened again.
The jury, presided over by Leonardo Gandini, a professor of Cinema Iconography at Dams (Drama, Art and Music Studies) in Bologna, together with the English filmmaker Kate Jessop and the Hungarian producer Judit Stalter, awards the Lorenzo Vecchio Prize to the short film Ostatni Pociag by the Polish director Weronika Tofilska.
Magma 2011 is made possible with the support of Mibac – Direzione generale per il cinema, Sensi Contemporanei, Regione Siciliana – Assessorato Turismo, Sport e Spettacolo, Sicilia Film Commission.