Il tratto italiano

Il tratto italiano is the IFFC’s selection of the best  Italian short animation films in partnership with the prestigious Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio, Euganea Film Festival and Sardegna Film Commission.

IFFC screens 10 PG short animations with our young viewers in mind.  The shorts are also of great interest for illustrators, cartoonists and filmmakers.

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Often the Night Comes by Paola Luciani

Paola Luciani was born in Rome. After high school diploma in Applied Arts, she attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, earning a specialization in animated films in 1990. Since 1990 she works regularly with animation studios, involved in television and cinema productions. In 2004 she moved to Treviso, carrying on to dedicate to the creation of short animated films as director and author. Her films, which are characterized by poetic and psychological contents, have been selected in major international festivals. In 2012, the film “Island” received two awards for the best animated short. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions with painted canvas and video projections. In 2015 she is co-author with Laura Simeoni of an illustrated book . Later, with the same publishing house, she published a book titled “La Scatola Arancione” written and illustrated by herself. She conducts workshops and lectures both in schools and privately. Filmography:1990 Giovannino senza paura (05:00) 1994 Ho-plà (03:00) 2006 Dey (03:12) 2006 Soul (03:28) 2007 Waiting (03:29) 2008 Rope (03:17) 2008 Met a neon last night (03:08) 2009 The choice (03:21) 2010 Komitas (35:00) 2011 Net (03:00) 2012 Island (02:43) 2013 XA (03:21) 2014 Coincidenze (04:51) 2016 Spesso viene sera (05:37)

El Mostro by Lucio Schiavon e Salvatore Restivo (Studio Liz)


A few decades ago, those crossing the ribbon of asphalt of the Liberty bridge, would enjoy a unique vision: starting from the historical centre, a miracle of lights, colours, smokes and flames coexisted in paradoxical harmony with the urban environment that surrounding it: the absolute beauty of Venice, and the cities on the mainland. Day after day people got used to it, they absorbed that conflicting view to the point it became intrinsically natural.
El mostro- those rivers, those lights, those frauds-  has the gift of lightness, the power of seduction, the musicality of promise: it has a winding appearance, but a diabolic spirit, and if it takes you it never leaves you.
In that period it was invisible, silent, seductive: it was the mirage of a safe job, the assurance of being able to buy stuff, of sending children to school and paying for their dental care. It was like the American dream, less effort and more income, a lagoon dream.
He wormed its way into the human, he took the lives of the labourers away with inoffensive statistic simplicity: it was the price to pay and a lot of people thought it was worth it.
Gabriele Bortolozzo, a gentle and witty man gifted with an imaginative foresight, broke the enchantment forcing us to face up to reality. He did that with amazing courage but in solitude and he left us far too soon, but not without leaving a huge legacy.
This legacy was the starting point to tell of an awakening, of awareness and of memory that we not only owe to Gabriele but also to ourselves and to the new generations. Our short film has the ambition to offer food for thought and stimulate discussion over themes that we feel crucial and riskily buried by a sort of suffocating emergency: work, rights, health, wealth. This topics dominate the political, social and cultural scene now as it was then but still remain open and seem unsolvable.Gabriele Bortolozzo started an unequal but examplar battle against a system, this battle generated a beautiful story, and we would like for our short film to become a heritage of us all. (from Studio Liz)

 Il mio cane si chiama vento by Peter Marcias

Peter Marcias is a director and screenwriter born in Sardinia (1977) who lives in Rome. He created many advertising spots, documentaries and short films shown at national and international festivals. Peter’s works are characterized by a strong interest for a kind of cinema engaged with society and politics. His films are distributed by Casini and 01 Distribution.

Nino & felix by Marta Palazzo & Lorenzo Latrofa

Nino and felix are two kids very different from each other and forced to live together like brothers. During a walk, they bring out all their differences and mistrusts, and have a clash that will lead them to discover a mistery they have in common!

Directors biographies

Marta Palazzo studied animation and cinematography at the Centro sperimentale di Cinematografia of Torino. She worked at different productions as an animator and character designer for feature films, series e authorial projects. She has been working for many years at LaTestuggine Animation Studio.

Lorenzo Latrofa was born in Rome where he graduated in Architecture in 2005. In the same period, together with Arturo Leone, he founded “La Testuggine Animation studio”. In 2009 he got a degree in animation and film making at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Torino. In 2010 he won , together with Sergio Basso, the Annecy’s Cristal Award for “Best Educational, scientific or industrial film” with the short “Giallo a Milano”.

Merlot by Marta Gennari and Giulia Martinelli

Original title: Merlot
By: Marta Gennari, Giulia Martinelli
Technique: animazione 2D digitale – 2d digital animation – drawings
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Piemonte, Animazione (National Film School)
Nationality: Italia
Year: 2016
Direction, script, Design, Storyboard, Animation: Marta Gennari, Giulia Martinelli

In a fairy-tale forest, a grumpy old lady loses a bottle of wine. This is the start for a chain of events where all the characters – an old lady, a naughty little girl, a cowardly mushroom seeker, a stupid wolf, a flock of birds – play their role, in a funny repartee between the film frames, leading to an unexpected development.

Oblo` by Martina Carosso, Ilaria Giacometti, Mathieu Narduzzi and Eura Pancaldi


By Martina Carosso, Ilaria Giacometti, Mathieu Narduzzi, Eura Pancaldi
Italia, 2014
Technique: animation 2d (digital)

REGIA di Martina Carosso, Ilaria Giacometti, Mathieu Narduzzi, Eura Pancaldi
SOGGETTO di Martina Carosso
STORYBOARD di Martina Carosso, Ilaria Giacometti, Mathieu Narduzzi, Eura Pancaldi
SCENOGRAFIA di Martina Carosso, Mathieu Narduzzi
ANIMAZIONI di: Ilaria Giacometti, Mathieu Narduzzi, Eura Pancaldi
COMPOSITING e STEREOSCOPIA di: Ilaria Giacometti, Eura Pancaldi
MUSICA originale di Fulvio Chiara
SOUND DESIGN di Paolo Armao
PRODUZIONE/SCUOLA: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Piemonte – Dip. Animazione
CSC Animazione – via Durandi 10 – 10144 Torino – Italia

L’attesa del maggio by Simone Massi