Edition 2016

For the 4th edition of La Guarimba we have received over 1,300 short film submissions from all over the world, undeniably confirming our significant position in the international scene. This year our focus is on China and Japan. This choice seemed like a fitting tribute considering that 2016 is the Chinese year of the monkey, a creature near and dear to the festival’s identity. It is also the 150th anniversary of Italian-Japanese collaboration: perfect grounds for inviting up-and-coming representatives of cinema from these two brilliant nations.

The president of the jury will be Hu Wei, selected from last year’s festival with his film “Butter Lamp.” Other members of the jury will include Aki Isomaya from the Tokyo “Shorts Shorts Festival”, Joana Gamoes from DocLisboa, Sam Morril from VIMEO, and Tornillo De Klaus from Spain. Our screenings and conferences will continue to be free to the public, as ever, because our objective is and always will be to bring cinema to the people and people to the cinema.

We have worked hard to create a program for the festival that is as inclusive as possible and we are confident that the selected competing 50 shorts will touch you and make you dream, laugh, and cry. They will, essentially, make you live the magic of cinema.


Curated by Sara Fratini


HU Wei (China), born in 1983, currently lives and works between Paris and Beijing. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2011) and Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts (2013).

Aki Isoyama (Japan) was born in 1982. Since 2008, she has been with Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, in charge of festival programming, hospitality and international relations. She has served as Programming Manager at SSFF & ASIA since 2011.

Sam Morrill (USA) has had many different responsibilities at Vimeo since joining the company in 2009. From customer support, to curating Vimeo Staff Picks, to most recently serving as Vimeo’s first Creator Relations Lead, Sam has experienced Vimeo’s rapid growth and evolution from a variety of different angles.

Joana Galhardas (Portugal) was born in 1986. In 2014 she was part of the Doclisboa – International Film Festival team, collaborating as programme and print traffic assistant. In 2015 she worked at Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency. Currently, she is one of the programmers of the Green Years section and print traffic manager at Doclisboa.

El Tornillo De Klaus (Spain) They are a team dedicated to cinematographic analysis and creation of their own audiovisual projects and lyrical spreadings.


MEDIA 2016