Schedule La Guarimba International Film Festival Summer 2022

NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S LA GUARIMBA!

None of us have ever thought it would be easy to do a film festival in the wild region of Calabria. This land of the impossible is where things are always magnified, even when it comes to complications. In this second year of pandemic, the town has been put under external administration because of the mafia, the Parco della Grotta that we had repaired ourselves last year, has now closed and deemed unusable, following the collapse of part of the old town, and regional fundings are no longer available. Despite all of this, we have still decided to bring cinema back to the people and people to the cinema.

Thanks to our Calabrian stubbornness and Venezuelan hope for change, we set to work and found a badly kept space, symbol of the social degradation that the town is experiencing: a parking lot not far from the Arena Sicoli, the open-air cinema that we repaired and used for our first edition and which is to this day, unfortunately, closed.

The parking lot will be part of our urban regeneration project, and will recover with the help of street art and prompt work that will allow us to offer you a beautiful ninth edition, certainly more punk than ever, but with the same La Guarimba spirit: no fear in getting involved knowing that everything can change.

From the 1174 short films received from 80 different countries, the team of programmers carried out a meticulous analysis and evaluation work to select 172 works from 56 countries from all continents: 5 African countries, 13 Asian, 28 European, 9 American, 1 Oceanic. Gender equality is fairly represented in the program: 94 of the selected films are directed by women (55% of the total). This selection confirms the mission to represent different cultures, languages and traditions, bringing richness and cultural variety to a small village in Calabria without a cinema.

The programme is enriched by special sections: KARMALA, African cinema; AMERICANIA, US short films; EL GUAYABO, a selection of documentaries on the Venezuelan diaspora; FOCUS LITUANIA; and finally the winners of GLAS ANIMATION, the US animation festival that had to take place online this year and that we will host on our screen.

The monkeys are coming back, see you this summer in Amantea.

LA GUARIMBA ENTRY IS FREE

ALL THE FILMS WILL BE SCREENED WITH ITALIAN AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES

ARTISTS FOR LA GUARIMBA 

Every day, starting at 18:00, we will host the exhibition “Artists for La Guarimba” an annual online and offline illustration exhibition organised by Sara Fratini. For this edition, the invited artists are Mikel Murillo (Spain), author of the official poster, Paulo Albuquerque a.k.a. Cesáh (Portugal), Egle Zvirblyte (Lithuania), Flora Anna Buda (Hungary), Giovanna Lopalco (Italy), Gwladys Gambie a.k.a. Black Meisha (Martinique), Meltem Şahin (Turkey), Natasha Dinjar (Australia), Sawako Kabuki (Japan), Śhąüņ Bůķhüţh (Mauritius), Zoran Popac (Serbia), Boyoung Kim (South Korea), Keya Tama (South Africa), Harriet Lenneman (USA) e Mela Pabón (Puerto Rico).

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY 

Every year, La Guarimba hosts artists from different disciplines to do research and make their project during the festival. For this edition, the Brazilian-Portuguese artist Cesáh and super Sara Fratini will create two street art works in the parking lot that will host the festival. The aim is to regenerate a degraded area in Amantea, giving it back to the community. The mural will be made thanks to the support of Colorificio VR, a company from Northern Italy which will sponsor the paint we will use for our action.

AMANTEA BEACH

 8:00 | BEACH CLEANING 

LIDO AZZURRO OF AMANTEA

 20:00 | PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK “A SUD DEL SUD”
With the participation of the author Giuseppe Smorto, former vice-director of Repubblica. In Italian

 21:00 | EL GUAYABO: THE VENEZUELAN DIASPORA | Screening of documentaries about Venezuelan refugee crisis 

Of Memory And Debris by Rodrigo Michelangeli | 16′ | Canada

A Backyard For My Grandchildren To Play by Pedro Moreno | 8′ | Uruguay

They Called Me Pietro by Pedro Mercado | 8′ | Venezuela

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 19:00 | LA FABBRICA DEL CINEMA | Animation and illustration workshop for children 

 21:00 | OPENING CONCERT by Orchestra di Fiati Mediterranea 

Tribute to the composer John Williams.

 21:30 | OPENING SCREENING | Film shot in Calabria and produced by La Guarimba 

Yan by Jacinta Agten | 15′ | Belgium

Marino by Peter Auer-Grumbach | 15′ | Austria

 21:45 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | FILMS FOR ALL 

Careful by Alice Saey | 4′ | France | MUSIC VIDEO

Accamòra by Emanuela Muzzupappa | 11′ | Italy | FICTION

Would You Please? by Ada Güvenir | 5′ | Belgium | ANIMATION

Girlsboysmix by Lara Aerts | 6′ | The Netherlands | DOCUMENTARY

Sassy Boy by Qieer Wang | 1′ | United States & Hong Kong | ANIMATION

David by Zachary Woods | 12′ | United States | FICTION

 23:00 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN 

Room With A View by (LA)HORDE – Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer & Arthur Harel | 5′ | France | VIDEOCLIP

Son Of Sodom by Theo Montoya | 15′ | Colombia | DOCUMENTARY

Cockpera by Kata Gugić | 5′ | Croatia | ANIMATION

The Last Ferry From Grass Island by Linhan Zhang | 14′ | United States & Hong Kong | FICTION

Blue Fear by Marie Jacotey, Lola Halifa-Legrand | 10′ | France | ANIMATION

El Amor Amenazado by Hector Herce | 15′ | Spain | FICTION

LIDO AZZURRO OF AMANTEA

 2:00 | SCREENING “INSOMNIA” | Experimental films
with a DJ set – Tribute to Franco Battiato & Raffaella Carrà

Don’t Know What by Thomas Renoldner (WINNER OF LA GUARIMBA 2020)

I Want To Be The Ocean by Raman Djafari | 1′ | Germany

Aninsri Daeng by Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke | 29′ | Thailand

Angry Dogs by Shaun Clark | 5′ | United Kingdom

Xylem by Michael Hughes | 5′ | United Kingdom

Fruit by Ivan Li | 3’ | Canada & Hong Kong

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 19:00 | LA FABBRICA DEL CINEMA | Animation and illustration workshop for children 

 21:00 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | FILMS FOR ALL 

Craziest Thing by Sacha Beeley | 3′ | United Kingdom | VIDEOCLIP

God Was Here! by Raluca Lupascu | 27′ | The Netherlands & Romania | DOCUMENTARY

Girls Talk About Football by Paola Sorrentino | 7′ | Italy | ANIMATION

Sukar by Ilias El Faris | 11′ | Morocco & France | FICTION

Dat’s Real Good? by Marc Faye | 5′ | France | ANIMATION

Three Meetings Of The Extraordinary Committee by Jones | 18′ | United Kingdom & Bulgaria | FICTION

 PRESENTATION SUPERLOOP GIPHY 

Screening of the best gifs received

 22:30 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN 

Demasiadas Mujeres by Santos Bacana | 3′ | Spain | VIDEOCLIP

Just A Guy by Shoko Hara | 15′ | Germany | DOCUMENTARY

Black Hole by Tristan Aymon | 29′ | Switzerland | FICTION

Little Miss Fate by Joder von Rotz | 8′ | Switzerland | ANIMATION

L’Effort Commercial by Sarah Arnold | 17′ | France, Switzerland & Italy | FICTION

Incomplete Woman by Huh Su-young | 10′ | South Korea | ANIMATION

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 19:00 | LA FABBRICA DEL CINEMA | Animation and illustration workshop for children 

 21:00 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | FILMS FOR ALL 

Parachute by Taisia Deeva | 4′ | Germany & Russia | VIDEOCLIP

Uncle in LA by Kai Stoeckel | 28′ | Germany & United States | DOCUMENTARY

The Delivery by Doğuş Özokutan | 12′ | Cyprus, Turkey & Syria | FICTION

Carrousel by Jasmine Elsen | 9′ | Belgium | ANIMATION

Pain by Anna Rose Duckworth | 8′ | New Zealand | FICTION

It’s All The Salt’s Fault by María Cristina Pérez | 10′ | Colombia | ANIMATION

 22:30 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN 

I Died by Zuzanna Plisz | 4′ | Poland | VIDEOCLIP

Horacio by Caroline Cherrier | 10′ | France | ANIMATION

Anita by Sushma Khadepaun | 18′ | India & United States | FICTION

Hold Me Tight by Mélanie Robert-Tourneur  | 7’ | Belgium | ANIMATION

The Ballet Of Service by Marlies Smeenge | 15′ | The Netherlands | DOCUMENTARY

The Manila Lover by Johanna Pyykkö | 27′ | Philippines & Norway | FICTION

LIDO AZZURRO OF AMANTEA

 2:00 | FOCUS LITHUANIA | Screening of Lithuanian films curated by Lithuanian Shorts 

Becoming Animal by Ieva Šakalytė | 10′

It’s Alright by Jorūnė Greičiūtė | 17′

Dummy by Laurynas Bareiša | 13′

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 21:00 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | FILMS FOR ALL 

Dromedary by Janez Lapajne | 17′ | Slovenia | FICTION

How My Grandmother Became A Chair by Nicolas Fattouh | 10′ | Lebanon | ANIMATION

Shadows On The Rails by Elias Kahla | 21′ | Finland | DOCUMENTARY

Sting Like A Bee by Leone Balduzzi | 5′ | Italy | VIDEOCLIP

Lorena by Sergio Babilonia | 17′ | Peru | FICTION

Trona Pinnacles by Mathilde Parquet | 12′ | France | ANIMATION

 22:30 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN 

Never Ever by Evgeniv Bakirov | 3′ | Russia | VIDEOCLIP

Queens by Youssef Youssef | 30′ | Switzerland & Egypt | FICTION

Malumore by Loris Giuseppe Nese | 12′ | Italy | ANIMATION

3 Logical Exits by Mahdi Fleifel | 15′ | Denmark, United Kingdom & Lebanon | DOCUMENTARY

Nuevo Rico by Kris Mercado | 16′ | United States & Puerto Rico | ANIMATION

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 21:00 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | FILMS FOR ALL 

The Tower by Sunčana Brkulj | 4′ | Croatia | VIDEOCLIP

Fata Morgana by Daniella Bokor, Leanna Berkovitch | 11′ | Israel | ANIMATION

All The Time by Shadi Karamroudi | 15′ | Iran | FICTION

Quaranta Cavalli by Luca Ciriello | 10′ | Italy | DOCUMENTARY

Austral Fever by Thomas Woodroffe | 20′ | Chile | FICTION

Easter Eggs by Nicolas Keppens | 14′ | Belgium | ANIMATION

 22:30 | SCREENING SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION | ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN 

A Lack Of Clarity by Stefan Kruse Jørgensen | 23′ | Denmark | DOCUMENTARY

King’s BLVD by Andrew Litten | 4′ | United States | VIDEOCLIP

Mermaid In A Jar by Malkki Tomi | 5′ | Finland | ANIMATION

The Unseen River by Phạm Ngọc Lân | 23′ | Vietnam | FICTION

The Zucchini’s Smile by Lucas Ansart | 7′ | France | ANIMATION

The Danger In Front by Alexis Chartrand | 18′ | Canada | FICTION

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 21:00 | AWARDS CEREMONY 

Presentation of the Audience Award “Vitaliano Camarca” and Awards Ceremony

 21:45 | KARMALA | Screening of African cinema curated by Keba Danso 

Noor by Rim Nakhli | 15′ | Tunisia

Al-Sit by Suzannah Mirghani | 20′ | Sudan

Bablinga by Fabien Dao | 14′ | Burkina Faso

 22:30 | AMERICANIA | Screening of U.S. short films curated by Sam Morrill 

Little Potato by Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller | 14′

Quarter Life Poetry on Planned Parenthood by Arturo Perez Jr. & Samantha Jayne | 4′

Dick Morrill by Bas Berkhout | 6′

Caroline by Celine Held & Logan George | 12′

Quarter Life Poetry on Office Bathrooms by Arturo Perez Jr. | 3′

 23:15 | A SCREEN FOR GLAS ANIMATION | Screening of animation short films curated by GLAS Animation Festival 

1000 Dreams: Zenti the Invincible by Jonathan Phanhsay-Chamson | 16′ | France

Naked by Kirill Khachaturov | 15′ | Russia

KKUM by Kang-min Kim | 9′ | South Korea

In the months preceding the festival, in collaboration with our partners, we organized a series of online webinar and conferences to give continuity to our educational mission, guaranteeing our audience useful tools for their own paths and touching relevant themes of the contemporary film industry, such as the independent projects funding process, women discrimination in film production, political refugees and gender identity.

 7th MAY – HOW TO CO-PRODUCE YOUR FILM IN NORWAY
in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy & Nordnorsk Filmsenter.

 18th MAY – A GLIMPSE ON THE LITHUANIAN CULTURAL INDUSTRY FROM A WOMEN PERSPECTIVE
in collaboration with Lithuanian Embassy, Lithuanian Cultural Institute & Lithuanian Shorts.

 27th MAY – EL GUAYABO: THE VENEZUELAN DIASPORA 
in collaboration with Italian-Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce.

 10th JUNE – AN ISTAGRAM LIVE CONVERSATION ABOUT GENDER IDENTITY 
in collaboration with the Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands in Italy & the Government of Flanders in Italy.

 23th JUNE – BASED UPON THE BOOK – ADAPTING BOOKS INTO FILMS 
in collaboration with Scuola Holden.

 25th JUNE – HOW TO USE GIFS AND CLIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR NEXT FILM 
in collaboration with GIPHY.

Which is the price of the entrance?

Since our first year, the entrance for the screening is free, because our objective is to bring the cinema back to the people and the people back to cinema!

But I want to contribuite anyway

You can make a donation or buy a t-shirt, a bag, a gadget or a poster and help us to be sustainable!

Can we bring our children?

The festival doesn’t know the censorship but, after 23:00, some projections can hurt the sensibility of some people. That’s why we created “La Grotta dei Piccoli”, a space dedicated to children that will consist of animation movies projections during all the evenings of the festival.

There will be any food?

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