The strong international identity of the event is the result of a selection that aims to add value to the differences between countries that are separated by the distance, giving back to the audience a heterogeneous outlook with the objective to give space to not so easily accessible works.
The countries represented are 42, of which 18 come from Europe, 9 from Asia, 2 from Africa, 5 from North America, 6 from South America and 1 from Oceania.
The choice of the short film format reflects the desire of La Guarimba to give visibility to works that would be excluded by the traditional market, but that stand out thanks to their quality.
The official selection has been divided into these competition categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Music Video, Experimental Films and La Grotta dei Piccoli (a selection of shorts for children in collaboration with UNICEF).
We selected high-quality works in the categories of Fiction, Documentary and Animation, with the aim of representing a large variety of genres, according to the style, the topic and the imaginary, moving from thriller to the social drama, from dance to comedy. Together, the selection builds a mosaic of visions, restlessness, critiques and obsessions of new voices or affirmed artists that will guide the audience along the festival.
We decided to include music videos in the official selection, a narrative form that doesn’t always obtain the right recognition. We tried to give dignity to an art form that in this year’s selection unites the power of