The fourth edition of the “Mondi Lontani Short Film Festival” has recently concluded in San Giovanni a Piro, Campania. The festival, which took place on December 16, 17, and 18, 2022 at the municipal library, aimed to bring artworks from all over the world to the region and showcased the creativity, originality, and practicality of independent cinema.


During the three days of the festival, the audience was able to appreciate a wide range of unique films that offered unlimited and “concentrated” solutions without taking away. The festival also organized various collateral events, including a photography exhibition by Alessandro Salvucci, a young photographer from San Giovanni a Piro, and a video installation by Lionel Cruet, an American artist.


After the jury’s voting, the festival now announces the winners of the various categories, including Best International Short Film, Best Italian Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Actor/Actress, and Best Screenplay. The festival awarded a $500 cash prize to the winner of the Best International Short Film category.


Leo Berne and Raphaël Rodriguez’s film, “Censor of Dreams,” won the Best International Short Film and Best Actor categories, with a synopsis that reads: “Every night, the Censor and his team moderate Yoko’s dreams. Tonight, nothing goes as planned.” The award for Best Italian Short Film went to Valerio Vestoso’s “Le Buone Maniere,” while Patrice Seiler and Maxime Marion won the Best Director category with “The Secret of Mr. Nostoc.” Adrian Moyse Dullin’s “The Right Words” won both the Best Screenwriter and Best Editing categories. Selma Indine Strønen Damm’s “The Little Match Girl” won the award for Best Original Soundtrack, while William Scott Williams’ “The Familiar Ferry” won Best Screenplay.


The festival days were also accompanied by collateral events, including the presentation of the catalog and the film production workshop curated by Il Varco, featuring the screening of Andrea Gatopoulos’ experimental short film “Happy New Year, Jim,” shot entirely in video games and already presented at the Cannes Film Festival.


The festival was made possible thanks to the support of the Campania Film Commission and the Campania Region. The success and growth of the festival would not have been possible without their support.