ONA Short Festival Film Venezia is a nonprofit event that aims to share the love for nature, outdoor sports, and environmental awareness because we believe it is a message we need to spread to make an impact on today’s society.

DAY 1

9 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

DAY 2

10 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

DAY 3

11 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

Our 3 categories:

Admission FREE on reservations

Limited availability

DAY 1

9 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

DAY 1

9 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

One Breath Around The World (12’41’’) · France

Guillaume Nery

Freedive with me around the world. In their short film, One Breath Around the World, French free diving champion Guillaume Néry and his also free driver wife Julie Gautier, take viewers on an underwater odyssey across the globe. Shooting in locations from Mauritius to Mexico to Japan and many stops in between, Néry and Gautier draw on their extensive experience to explore submerged ruins, swim beneath a thick sheet of ice, mingle with a pod of sleeping sperm whales. In the process, they capture mesmerizing images of parts of the planet unseen by most of its human inhabitants.

Anba, From The Depths of Haiti (26’) · France

Vladimir Cellier

Olivier Testa explores the caves of Haiti since 2009, leading expeditions, trainings, and research projects across the country. While following the speleologist through the caves, Baraka Films sketches a colourful and rhythmic portrait of the Pearl of the Antilles.

For the Love of the Game (7′) · Scotland

Troy Edige

In the remote Northern Territories of Pakistan, polo has been a part of life for centuries. As teams from rivalling valleys get ready to meet on the world’s highest polo ground, Chitral leader Sikander Ul Mulk reflects on his long career and the sacrifices he had to make to follow his dreams.

Madman Trails of Bhutan (4′) · Canada

Scott Secco

Join Wyn Masters, Cody Kelley, and Florent Poilane as they explore Bhutan by bike.

World of Feedback (2’48’’) · Italy

Prod.Company: Dadomani Animation Studio

This short stop motion film uses a metaphor to tell about the core values of Feedback, a new digital network for professionals, where the display of one’s areas of improvement is perceived as a value and rather than a flaw.
As in “The Voice Over”, the puppet alternates almost imperceptible movements with disruptive dynamic phases, breaking away from the typical cartoon language and getting as close as possible to a realistic interpretation. The whole set, crafted in several weeks of work, was totally destroyed during the stop-motion shootings to make the final sequences.

The Box (3′) · Italy

Prod.Company: Dadomani Animation Studio

TheBox and TheDox spend their existence on the sofa at home in front of the TV. Both are affected by a form of television addiction, which manifests itself through completely opposite behaviors and reactions, the former uses TV to fall asleep while the latter is a victim of the unstoppable instinct of zapping. This is how the part of rational thought leaves room for the unknown and unconscious world of one’s subconscious. TheBox’s brain becomes a stronghold without any defense against dangerous external stimuli, the TV audio signal is the enemy that insinuates itself between the cognitive synapses, influencing their dreams and controlling their consciousness, giving life to dreams and hallucinations that interact with the surrounding environment without any control.

The Voice Over (2’53’’) · Italy

Prod.Company: Dadomani Animation Studio

A voice over interrogates a man who is recluse in a jail, about his bad situation…

Towers of Tigray (19’44) · New Zealand

Will Lascelles

An old world steeped in climbing history. A new adventure as seen through a child’s eyes. Towers Of Tigray follows James Pearson & Caro Ciavaldini and their young son Arthur to the giant walls and ancient routes of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where priests and worshippers have scaled sun-scorched towers to reach their secret and sacred churches since the fourth century. In their search for these spiritual routes and a unique adventure, they discover unexpected challenges, fresh perspectives, and the motivation they need to undertake some breathtaking climbing.

The Legend of Raphael (6’54’’) · USA

Jesse Levine

A beautiful story about the power of two wheels and a community built through bicycling. After a devastating breakup, Rafael finds solitude and restoration on the open road, pedaling his way to emotional health from Mexico City to northern Colorado. With just $500 to his name, he spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how—repairing their bicycles.

On/Off (7’) · Argentina

Directed by Nicolás Villarreal
Red Clover Studio

Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.

DAY 2

10 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

DAY 2

10 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

Wallmapu (5’50’’) · USA

Ben Sturgulewski

The Pehuenche people of present-day Chile speak Mapudungun: ‘the language of the land.’ This land, their universe, is known as Wallmapu. Two skiers enter, into a breathtaking creation of ancient Araucaria trees, looming volcanoes, and windblown snow.

Intersection: Mountain bike meets painting (4’20’’) · USA

Lacy Kemp

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colors come to life and reality blends with art.

Chasing Monsters (4’40’’) · Australia

Krystle Wright

They snap power lines, topple buildings, inundate roads and smash the work of humans with cool indifference. But to behold a monster storm up close is to taste the infinite. This short, intense film follows storm chaser and Canon photographer Nick Moir, cutting straight to the heart of what fuels his obsession.

Aziza (6’30») · UK

Coldhouse

The call to prayer is a familiar sound in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Five times a day the minaret sounds, and people from all across Moroccan valleys pause to say their prayers. The people of these villages are proud of their traditions, and many are subsistence farmers who work hard to make a living and maintain their families. This is no different for Aziza Raji, it’s just that despite the daily tasks that are expected of her, she manages to find time to train to be one of the rising stars of Moroccan ultra-running.

Speak to me Softly (6’24’’) · USA

Henna Taylor

Experience fear and emotion alongside climber Jenny Abegg as she ascends a route while fighting the self-criticism and doubt from that little voice, we all have in the back of our heads.

The Time Within (4’55’’) · USA

Ben Sturgulewski

As a light snow begins to fall on the bustling Tokyo outside his family shop, The Timekeeper delicately assembles his masterwork. In precision clockwork, the mystery lies in the finest details– and the master knows that in a single second of perfect and beautiful synchronicity, there lives an eternity. Slow motion sequences shot on the Phantom VEO 640s at 1600 frames per second.

One Breath Around The World (12’41’’) · France

Guillaume Nery

Freedive with me around the world. In their short film, One Breath Around the World, French free diving champion Guillaume Néry and his also free driver wife Julie Gautier, take viewers on an underwater odyssey across the globe. Shooting in locations from Mauritius to Mexico to Japan and many stops in between, Néry and Gautier draw on their extensive experience to explore submerged ruins, swim beneath a thick sheet of ice, mingle with a pod of sleeping sperm whales. In the process, they capture mesmerizing images of parts of the planet unseen by most of its human inhabitants.

Trash Artist (4′) · USA

Directed by Gnarly Bay

Early in 2019, we were searching for stories about interesting people in our area so that we could create some client-free creative profiles in our down time. Thanks to the infinite scroll of twitter, we were turned on to the work of this amazing artist named Thomas Deininger. It was actually a random tweet from the actor that plays Boba Fett in the Star Wars prequels that claimed Tom was one of the most inspiring creators he had come across lately. We were intrigued by the amazing artwork in the low quality GIF that he posted, and then, following the internet rabbit hole, we realized that he was from RI. His studio was less than an hour away…like everything in Rhode Island is, so our producer Kyle King made contact. Tom welcomed us into his world and shared his perspectives on some big themes and how his anxieties and fears about human consumption and plastic waste create the foundation of his medium for artistic expression.
His art has so many layers of social commentary and with a super futuristic macro probe lens we were able to enter these microcosmic hot-glued havens of hedonism in order to confront this perverse plastic waste challenge that humanity *us included* needs to stop ignoring.

Wild Love (7’) · France

Ecole des Nouvelles Images

The heart has its reasons of which nature knows nothing.

Searching the Christmas Tree (15’) · China

Lie Feng

A university teacher looking to break free from a life of routine and a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows the whereabouts, spins this story of seemingly futile quests and ultimately transcending climb. This is also an interesting side look into a rarely seen facet of China, a snapshot of a generation growing up in tandem with China’s fascinating transformation over the past few decades.

The Last Honey Hunter (19’44) · USA

Ben Knight

Kulung people practice an ancient animistic tradition that is under the threat of modernism: climbing rope ladders up sheer cliffs and the harvesting of a kind of toxic honey by the world’s largest honeybee.

Game of Thrones Conquest (2’) · Argentina

Produced by Gizmo
Directed by Emmanuel Verruno

For the Game of Thrones fans that are anxious to see more, here goes an extra dose of White Walkers, Giants, Dragons and thousand of enraged Wights.

“White Walkers Revenge” is the first part of the difficult path the Stark house will have to trudge to get to the Iron Throne.

9) Bare Existence (19′) · USA

Max Lowe
Stept Studios

Dr Steven Amstrup has made the study of bears his life’s work. With over 40 years in the field, he is one of the foremost voices calling for immediate action to protect polar bears and their habitat.

Movements (13’30’’) · USA

Colin Scott
The Wilder Studio

MOVEMENTS is the symphonic saga – in four parts (Rainbow, Steelhead, Musky, Striper) – of three Alaska fishing guides who road trip their way home in a 2003 Dodge Caravan (best known as ‘Van-a White’ and for its lack of a reverse gear) from AK to NYC. From an Edenic paradise to a modern-day Gomorrah in a single month – arriving in Time Square on Halloween night – these four MOVEMENTS make our original symphony «Agartha.» Titled after the legendary luminous world said to be located at the earth’s core, Agartha’s entrance is believed to be hidden at the bottom of an unnamed mountain lake, but which of course is accessible to anyone willing to look – and to walk and to cast – and keep looking.

DAY 3

11 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

DAY 3

11 SEPTEMBER
7:00 to 9:30pm

One Breath Around The World (12’41’’) · France

Guillaume Nery

Freedive with me around the world. In their short film, One Breath Around the World, French free diving champion Guillaume Néry and his also free driver wife Julie Gautier, take viewers on an underwater odyssey across the globe. Shooting in locations from Mauritius to Mexico to Japan and many stops in between, Néry and Gautier draw on their extensive experience to explore submerged ruins, swim beneath a thick sheet of ice, mingle with a pod of sleeping sperm whales. In the process, they capture mesmerizing images of parts of the planet unseen by most of its human inhabitants.

In Perpetual Motion (5’) · Australia

Krystle Wright · BenSturgulewski

Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment.

Speak to me Softly (6’24’’) · USA

Henna Taylor

Experience fear and emotion alongside climber Jenny Abegg as she ascends a route while fighting the self-criticism and doubt from that little voice, we all have in the back of our heads.

Why (7’12’’) · France

Hugo Clouzeau

Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls, toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why?”
“Why? Why do we do this?”
In the GoPro age, images of extreme feats flood our social media streams. We watch skiers drop into impossibly steep and narrow shoots. We follow jumpers in wingsuits flying over mountains. We see climbers, slackliners, mountain bikers and paddlers doing things that appear to most people insane, but the action seems empty when we don’t understand the motivation behind it. “Why?” we ask. “Why do they do this?”
WHY, a short film from NRS and We Are Hungry, goes beyond the spectacle of extreme kayaking in search of an elusive answer.

Hors Piste (6’) · France

Ecole des Nouvelles Images

Two men who have been working on rescue missions for most of their life set out on one more assignment. However, things do not go as planned, leading to hilarious situations.

Viacruxis (11’) · Spain

Directed by Ignasi López

Featuring the mountaineers Marcel and Andrezj battling to summit one of the highest unclimbed mountains in the world.
Loose rock. An exposed traverse. Intense cold, long bivouacs, a wild storm. Marcel and Andrezj seem capable of dealing with everything that stands in their way. But during their ascent of this extraordinary, virgin summit, will their friendship survive?

The Long River Home (20′) · USA

Seth Dahl

Documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Over a 14 day river trip they battle more than 80 powerful rapids, screaming directions to Lonnie the whole way. Always looming downstream roars Lava Falls, the largest rapid of them all. Throughout the journey they remember their past experiences and learn that negotiating the rapids of life is as simple as forming a team, kicking out in the current, and finding a line through the chaos.

Destino (6’32’’) · Spain/France/USA

Production and Story: Salvador Dalí & Disney
Directed by Dominique Monféry

The film revolves around the story of Chronos, who falls in love with Dahlia, a mortal woman.

Anba, From The Depths of Haiti (26’) · France

Vladimir Cellier

Olivier Testa explores the caves of Haiti since 2009, leading expeditions, trainings, and research projects across the country. While following the speleologist through the caves, Baraka Films sketches a colourful and rhythmic portrait of the Pearl of the Antilles.

JURY

Jim Herrington

 (USA) 

Is a photographer whose portraits of celebrities have appeared on the pages of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Outside and The New York Times as well as on scores of album covers and in international ad campaigns.

For nearly twenty years, and while traveling to ten countries, Herrington created a portrait series of early-to-mid 20th Century mountain climbing legends. The result is The Climbers, a collection of sixty black-and-white photographs that document these rugged individualists, including the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner, Yvon Chouinard and Riccardo Cassin. Between the 1920s and 1970s these determined men and women used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle unscaled peaks around the world. In these images, Herrington has captured their humanity, obsession, intellect, and frailty. The Climbers received the Grand Prize at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival.

Herrington’s photography has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private collections.

jimherrington.com
@jimherrington
theclimbersbook.com
@theclimbers_book

Nere Falagan

(Basque Country)

I love to communicate. Either verbally or through images. Collaborating in festivals such as Getxophoto and BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia in the communication and production team has been a source of knowledge exchange. As well as dedicating myself to training at ECCBI in Bilbao, at Blackkamera and at La Maison de l’image in Tunis. However, I must add that my great passion is the art of observing. I like to join other people’s projects, contributing my grain of sand from my eyes. I work actively on fiction and documentary projects. Al Borde Films, Izaskun Arandia, David Ontoria and Maru Solores are my travel companions. Trying to find, in some way, an authentic and free cinema, as the great Jonas Mekas would say.

nerefalagan.com
@nere.falagan

Isaac Sullivan

(USA)

Is a Dubai-based artist and writer exploring technology and its relationship to altered perceptions of time through video, installation, and sonic intervention. Recent exhibitions include Personal Structures, a 2019 Venice Biennale collateral at the European Cultural Centre; 2018 Tashkent Biennale; and Beirut Design Week, among others. His performances, which often focus upon the phenomena of sound recording and playback, include 58th Venice Biennale; KED, Beirut; Cuadro Gallery, Dubai; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; and DIVE x Fabrika, Tbilisi. Sullivan serves as Assistant Professor of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Dubai, where his research interests include artificial intelligence, sound art, and the problematics of space and place. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and has been featured in various publications including Canvas magazine, Quarterly West, and 1913: A Journal of Forms.

isaac-sullivan.com
@echoholdings

Lorenzo Basadonna Scarpa 

(Italy)

Was born in 1989 in Venice. Since 2006 he has developed a passion for digital photography, and he starts to experiment with this form of communication. In 2017 he began the freelance activity, focusing on exhibitions’ documentation, setup processes, performances. In the meantime, he devotes himself to personal research, discovering and using every day more the traditional process of developing and printing gelatine-silver black and white images.

@lbasadonnascarpa

Angelo Schena (Club Alpino Italiano)

(Italy)

Presidente del Centro di Cinematografia e Cineteca del Club Alpino Italiano.

Presidente della Fondazione «Luigi Bombardieri»

@ClubAlpinoItalia