"Where everything began"

An International Short Film Contest for High School students born in 2014, out of the passion and ambition of a group of friends, convinced that cinema represented a powerful and unique communication tool for their peers.

Started as a school project, in just four editions Quindici19 has obtained international recognition, reaching over 600 filmmakers from more than 80 countries worldwide and transforming itself into a unique opportunity of ideas exchange between young artists and industry experts.

How? Thanks to three days of fun, networking and educational activities in Rome.


Rome - 8/06/2014
Liceo Augusto Righi


Rome - 08/05/2015
Ministry of Education


Rome - 8/05/2016
Sala Umberto Theatre


Rome - 15/9/2017
Cinema Farnese Persol



Started as a school initiative, a student's idea converted into a meeting for young film enthusiasts on a national scale. The closing ceremony, at the garden of the Liceo Righi in Rome, was attended by important guests including director Francesco Bruni and Caterina D'Amico (Director Casa del Cinema). Filmmaking workshop: four two-hour meetings with the aim of producing a new short film: elements of directing, screenwriting and production.


Beginning collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) in the main hall of which the closing ceremony was held. Filmmaking workshop: three lessons on introduction to directing, screenwriting and production of a short film, which took place in the spaces of the Liceo Righi in Rome.


First international edition thanks to the use of numerous online promotion platforms. Ceremony at Teatro Sala Umberto, a historic Roman theater, with the participation of numerous guests including Caterina D'Amico (Dean National School of Cinema) and Alfredo Pirri.

IV EDITION (Rome, 9/15/2017)

In addition to the usual closing ceremony, held in the historic Cinema Farnese Persol in the heart of Rome, three days of educational activities were organised, free of charge for all participants in the competition: guided tour of Cinecittà Studios, visit to Cinecittà World, frames party, dinner speech and meeting with professionals in an informal and colloquial atmosphere, roundtable and direct confrontation between jurors and participants.

Juries and Guests

  • Giorgio Gosetti - Director Critics' Days Venice Film Festival

  • Roberto Di Costanzo - Illustrator

  • Biagio Fersini - Set Designer

  • Daniele Costantini - Director

  • Cristina Forte - General Director Capalbio Cinema

  • Alessandra Livadiotti - Film Agent

  • Paola Rotella - Actress and Theatre Director

  • Daniela Stanga - Actress

  • Paola Pitagora - Actress

  • Brando Bartoleschi - Artistic Director Roma Creative Contest

  • Janet De Nardis - Artistic Director Roma Web Fest

  • Herbert Simone Paragnani - Director, Screenwriter and Producer

  • Antonia Grimaldi - Deputy Manager Giffoni Experience

  • Tommaso Mottola - Capalbio Cinema Artistic Director

  • Fiorangelo Pucci - Artistic Director Fano Intl. Film Festival

  • Martin Strange Hansen - Academy Award Winning Director

  • Daniela Poggi - Actress

  • Barbara Goretti - Head of Educational Activities Cinecittà Si Mostra

  • Cecilia Valmarana - Deputy director Rai Gold, head of Rai Movie

  • Merel Gilsing - Expert in children's cinema

Winners and Awards


JURY AWARD: “Feeling” by Riccardo Sabatino (Italy)

  • Free classes at Accademia del Lusso (IT)

AUDIENCE AWARD: “Sono rimasto lì solo” by Alessio Montini (Italy)

  • Screening at Casa del Cinema (IT)


JURY AWARD: “Tempi Moderni” by 3°N Liceo A. Roiti, Ferrara (Italy)

  • Voucher for free classes at Roma Film Academy (IT)

SPECIAL MENTION: “Perdere” by di Edoardo Bramucci (Italy)

  • Screening at The Flux Film Festival in Beijing (CH)


JURY PRIZE: “Pause” by Sebastian Marsden (Australia)

  • Workshop at Accademia del Lusso (IT) - Jury member at Giffoni Experience (IT) - Screening at Cinecittà Shows Off (IT)

SCHOOLS PRIZE: “Vicini e Lontani” by Massimo Modesti, Sereno Collarin (Italy)

  • Screening at EYE Film Museum (NL)

FANO FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE: Toy Soldiers, di Kate Contadini, Matilde & Sofia Quarisa (Italy)

  • Screening at Fano Intl. Film Festival (IT)


BEST SHORT: “Chastity” by Mihai Nichiforeac (Moldova)

  • Movie set experience at Jean Vigo Italia (IT), Screening at the BFI Future Film Festival (UK), Screening at “Cinecittà si Mostra” (IT)

BEST FOREIGN SHORT: “Tapette” by Alexandre Vaillancourt (Canada)

  • Workshop at ACMI (AU), Screening at EYE Film Institute (NL)

ITALIAN GOLDENSTONE: “Sounds” by Jan Devetak, Alex Faganel, Danjel Bukovec (Italy)

  • Screening at SCENECS festival (NL)

BEST SCREENPLAY: “Urban Documentary” by Giorgio Ghiotto (Italy)

  • Workshop at Road to Pictures Film (IT)

BEST SHORT - MEDIA JURY: “Taste of Love” by Paul Scheufler (Austria)

  • Promotion of the short by all jury members

BEST SHORT - STUDENT JURY: “Are You Following Me” by Petra Grgic (Croatia)

  • A 500€ scholarship by Cinema Farnese (IT)


Submissions in four editions


Attendees of the closing ceremonies


Students involved in educational activities