Focus 2021

The course of animated short of ISIA Urbino

Tuesday 08.24.2021 | Complex of San Benedetto | h. 21.30
In collaboration with Isia Urbino, Magda Guidi and Mara Cerri (teachers of the “Short Animated” course of the two-year course in Illustration of Isia Urbino)

Over the years, the city of Urbino has seen the formation of numerous internationally acclaimed animated filmmakers. It all originated at the Art School “School of the Book” where, in 1951, the animated drawing section was born. This tradition, then consolidated over the years, has been preserved and handed down from generation to generation by various authors who in more recent times have also begun to be formed at the ISIA Urbino (Higher Institute for Artistic Industries), considered the most important state institution in Italy for graphic and editorial design.

The ISIA training course consists of a three-year degree course in Graphic Design and Visual Communication and three master’s degree courses in Communication, Design and Publishing, Photography of Cultural Heritage and Illustration. Among the teachings of the MA in Illustration we also find the Short Animated course I held by Magda Guidi and II held by Mara Cerri, both with years of experience as illustrators and directors of animated films. In the design dimension that characterizes the school and in order to create an orderly and effective course of study in the process of conceiving, designing and making a short film, the Corto Animato course is preceded by scriptwriting and video-editing courses, held respectively by Professors Federica Iacobelli and Massimo Salvucci. At the end of the course, during the exam, students present a short animated film lasting at least 30 seconds, with the technique of their choice.

The purpose of the course, however, goes beyond the purely technical exercise: among the objectives of Cerri and Guidi, there is above all that of broadening the cognitive horizon to the entire international panorama of auteur animation cinema, from its beginnings up to our days. The focus is especially on hand-made animation, using traditional techniques: techniques that have made the style of many authors included in the so-called “Neopictoric Current” unmistakable, many of whom come from ISIA and the Urbino School of Books. . During each lesson a selection of films is projected, preceded and followed by insights on the authors, the techniques used, the narrative, poetic and stylistic contents. Many of the films made by the students, albeit short, are increasingly being selected by Italian and international animation festivals.

Imaginaria dedicates a focus to the Short Animated course with a program that includes both the very short study exercises of the first year and the diploma shorts of the second year, showing how, through a well-structured educational and artistic path, the student is educated to observation and analysis of visual facts and the elaboration of a gaze intended as a form of thought and as a writing with multiple narrative possibilities.


  • Tra le foglie by Giada Franceschelli  (0’51”)
  • Late by Gabriele Genova (1’20”)
  • Dentro lo specchio by Veruska Ceruolo (0’54”)
  • Space exagon by Gianluca Patti (0’39”)
  • Mentre tu dormi by Sara Paternicò (1’15”)
  • The ballad of the thief by Niccolò Cedeno  (1’30”)
  • Sospeso by Martina Venturini (3′)
  • In memoria di te by Giacomo Passanisi (2’14”)
  • Girls talk about football by Paola Sorrentino (8′)
  • Mare n’gannatore by Carola  Pignati (4’31”)
  • L’uomo che scambiò sua moglie per un cappello by Benedetta Fasson (6’16”)