2020 edition


  • Cinema Sociale – via Carducci 2, Omegna
  • Ludoteca – via XI settembre 9, Omegna
  • Museo Tornielli – piazza Marconi 1, Ameno
  • Villa Nigra – piazza Beltrami 5, Miasino


The screenings and events of Corto e Fieno – Rural Film Festival are free of charge.

In order to guarantee the protection of all guests and visitors, the Festival developed anti Covid-19 protection guidelines. Seats will be limited. The public and visitors are required TO RESERVE their seat in advance. It is possible to book via email writing to cortoefienofestival@gmail.com or by phone calling +39 3494517882 (please call for reservations only, from 10 to 12 AM, from Monday to Friday). We will need you to tell us your name, surname, telephone number, city of residence and screening or screenings you wish to attend.

Body temperature will be measured before admission (access will be denied to anyone with a body temperature of 37.5°C or greater). Masks must be worn in all the screening rooms, both in the queue and when walking to one’s seat, and when seated throughout the entire screening. It will be possible to sit only in the indicated places. Hand sanitizers will be available for the audience.

Seat reservation is mandatory to secure a seat for every screening. If free seats are left, it will be possible to access the screenings without reservation (upon availability).

All films will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles, and with English subtitles if you can spot “Eng Sub” pointed out next to the movie title.

Illustrator Luca Di Sciullo (www.lucadisciullo.com) drew the poster 2020. He also drew and animated the theme video of the 11th Edition.

Corto e Fieno 2020

Cinema Sociale - OMEGNA - h 20:30

Official presentation Corto e Fieno 2020


Maestro, Illogic, France 2019, 2'


Excess Will Save Us, Morgane Dziurla-Petit, France, Svezia 2018, 14'

Sekool, Stenzin Tankong, India 2019, 14'

Tony and The Bull, John McFarlane, UK 2018, 16'

Willkommen, Bogdan Maraloiu, Romania 2018, 17'


by cura di Mastronauta

Booking compulsory (whatsapp 3356465599 info@mastronauta.it | costo 10 Euros)

Ludoteca – OMEGNA -  h 15:00


Seed, Dave McKenna, Irelan 2018, 2’

Spring, Andy Goralczyk, Netherlands 2019, 8’

Nest, Sonja Rohleder, Germany 2019, 4’

The Bird and The Whale, Karol Freeman, Ireland 2018, 7’

Pouštět draka (The Kite), Martin Smatana, Czech Republic 2019, 13’

Greener Pastures, Céline Heijnen, Netherlands, Belgium 2019, 6’

Manen, Thomas Anglade, Maxime Announ, Lucie Dessertine, Estelle Saint-Jours, France 2018, 4’

La sieste (The Nap), Catherine Ricoul, France, Germania 2019, 3’

Il mugnaio, suo figlio e l’asino, Luigi Ricca, Italy 2020, 4’

Maestro, Illogic, France 2019, 2’

Segue laboratorio per bambini

Cinema Sociale - OMEGNA - h 15:30


Seed, Dave McKenna, Ireland 2018, 2’


Tuda, gde net dorog (Where There Are No Roads), Leonid Balanev, Russia 2019, 10’ (Eng Sub)

I Feel Your Eyes, Grégoire Verbeke, Belgium 2019, 25’

Circus Movements, Lukas Berger, Mário Gajo de Carvalho, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Ethiopia 2019, 15’

The Beekeeper, William McGregor, UK 2020, 15’

Deshdentau - L’ultimo tabarkino, Andrea Belcastro, Italy 2019, 19’ (Eng Sub)

Cinema Sociale - OMEGNA - h 21:00


L’infinito, Simone Massi, Italy 2020, 2’

Bustarenga, Ana Maria Gomes, Portugal, France 2019, 30’ (Eng Sub)

Should I Stay or Should I Go, Nils Clauss, Thomas Horat, Switzerland, South Korea 2020, 19’

Breton, Christophe Switzer, France 2020, 20’ (Eng Sub)

Cartolina de Momjan, Igor Bezinović, Croatia 2019, 5’ (Eng Sub)


Cinema Sociale - OMEGNA - h 10:30


Nest, Sonja Rohleder, Germany 2019, 4'

Sezione Frutteto

La storia del lupo e della cicala, Filippo Biagianti, Italy 2019, 15'

Kolektyviniai sodai (Community Gardens), Vytautas Katkus, Lithuania 2019, 15'

Anna, Dekel Berenson, UK, Ukraine, Israel 2019, 15'

Hydebank, Ross McClean, UK, Northern Ireland 2019, 16'

Qu’importe si les bêtes meurent (So What If The Goats Die), Sofia Alaoui, France 2019, 23'

Cinema Sociale - OMEGNA - h 14:30


To explore a film. A conversation by Bruno Fornara on Aurora  by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Following (around 17:00)

Award ceremony “Frutteto” – International Short Film Competition

Museo Tornielli - AMENO - h 21:00

Screening of the awarded films

Out of competition

Il Novarese terra di risaia, Walter Cerutti, Italy 2020, 3’ (by the Local Tourist Board for the Province of Novara)

Villa Nigra - MIASINO - h 15:00


Hors Piste, Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet, France 2018, 6’

Afsane Kerme Haftvad (The Myth of Haftvad Worm), Asghar Safar, Abbas Jalali Yekta, Iran 2018, 8’

Davochka Ptichka (The Girl-Bird), Ekaterina Nevostrueva, Russia 2019, 7’

Kuldrenett (Golden Reinette), Liis Kokk, Estonia 2018, 3’

Circuit, Delia Hess, Switzerland 2018, 9’

Thermostat 6, Maya Av-Ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert, Sixtine Dano, France 2018, 5’

Florigami, Iva Ćirić, Croazia, Serbia 2019, 6’

Sosedi (The Neighbors), Valentina Arkhipova, Russia 2019, 6’

Workshop for kids and award ceremony “Germogli” competition (International Animation Competition).


The jury awards the winners of each section in competition with a special “ruralès”. The Rastrello d’oro (Golden Rake) for Frutteto – International Short Film Competition, the Special Jury Prize – the Zappino d’oro (Golden Hoe) – dedicated to Maria Adriana Prolo, born in Romagnano Sesia and founder of the National Museum of Cinema in Turin, the Innaffiatoio d’oro (Golden Watering Can) for Germogli – International Animation Competition, and the special SAME Award – Among Mechanics and Agriculture dedicated to mechanics in the agricultural sector and corporate documentary. There are also two additional and special prizes: the Best Beast Award and the Asilo Bianco Award. The festival audience votes for the Vanga d’oro (Golden Shovel).

Artistic Direction

Davide Vanotti

Davide Vanotti (1972) collaborates on literary, cinematographic and artistic projects. After studying modern letters at the University of Pavia he spent some periods abroad as a writer in residence. He teaches Letters in a high school. Co-founder of Asilo Bianco, he is the curator of Corto e Fieno and Fogli/e Scritte. He published the collection of stories “Acqua 2” and the novel "La Pietra sopra il Mare". "I diari di Malidor" is his blog.

Paola Fornara

Paola Fornara graduated in Philosophy with a dissertation on Jean-François Lyotard and cinema.  She has collaborated with the Turin Film Festival and the Turin GLBT Film Festival, and she attends various cinema events both in Italy and around Europe. For many years she worked for one of the leading independent Italian music labels, for which she was Head of International and Marketing. She collaborates with the Asilo Bianco since 2011.

Film awards

BustarengaAna Maria Gomes, Portugal, France 2019, 30’
Playful and never banal reflection on love and on the social construction of gender roles, of masculinity and femininity. The director has the ability to weave a personal and sociological story at the same time, within which she can fully get involved in first person, thematizing her relationship with a culture and a tradition she is both daughter and witness. The result is a choral story animated by significantly genuine, open and vital portraits of a rural world presented without idealizations or myths.

Pouštět draka (The Kite), Martin Smatana, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland 2019, 13’
A moving coming of age story on the cycle of seasons – of nature and life – and on the importance of the things that remain. A touching, sensitive and genuinely compelling work despite its (apparent) simplicity. Thanks to a style made of playful materiality, it returns the heady freshness and profound wisdom of a children fairy tale.


Qu’importe si les bêtes meurent (So What If The Goats Die), Sofia Alaoui, France 2019, 23
For the way of mastering the script, the direction of the actors, the glorification of nature and making us meditating outdoors, opening windows on other possibilities of living our relationship with the supernatural and the intimate and social part of our spirituality.

Kolektyviniai sodai (Community Gardens), Vytautas Katkus, Lithuania 2019, 15’
For its way of problematizing the return to a rural world through a wise and cultured cinematographic language, which also makes references to the history of cinema, and for the rich historical references on the collective gardens of the Soviet era and dachas nowadays.

Tuda, gde net dorog (Where There Are No Roads), Leonid Balanev, Russia 2019, 10’
A film that proceeds as a good engine, with the incessant pace of innovation, enriched by many and formidable archival materials. The film excellently tells the genius of a person with a filmic language and a narrative that emulate the speed of the engine and innovation.

Anna, Dekel Berenson, UK, Ukraine, Israel 2019, 15’
A sharp, sensitive and empathetic portrait of a middle-aged woman who relies on the dream of a better life, desperate for change. A melodramatic yet modest evolution of a character who becomes aware of the absurdity of the present and the false hopes of the future. For the changeable and transformative capacity of the leading actress, capable of restoring the duplicity of a female figure that alone holds the film in its entirety. A woman who has compromised with certain social structures in order to survive, but who at the same time cannot completely surrender to disillusionment, tragically clinging to the hope that there may really be more out there for her.

La storia del lupo e della cicala, Filippo Biagianti, Italy 2019, 15’
An intense testimony of a part of Italy that is disappearing. The simplicity and resilience of a true rural citizen narrated with elegance and originality.

Tony and The Bull, John McFarlane, UK 2018, 16’
The story of an animal that knows how to redeem and comfort the life of a man; a lifesaving friendship that is never taken for granted and invests animal kingdom without distinction and enriches life in all its expressions.

I Feel Your Eyes, Grégoire Verbeke, Belgium 2019, 25’
Almost an observation documentary built on the dialectic between micro and macro, day and night, interior and exterior. The narration, with extended and relaxed times, proceeds in pictures, highlighting the little details of an everyday reality shared between man and horse. A (not only) physical closeness that translates into true sharing of long waits, sacrifice and laborious preparation for an event that never seems to arrive.

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