The AlterMED Association, which has recently split up, was created in 2007 by Emily Motu, intercultural trainer and advisor, thanks to “Law 1901″, meaning that it was a non-profit organization. Under her presidency, the members from different Mediterranean countries realized how important it could be to show some good works of young artists, poorly distributed because not commercial. AlterMED allowed the circulation of these works, becoming a sort of meeting point between artists from both sides of the Mediterranean and the public.
The Short MED Festival was the first AlterMED project, made possible thanks to the partners from Avignon , who believed in the project and its philosophy. Every year a jury made of professionals (a producer, a distributor and one of the Festival’s organizers) was asked to award a prize for each category: fiction, animation and documentary.
Criteria of selection were based on the idea that a single Mediterranean identity does not exist, whereas multiple facets of different geographic, historic and politic features intertwine to give life to a broader identity. From here, the need to connect different perspectives and points of view to create a single voice.
Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival celebrates AlterMED with a small selection of short films presented in the 2009-2011 editions.
The special is by Gabrielle Gamberini and Ida Zilio-Grandi.