The History .
The Festival originated in 2004 from the idea of a group of (then) young university students belonging to the cultural association GIOVANI PERSONE in Pisa chaired by Maria Elena Bianchi Bandinelli Paparoni.
Given the almost complete absence of events relating to youth cinema and the extreme difficulty the sector had in obtaining visibility in the media, the aim was to make a contribution to publicizing and promoting youth and university cinema.
The festival has been sponsored over the years by Italian and foreign universities. In addition to: the Municipality of Pisa, the Municipality of Saint-Tropez, the Region of Tuscany, the Sterpaia of Oliviero Toscani, the Municipality of Portoferraio and the Municipality of Marciana Marina.
While maintaining its strong university character, in order to widen its scope, the Festival, after the initial “university” phase, decided to accept also works by young directors and from independent cinema.
The successive chairpersons of the Jury were Roberto Faenza, Marco Bellocchio, Oliviero Toscani, Mario Dondero, Roan Johnson, Antonio Marras, Liliana Dell’Osso, Paolo Benvenuti and Stefano Alpini.
Winners and Chairmen of Jury .
Discover who won in the previous editions Universocorto
I Edition 2004
Winner: Rosario Gennaro: “Pensieri sparsi” (Italy) ex aequo Alessandro Celli with “Leo e Sandra” (Italy). Chairman: Roberto Faenza
II Edition 2006
Winner: Fabrizio Colucci with “Il Sogno di Nando” (Italy). Chairmen: Regina Orioli e Corrado Fortuna
III Edition 2007
Winner: Rodrigo Iturralde with “El no-hombre” (Mexico). Chairman: Marco Bellocchio
IV Edition 2009
Winner: Rodeon Brodsky with “Tolya” (Israel). Chairman: Oliviero Toscani
V Edition 2010
Winner: Yamin Segal with “El ladroncito” (Nicaragua). Chairman: Mario Dondero
VI Edition 2011
Winner: Katie Wolfe with “This is her” (New Zeland). Chairman: Mario Dondero
VII Edition 2012
Winner: Cristopher Jarvis with “The Birds Upstairs” (USA) e ex aequo Paolo Zucca with “L’arbitro” (Italy). Chairman: Roan Johnson
VIII Edition 2013
Winner: Jens Assur with “A society” (Sweden). Chairman: Antonio Marras
IX Edition 2014
Winner: Ivan D. Gaona with “Los retratos” (Colombia). Chairman: Liliana Dell’Osso
X Edition 2015
Winner: Behrooz Karamizad with “Bahar in Wonderland” (Iran-Germany). Chairman: Luca Lionello
XI Edition 2017
Winner: Jamie Donoughue with “Shok” (England-Kosovo). Chairmen: Stefano Alpini e Paolo Benvenuti
XII Edition 2019
Winner ex aequo: Chris Overton with “The silente child” (UK) and Guy Nattiv with “Skin” (USA). Chairmen: Leslie & Robert Zemeckis
XIII Edition 2020
Winner: BROTHERHOOD, by Meryam Joobeur. Chairman: Eros Galbiati
XIV Edition 2021
Winner: AL-SIT by Suzannah Mirghani
XV Edition 2022
Winner: THREE MEETINGS OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COMMITTEE, by Max Jones Barron. President of The Jury: Meryam Joobeur
XV Edition 2022 - Premio Sakura
The Award was given ex aequo to: The Last Photo (Mehmet Akif Güler, Turkey, 2021), Homeless (Luca Esposito, Italy, 2021), Free Fall (Emmanuel Tenenbaum, France, 2021)
XVI Edition 2023
Pisa, Giardino La Nunziatina, 13-14-15-16 september 2023