Corto. Italy and Ireland in a snapshot

The Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin hosts a selection of short films combining elements of Irish and Italian culture, presented during the latest edition of the Italian Fusion Festival, the biggest Italian Festival in Europe organised by Radio Dublino (the only Irish Radio programme in Italian).

This short film competition has been an integral part of the Italian Fusion Festival since its start, aiming to offer a spotlight to Dublin film-makers ready to showcase their works.The artists involved, mainly Italian and Irish, express a true artistic fusion of elements of both cultures.

A short discussion with a Q&A session and a refreshment will take place after the screenings.

The following short films will be screened:

  • My Red Hot Car by Max Boccalari
  • First Day by Alexandre Vetter
  • Here and Through by Luca Truffarelli
  • Dublin 2015 by Ivan Mazza
  • Clown by Chiara Viale
  • Bright Eyed in the Mornin by Maria Fiorentini
  • Abrasion by Sefora Castro
  • Amore in Translation – Tuttifrutti by John McNally
  • Cascao & Lady Maru “One Place” by Miro Mastropasqua
  • The Siege of Bóthar Anam by Marcus Maher

Free admission, booking recommended


  • Date: Monday, October 07, 2019
  • Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm
  • Organised by: IIC
  • Un collaboration with: Radio Dublino
  • Admission : Free

Short-Video Competition

Winner Short-Video Competition 2019

Clown by Chiara Viale is the winner of the Short-Video Competition at the Italian Fusion Festival.

Chiara Viale is an Italian born writer, director and producer based in Ireland. After obtaining a degree in English as a Foreign Language and Literature in Milan, she went on studying screenwriting in Dublin and she began making independent films. Since then she has written, directed and taken part numerous short films. In 2017 she started her  first Independent Feature Film ‘The New Music’, which has reached completion in 2019. She is also co-founder of the Dublin based independent production company Built To Fail Productions.

  • Writer and Director: Chiara Viale
  • Cinematography: Alexandra Vetter
  • Sound Recordists: Shane Quinn, Tom Lenihan
  • Make-up artist: Fabiana Sasella
  • Colour and Sound Mix: Philip Kidd
  • Music: Kieran Lane
  • Cast: Paul Cullen (Alex), Bríd Flood (Mother),  Cilléin McEvoy (Man), Jake O’Loughlin (Young Alex) Barbara Soares (Girl), Vito Morano (TV Clown)
  • Year: 2017
  • Duration: 6:00
  • Synopsis: A clown gets ready for a sinister performance and takes us on a journey through the darkest corners of his mind.

Short-Video Competition 2019 | Special Mention

Bright Eyed in the Mornin by Maria Fiorentini

Short-Video Competition | 2019 Audience Award

Abrasion by Sefora Castro



Photos Jazz & Prosecco Edition 2019

Photo credits: Alessandra Luppino

Photo credits: Silvana Benedetto

Julian Colarossi Organ Trio

The Jazz & Prosecco edition Lineup 2019 in 5 Videos

7PM – Brixia Trio

8PM – The Jones Way

9PM – Luisa Annibali in “Compartir” Project

10PM – The Jaffa Cakes

11PM The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio with Laoise Leahy



Winners Gift Vouchers 2019

The winners of  of Gift Vouchers at the Italian Fusion Festival 2019 edition are:
  • Deirdre Daly
  • Ciara Jackson

Italian Dinner for Two

  • Sara Martinez
IFF volunteers

Grazie e Arrivederci

I wish to thank the audience for coming to the third edition of the Italian Fusion Festival!

This edition was very successful and we are happy about our decision to organise another edition of our festival in a more intimate venue with jazz music, poetry reading, short videos… and of course Prosecco!  We will send a survey to the online ticket holders. All feedback will be taken into consideration to improve the event next year. Those who participated and would like to send their feedback can also do so by e-mailing

If you are a musician/filmmaker/artist/ poet based in Ireland and you would like to partecipate to the next edition of the Italian fusion festival please contact us.

If you are business and are you interested in one of our sponsorship packages get in touch and we will be happy to assist you. Contact us also to become an Italian Fusion Festival volunteer next year.

This edition was sold out very early ad more than 100 people in our waiting list were not able to attend the event. If you wish to stay in touch and know when the early bird tickets are available and buy the ticket in advance , you can subscribe to the Radio Dublino newsletter where we’ll announce the next year’s festival edition or follow our facebook page and our other social media channels.

We also wish to thank everyone who collaborated with us:

  • The event partner Italian Institute of Culture – Dublin.
  • The music bands Brixia Trio, The Jones Way, Luisa Annibali in “Compartir” Project, The Jaffa Cakes, The Julien Colarossi Organ Trio + Laoise Leahy.
  • The filmmakers Sefora Castro, Chiara Viale, Marcus Maher, Maria Fiorentini, Joseph Morris, Miro Mastropasqua who participate in the short-video competition.
  • The poets James Marchiori, Merv Nickleman, Massimiliano Bianchi who participate in poetry reading sessions.
  • Laura Rossi and the fire dance performers,
  • Journalists and websites that promoted our initiative.
  • Pinocchio Cookery School and Ciao Bella Roma Restaurant Pizzeria & Wine Bar for the vouchers.
  • The BelloBar staff and sound engineer.

Last but not least, I huge thank you to the volunteers for making this edition possible. This event was entirely organised with the efforts of committed volunteers who regularly volunteer the Radio Dublino community project.

Stay in touch with us (WebsiteRadio DublinoFacebookTwitterYouTube), the next days we are going to share our photos and videos, the name of the winners of the vouchers, the video of the short-video competition winner and more…

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Maurizio Pittau
Festival Director

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Fire Dance Ferformance at the Festival

We are happy to announce that this year  we have fire dance performance with live music in Portobello Square in front of the venue.  Synchronised movements on a gypsy sound will amaze the audience with visual and dangerous live fire flames during the festival.

Pizza Van

Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza at the Festival

Dave's Wood-Fired PizzaAn Italian Festival without Pizza? No way! We are happy to announce that this year we have a pizza option on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival. Pizza & Prosecco is a great combination!

On the Portobello Harbour in front of the BelloBar will be available the Dave’s Wood-Fired Pizza Van. In 2008 Dave Lennon, a Chef from Dublin, was traveling through Europe where he discovered traditional woodfired pizza ovens. So impressed by how these authentic ovens baked and tasted he knew he wanted to share this experience with Irish foodies.

Dave’s pizzas are made using the age old method that dates back to Roman times. The pizzas are made with a natural wild yeast (just like the Romans did!) to create a great tasting sourdough base. Better dough!!!

In 2009 Dave opened his first wood fire pizza truck, in a Dublin farmer’s market. Today, Dave’s operate a fleet of trucks, catering to markets, parties and events. And still, all pizzas continue the tradition of baking in a true wood fire baking, using sourdough with carefully selected ingredients.

The Piazza van will be open from 7PM during the Italian Fusion Festival.

Laoise Leahy

Laoise Leahy

We are happy to introduce the special guest of our lineup. This year the Italian Fusion Festival presents, from Cork, Laoise Leahy, who will sing in the last act with the Julien Colarossi Organ Trio.

With a wealth of experience and having trained in both London and Ireland, vocalist Laoise Leahy (Née O’Hanlon), has developed into one of the most accomplished, versatile and in-demand singers on the Irish jazz and pop scene. Laoise has performed and recorded with Bon Iver (4AD), Gilbert O’ Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Brian Deady (Decca Universal), Efterklang (4AD/Rumraket records), Mary Coughlan (Rubyworks Records), Niall Mc Cabe Band, Jack O’ Rourke and Waiting Room in addition to varied theatre, commercial & studio sessions.

As lead vocalist, Laoise performs as jazz vocal soloist with many bands and large ensembles such as The Paul Dunlea Big Band / New Irish Jazz Orchestra, Hothouse Bigband, Cork Concert Orchestra, Cork Pops Orchestra, Opus Pocus Big Band among others and has toured with theatre companies throughout Europe. She is an avid songwriter and has had original music released by a UK independent record label and internationally broadcast on BBC, RTE 1, Sky Showcase, RTE Lyric Fm, Newstalk, RTE Pulse, Bath fm and Today FM among others. She has performed at many festivals including Electric Picnic, Cork Jazz Festival, Limerick Jazz Festival, Sproi fest and many more.

Laoise is passionate about vocal education. She graduated BMus (‘Vocaltech’ London College of Music, London 2004- 2007) and MA (Cork School of Music 2008 – 2010) with 1st class honours degrees and top overall performer awards from both institutions. She co-founded Corks first specialist vocal tuition centre ‘Voiceworks Studio’ with colleague Gemma Sugrue and currently enjoys lecturing full time at the Cork School of Music, specialising in pop and jazz vocal performance on the BA, BMus and MA degree courses.

IIF Video Finalists

Short Video Competition 2019 Finalists

We are happy to present the finalists of the Short Video Competition 2019. All video will be projected on the 13th July during the Italian Fusion Festival. The winner will be announced during the event and will be awarded with a plaque and a small cash price.

Abrasion by Sefora Castro

Sefora Castro is a versatile artist, at 360 °. She began studying ballet dance and theatre at the age of five; at 18 she attends a professional Academy to become a complete performer in Milan, MTS – Musical the School, graduating in 2002. So she becomes a professional dancer, studying for years also modern dance, tip- tap, contemporary with great world-famous masters, and performing in the most renowned Italian theatres. In addition to dance, she also works in theatre as an actress for various companies; she works for the TV and the big screen too. After a 25-year career, in 2017 she moved to Dublin, where began working immediately as an actress: in two years she worked on more than 50 jobs such as adverts, music videos, short films, promos, etc.

Clown by Chiara Viale

Chiara Viale is an Italian born writer, director and producer based in Ireland. After obtaining a degree in English as a Foreign Language and Literature in Milan, I went on studying screenwriting in Dublin and I began making independent films. Since then she has written, directed and taken part numerous short films. In 2017 she started her first Independent Feature Film ‘The New Music’, which has reached completion in 2019. She also co-founder of the Dublin based independent production company Built To Fail Productions.

The Siege of Bóthar Anam by Marcus Maher

Marcus started out as a screenwriter, commissioned screenplays included the life of Simon Bolivar and Fredrico Garcia Lorca. In 2007 Marcus’ play Las Casas was performed at the prestigious Canning House in London, also his play Walton Lock was performed in Dublin. During this time Marcus’ passion for sport has seen him contribute and appeared on Team 33/Newstalk in Football/Cycling and Triathlon. In 2017 Marcus set out to complete a trilogy of Irish short films called ‘Cumann’ (Society) which reflect modern Ireland, his first short ‘The Siege of Bothar Anam’ which is set around the housing crisis won the special commendation at the x1 London Short Film Festival, Best Film at the Bedford International Film Festival in the US and the European Film Festival in Barcelona. His 2nd film -The Gallows Tree’ is currently in pre-production.

Bright Eyed in the Mornin by Maria Fiorentini

Maria Fiorentini, is an Italian director, actor and editor based in Dublin. She trained in Italy and Ireland in camera and stage acting. Since 2012, Maria has been involved in several short films selected in film festival in Ireland and world-wide. In “Container” directed by Baz David, she played a young immigrant mother on the streets of Dublin. In August 2015 she was awarded Best Actress at the Pav Reel film festival for her performance in that role.

Amore in Translation  – Tuttifrutti by John McNally

Amore in Translation is web series produced by Joseph Morris, a writer director, a role where he leverages his passion for filmmaking and his extensive experience to further develop Amore in Translation. Joseph is truly versatile in the filmmaking spectrum from concept to storytelling and more recently video production and effects. He has directed on a range of award winning short film, most recently winning best short film at the Elevation indie Film Awards for Stuck home Syndrome.

Cascao & Lady Maru “One Place” by Miro Mastropasqua

Mirko Miro Mastropasqua is Miroimages. After his BA in literature sciences in Rome he starts to work for Xenon, a Berlin local TV creating short films and reportage shown in the Berlin regional broadcasting. He changes afterwards as video producer for MTV Networks. After producing and directing some music videos for  the Berliner and Roman music scene he produces and directs many shorts, supported by different film festivals and institutions around the world such as Nisi Masa (FR),  Generation Campus (RU), Black International Cinema (USA/DE), Molodist Talent LAB (UA), Longocampo Dox (RO), The Dresden Visegrad Forum (DE), Mediterranean Film Institute (GR), Reykjavík Talent LAB (IS) and many others. He is currently developing his first feature film supported by the Mediterranean Film Institute and Riga Script Meeting within an MA at the National Film School of Ireland.

Out of Competition

  • The wilderness within by Luca Trufarellli
  • The first was a boy by Shaun Dunne

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