Porto Cesareo Film Festival, Shadow Theatre Verba, театр тіней Verba

Porto Cesareo Film Festival

September 03, 2023

As a unique and innovative art form, shadow theatre has always had the power to captivate and inspire audiences. This year, at the Porto Cesareo Film Festival, Verba Shadow Theatre took this art to new heights with our short performance, “Save the Earth”. Despite not being physically present at the event, our participation through an online format marked a significant moment for both our theatre group and the festival itself.

The Porto Cesareo Film Festival, now in its third year, has rapidly gained recognition as one of the most picturesque and culturally rich film festivals in Italy. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Ionian coast, the festival offers a unique blend of cinematic celebration and environmental consciousness. Its mission extends beyond entertainment, aiming to highlight the importance of nature, the challenges of environmental damage, and the beauty of local culture and heritage.

Porto Cesareo Film Festival, Verba Shadow Theatre, театр тіней Верба

Save the Earth

Our entry, “Save the Earth,” is a poignant shadow theatre performance that aligns perfectly with the festival’s theme. This piece is not just a performance but a narrative that speaks volumes about the urgent need to address environmental issues. Using the interplay of light and shadow, our artists created mesmerizing visuals that depicted the beauty of the Earth and the consequences of human actions on the environment.

While we could not be physically present at the festival, our online participation demonstrated the power of digital technology in bridging gaps and bringing art to a global audience. Our performance was streamed to viewers at the festival, allowing us to share our message and art form with a diverse audience. This approach not only showcased our adaptability but also highlighted the festival’s commitment to inclusivity and innovation.


Being selected as finalists in the Cortometraggi – Short Films category is a testament to the creativity, dedication, and hard work of our team. It is an honor that acknowledges the relevance and impact of our art in the cinematic world, particularly in a category that celebrates the essence of storytelling in a concise and powerful format.

Our experience at the Porto Cesareo Film Festival has been a milestone in our journey. It has opened new doors and presented opportunities for collaboration and growth. As we look to the future, we are excited to explore new themes, experiment with innovative techniques, and continue to bring our unique form of storytelling to audiences around the world.

The Porto Cesareo Film Festival was more than just a platform for showcasing our performance; it was a celebration of art, culture, and environmental awareness. As Verba Shadow Theatre continues to evolve and inspire, we are grateful for such opportunities to share our passion and message with a wider audience. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the festival organizers, our fellow artists, and our supporters for making this experience truly memorable.