NEWS: Microcosmo got a Special Mention in the urban story-telling contest “The Ideal City” promoted by #romecityoffilm with the patronage of the #unescocreativecity

For the jury, chaired by Mario Sesti and composed of Giorgia Boldrini, Laura Delli Colli, Vittorio Salomoni, Fiammetta Satta, Valentina Tomada, Ginella Vocca, the short deserves special mention:

For the surprising array of original images captured by a nested eye in unusual and revealing perspective that offer the viewer, through the fantastic apologue of the story, the chance to seize a city as a single whole, endless and fascinating as a planet to discover.


After a deadly car accident, a camera’s superzoom becomes the director’s eye wandering through a summery Rome in search of his lover for a last goodbye.

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Microcosmo (15′) is a self-produced “Lo-Fi” experimental shortdoc with personal narrative elements entirely shot with a Nikon P900 and based on its incredible superzoom: 85,3 x optical to 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, 24 – 2000mm, equiv. 135.

Apart from the fiction of the director’s dead (my death), everything in the short is real. I observed, spied, documented the “macro” of thje city and looked into my self, into the “micro” of two individuals, because in the meantime time I was breaking up with my girlfriend, the girl featured in the short, and I documented it. Those words are our real words, those shots, dialogues, and close-up are not staged, they are part of the “document”. So what started as a pure observational shortdoc on humanity, it (also) became a personal statement about love, death, and the concept of faith – under the cosmic vault.

During summer 2018 I got so impressed about Nikon P900’s superzoom tests on YouTube, and I thought: “Ok, this is a new language, a new possibility to see, I want to do something with it.” I bought the camera right away and started shooting. I’ve shot for about 2 months (from mid July to August), aproxx. 1 Tb of material. The short is entirely self-produced, basically the budget was the cost of the camera plus a tripod. The recording tools of today, economically accessible and widespread throughout the world, from mobile phones, to GoPro microcameras, allow us to greatly extend our visual geography and explore new languages. That’s what I tried to do with this work. Microcosmo has been selected for festival distribution by multi-awarded short distribution house Zen Movie who strongly wanted it in their library (they select only a few number of shorts each year):


  1. (2018) IFF International Film Festival “Message To Man”
    Saint Petersburg
    Russian Federation
    September 17, 2018
    World Premiere
    In Silico (experimental section, in competition)
  2. (2019) Laceno D’oro (oldest Italian short film festival)
    December 7, 2018
    Final Selection (in competition)
  3. (2019) 3rd Busan Intercity Film Festival Busan
    Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
    May 31, 2019
    Beyond City 02
  4. (2019) UNESCO “The Ideal City” Challenge
    June 14, 2019
    Special Mention
  5. (2019) Sardinia Film Festival
    June 14, 2019
    Video Art/ Experimental (in competition)
  6. (2019) OpenEye Film Fest Marburg
    July 24, 2019
    In competition
    Q&A at IFF – ‘Message to Man’ in 2018 in Saint Petersburg


Tommaso Fagioli (1976), is an Italian multidisciplinary artist between Rome and Berlin. He has received a doctorate in philosophy, a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in “philosophical counseling”. Over the years he has worked on various projects related to the creative fields and online journalism. In 2014 he created, the first Italian platform entirely dedicated to short films.

In 2017 he is co-author and co-producer of the documentary film ALBE – A Life Beyond Earth (80 ’), directed by Elisa Fuksas. In 2018 he wrote, directed, and produced his first shortfilm Microcosmo (15’), an experimental docu-drama presented in various festivals in Italy and abroad (Special Mention at UNESCO Creative Cities international contest “The Ideal City).

In the same year he presented Macrocosmo (8 ’), “video-art b-side” of Microcosmo, within the Videocittà event, in collaboration with RUFA and Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. In December 2018 he opned his first personal exhibition entitled “Where is my sacred?” in the new spaces of the Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome.