An Afterthought


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An Afterthought.

A mother puts her little daughter to bed and tells her stories about the legendary Peter Pan. But is the Eternal Boy just a fruit of our imagination? This dramatic and poetic moment of the Peter Pan story is going to be shown on the big screen for the first time and in its original form, just as its author J.M. Barrie meant it to be.


Matteo Bernardini (Turin, 1983) is an Italian filmmaker. After studying film direction in London, he has worked as an assistant director on both film and Opera productions (with directors such as Robert Carsen and Michele Placido). He shot several short films and music videos, including the promo Ooh Yeah! for American musician and dj Moby (which got international praise by audiences and critics alike) and the short film Vampyre Compendium starring Oona Chaplin and Vincent Montuel, presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (Best Actress Award for Oona Chaplin) and selected at the 2011 David di Donatello Prizes. In late 2010 he was selected as one of the 200 most representative Italian young talents for the first TNT Talents Festival, which got sponsored by the Italian Cabinet of Youth. He also appeared on the Young Blood Yearbook of that same year as one of the young Italian artist that got international recognition. Matteo was recently called “The Next Big Thing” by Wired Magazine and he has been chosen by Microsoft on a European scale as an ambassador for their Generation 7 campaign, producing a short documentary on Youth and Technology titled Eyes Wire Open: portrait of a generation, which aired on Italian tv. In 2013 his silent short film The Music Lovers had its international premiere at the prestigious Pordenone Silent Film Festival and it won the prize for Best Italian Short Film at the Erice Film Festival. In January 2014, Matteo funded his own production company, Neverbird Productions. He is currently working on his long feature debut.


  • Title
    An Afterthought
  • Rights
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    17′, col.

  • Director
    Matteo Bernanrdini
  • Screenplay
    Matteo Bernardini, Sahar Delijani,
    based on the novel “Peter and Wendy”
    and on the one-act play
    “An Afterthought” by J.M. Barrie
  • Editing
    Enrico Giovannone
  • Photography
    Italo Petriccione

  • Set Design
    Marco Ascanio Viarigi
  • Sound
    Mirko Guerra
  • Cast
    Lisa Dwan, Bernard Griffiths,
    Alice Olivazzo

  • Producers
    Matteo Bernardini, Cesare Bernardini,
    Cosimo Santoro
  • Production
    Neverbird Productions, The Open Reel,
    with the support of Film Commission Torino Piemonte

  • Giffoni Film Festival 2016 – Competition (+ 10 Elements)
  • Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2016
  • Cinergia European Kino Forum Lodz 2016
  • Madrid Italian Film Festival 2016 – Short Film Competition
  • Too Short To Wait Turin 2017
  • Piemonte Movie gLOCAL Film Festival Turin 2017
  • Biennal of Short Films Vicenza 2017
  • Cinema Verdi Candelo 2017
  • Cinema Nuovo Italia Vercelli 2017
  • Cinema Kristalli Alessandria 2017
  • Cinema Pastrone Asti 2017
  • Cinema Lanteri Cuneo 2017
  • Cinema Ritz Pinerolo 2017
  • Sala Boris Ceva 2017
  • Maremetraggio Trieste Short Film Festival 2017 – Competition
  • Salento Finibus Terrae International Short Film Festival Castellana 2017 – Children’s World
  • Fantasy Night Saliceto 2017
  • CinemadAmare Vercelli 2017
  • Teatro degli Impavidi Sarzana 2018
  • Nunchi Short Film Festival Genazzano 2018
  • FEDIC Calci 2018

  • Madrid Italian Film Festival 2016 – Jury Special Mention
  • Piemonte Movie gLOCAL Film Festival Turin 2017 – Audience Award, Best Actress (Alice Olivazzo)

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