The selection has been made of the four
projects, from Azerbaijan, Finland, Kazakhstan, Iran, Italy, USA, that will
move on to the production phases of the films of the 10th edition (2021 – 2022)
of Biennale College – Cinema. The
four teams, composed of a director and a producer, will participate starting
today, Friday 3rd through Monday December 6th, in the first of two workshops.
The completed feature films will participate in the 79th Venice International
Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia 2022.
Overall, since the first edition of the
Biennale College – Cinema launched in 2012, in 10 years La Biennale di Venezia
has directly funded, with a grant of 150,000 euro each, 30 feature films by
emerging directors following the receipt of 2000 submissions from all over the
world (another 20 feature films were produced with personal funding). Following
their premieres at the Venice Film Festival, many of these feature films have
been presented and won awards at the major international festivals. Biennale
College – Cinema is the Biennale laboratory that promotes new talents for
cinema by offering them the opportunity to work in contact with the masters for
the creation of micro-budget feature films (max 150,000 euro).
The following are the four selected projects,
in alphabetical order by title: A Family
Fixed With Gold – director Monica Dugo | producer Cinzia Rutson (Italy); Banu – director Tahmina Rafaella
(Azerbaijan) | producer Katayoon Shahabi (Iran); Mountain Onion – director Eldar Shibanov (Kazakhstan) | producer Yuliya
Levitskaya (Kazakhstan); Palimpsest –
director Hanna Västinsalo (Finland) | producer Cyril Abraham (USA).
The four selected themes will participate in a
second workshop from January 11th to 17th 2022. It will mark the beginning of
the actual production of four micro-budget feature-length films with a grant
from La Biennale of 150,000 euro each. The 4 films will be presented at the
79th Venice Film Festival 2022.
The Biennale College – Cinema, organized by La
Biennale di Venezia, enjoys the support of the Ministry of Culture – General
Directorate Cinema. It relies on the academic collaboration of the Gotham Film
& Media Institute (formerly known as IFP) and the TorinoFilmLab. The
Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of
Programme is Savina Neirotti.