08/05/2020 ˑ 

Biennale College Cinema 2020/2021: International Call now open

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The new Call of the Biennale College Cinema / International for the production of micro-budget feature films, now in its 9th edition (2020-2021), opened on May 8th, 2020 on the Biennale College Cinema’s website (the Call will remain open through July 1st, 2020).

Biennale College Cinema, a higher-education workshop that since 2012 has enriched the Venice International Film Festival, has assigned the Biennale grant to make 26 micro-budget feature films so far (costing no more than 150,000 euro each), including the four that will be screened at the coming 77th Venice International Film Festival (September 2nd – 12th, 2020), to promote new talents that have established their name around the world.

The Call of the Biennale College Cinema / International is open to teams composed of directors at their debut or sophomore film, associated with producers who have to their credit at least three audiovisual works, or a feature-length fiction film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at festivals.

Nine micro-budget projects will be invited to participate in a development workshop in October 2020 in Venice, along with the three projects selected from the Italian call (Biennale College Cinema / Italia).

The announcement of the twelve projects selected for the educational workshop in October will be made during the 77th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera. After that the two separate sections of the ninth edition of the College Cinema programme, BCC / Italia and BCC / International will move along the same track, leading to the selection and presentation of four micro-budget feature-length films at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021.



Biennale College is a complex and innovative experience that engages all the Departments of La Biennale di Venezia.

Biennale College Cinema, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema. The sponsor of the Biennale College Cinema is the Università Telematica Pegaso. Biennale College Cinema enjoys the academic collaboration of IFP in New York and the TorinoFilmLab. The Director is Alberto Barbera, the Head of Programme Savina Neirotti.

Biennale College Cinema enjoys the support of Eurimages, the cultural fund of the Council of Europe that covers the expenses for travel, hospitality and training for a woman director (Eurimages Residency Grant).