La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the Call for the Biennale College – Cinema International, which opens today, Tuesday May 2nd 2017 (it will remain open through July 1st 2017).
The Biennale College – Cinema, now in its 6th edition (2017-2018), enriches the Venice International Film Festival with a workshop for advanced training, research and experimentation open to up to 12 teams of upcoming directors and producers from around the world. The goal is to develop and produce up to 3 micro-budget feature-length films (at a cost of less than 150,000 euro each), to be presented at the Venice Film Festival.
Biennale College is a strategic programme that also involves the Dance, Music and Theatre Departments of the Biennale di Venezia, and seeks to promote young talents by offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”.
The Call for the Biennale College – Cinema International is open to teams composed of directors making their first or second film, associated with producers who have made at least three audio-visual subjects, or one feature-length fiction film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at Film Festivals.
Nine micro-budget projects will be selected and invited to participate in a development workshop, to be held between October 7th and 16th 2017 in Venice, together with the three projects selected from the new Italian call (Biennale College – Cinema Italia).
Of these twelve projects, three (including one from the Italian section) will be selected to receive a supporting grant from the Biennale that will cover the production costs (which must not exceed 150,000 euro).
The three feature-length films produced during this process will be presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival 2018. They will also be screened online in the Sala Web, the virtual theatre that coexists with the traditional screening venues of the Venice Film Festival on the Lido.
The complete official text of the Biennale College – Cinema International is available online starting today May 2nd 2017 at the following address:
The Biennale College – Cinema project, now in its 6th edition, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – General Direction Cinema, and enjoys the academic collaboration of IFP New York, the TorinoFilmLab, and the collaboration of the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.
The 2017 edition of the Biennale College – Cinema project, which will extend to Virtual Reality, will receive essential funding from the European Commission – Connect Directorate General’s Media – Creative Europe Programme. The educational activities of the 2017-2018 edition will thus be supported by a MEDIA grant. This grant increases the funding which the MEDIA Programme has awarded to the development of the Market and Venice Production Bridge.
The first five editions of the Biennale College – Cinema were successfully launched in August 2012 and May 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, receiving over 1,200 applications from around the world.
Thirteen films have already been produced during the first four editions of Biennale College – Cinema, with the direct support of the Biennale, and were presented in their world premiere screenings at the Venice Film Festival 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, winning many awards and critical acclaim around the world.
Three other films, developed during the fifth edition 2016-2017 which is still in progress, are currently in the editing phase and will be presented at the coming Venice International Film Festival 2017.
Four more films, developed during the previous College workshops, have been produced independently, bringing the total number of films made in four years to 17.