03/05/2013 ˑ 

Launching the Call for Applications of Biennale College – Cinema 2013

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Only 8 months after the launch of the first edition, the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces, in partnership with Gucci, the second edition of Biennale College – Cinema. This will begin May 8th 2013 with an international call for participation.

Biennale College – Cinema is a higher-education training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget feature-length films, open to emerging film directors and producers from around the world. The challenge is to succeed in creating – at the end of a year-long series of activities, three feature-length low-cost (€ 150,000) audio-visual works.

The international call for participation for the second edition will be open from May 8th through July 10th 2013. Participation is open to teams of directors making their first or second film, and producers who have produced at least three audiovisual works distributed and/or screened at festivals.

Initially, twelve projects for micro-budget feature-length films will be selected. Three of these projects will then be chosen to participate in the subsequent phases, to be developed and produced thanks to a contribution of € 150,000 and presented at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. They will also be screened online on the Sala Web, a virtual screening room that will coexist with the traditional screening rooms on the Lido.

The official and complete text of the international call for participation for the second edition of the Biennale College – Cinema will be available online here starting May 8th 2013.


Biennale College is a complex, innovative experience that brings together all sectors of the Biennale di Venezia, promoting young talents and offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters, to develop “creations”. Biennale College – Cinema, developed by the Biennale di Venezia in partnership with Gucci, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema, by the Regione del Veneto and this year for the first time also by Eurasia IFF, Kazakhstan. Biennale College – Cinema is held for the second consecutive year in academic collaboration with IFP in New York, and also in collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival and TorinoFilmLab. And for the first time, the College will also be collaborating with the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, and the Head of the Programme is Savina Neirotti.

The first edition of the Biennale College – Cinema was successfully launched in August 2012, with 433 projects submitted from 77 countries around the world. Of these, 15 projects were selected, and their teams (one director and one producer) participated in the first workshop in Venice. Subsequently, 3 projects were chosen to produce 3 micro-budget films, thanks to a contribution of € 150,000 each. They are currently in production and will be presented at the coming 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013). The 3 projects are:

· Memphis (USA), Tim Sutton (director) and John Baker (producer)
· The Year of June (Thailand), Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (director) and Aditya Assarat (producer)
· Yuri Esposito (Italy), Alessio Fava (director) and Max Chicco (producer)