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Artistic training and internships for young people



Biennale College is the project of La Biennale di Venezia dedicated to the formation of young people in the artistic field and in the activities of the organizational structure of the Biennale.


Encouraging young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations” that will become part of the Artistic Programs: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer. 
With the formation inside the organizational structure, a university student can reach the completion of the university education through the internship experience of the Biennial College - Internships.



With the sixth edition, we decided to complete the usual set up of the program, identifying two different calls, one Italian and the other International. The training activities will be in English and both courses will proceed on the same path from October onwards.
For each call, Biennale College Cinema is looking for feature-length audio-visual concepts that can be made within € 150.000,00 and could be completed, developed, produced, edited and screened at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

Biennale College Cinema – Italia
The innovation of this edition is the launch of the call “BCC 6 – Italia”, specifically dedicated to team of director and producer, both Italian. Once the submission phase, which will stay open for six weeks between March and April, is closed, eight micro budget Italian projects will be selected and their teams will be invited to participate in a development workshop in Venice, from 10 to 16 July 2017. During these 5 days, international tutors will mentor the teams supporting them through the creative process.

Biennale College Cinema – International
The call “BCC 6 – International” will be open after the italian one, starting from May and for six weeks until July. The call is dedicated to team of director and producer, from all over the world. Biennale College Cinema will select nine international microbudget projects and their teams will be invited to participate, as briefly described above, in a 10 days workshop in Venice.

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On 3 September 2017, the second edition of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality 2017/2018 has been announced.
Submissions open starting from September 4th until October 20th, 2017, on the website where an online form has to be filled out.

With the support of experts and international specialists in the field, Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality will help existing independent filmmakers and creative professionals from all over the world to appropriate the medium of VR and learn how to adapt their knowledge to VR in a fluid transitional way. In the process participants will acquire the specific know-how around 360° immersive storytelling that will redefine the relationship between story and audience.

Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality will select 3 director/producer teams to work on the development of VR projects of maximum 30 minutes of duration, at concept stage, helping them to advance their projects covering creative, production, audience/market and financial concerns. After a workshop to be held in Venice in January 2018 up to three VR projects will receive € 60,000 max each thanks to a grant from the Biennale di Venezia and the support of Sony Corporation and Sony Entertainment Inc., and will subsequently be presented at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in 2018.

Biennale College – Cinema Virtual Reality will receive essential financing from the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme and relies on the collaboration of the TorinoFilmLab.

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The edition of the Biennale College – Danza is addressed to dancers, and for the first time, to choreographers, introducing the art of choreography among the disciplines of the Biennale College – Dance, following the rigorous and experimental approach of the newly-appointed Director Marie Chouinard.

A maximum of 15 dancers between the ages of 18 and 23  have been selected for the project, which engaged them for 3 months – from April 4th to June 26th – in a programme that integrates training and creation.

Furthermore, for one week only – from May 23rd to 27th – the body awareness training (or somatic approach) organized for the dancers of the Biennale College – Dance, opened to 5  external participants, who have been selected to follow the 6-hour daily sessions with Nora Benian, an expert in Yin Yoga.

3 choreographers have been selected to elaborate three original creations lasting approximately 12 minutes, performed during the 11th International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

The singular nature of the project, which featured 3 new choreographers working with 7 professional dancers, had therefore required a specific selection process for the 7 dancers, who must had an open mind, a positive attitude towards experimentation, a willingness to contribute to the creative process, and at least five years of proven professional experience.

The Music Department advances the project by Director Ivan Fedele for Biennale College – Musica programme. The project intends to promote and support the production of a maximum of 3 “low budget” chamber musical theatre works, no theme specified, lasting no longer than 20’ each, to be presented by the Biennale di Venezia and released in suitable formats, and online.

The selection is open, internationally, to teams consisting of a composer, a librettist, a director and a set-designer/video-artist aged 35 and under.

The composers need not necessarily be at their debut work and must apply in association with librettists, directors and set designers/video-artists in a musical theatre project composed for the following instruments: flute (any one of the series), clarinet (piccolo, soprano or bass as desired), trumpet or trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussions (1 performer), MIDI keyboard (not live electronics), plus a conductor.

The vocalists must number no more than 4 chosen among the following voice types: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass.

The performance of the works will take place during the month of October 2017 as part of the 61st International Contemporary Music Festival. The teams must complete the production of the works, including stage and musical rehearsals with the support of the artists and masters involved in the project (tentatively this will require one week of work).


The project for the Biennale College – Teatro, coherently with the spirit of the most recent editions, stands as a place of inquiry and dialogue, a space permanently open to discussion and experimentation, in a process that can involve scholars, spectators and theatre lovers. A true factory of ideas that explores the potential of theatre: languages, codes, techniques and technology, the sciences of the stage all provide the guidelines for a systematic evaluation, led by Masters and experts from around the world.

The current edition of the Biennale College ­– Theatre will include a significant number of days dedicated to working with the chosen Masters, with the purpose of offering each participant the possibility of taking part in an authentic creative process, on the one hand, and on the other, to enhance the educational function of each workshop, a place of both ideation and higher education. 

Furthermore in this edition, each Master and each participant in the College will address the same theme, detailed below by the Director of the Theatre sector of the Biennale, Antonio Latella, and will later present the result of each workshop in a short theatre piece at the end. Each of these original creations will be presented together with the others in a sort of theatre marathon, to take place on the last days of the Festival.

"It has happened, it happens, it will happen again.
There is a "force", which some people like to define as a damnation, others as a curse, often with voyeuristic self-satisfaction, that strikes famous artists, but not only. Artists who, at the peak of their career, decide to end their personal quest and their presence.
I believe it is impossible to try to understand why this happens; too often, the desperate cry of the artists is transformed into gossip, into tabloid news, into allusive headlines in big black letters. Personally, I think that any attempt at an answer risks being generic, and cannot in any way be applied to every individual. So many are the words thrown to the winds: "Couldn't handle the success", "Too fragile", "Always been cursed", "The greater his success the more he feared others and himself". A lot of words and very little truth.
I am convinced that in a Festival for which the leitmotiv remains the creative process of the artists, their development, their research, it is also important to have the courage to stop and think about those who voluntarily, and in many cases I might add with great clarity of mind, have chosen to bid an early farewell to a life or to reject their artistic career.
Focusing our attention on the female figure, we ask all the Masters in our College to choose an artist, a woman, working in the second half of the twentieth century who tragically disappeared, and to take a magnifying glass to find that which has remained hidden, or deliberately kept secret, for too long.
We wish to open a real and necessary debate, so that this end might also become a new beginning, to raise new questions, be transformed into a fertile ground for strongly generative experimentation".
Antonio Latella

The new call for the Biennale College – Internships for the year 2017 is now online.

A learning experience on the field, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate students who wish to enrich their training in the fields of organization, management, administration, technical support, editorial work, communication, etc., in other words, the work that is done every day within the organizational structure of the Biennale di Venezia.

Like for the “College” experience, the young people selected for the internship will be supervised individually in their training, stimulated and encouraged to seek the greatest benefit from the moment they arrive to the last day of their internship, which will also include social events designed to share experiences and create an active community.

The call is reserved for university students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme of a University located in Italy. 

For the current year, three groups of 5/9 interns each will be created, who will participate in educational projects lasting at least 3 and no more than 6 months.

For further information:

Internship Programme
* Only one application per student may be submitted: applicants must therefore choose only one internship per term.