The 70th Venice International Film Festival 2013 will feature the screening of the first three selected feature-length films, developed and produced by the Biennale College-Cinema, a higher-education workshop open to young filmmakers from around the world for the production of low-cost films, organized by the Biennale di Venezia in partnership with Gucci for the first time in 2012:
- Mary is happy, Mary is happy (Thailand), Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (director) and Aditya Assarat (producer); with Patcha Poonpiriya, Chonnikan Netjui
- Memphis (USA), Tim Sutton (director) and John Baker (producer); with Willis Earl Beal
- Yuri Esposito (Italy), Alessio Fava (director) and Max Chicco (producer); with Matteo Lanfranchi, Beatrice Cevolani, Claudio Morganti, Max Speziani, Michele Di Mauro, Tommaso Banfi
The call for entries for the second edition (2013-2014) of the Biennale College - Cinema closed on July 10th. By which time applications were received from over 70 countries.
In coming weeks, the selection will take place for the next 12 projects and teams that will be invited to participate in the first workshop in October, the first phase in a development process that will end at the 2014 Venice Film Festival with the screening of the three new low-cost films. The selection of the 12 projects will be announced during the press conference of the Biennale College – Cinema to be held on the Lido on September 1st, 2013.
The Biennale College – Cinema, organized 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 – for the first time this year – by Eurasia IFF, Kazakhstan. The Biennale College – Cinema, for the second year in a row, will rely on the academic collaboration of IFP in New York, and the collaboration of the Dubai International Film Festival and the TorinoFilmLab. Finally – also for the first time – a new collaboration will begin with the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme Savina Neirotti.
Biennale College is a complex innovative experience that brings together all the 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”.