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The Italian film Beautiful Things directed by Giorgio Ferrero awarded at the Festival CPH:DOX in Copenhagen. The call for Biennale College Cinema - Italia 2018-19 is open until 16 April.

Beautiful Things awarded in Copenhagen

An important international acknowledgment has been won by the Italian film BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Giorgio Ferrero, developed and produced as a project of the 5th 2016-17 BIENNALE COLLEGE ­– CINEMA.

At the recent CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, one of the most important international festivals for documentary films, BEAUTIFUL THINGS won first prize in the NEXT:WAVE section dedicated to emerging young directors.

BIENNALE COLLEGE – CINEMA is the initiative launched in 2012 by La Biennale di Venezia to promote new talents in cinema, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters, to make feature-length films on a budget of150,000, to be developed and produced within a year for presentation at the Venice International Film Festival.

BIENNALE COLLEGE is a complex and innovative experience that engages all the Departments of La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

BEAUTIFUL THINGS, the debut film by director, composer and photographer Giorgio Ferrero, produced by Federico Biasin, was presented to great acclaim at its world premiere screening at the 74th Venice International Film Festival 2017 directed by Alberto Barbera, where it won the ARCA CinemaGiovani award for best Italian film. BEAUTIFUL THINGS is a visionary documentary about the objects and sounds of the contemporary world. The objects we believe we need every day begin and end their journey inside ghostly industrial and scientific places. The film describes the liturgy concealed at four remote locations, where groups of men work in total isolation with no interference from the outside world.

The call for Biennale College Cinema - Italia 

BIENNALE COLLEGE – CINEMA continues and offers the possibility, through April 16th 2018 to participate in the call for the BIENNALE COLLEGE CINEMA – ITALIA, dedicated to teams composed exclusively of one director and one producer of Italian nationality.

At the close of the registration phase, the selection process will choose eight Italian projects for micro-budget films that will be invited to participate in a development workshop, to be held in English, from July 9 to 15, 2018, in Venice.

At the end of the workshop, and following the evaluation of the updated materials produced by the teams and submitted to the Biennale College Cinema by mid-August, there will be a further selection of 3 projects. They will be invited to take part, along with the teams of the nine projects selected through the International Call to be launched soon in May, in a ten-day workshop that will be held in Venice during the month of October.

The announcement of the projects selected for the workshop in October will be made during the 75th Venice International Film Festival 2018 directed by Alberto Barbera. From that moment, the two different paths in the seventh edition of the College Cinema programme, and specifically BCC-Italia and BCC-International, come together to follow the same track for the selection and presentation of three feature-length micro-budget films for the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019.

Biennale College Cinema

Biennale College – Cinema, organized by the Biennale di Venezia, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities. Biennale College – Cinema enjoys the academic collaboration of IFP in New York, with the TorinoFilmLab, and the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme Savina Neirotti.

For the 2017/2018 edition, the Biennale College – Cinema and Biennale College – Cinema Virtual Reality projects have received generous funding from the MEDIA - Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission – General Direction Connect. The educational activities of the 2017 – 2018 edition will enjoy the support of the MEDIA funding. This funding is in addition to the support received from the MEDIA Programme for the development of the Venice Production Bridge.


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