Biennale College is La Biennale di Venezia’s project dedicated to the education of young people in the artistic fields 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 be part of our 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.
University students can improve their university education through the internship experience of the Biennale College - Internships.
9th edition (2020-2021) of the Biennale College Cinema:
On 6th September 2020, during the 77th Venice International Film Festival, the 12 selected projects for the 9th edition 2020/2021 were announced; their teams (composed of a director and a producer) participated in the 10-day workshop that was held from October 3-12, 2020. Nine projects were selected from the Biennale College – Cinema International call, whereas another three came from the Biennale College Cinema – Italy call. A total of 188 projects participated.
Four of these twelve projects (including one from the Italy section and at least two by female directors) will then be selected to receive support from the Biennale to cover production costs, which cannot exceed € 150,000, and will be presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2021.
5th edition (2020-2021) of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality:
The Biennale College Cinema - Virtual Reality aims to support the development of 6 Italian projects and 10 international projects presented by director/producer teams and up to 30 minutes duration, at concept stage.
The International call is open for 10 international projects to be selected for the fifth edition of Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality for 2020-2021. Applications may be submitted starting September 6 and through October 28, 2020, on the Biennale College Cinema website, where a dedicated application form is available.
In 2021, his inaugural year as Director of the Biennale Danza, Wayne McGregor will be leading the Biennale College Dance with two international calls to respectively select 20 dancers and 5 dancer-choreographers, professionals aged 30 and under.
The 20 dancers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in high quality technical, creative and performance work with world-renowned choreographers. The programme for 2021 will include the staging of seminal dance works by Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite as well as the development of a new commission (TBA), created specifically for the Biennale College group.
Call for applications: Dancers
The 5 dancer-choreographers will have the opportunity to create an original 15 -minute work for performance during the Festival with mentoring from McGregor. The dancer-choreographers will also be immersed as a dancer in the creative world and repertoire of McGregor and Pite.
Call for applications: Dancer-choreographers
In 2021 the Music Department promotes 3 calls for applications aimed at composers and performers:
• Composers for vocal ensemble: the workshop is dedicated to young composers interested in writing for a cappella vocal ensemble (max. 5 voices). Proposals can include live electronics, amplification or tape production. The selected composers will have the opportunity to write a new vocal work (15 minutes max.)
Call for applications: Composers for vocal ensemble
• Composers working at sound installations: the workshop is dedicated to young composers interested in site-specific sound installations. The selected composers will have the opportunity to create a new site-specific sound installation.
Call for applications: Composers working at sound installations
• Performers and Experimental Performance: the workshop is open to young experimental performers, DJs, turntablists, controllerists and live electronics performers interested in experimenting with pre-recorded voice. The selected performers will have the opportunity to realize an experimental performance.
Call for applications: Performers and Experimental Performance
• A further fourth call for applications is reserved to Italian performers in vocal ensembles.
Applications for the three international calls must be sent no later than 18 February 2021.
In 2021 the Theatre Department promotes 3 calls for applications: two are aimed at Italian Under 35 directors and Italian Under 40 authors.
The third call is aimed at international performers (both Italian and from abroad) presenting their own site-specific performance which must have never premiered either in study form or complete form.
Applications for the site-specific performance call must be sent no later than 20 February 2021.
The programme of the Biennale College – Internships for the period February - June 2021 is now online.
An on-field learning experience, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate university 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 La Biennale di Venezia.
Just like a “College” experience, the young people selected for the internship are 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 based in Italy.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2021.
Only one application per student may be submitted: applicants must therefore choose only one internship per term.
At the end of February 2021 the internship programme for the following months will be announced.
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