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Biennale College Cinema 2021-22: four final projects selected

From Azerbaijan, Finland, Kazakhstan, Iran, Italy, and USA. From 3-6 December 2021 the teams will participate in the first of two workshops.

In the past 10 years the Biennale College Cinema has produced 30 feature films.

The four selected projects

The selection has been made of the four projects, from Azerbaijan, Finland, Kazakhstan, Iran, Italy, USA, that will move on to the production phases of the films of the 10th edition (2021 – 2022) of Biennale College – Cinema. The four teams, composed of a director and a producer, will participate starting today, Friday 3rd through Monday December 6th, in the first of two workshops. The completed feature films will participate in the 79th Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia 2022.

Overall, since the first edition of the Biennale College – Cinema launched in 2012, in 10 years La Biennale di Venezia has directly funded, with a grant of 150,000 euro each, 30 feature films by emerging directors following the receipt of 2000 submissions from all over the world (another 20 feature films were produced with personal funding). Following their premieres at the Venice Film Festival, many of these feature films have been presented and won awards at the major international festivals. Biennale College – Cinema is the Biennale laboratory that promotes new talents for cinema by offering them the opportunity to work in contact with the masters for the creation of micro-budget feature films (max 150,000 euro).

The following are the four selected projects, in alphabetical order by title:

  • A Family Fixed With Gold – director Monica Dugo | producer Cinzia Rutson (Italy) – debut film
  • Banu – director Tahmina Rafaella (Azerbaijan) | producer Katayoon Shahabi (Iran) – debut film
  • Mountain Onion – director Eldar Shibanov (Kazakhstan) | producer Yuliya Levitskaya (Kazakhstan) – sophomore film
  • Palimpsest – director Hanna Västinsalo (Finland) | producer Cyril Abraham (USA) – debut film

The four selected themes will participate in a second workshop from January 11th to 17th 2022. It will mark the beginning of the actual production of four micro-budget feature-length films with a grant from La Biennale of 150,000 euro each. The 4 films will be presented at the 79th Venice Film Festival 2022.

The other projects in the selection

The four final projects of the 10th edition 2021-22 were chosen at the conclusion of the first workshop out of 12 projects selected from around the world. The following are the other projects in the selection:

  • Better Days Under the Tall Simmering Sun
    Debut film - Dir: Claudia De Angelis | Prod: Mariagiulia Bocchini Padiglione (Italy)
  • Deus Cherzat
    Debut film - Dir: Silvia Perra | Prod: Laura Biagini (Italy)
  • La emperatriz
    Debut film - Dir: Agostina Gálvez (Argentina) | Prod: Victoria Marotta (Argentina)
  • Once Upon a Time You Loved Me (former Milk & Honey)
    Debut film - Dir: Melissa Anastasi (Australia) | Prod: Bernadette Murray (Australia)
  • Panah Khana
    Debut film - Dir: Seemab Gul (UK) | Prod: Abid Merchant (Pakistan)
  • Problematik
    Debut film – Dir: Sifiso Khanyile (South Africa) | Prod: Tshego Molete Khanyile (South Africa)
  • Resonance
    Debut film - Dir: Yordan Petkov (Bulgaria) | Prod: Vanya Rainova (Bulgaria)
  • With Love and Squalor
    Debut film - Dir: Sogol Rezvani (Iran) | Prod: Kourosh Ataee (Iran)

Biennale College – Cinema

The Biennale College – Cinema, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, enjoys the support of the Ministry of Culture – General Directorate Cinema. It relies on the academic collaboration of the Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly known as IFP) and the TorinoFilmLab. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.