Biennale College Cinema VR
Starting today, Tuesday January 11th through Wednesday January 19th 2022, the workshop of the 6th edition (2021-2022) of the Biennale College Cinema VR, to be held online and on a virtual platform, will involve 12 teams from around the world, four of which are Italian, for Virtual Reality projects lasting a maximum of 30 minutes.
The 12 teams are composed of a director and a producer at their first, second or third VR, with no age limits, selected from two calls, one Italian and one international, launched in 2021.
A maximum of three projects will then be selected among the projects of these 12 teams, which will then move forward to the next development workshop scheduled for the month of March. At the end, a maximum of one project will receive a Biennale grant to cover production costs (to be no greater than € 60,000). The project thus produced will premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival 2022 (31 August – 10 September), directed by Alberto Barbera.
The selected projects
The 12 projects and teams participating in the workshops from January 11th through 19th are:
dir: Akmyrat Tuyliyev, M, Turkmenistan, 3rd VR | co-dir: Christina Elizabeth Borins, F, Canada, 3rd VR | prod: Matthew Niederhauser, M, United States, 3rd VR
- CHIN LIU TAO XR: Somewhere Unknown in Indochina
dir: Feng Ting Tsou, M, Taiwan, 1st VR | dir & prod: Asio Chihsiung Liu, M, Taiwan, 1st VR
- Il Corredo
dir: Elena Baucke, F, Italy, 1st VR | prod: Ludovica Fales, F, Italy, 1st VR
- Deusa das Aguas
dir: João Paulo Miranda Maria, M, Brazil, 1st VR | prod: Justin Pechberty, M, France, 1st VR
dir: Michał Stankiewicz, M, Poland, 2nd VR | prod: Marta Szarzyńska, F, Poland, 2nd VR
dir: Sjoerd van Acker, M, Netherlands, 2nd VR | prod: Firat Sezgin, M, Turkey, 3rd VR
dir: Jennifer Shortall, F, Ireland, 1st VR | co-dir: Ciara Tamay Del Grosso Bates, F, Ireland, 3rd VR | prod: Cordula Hansen, F, Germany, 3rd VR
- Locked Up
dir: Alessandro Visconti & Antonio Messina, M, 2nd VR | prod: Riccardo Antonio Silvio Antonino M, Italy, 2nd VR
dir: Alba Zari F, 1st VR | prod: Manuela Buono, F, Italy, 1st VR
dir: Jacopo Zanessi, M, Italy, 1st VR | prod: Marco Caberlotto, M, Italy, 2nd VR
- Queer Utopia
dir: Lui Avallos, M, Brazil, 2nd VR | prod: Rodrigo Moreira, M, Brazil, 2nd VR
- Sensing Mirror
dir: Peiying Lin, F, Taiwan, 2nd VR | prod: Chin Hsuan Sung, F, Taiwan, 3rd VR
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 (previously known as IFP) and the TorinoFilmLab. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.
The Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality project enjoys generous funding from the MEDIA – Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission – Directorate General Connect. The educational activities will be supported by the MEDIA contribution. This contribution comes in addition to the support given by the MEDIA Programme to the development of the Venice Production Bridge.