La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the Call for the Biennale College –Cinema International, which opens today, Tuesday May 8th 2018, in the website collegecinema.labiennale.org (the Call will remain open through July 1st 2018). Nine selected projects will participate in a preliminary workshop in Venice from October 6th to 15th, and two will advance to the next phase.
Biennale College Cinema
The Biennale College – Cinema, now in its 7th edition (2018-2019), enriches the Venice International Film Festival with a workshop for advanced training, research and experimentation open to up to 12 teams of upcoming directors and producers from around the world. The goal is to develop and produce up to 3 micro-budget feature-length films (at a cost of less than 150,000 euro each), to be presented at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.
Biennale College is a strategic programme that also involves the Dance, Music and Theatre Departments of La Biennale di Venezia, and seeks to promote young talents by offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations”.
Biennale College Cinema - International
The Call for the Biennale College Cinema - International is open to teams composed of directors making their first or second film, associated with producers who have made at least three audio-visual subjects, or one feature-length fiction film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at Film Festivals.
Nine micro-budget projects will be selected and invited to participate in a development workshop, to be held between October 6th and 15th2018 in Venice, together with the three projects selected from the Italian call (Biennale College – Cinema Italia).
Of these twelve projects, three (including one from the Italian section) will be selected to receive a supporting grant from the Biennale that will cover the production costs (which must not exceed 150,000 euro). The three feature-length films produced during this process will be presented at the 76th Venice International Film Festival 2019. They will also be screened online in the Sala Web, the virtual theatre that coexists with the traditional screening venues of the Venice Film Festival on the Lido.
The complete official text of the Biennale College Cinema - International is available online starting today May 8th, 2018 at http://collegecinema.labiennale.org/en/.
Support and collaborations
The Biennale College Cinema project, now in its 7th edition, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – General Direction Cinema.
For the seventh year in a row, the Biennale College Cinema enjoys the academic collaboration of IFP New York and the TorinoFilmLab. The Director is Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.
The educational activities are supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA grant. This grant increases the funding which the MEDIA Programme has awarded to the development of the Market and Venice Production Bridge.
The first six editions of the Biennale College Cinema were successfully launched in August 2012 and May 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, receiving 1,450 applications from around the world.
Sixteen films have already been produced during the first five editions of the Biennale College – Cinema, with the direct support of La Biennale, and were presented in their world premiere screenings at the Venice Film Festival 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, winning many awards and critical acclaim around the world.
Three other films, developed during the sixth edition 2017-2018 which is still in progress, are currently in the editing phase and will be presented at the next Venice International Film Festival 2018.
Four more films, developed during the previous College workshops, have been produced independently, bringing the total number of films made in four years to 21.