The Daazo team participated in a fascinating panel talk today: Biennale College – Cinema – The International Horizon took place at the Palazzo del Casinò, at the Venice Film Festival. It was chaired by Peter Cowie , film historian and founder of the International Film Guide, and the participants were Savina Neirotti (Biennale College – Cinema and Torino Film Lab) , Stephanie Zacharek (chief film critic for Village Voice), Richard Corliss (chief film reviewer of Time magazine), Mick LaSalle (chief film reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle) as well as the creators of the three films that were realised in the framework of the Biennale College – Cinema: Aditya Assarat (producer of Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy), Tim Sutton (director of Memphis) and Alessio Fava (director of Yuri Esposito).

Savina Neirotti talked about the selection processfor the Biennale College – Cinema programme. The programme is open for first and second feature films, First, 15 projects are chosen from the applications – there were over 400 this year. Of the 15 projects, 3 film plans are finally chosen to be realised with funds provided by the Biennale (and thanks to the help of Gucci). The budget is 150,000 euros and no other funds are allowed to be used.

The selection criteria are complex: all possible information about each project will be looked a carefully, including screenplay, budget, audience engagement plan, casting etc. It must be a plan well thought through. Choosing the semi-finalists was not easy: in the end, the committee was looking for quality before any other criterium, and a certain sparkle and inspiration behind the idea.

Once the 15 film plans were chosen, the teams came to Venice for a 10-day workshop. They were closely observed: how the team members can work together. This is how the final 3 films to be realised were chosen. These 3 films are very different – the only thing that is common in them is how they were born. Memphis is about a jazz musician; Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy is based on 420 tweets; Yuri Esposito is about a crucial point in the life of the slowest man on Earth. As Alessio Fava recalls: “the tutors accompanied us on every minute of our path, clarifying certain points with useful advice – helping us think through different aspects of the creation process”.

Now that all three films have been realised and premiered at the Venice film festival, they have got a chance to be known for wider audiences: festival programmers from all over the world have seen them and the films have already been invited to some international festivals. Also, the 12 projects out of the chosen 15, which were not realised this time, will have a chance to be seen by the most important decision-makers and have a good opportunity to raise funds for realisation, thanks to their exposure to the programmers of workshops and the representatives of production companies visiting the Biennale.


Find out more about the Biennale College – Cinema from World of Shorts magazine!