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Biennale College – Cinema. Selection complete for the 12 projects of the 2nd edition

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the projects come from Argentina, Belgium, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, UK and USA
09 | 01 | 2013

applications submitted from 70 countries

12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Biennale College – Cinema; each team - composed of a director and a producer - will take part in the first 10-day workshop to be held in Venice at the Centro Soggiorno e Studi at San Servolo island in October 2013.
Biennale College – Cinema is the brainchild of Biennale di Venezia, in partnership with Gucci, aimed at promoting new talents and offering them the opportunity to work closely with well-known professionals in order to make micro-budget films. Up to 3 of these 12 projects will receive support for 150,000 Euro in order to make 3 feature-length works (first or second work) which will be presented at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
“The initiatives of Biennale College - Cinema - the President of the Biennale, Paolo Baratta, declared - have already been developed in the sectors of Cinema, Dance, Music and Theatre, and will be developed in all the sectors of the Biennale di Venezia. We are flattered to have such a generous and intelligent partner as Gucci, who shares with us the interest and the passion for this project. We are really grateful”.
The 12 projects were unveiled during the press conference of Biennale College - Cinema held on September 1 at 12:30 at Lido di Venezia (Palazzo del Casinò), at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28th August - 7th September 2013), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The 12 projects selected for this first phase of Biennale College – Cinema 2013/2014 are:
   A place in the Future, Ritesh Batra (director) India, Seher Latif (producer) India
   Blood Cells, Joseph Bull (director) UK, Luke Seomore (director) UK, Samm Haillay (producer) UK
   H., Rania Attieh (director) Lebanon, Daniel Garcia (director) USA, Shruti Rya Ganguly (producer) India
   Imaculat, Kenneth Mercken
(producer) Belgium, Marcian Lazar (producer) Romania
   La Barracuda, Jason Cortlund (director) USA, Julia Halperin (director) USA, David Hartstein (producer) USA
   La Mujer De Los Perros, Laura Citarella (director) Argentina, Verónica Llinás (director) Argentina, Mariano Llinás (producer) Argentina
   Nancy, Christina Choe (director) USA, Gerry Kim (producer) USA
   River of exploding durians, Edmund Yeo (director) Malaysia, Ming Jin Woo (producer) Malaysia
   Short Skin, Duccio Chiarini (director) Italy, Babak Jalali (producer) Iran / UK
   The Strike, Adam Breier (director) Hungary, Akos Schneider (producer) Hungary
   Unless, Matteo Servente (director) Italy, Ryan Watt (producer) USA
   Winter, Aamir Bashir (director) India, Alan McAlex (producer) India
These 12 projects have been selected by Alberto Barbera, together with the Biennale College – Cinema team. A brief description of the projects will soon be available at
Up to 3 teams, after the first workshop held in Venice at the Centro Soggiorno e Studi at San Servolo island in October 2013, will be invited to participate in two further workshops in Venice – to be held in December 2013 and January 2014. Afterwards the micro-budget production will start; each of the 3 feature-length audio-visual works (first or second work) will receive a support amounting to 150,000 Euro. They will be presented at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014.
Biennale College – Cinema is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema, by the Regione del Veneto and – for the first time this year – by Eurasia IFF, Kazakhstan. Biennale College – Cinema, for the second year in a row, will rely on the collaboration of IFP in New York, and the collaboration of the Dubai International Film Festival and the TorinoFilmLab. Finally – also for the first time – a new collaboration is opening with the Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, the Head of Programme Savina Neirotti.
The first edition (2012/13) of Biennale College – Cinema closed with the screenings of the three finalist feature films: Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy, directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and produced by Aditya Assarat; Memphis, directed by Tim Sutton and produced by John Baker; and Yuri Esposito, directed by Alessio Fava and produced by Max Chicco.