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International success for the films of the Biennale College – Cinema (1st edition)

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12 | 16 | 2013

A significant international success has rewarded the 3 films of the first edition (2012-2013) of the Biennale College – Cinema, the brand-new higher-education training workshop for the development and production of micro-budget feature-length films, open to emerging film directors and producers from around the world, organized by the Biennale di Venezia with the sponsorship of Gucci:

· Memphis (USA) by Tim Sutton (director), produced byJohn Baker , was selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2014 in the NEXT <=> section, dedicated to the new generation of bolder and more experimental independent American filmmakers.
· Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy (Thailand) by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (director), produced by Aditya Assarat, won the Best Asian Film award (Netpac Competition) at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival; it was presented at the Busan International Film Festival, at the Festival Internacional de Cine Valdivia (in Competition), at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and at the Torino Film Festival.
It received excellent reviews, culminating in the review by Richard Kuipers in “Variety” (November 1st, 2013). It was released in Thai movie theatres on November 28th 2013.
· Yuri Esposito (Italy) by Alessio Fava (director), produced by Max Chicco, was presented at the Stockholm Film Festival and at the Torino Film Festival. It received excellent reviews, culminating in the review by Richard Corliss in “TIME Magazine online” (September 6th, 2013).
The 3 feature-length films were developed and produced at low cost by the Biennale College – Cinema which offered a contribution of € 150,000. They were presented in their world premiere screening at the 70th Venice Film Festival 2013 and were also screened online on the Sala Web, the virtual theatre that exists alongside the traditional theatres for the screenings on the Lido.
Biennale College is a complex innovative experience that brings together all the Sectors of the Biennale di Venezia, promoting young talents and offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters, to develop “creations”.
Since 2012, the goal of Biennale College – Cinema has been to lead to the production, at the end of a yearlong series of activities, of three feature-length audio-visual works at low-cost (150,000 euro). Eligible to participate are teams of directors at their debut or second films, and producers who have produced at least 3 audio-visual works distributed and/or presented at festivals.
Biennale College – Cinema, developed in partnership with Gucci by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema –, by the Regione del Veneto and Eurasia IFF, Kazakhstan. Biennale College –Cinema relies on the academic collaboration with IFP in New York, and on the collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival and TorinoFilmLab. Finally, for the second edition, a new collaboration began withthe Busan International Film Festival. The Director is Alberto Barbera, the Head of Programme is Savina Neirotti.
The second edition (2013-2014) of Biennale College – Cinema was successfully launched in May 2013. The 3 projects designated to become feature-length films, selected at the end of the first workshop among the 12 projects previously selected from around the world (and presented by teams of directors and producers), are:
· Blood Cells Joseph Bull (director, Great Britain), Luke Seomore (director, Great Britain), Samm Haillay (producer, Great Britain). Following a catastrophe that destroyed his family and his farm ten years earlier, a young man is forced to live through an odyssey in today’s England (debut film).
· H. – Rania Attieh (director, Lebanon), Daniel Garcia (director, Usa), Shruti Rya Ganguly (producer, India). The story of two women both called Helen, whose lives and relationships begin to fall apart after a meteor falls on their city, Troy, in the State of New York. An imaginary, modern and lyrical reinterpretation of a classic Greek tragedy (second film).
· Short Skin Duccio Chiarini (director, Italy), Babak Jalali (producer, Iran/Great Britain). It is important to be tough without forgetting to be tender (debut film).
Two debut films (Blood Cells, Short Skin) and a second film (H.), one English film, one American and one Italian, that also involve other countries thanks to the nationality of the directors or producers (Lebanon, India, Iran), testifying to the international stature of the Biennale College – Cinema project. 
An area of the Biennale website,, is dedicated to keeping track of the activities of the Biennale College – Cinema, and makes it possible to follow the projects through every phase of their development.