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Biennale College Cinema (2nd edition): the 3 final projects

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the 3 projects proceed to the next phase
11 | 27 | 2013

two workshops will be held in December 2013 and January 2014


Three projects have been selected to proceed to the next phase of the 2nd Biennale College – Cinema (2013-2014), realized by the Biennale di Venezia in partnership with Gucci, consisting of two workshops that will make it possible to make a mini-budget film with a funding of 150,000 Euros each.
 
The three projects, chosen at the end of the first workshop from among twelve previously selected projects from all around the world (presented by teams of directors and producers) are:
 
· Blood Cells – Joseph Bull (director, UK), Luke Seomore (director, UK), and Samm Haillay (producer, UK). A decade after a catastrophe destroyed his family and their farm, an eruption from the past compels an exiled young man to embark on an odyssey through the broken and beautiful margins of contemporary Britain. (Debut film)
 
· H. – Rania Attieh (director, Lebanon), Daniel Garcia (director, USA), Shruti Rya Ganguly (producer, India) and Pierce Varous (producer, USA). A tale of two women, both named Helen, whose lives and relationships begin to unravel in the wake of a meteor explosion over their town of Troy, NY. It is a modern and lyrical re-imagining of a classic Greek tragedy. (Second film)
 
· Short Skin – Duccio Chiarini (director, Italy), and Babak Jalali (producer, Iran/UK). One has to grow tough but without ever losing tenderness. (Debut film)
 

Two debut films (Blood Cells, Short Skin) and a second film (H.); a British film, an American and an Italian film; and other countries involved as to the nationality of their directors or producers (Lebanon, India, and Iran) all confirm the international quality of the Biennale College – Cinema project.
 
The goal is to make three feature-length films – debut or second works – in time to be presented at the next 71st Venice International Film Festival (27 August – 6 September 2014), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
 
Biennale College is an innovative and complex experience that complements all the sections of the Biennale di Venezia, promoting young talents and offering them the opportunity to work directly in contact with the masters, to develop their “creations”.
 
Biennale College – Cinema is a higher educational workshop for the development and production of micro-budget audiovisual works, launched at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012. The project is now proceeding with the second edition (2013-2014) after the success of the first three features that screened at the 2013 Venice Film Festival:
 
Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy - Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (director, Thailand) and Aditya Assarat (producer, Thailand)
Memphis - Tim Sutton (director, USA) and John Baker (producer, USA)
Yuri Esposito - Alessio Fava (director, Italy) and Max Chicco (producer, Italy)
 
Biennale College – Cinema, in partnership with Gucci, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema – by the Regione del Veneto and Eurasia IFF, Kazakhstan, and held in collaboration with IFP New York, Dubai International Film Festival, TorinoFilmLab and Busan International Film Festival.
 
The second workshop of the Biennale College – Cinema 2013-2014 for the 3 selected teams will be held in Venice 4th to 7th December 2013 (Director Alberto Barbera, Head of Programme Savina Neirotti). The purpose of this workshop is to complete the development of screenplays in order to prepare them to move on to the second draft. Producers will be committed to defining the production aspects of their projects.
 
The third workshop will be held 11th to 16th January 2014 and will focus on the pre-production of the three selected projects. Each team will work with a tutor and a group of professionals on all aspects of their films, also planning the production process during the following months.
 
An area on the Biennale website, www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/collegecinema/ is dedicated to reporting on the activities of Biennale College – Cinema 2013-2014, and will follow the production process of the three projects admitted to the second phase; it also hosts all of the twelve projects selected for the first phase.
 
The nine projects that will not participate in the second workshop may benefit in any case from an online follow-up, and opportunities may open up for them to find co-producers in collaboration with the IFP New York, the Dubai International Film Festival and the TorinoFilmLab.