Biennale College - Cinema

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Selection complete for the 12 projects of the 2nd edition. They come from Argentina, France, Hungary, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, UK and USA

12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Biennale College – Cinema; each team - composed of directors and producers - will take part in the first 10-day workshop held in Venice 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 150,000.00 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 12 projects were unveiled during the press conference of Biennale College - Cinema 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 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 Ganguli (producer) India
- 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 (proucer) Argentina
- Nancy, Christina Choe (director) USA, Gerry Kim (producer) USA
- Peacock Lamenting, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (diretor) Sri Lanka, Antonin Dedet (producer) France
- River of exploding durians, Edmund Yeo (director) Malaysia, Ming Jin Woo (producer) Malaysia
- Short Skin, Duccio Chiarini (director) Italy, Babak Jalali (producer) Irak / 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.

Up to 3 teams, after the first workshop, will be invited to participate in other two 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 150,000.00 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 of 2012/13 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; Yuri Esposito, directed by Alessio Fava and produced by Max Chicco.

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