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Applications to join the Biennale College Cinema are now open

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The call, aimed at emerging filmmakers, will be open until 3 July 2023| Photo: Avel Chuklanov

Biennale College Cinema, an initiative created for emerging filmmakers to develop and produce microbudget feature-length films that will be presented at the Venice International Film Festival, will accept applications until July, 3.

Launched in 2012, the workshop has awarded the Biennale grants to produce 34 feature-length films (costing no more than 200 thousand Euro each), promoting new talents that have established their names nationally and internationally and were selected from over 2,000  applicants from around the world.

The College operates through an annual cycle. It starts with an international call for applications, inviting emerging filmmakers from around the world to submit their projects as a team composed of directors making their debut or sophomore films, associated with producers who have made at least three audio-visual works, or a feature-length fiction film, or a documentary, distributed and/or presented at festivals.

Nine microbudget projects will be invited to participate in a 10-day development workshop from October 7th to 16th 2023, along with other three projects already selected from the Italian call (Biennale College Cinema – Italia) which was launched earlier, on February 16th, and closed on April 12th. The exclusive workshop, hosted in Venice, will cover various aspects of filmmaking, including script development, production, distribution, and marketing.

The announcement of the twelve projects selected for the educational workshop in October will be made during the 80th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera, which is scheduled to take place from 30 august – 9 September 2023. After that, the two separate sections of the twelfth edition of the College Cinema programme, BCC-Italia and BCC-International, will move along the same track, leading to the selection and presentation of up to four microbudget feature-length films at the 81st Venice International Film Festival 2024.

To find out more about the initiative, as wells as its terms and conditions, and to submit your application, visit the official website here.

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