Ca'Foscari Short Film Festival spotlights talents of the future alongside masters of the present
by Laurence Boyce
- Venice based short film festival presents an International Competition based on the theme of immigrants alongside special guests including Patrice Leconte
Held in Venice between 20 and 23 March, the Ca 'Foscari Short Film Festival will play host to 30 short films all of which originate from film schools and universities from across the world. This year the theme of the competition will be ‘immigrants’, with all the films within the competition examining different facets of one of the most important and contentious issues of the modern day
Selected films will include The Elephant In The Room (Dir. Chanelle Eidenbenz, Switzerland) a product of the Zurich University of the Arts. The film is a revealing exanimation of the realities of mental illness as reflected through the lens of a fractious relationship between a mother and her son. Also screening is People Talk [We Wsi Gadają] (Poland), from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia in Katowice. Director Grzegorz Paprzycki takes a metaphorical approach to the subject of immigration as two boys decide to investigate the story of an old man who lives in the forest who became rich after visiting Africa. Originating in the Roma Film Academy, Nooh (Dir. Edoardo Bramucci, Italy) is the moving story of a child who came to Italy illegally and has escaped into an imaginary world that feels better than the one he faces.
Other shorts will include those coming from such film schools as France’s La Femis, University of the Arts London and Filmakademie Wien in Austria
The jury will consist of the Italian programmer Teresa Cavina, the Iranian filmmaker Ayat Najafi and Estonian animator Ülo Pikkov who will all also be present in the special Jury Programme during which they will present short films either directed or selected by them.
With the festival being a meeting point for so many young filmmakers, it seems apropos that there will be many masterclasses and special events designed to help them along in their careers as well as to entertain audience. French filmmaker Patrice Leconte will take part in an on-stage interview that will take in some of his most famous works including Girl on the Bridge and The Hairdresser’s Husband. Also taking part in a retrospective interview will be Italian animator Leonardo Carrano, who will discuss his pioneering work in experimental animation while Indian filmmaker Maaria Sayed will also be on hand.
The 'Konrad Wolf' Film University of Babelsberg, the oldest film school in Germany, will be the focus of a retrospective with a screening of a number of the schools newest animations.
The festival will feature a focus on crossmedia with an emphasis on videogames, in particular the Assassin’s Creed saga. The festival will screen the series of short films Assassin's Creed Lineage - which revolves around the early chapters of the series of games - whilst also screening trailers that accompanied the release of various Assassin's Creed titles to illustrate how the worlds of film and videogames can work in harmony with each other.
The festival will also have two special programs for films produced by young aspiring directors in Venice while the special program East Asia Now will present four short films representing the new film trends in China, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. The retrospective programme Once Upon a Time, 3D will pay tribute to Ladislas Starewitch, a pioneer of 3D animation alongside Short is The Suspended Glance, will provide a glimpse of recent Italian video-art.
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