The 22nd Capalbio International Film Festival, directed by Tommaso Mottola, offered a rich showcase of international short films, panels, special events, and hosted the first Italy | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop in the amazing setting of Capalbio (Italy), a medieval town citadel tucked away in the hills shoring the sea, in Southern Tuscany.
Since its foundation, with Michelangelo Antonioni as its godfather, the Capalbio Film Festival has been a showcase for the next generation of cinematic talent from around the world, and this year is pushing this focus to a new level with its core theme “storyboomers”, a neologism created to name a new generation of storytellers, who are changing cinematic narratives thanks to the availability of new digital tools (from smartphones to GoPros and micro cameras) with which they can now shoot a huge amount of stories. On its 22nd edition, Capalbio hosts the first Italy | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop and on this occasion, two key players in the Italian panorama of film promotion, Fondazione Sistema Toscana and Fondazione Cinema per Roma, have come together for the first time with Capalbio Cinema and the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, directed by Paul Federbush, to boost a project designed to give independent European screenwriters a fully immersive space to work intensively on their first or second feature film scripts.
The lab is centered around one-on-one story sessions with two Creative Advisors: American director, screenwriter, producer, and actress Joan Tewkesbury, who had a long association with Robert Altman, having written two of his most acclaimed films, Nashville (1975) and Thieves Like Us (1974); and American playwright, screenwriter, teacher, and author Erin Cressida Wilson, known for Secretary (2002) - awarded an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay – and for Chloe (2009), directed by Atom Egoyan. The eight projects selected among more than 200 submissions from 30 countries are Digger by Georgis Grigorakis (Greece), Polvere Rossa by Marco Amenta (Italy), Sentimento by Elisa Fuksas (Italy), Fiore Gemello by Laura Luchetti (Italy), Guarda in alto by Fulvio Risuleo (Italy), Pill #1618 by Domante Urmonaite (Lithuania), 237 Years by Ioana Maria Mischie (Romania), and Italo Disco by Richard Garcia (Spain).
The rich and broad program of the festival consists of various sections: the International Competition, with a selection of 15 short films; Short Waves, presenting the most interesting innovations in experimental cinema and offering the Italian premier of Waves ‘98 (Ely Dagher) and Varicella (Fulvio Risuleo), both awarded at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; and the Storyboomers section - from auto-fiction to selfies, to private memories – which will try to answer the key question of this year's edition: what are we to expect from the future of cinema and storytelling? This section will also include two special screenings: N-Capace by Eleonora Danco, and Fango e Gloria by Leonardo Tiberi. Furthermore, Junior Kids and Junior Teens, Work Safely, Comedy, and Human Rights are the other sections composing the line-up. Two juries will award the main prizes of the 22nd edition. The Gran Prix Jury is composed of Polish-born editor Michal Leszczylowsky, cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, actress Sara Serraiocco, writer Maurizio Maggiani, and journalist Bruno Manfellotto. The jurors will confer four awards: the Capalbio Cinema Best Film, the Best Direction Award, the Best Photography Award, and the Stella Award to the best actor and actress. Matthew Takata, Manager for the Feature Film Program international work at the Sundance Institute, Alix Davonneau, audiovisual Rep of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry in Italy, and Italian film critic Johnny Palomba are the members of the Ri/generation Jury which will assign the “A World of Maps” award and the RE/GENERATION LAB Award.
Other prizes to be conferred to the short films in the 2015 lineup include the ADCI Award to the Best Creative Idea, the Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations Award and the Junior Kids and Junior Teens Award. Among the many special events, the programme also includes a Master class (on Saturday, July 11th) with award-winning Italian cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, long-time collaborator of Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino (2014 Best Foreign Language Film for The Great Beauty), with whom he has been working from The Consequences of Love (2004) up to the most recent Youth, presented at Cannes this year. Finally, on the festival closing day (Sunday, July 12), Paul Federbush and Matthew Takata (Sundance Film Institute Feature Film Program) will discuss the experience of the Italy | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Workshop.
About Capalbio Cinema
Capalbio Cinema is directed by Tommaso Mottola and was founded by Stella Leonetti in Southern Tuscany. The Festival is organized in collaboration with Fondazione Sistema Toscana, and is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Tuscany Region, ICE-Italian Trade Agency, ANICA, BNL BNP Paribas Group, and Marsh, under the patronage of AGPC, ADCI, AGISSCUOLA, FICE, SNGCI and many other Italian professional film guilds.
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Source: Capalbio Cinema