“La Soledad”

Another international production opportunity for filmmakers that I’ve previously highlighted on this blog – a program specifically for emerging directors and producers from all around the world with feature film projects that can be made for 150,000 euro, which is about $170,000.

Films we’ve profiled that are alums of the initiative include, most recently, Anna Farrell’s “The Fits” and Jorge Thielen Armand’s “La Soledad;” so take advantage if you meet the listed criteria.

The Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the fifth edition of the Biennale College – Cinema, which begins today, Friday May 6th 2016, with the launch of the international call for participation on the website www.labiennale.org (open through July 1st, 2016).

Nine feature-length films have been produced from the first three editions of Biennale College – Cinema, directly supported by the Biennale, and screened as world premieres at the Venice International Film Festivals in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning a significant number of awards and critical acclaim around the world.

Four other films, developed during the fourth edition still underway, are currently in the editing phase and will be screened at the coming 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Four more films, developed during the workshops of the College, were produced independently, bringing the total number of films produced in 4 years to 17.

Biennale College – Cinema complements and enriches the Venice International Film Festival with what they call a higher-education workshop dedicated to the development and production of micro-budget films, open to a maximum of 12 teams comprised of emerging film directors and producers from around the world.

The goal is to bring to completion – at the end of a year-long program of activities that covers the entire spectrum from idea, to development, production, direction, marketing, audience engagement and distribution of a film – up to three feature-length micro-budget films (150,000 euro/$170,000), which will subsequently be screened at the Venice Film Festival, and beyond.

The international call for participation for the fifth edition is now open with a deadline set for July 1st, 2016. Participation is open to teams of directors making their first or second film, and producers who have produced at least three projects and/or screened at festivals. The selection of the 12 projects and teams for the micro-budget feature-length films will be announced during the 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016 (August 31 – September 10).

You will find submission information at the following address: http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/collegecinema/.

Biennale College – Cinema, organized by the Biennale di Venezia, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Direction Cinema, and relies on the collaboration of the IFP in New York and the TorinoFilmLab.