10th Milano Film Festival 2005

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The 10th edition of the Milano Film Festival will run between 16 and 25 September 2005 at the Teatro Strehler and at the Teatro Studio, at the moats of the Castello Sforzesco and at the Cineteca Italiana – Spazio Oberdan.

With the peculiar energy of an event opening to the city and the world, the Milano Film Festival is ready to start up its 10th edition. Here is some advance information on the event. News and updates on the event, the juries, the films selected, the retrospective exhibitions and non-competing films and the side events will soon become available on the website www.milanofilmfestival.it.


Outline of the event
Overview of the 10th edition
Supporters, Sponsors, Collaborations
The Films
Juries and Awards
Tribute to “Le Festival du Film Maudit” of Biarritz, 1949. The first filmfestival for cinéma d’auteur
Overview of Videoclip Musicale
Democratic Film Exchange: the Milano Film Festival’s market
Holiday Project and the “Filmmakers' House”
Notice on Audiovisiva 2005
Milano Film Festival: a 10-years-long story
Tickets, accreditation cards and facilities

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Outline of the event

The international film competition is open to short and feature films of any genre, format, length and language, produced since January 1st, 2004. It will not divide the films into categories.
The Milano Film Festival diverges from other international film festivals both for the quality of its contents and for its innovation, and thanks to the tireless research for high quality films it has explored the world far and wide to bring unheard stories and voices in its piazza.

The Milano Film Festival is a landmark for those authors who have chosen or are obliged to work far from the institutionalised sphere, and work instead in a more independent environment. The Milano Film Festival is also a complete project that can capture a cosmopolitan and diverse audience. As special meeting and confrontation place for the international film-making, the Milano Film Festival has set up an important moment of dialogue between public, directors and members of the film industry.

This idea of changing the rules of cinema, of giving a chance to talented unknown filmmakers and of selecting high quality work is becoming more and more popular. With its project of re-distribution, the Milano Film Festival represents a moment of high visibility for a project that goes on all year long.

Overview of the 10th edition

The 2005 edition is ready to start up with the peculiar energy typical of the opening of a great event, and is ready to gather the fruits of years of tireless work done with the more representative features of the contemporary film industry. The Milano Film Festival is proving to be a place of innovation in which the world and the town are working, winning the approval of the critics and the public.

Various projects and important agreements with the main cultural institutions of the city of Milan and national- and international-wide will be defined during this month in order to prepare a program of the festival respecting the intercultural aspect of it and the will to found new synergies in the contemporary artistic world.

The actual figures confirm an increased interest in this festival than in 2004, with nearly 1900 films from over 80 countries participating. Moreover, a special attention is paied to those productions scarcely considered by other international film festivals, made by countries producing their films without caring for any economic, political and social difficulties.

The 10th edition of the Milano Film Festival is also giving its attention to a chapter of the history of the cinema with a retrospective on "Le Festival du Film Maudit" of Biarritz, dated 1949. Other events will include an overview on the musical videoclips; and Incontri Italiani, seminars backing short films screenings to forums with Italian directors. The festival also reaffirms its interest for short films with the Salon des Refusés, a peculiar section organised by the non-selected filmmakers themselves.

Very important features of the Milano Film Festival program are the side-events: special screenings for students and children; concerts held on the parvis of the Teatro Strehler and in the moats of the Castello Sforzesco; meetings with the directors and the members of the juries, workshops and seminars. Not to forget the Democratic Film Exchange, an area for expositions and exchange: its program includes specific meetings for the members of the film industry, together with moments especially thought for the public of the festival. During this 10th edition, new space is gained by audiovisiva, the review of music, cinema and art, which today has its own identity and its own public.

As it has always been, the festival will welcome a multitude of directors, members of the film industry but also film lovers from the world over. therefore, it has dedicated a proper division of the organisation to the Holiday Project. Its flagship will be the "Filmmakers' House", temporary hostel that will host about 200 guests.

Supporters, Sponsors, Collaborations

Following the press conference held at the end of May made to explain the financial crisis situation, the Major of Milano has announced to the festival organisation a meeting with the three main Councillors - Culture, Sport & Young, Fashion & Big Events. This meeting brings the hope of a possible - and hopefully quick - solution of the problem.

This is because in 2005 the production cost of the Milano Film Festival will be over 400.000 Euro. Until now, only 3/4 of the total sum are granted by the sponsors, the institutions and the gains foreseen by the organisation. The Festival is still waiting to know if and how the Comune di Milano will solve the problem of the missing 100.000 Euro. While talking of economics, it is important to underline the important help and support given by privates, industries and collaborators that share the interest for the contents and the ideals of the Festival, and are participating to its making.

The 10th edition of the Milano Film Festival enjoys the collaboration of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage - Cinema's Division, Provincia di Milano (Province of Milan), Regione Lombardia (Lombardy Region), and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, as well as the support of Canon, main sponsor of the event, and other prestigious cultural and technical collaborators. Among the firsts, we must mention the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana - Spazio Oberdan; while the second group is represented by Corriere della Sera-Vivimilano, Amsa, Atm, Barco, Birra Moretti and Manifesto-Alias. New partnerships have been created with Raisat, lastminute.com, Moleskine, Next Exit and Antica Fattoria La Parrina.

The Films

The Milano Film Festival has definitely become the crossroad where different cultures and stories can gather, a variegated portrait of international filmmaking. Nearly 1900 films are registered to the competition: 1500 shorts and 400 feature films from over than 80 countries. First of all is Italy with 514 films, followed by the United States, Germany, Great Britain and France with 172, 128, 96 and 95 films. The other films represent work from other countries of Europe and Canada, Israel, Mexico and Russia, and also from India, Argentina, Burkina Faso and Lebanon. The films selected for the International Competition (between 7 and 10 feature films and between 40 and 50 shorts) are published below.
Many of this films will be also part of the films' redistribution project, the distribution chain created by esterni three years ago, in order to promote the movies of young independent authors.

Milano Film Festival 2005 – Feature Film Competition

Crash Test Dummies by Jörg Kalt (Austria 2005, 35mm, 93 min) (Cannes 2005 - Berlinale 2005)

Las Mantenidas sin sueños (Kept and Dreamless) by Martín Desalvo and Vera Fogwill, (Argentina/Spain/ 

Mars by Anna Melikian (Russia 2004, 35mm, 97 min) ("Panorama" at the Berlinale 2005)

Nekam achat mishtey eynay (Avenge but one of my two eyes) by Avi Mograbi (Israele/France 2005, 35mm, 104 min) (Cannes 2005 Out of Competition)

Play by Alicia Scherson (Chile 2005, 35mm, 105 min) (Tribeca Film Festival 2005)

Sivi kamion crvene boje (Red Coloured Grey Truck) by Srdjan Koljevic (Serbia and Montenegro/Slovenia/Germany 2004, 35mm, 105 min)

The Fall of Fujimori by Ellen Perry (USA 2005, Beta, 83 min) (Sundance Film Festival 2005)

Milano Film Festival 2005 - Short Film Competition

I apoliti stigmi (The Absolute Moment) by Luoizos Aslanidis (Greece, 2004, 14min) 31 years

Badgered by Sharon Colman (UK, 2005, 7min) 27 years

Bere il mare (To Drink The Sea) by Guido Tortorella (Italy, 2005, 5min) 28 years

Calling 911 by Jan de Bruin, (The Netherlands 2004, 6min) 28 years

Cataract by Sainath Choudhury (Germany, 2004,  8min) 29 years

Dialog by Stephen Irwin (UK, 2004, 6min) 25 years

Disparait,v by Andrei Severny (USA, 2005, 5min) 28 years

Empire by Edouard Salier (France, 2005, 4min) 29 years

Exoticore  by Nicolas Provost (Belgium, 2004, 27min) 36 years

A falta de pan (Our Daily Bread) by Martin Rosete (Spain, 2005, 11min) 25 years

El otro sueño americano (The Other American Dream) by Enrique Arroyo (Mexico, 2004, 10min) 38 years

Godot by Arturo Sampson (Mexico, 2005, 14min) 27 years

God’s Early Work by Rory Bresnihan (Ireland, 2004, 11min) 33 years

Gopher Broke by Jeff Fowler (USA, 2004, 5min) 27 years

El gran salto (The Big Leap) by Belén Lemaitre (Mexico, 2005, 12min) 34 years

Grocery Store Wars by Louis Fox, Tate Hausman, Jonah Sachs (USA, 2005, 6min) 31 years

Hernafora Road Or The Distance To Sleep by Rachel Echenberg (Canada, 2004, 6min) 35 years

In religioso disagio by Massimiliano Maci Verdesca (Italy, 2005, 18min) 29 years

Johnny’s Gone Forever by Pekka Sassi (Finland, 2004, 1min) 36 years

The Meaning Of Life by Don Hertzfeldt (USA, 2005, 12min) 29 years

Motion Report by Verica Patrnogic (Serbia and Montenegro, 2004, 17min) 29 years

Naaber (The Neighbour) by Margit Keerdo (Estonia, 2004, 10min) 27 years

Nijnok (Tibbar) by Leo Wentink (The Netherlands, 2004, 12min) 27 years

Noc v hoteli (Night In A Hotel) by Matus Libovic (Slovakia, 2004, 8min) 29 years

Ovest by Giorgio Carella (Italy, 2005, 26min) 31 years

Play For Three Actors by Olexsandr Shmygun (Ukraine, 2004, 10min) 29 years

Reality Shock Disorder by Nadia Tabbara (USA, 2004, 7min) 22 years

La ruta natural (The Natural Route) by Alex Pastor (Spain, 2004, 11min) 24 years

Scen nr:6882 UR mitt Liv (Autobiographical Scene Number 6882) by Ruben Ostlund (Sweden, 2005, 8min) 29 years

Siempre quise trabajar en una fàbrica (I Always Wanted To Work In A Factory) by Esteban Crespo Garcia (Spain, 2005, 9min) 34 years

Spattans Vag (Way Of The Flounder) by Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, Ola Simonsson (Sweden, 2005, 10min) 36 years

Specialised Technicians Required: Being Luis Porcar by M. Saiz (The Netherlands, 2004, 1min) 44 years

Stop! by Mathijs Geijskes (The Netherlands, 2004, 6min) 35 years

Suknièkáø (Skirter) by Milos Tomic (Czech Republic, 2005, 3min) 29 years

The Ten Steps by Brendan Muldowney (Ireland, 2004, 10min) 36 years

Testen (The Test) by Ole Giæver (Norway, 2005, 13min) 28 years

Toz (Dust) by Halit Fatih Kizilgok (Turkey, 2005, 14min) 25 years

Die Überraschung (The Surprise) by Lancelot Von Naso (Germany, 2004, 10min) 29 years

Uyuni by Andre Denegri (Argentina, 2005, 8min) 30 years

Vonaton (On A Train) by Barnabàs Tòth (Hungary, 2004, 11min) 28 years

Wrong by Tom Geens (UK, 2005, 9min) 35 years

You Are 10 Years Old by Paul Leyton (UK, 2004, 12min) 38 years


Feature Film Jury Award
By tradition, the prize will be awarded by personalities working in the cultural field both in Italy and abroad: filmmakers and actors, but also writers, musicians and various cultural operators. Of the past editions it is important to mention Maurizio Maggiani and Art Spiegelman, Luca Bigazzi and Niccolò Ammaniti, Yolanda Mukagasana, Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian, until Benny Morris and Jean Jaques Wunenburger.

Short Film Jury Award

The prize will be awarded by personalities working mainly in the cinema, or more generally in the visual arts' field. Usually, it is made from a group of well-trained persons, used to working together: for example the editorial office of a magazine, the members of a cinematographer association or a syndicate. Of the past edition, it is important to mention the Associazione Nazionali Montatori, the editorial staff of Duellanti, Alias and, last year, of the editor minimum fax.

Aprile Award

The prize will be awarded as usual by esterni, the Milano Film Festival's organisers, to a short or feature film.

Audience Award

This prize is awarded by the audience, that evaluates the films competing: after the screening, the audience will assign a coin to the preferred short. The short receiving the highest number of coins wins the entire sum.

Filmmakers’ Award

Unique award, assigned by the filmmakers to the most significative film of the 10th edition.

Tribute to the “Festival du Film Maudit” of Biarritz, 1949

Last year the Milano Film Festival has paid a tribute to François Truffaut, in collaboration with the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana – Spazio Oberdan. This year, the Festival looks back on a page of the history of cinema with a retrospective on the Festival du Film Maudit, which took place in Biarritz in 1949. That festival had been promoted by the ciné-club “Objectif 49”, and directed by Jean Cocteau, who was backed by Bazin, Rivette and Chabrol. The Festival had been the first meeting of this group of film lovers, from which afterwards were born the Cahiers du Cinéma. It has also been considered as the first review of cinéma d’auteur of the history.

The Milano Film Festival pays a tribute to the Festival of Biarritz because in this one it is possible to find the same quest for discovering new cinematographic talents – especially if considered “doomed”. The Festival presents a significative selection of the original program: starting with “Initiation a la danse des possédés”, by Jean Rouch – winner of the 1949 edition – and going on with “Ossessione”, epoch-making beginning by Luchino Visconti and manifesto of the post-war realism; from the chef-d’oeuvres of the French cinéma by Vigo, Renoir and Bresson, to "They live by night”,an  important film by the American director Nicholas Ray.

Overview on the Musical Videoclip

The Milano Film Festival helps for the confrontation of different kinds of art, and it has the role of observatory that every year documents and saves the evolution of the diversified world of the independent filmmaking. During this 10th edition, an overview on the Musical videoclips has been set up. This event wants to present a new kind of art, with a program rich in musical videoclip screenings, meetings and round tables with artists and producers, in order to analyse the main aspects of the international production and distribution market.

Democratic Film Exchange: the Milano Film Festival’s market

The Democratic Film Exchange is an event that takes place together with the Milano Film Festival. Its main aim is to create an area of meeting and exchange between the film producers, the promoters and the sellers. In this market , trends and values are self-defined by ideas, works and ability. This year the Democratic Film Exchange’s exposition area will be divided in four zones: promotion, meetings, screenings and workshops. The Democratic Film Exchange is mainly intended for experts, however it will also contemplate moments especially thought for the accreditation card holders. Its main aim is to promote meetings and new relationships, so that sectors long been apart can eventually meet and create new projects for a quality cinema.

Holiday Project and the “Filmmakers’ House”

Like last year, the Milano Film Festival is setting the “Filmmakers’ House”, a temporary hostel especially to host directors, members of the film industry that will reach Milan. The Filmmakers’ House has already been experimented during the last edition of the Festival, and its organisation has been improved under the name of Designers’ House during the International Furniture Fair. This hostel was born thanks to esterni, and it wanted to be an adequate answer to the indifference of the city, its high hotel costs and its lack of meeting areas.

esterni, together with industries working in the design sphere, has reinvented and decorated a setting in Milan, in order to create an area where it is possible to socialise and meet other cultures; where filmmakers and the public are together. This has been achieved thanks to a varied program, made of events, workshops, concerts and screenings. The cost of the hostel is of 25 €, and it will include also the accreditation card for the Festival.

Thanks to the Festival and its Filmmakers’ House, Milan becomes a real touristic location, affordable and even competitive. Thanks to agreements with the tour operators, the air companies and the railroads and to conventions made with museums and other cultural sites, the public will be able to travel and to really enjoy its stay in the city.

Notice on Audiovisiva 2005

Conceived as a parallel event of the Milano Film Festival, and presented during September 2003, this year audiovisiva becomes independent, and will run between September 29th and October 2nd in the moats of the Castello Sforzesco. This event links music, cinema, art and entertainment, and is a laboratory that accepts every kind of expression and artistic contamination, together with the participation of the most important independent record companies.

Milano Film Festival: a 10-years-long story

A deconsecrated church, only a few meters from the Piccolo Teatro, only a few hundreds of persons present, mainly friends and film lovers, 6 videos made by young Italian filmmakers and passionate debates on the national film industry: it is 1995, the first edition of the Milano Film Festival.
Year after year, the event has grown, and still today the Milano Film Festival is a project in evolution, thanks to all those who have dedicated to it their time and professionally.

Tickets, accreditation cards and facilities

The Milano Film Festival has already started its accreditation cards campaign, with special facilities for several categories. For this 10th edition, the Milano Film Festival has organised an advance sale at a special price, available up to August 15th for university students, members of the film industry and over 65 (15 €). Journalists and students of high school can ask for a free accreditation.

The accreditation card can be bought online on the website www.milanofilmfestival.it, and permits to participate to all screenings (both in competition and out of competition) and to all the events that will take place at the Piccolo Teatro and at the Castello Sforzesco





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