Milano Film Festival, 2001
The 2000 annual definitely outlined MilanoFilmFestival as a talent scout and promoter of young cinema authors throughout Europe.
Through worldwide searches for films and thanks to a growing participation of filmmakers, the Festival could be considered as one of the most representative in proposing the innovative side of the young cinema world
Films and authors presented every year to our public, arrive at the Festival breaking many barriers: they pass over the geographical and political borders of hundreds of countries and ethnical groups, cancelling distances and language differences. They go beyond their own country’s production poverty or crash cinema rules on genre, claiming for a distribution still missing; they engage in risky creative actions using innovative formats, techniques and languages.
The cinema MilanoFilmFestival is proposing is made by its authors.
And they’re able to express themselves, through their work, as political individuals, aware of the current world they’re living in, participating and attentive to changes. They’re people who can use the cinematographic mean to challenge and subvert the rules a little, getting our of superficiality: in content, style and production.
In content they choose unconventional themes or narrative constructions.
In style, they keep away from the acknowledged cinema clichés of industrial as well of independent cinema, experimenting new languages and techniques.
In production, they don’t stop at a good, nice packaged film that audience could easily receive and take in; they choose a low budget solution to concentrate, instead, on what to say and why; that is to say focusing on the reasons of making cinema rather than on means.
Promotion and Distribution: Free Enjoying of the Cinema
There’s an art, the cinema, and there’s a public who should freely enjoy it. A significant part of the Festival actions are organised on these basis.
Also for this, we put our effort every year in enlarging the audience our selected filmmakers could reach.
Every year hundreds of international guests and visitors, filmmakers, professionals and students, are invited to join the Festival and its side events. So they can be known by the public not only from their films but in a personal and authentic way, be there in person with other filmmakers, to share their artistic opinions. Events, interviews, informal meetings and coffee breaks are organised along the week to encourage exchanges.
MilanoFilmFestival is a promoter and an alternative distributor for all films too often kept away from cinemas and audiences by profit based policies.
MFF starts some promotional actions on international basis during the year to promote alternative distribution: through its web site, the festival circulation in some European cities and with the MFF Web TV, which will show on-line the Festival’s major events and films.
A Global Event and its Audience
MFF has always shown a special interest in producing a wide range of side events to run during its week. They’re always connected to high profile international art events as well as with the most important and topical issues in the world.
Tens of events: professional workshops, special screenings, conversations and lectures with the international jury, live concerts and parties will accompany the Festival, while the Festival Centre with its services, an art installation area, a café open all night with vj and dj, entertain the public and the guest in a lively and unconventional atmosphere.
A global event putting together many different interests, and during which a receiving and curious public comes to exchange ideas on cinema as well as on topical issues and cultural themes
At MilanoFilmFestival cinema finds new eyes; to reflect upon itself but also upon the rest of the world and its history; re-discussing its values while looking for new ways to run.
International Cinema Competition and Festival of Milan
Teatro Strehler 17-23 September 2001
Salto nel vuoto
Leap into the void
abstracts from regulations
shortfilms (deadline 4th June 2001)
Works of any genre, any format, any length and completed after January 1st 2000, can be submitted to the competition (please indicate A on the package)
feature films (deadline July 2nd 2001)
First or second works only, of any genre, any format, completed after January 1st 2000, exceeding 45 minutes, can be submitted to the competition (please indicate B on the package)
Send a VHS or a DVD, together with the complete application form to:
Via Carroccio 12, I – 20123 Milan