The Pasinetti Video Contest has now reached its 16th edition and once again is focused on Venice, its history and tradition, without neglecting telling about present life and future perspectives. The 2018 edition of the festival deliberately took place in different parts of the city, (Cinema House, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the Auditorium of the Guggenheim High School), a choice meant to make the city participate, alive and real. Venice is therefore the subject matter of one section of the prize, which summarizes the linking thread of all the sections: the right to live in a welcoming city, where dialogue becomes the tool for knowledge, where diversity is richness, where friendly relationships build up strong ties among people. Thanks to Daniela Manzolli’s intuition, this year a new section has been introduced, entirely dedicated to the concept of “diversity” as a social, cultural and environmental value.
The sections are as many as the interesting and effective collaborations that give life to the prize. Music videos once again have a central role, always addressed to the world of the young. Schools play an important role with the many initiatives intended for the students: the realization of animated GIFs, and the prize for the best booktrailer named after Bruno Rosada, events where middle and high school students act as participants. We cannot but mention the M. Guggenheim artistic High School, whose history is deeply intertwined with that of the Pasinetti Prize, or the recent twinning with G. Valle artistic High School in Padua, whose students set up a collaboration with a group of students from the Multimedia and Graphic High School. Our special thanks go to students Giada Marchiori, Stefano Artusi, Aurora Marian and Giulia Brigato.
The municipality of Venice, Murano and Burano have always contributed to the initiative and each year they award a prize to the video that better reproduces the beauty and fragility of their city, as well as the dangers that are putting Venice in peril and the wish to overcome them.
The festival, chaired by Anna Ponti, was also enriched by the collaborations set up over the years with Confartigianato, Coop Adriatica, Hard Rock Cafè, La gondola photographic club, TGS Eurogroup, Cerchidonda and the giury guided by Carlo Montanaro and composed by: Manfredo Manfroi, Daniela Bartoletti, Elena Cardillo, Neda Furlan, Marco Paladini e Donatella Venitimiglia.
We wish to thank the authors and collaborators, as well as all the people that have contributed in any way to the successful outcome of the Video Contest over the years. Cinema is intended to create emotions and, sometimes, to brighten up the lives of those who feel down: this has been the project and objective of the Pasinetti Video Contest in the last 16 years.
The presentation of videos will be a chance to introduce the new Regulations of the 16th edition, which also this yearwill be directed by Michela Nardin and curated by Daniela Manzolli.
I premio VideoConcorso Pasinetti – 1st Prize Pasinetti Video Contest
Un uomo chiamato Toni – A man named Toni
Director: Marta Pasqualini
Marta Pasqualini is inspired by scraps of barks and sprouts to introduce Toni Zuccheri’s creativity, an architect and “craftsman” whose skillful guidance inspired the Murano Glass Masters to create extraordinary artifacts whose beauty was only partly due to nature. What comes out from A man named Toni, enriched in the narration by Ugo Pagliai’s voice reading a poem by Nanni Cagnone. It is not a mere illustration of defined shapes but the tension of the moment of the project, when mind becomes sign, entrusting the pencil the arrangement of what will be shaped by the fire in the kiln, the manifacture of an emotion.
Premio per la Fotografia e Premio sezione “Documentario e Documentazione” – Prize for Photography section and Prize for the section “Documentary and Investigation”
La Giornata – The day
Director: Pippo Mezzapesa
Within the works presented in the new section “Documentary and Investigation” appearing in this year’s edition, we are pleased to present the prize awarded to Pippo Mezzapesa, who has also won the Best Photograph7y Award. His story tells about the tragic end of Paola Clemente, an Apulian day labourer, who had died of hardship while working under the sun in some fields in southern Italy. The story is disclosed through the words which had emerged from the judicial acts filed against the corporal organization that was exploiting Paola and from the words of the other women that daily travelled on her same bus. This dramatic theme is also well completed by a strong photographic impact: the author chooses dark tones, making an exceptional l use of light and deciding on the non-rhetorical effectiveness of the close up. All these components convey a message of great sorrow and social drama.
Premio sezione “Diversità come valore” – “Diversity as a value” award
Che fine ha fatto l’inciviltà – What happened to the incivility
Director: Delio Colangelo
Guido is a disabled boy who is suddenly struck by the appearance of a beautiful girl. But how can he possibly start talking to her? He is convinced that the only way to get to know her is to trust in the Italian proverbial lack of sensitivity towards diability. She will surely help him if she realizes that he is facing an obstacle! Instead the local administration and the citizens are against him, stubbornly showing foresight and civic sense. Lockley incivility will come at the right moment.
Prize sezione “Tema libero” – “Free theme” award
Director: Marco Jemolo
Fk, the main character, is a little man made of clay, the kind which is used to make animation films with the purpose of entertaining. However, Fk has a deep soul and a strong critical attitude which lead him to rebel against his condition. In the interview room of an anonymous police department, Fk is trying to finally find the freedom every living being needs: being able to choose his own destiny.
Premio “Venezia: una città” – “Venice: a city” award
Come una palla di neve all’inferno – Like a snowball in hell
Director: Adriano Devita
Cruise ships symbolize the spectacular way of thinking that knows no limits. Dimensions should be inexorably growing, regardless of the surrounding environment. However, the city of Venice does have many limitations and cannot expand. The encounter between ships and Venice becomes a cultural clash, a dispute between different cultures. On one side we have the endless growth, on the other a sustainable balance that needs to be preserved. Long term expectation inevitably contrast with the rhythm of Venice daily life, whose values need to be passed on to future generations.
In 1970 Gregory Bateson wrote “As you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefore not entitled to moral or ethical consideration. The environment will seem to be yours to exploit. Your survival unit will be you and your folks or conspecifics against the environment of other social units, other races and the brutes and vegetables. If this is your estimate of your relation to nature and you have an advanced technology, your likelihood of survival will be that of a snowball in hell.” (in Form, substance and difference)
Premio sezione “Video musicale” – “Music video” award
Directors: Santa de Santis – Alessandro d’Ambrosi
Who has never experienced pain after the end of a brief but intense love story, one that can never been forgotten? One which leaves its mark? The first love, the pure and universal one from childhood when we still believe in the incredible and we are ready to open up to the unknown, without experiencing the arid concerns of adults? Who has never tried to find a way not to be forgotten, maybe ensuring memory to a given object,, or to sounds and perfumes of fairy places which have witnessed such love? Maladie is all of this: a candid encounter, drops of intrigued affinity in the sea of human distrust, melancholic detachment and nostalgia for a future that could have been but has not been and, in a sense, in a breath that has probably already passed…
Premio sezione “Giovani. Documentario e documentazione” – “Young. Documentary and investigation” award
Venezia la Bella, e Padova sua sorella – Venice the beauty, and Padua her sister
Classe 5AL Liceo Valle – Valle High School – Prof. Maurizio Zorzi
The short, made with animation techniques, has been produced by 5AL class of the Valle Multimedia High School in Padua. The students gave life to some old pictures of the city under Prof. Maurizio Zorzi’s supervision. The project tells about a city, Padua, once so similar to Venice, made of canals and waterways.
Premio sezione “Giovani. Tema libero” – “Young. Free theme” award
The iPhone’s Life
Director: Mattia Stefanutti
The iPhone’s Life tells about the daily life of a teenager from the perspective of his cell phone, but at the same time this is a fascinating visual and sound story that makes us think about how some emotional bonds can lead us to experiencing a sense of loss.
Menzione speciale sezione “Giovani. Tema libero” – Special mention “Young. Free theme”
Directors: Patrick Francescon – Gianluca Menon
One morning a young boy wakes up and starts doing all his daily life activities, but right from the beginning he has a strange feeling. In the evening, while brushing his teeth, he notices a kind of stain on the mirror; while he is washing it away, he understands why he had had such a strange feeling.
Premio “Corti in corsa”- “Shorts in the running” award
Non fermarti – Don’t stop
Director: Lorenzo Garbin
Don’t stop is a documentation of the 40th edition of the Su e Zo per i Ponti (Up and Down through Bridges) solidarity walk, recorded by young Lorenzo Garbin for the Video Contest section entitled“Running Shorts”.
Premio sezione “Giovani. Venezia: una città” – “Young. Venice: a city” award
Follia – Madness
Director: Riccardo Dell’Acqua
Venice overwhelmed by the frenzy of tourists that daily visit the city, which becomes a sort of frightening human anthill.
Menzione sezione “Giovani: Video musicale” – Mention section “Young. Music video”
Directors: Lara Zanellato – Pietro Maria Zanardo – Andrea Pinton – Matteo Doria.
Two young people meet and share the discomfort they feel in this world, they savour their being “radioactive” in a reality which seems to be made of sorrow and darkness; only love will lead them both towards the light.