This year the “Francesco Pasinetti” Videocontest’ is celebrating its 10th edition, indeed a remarkable goal. But this year it is also the centenary of the birth of Pier Maria Pasinetti. The writer himself has indeed been the crucial figure in establishing the prize. Having been the President of the VideoContest jury for the first three editions, in the last years of his life Pier Maria Pasinetti proved to be a great old man, having gained the values that only people with speculative skills and a strong personality can be lucky enough to possess. This is the reason why we cannot ignore the deep considerations Pasinetti truly believed in and openly expressed shortly before his death. These considerations mainly concerned the world of the young, the need to get close to them to understand their behaviour, their sense of humor and self-irony, their “being Venetians”.
The organizers themselve may ignore the fact that the guidelines outilining the contest had long since been conceived by this sugegsted vision of the world.
During these first 10 years the VideoContest has gained experience and encouraged experimental languages to offer a contemporary interpretation of historic, social and cultural themes so dear to the two brothers.
In time, the Festival has developed a permanent laboratory which offers valuable instruments to discover new opportunities and considerations through creativity so that the combination of different languages (cinema, literature and theater) may be possible.
The Festival and its collateral activities have always shown a deep bond with the territory and have promoted the image of Venice as being the link between culture and art, history and memory.
In 2011 the “Pasinetti” was awarded a medal by the President of the Republic (Giorgio Napolitano). It was promoted by the Guggenheim High School of Art in collaboration with the Circuito Cinema and “Amici del Pasinetti” and has availed itself of important partnerships such as the one with the Venetian Institution for the Social Services to People, the Venice Foundation, the Adriatic Coop and many others which belive in the spirit and aim of the prize. The support of the Regione Veneto and the patronage of the Province and of the Municipality of Venice have been an incentive to the activities of the prize.
The themes most widely investigated have been: Venice, a city; Adolescence: how to survive; multi-ethnicity.
Quite a few are the names from this territory which have emerged thanks to the competition: Elisabetta di Sopra (now superintendent of the “M.Cosua” VideoArt prize), Igor Imof, Alberto Deppieri, Riccardo Bianco, Francesca De Pieri, just to name some.
Giovanni Andrea Martini
Administrative Office Supervisor