A new formula, whose theme this year is “Venice: lights and shadows of yesterday and today”, will be the common thread of the 12th edition of the “Francesco Pasinetti” Festival. This project focuses on the interest in the most unusual places and traditions of the city and also wishes to emphasize a true concern for the lagoon and its environment. All this is intended to offer an unusual image of the city, different to the one tourists are usually accustomed to. Venice is the central subject and the main character of the Videocontest, with its role as crossroads between culture, art, history and memory.
The choice of focusing the prize on the reality of Venice is mainly due to the difficult situation the city is going through and to the will of finding a way out from the present and continuous emergency. Encouraging young local and foreign directors to linger their gaze on the lagoon and its delicate environmental balance means trying to bring out new and useful proposals for the city’s future through new eyes and techniques.
Inventiveness and planning attitude are more than welcome and should be oriented to the search of lost identities, to the importance of everyday life and the struggle to rebuild a sense of a community that is relentlessly braking apart,.
The “booktrailer” section is the new initiative for this year’s edition (sponsored by the Provincial Education Department), whose goal is to create a video spot for an Italian or foreign book about Venice. Another newly introduced category will focus on a specific historical landmark of the city: “Venice 1943-1945: places and spaces of the Italian Resistance”, and the winner will be awarded with a prize offered by the Venetian Institute of the History of Resistance and Contemporary society, while “Venice in the eyes and mind of young people aged 15-25” is another proposal by the Cerchionda Association.
The prize “Beyond the wall” is offered by the Centro Pace of Venice Municipality and by the SOS rights Association. “Save the lagoon salt marshes” is sponsored by the Lagoon Park Institution and wishes to sensitize to the importance of the protection of the lagoon environmental balance.
Giovanni Andrea Martini
In relation to the theme of its 12th edition, “Francesco Pasinetti” VideoContest includes the following videos to be presented during the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival:
Rugagiuffa, a web series by Silvio Franceschet and Alessandra Quattrini, with Lorenzo Pagan, Marco Paladini, Nicolò Vianello, Francesco Zanotti, episodes 1,5,6 (18’)
Gropi, by Unitre video group, Mestre (16’)
Trasloco, by Rossana Molinatti (8’)
Lavori seri, by Patrizia Gaia Canziani, a web series “for new young Italian artists” (12’)
Le glorie del Leon, a photographic video-album by Anna Zemella, editing: Elisabetta di Sopra (3’31”)
Laguna, luce di Venezia, by Philippe Apatie, (8′)