The Levi Music Video International Competition, organized in collaboration with Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, has reached its sixth edition this year and it will display a selection of the best music videos produced by students from film schools and universities all around the World. The jury, composed of the producer and director Giovanni Bedeschi, the president of the scientific committee of the Levi Foundation Roberto Calabretto, and the composers Marco Fedalto and Daniele Furlati, will choose the winner among eight finalists, each of whom comes from a different country.
Are You There?
Director: Jason David Kansil
Universitas Multimedia Nusantara
A young teenager undergoes numerous transformations in order to find love and acceptance. Sarah is a girl who is struggling with her insecurities and always trying to find a boy that can “compensate” her insecurities. She then tries to date over and over again but there is never a happy ending because she never shows the real Sarah and always changes her appearance according to the boy she dates. This toxic relationship keeps going on until she has had enough and starts to understand to love herself first to deal with her insecurities.
Jason David Kansil was born in Indonesia in 2002. Cinema is one of his greatest passions and he is now studying directing at the Universitas Multimedia Nusantara hoping to be able to contribute one day with his films to give prominence to his country.
Regia/Director: Pawel Cichonski
Università di Pisa
Not all volcanoes are located in a valley with no mountains, as these have blown up to create a sort of grandstand in the natural environment as observation point. Sharing the experience with a tiny fraction of the world population, lucky enough to live there, is a particularly strong feeling. The Poles are the largest minority in Iceland and accidentally I, as a filmmaker-expatriate, ended up being there at the same time they were there.
Pawel Cichonski is fascinated with humanity, art and with science. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy. His shorts have been screened and awarded at festivals all around the world, where even those he shot with no budget and in only 48 hours to be screened at the ’48 Hour Film Project’ competition are being selected and win against regularly financed and produced films. Since 2015 he has been a leader of a team made up of young Silesian artists associated under the name of Katodelic Pictures.
Director: Raz Merhav
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Musical journey into the deep of a mistral forest that is losing its gravity.
Raz Merhav is a multifaceted artist: costume designer, illustrator, set designer and photographer. She is currently studying animation at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Into the Unknown
Director: Aida Ismailova
Art Academy of Latvia
An inner look into the life of one girl in an unusual manner. A film entirely shot on an iPhone.
Aida Ismailova is a filmmaker, animator and artist from Latvia. From an early age, she showed great interest in art and filmmaking. From 2019 to 2021 she studied Motion. Image. Sound department at the Art Academy of Latvia. The short film Into the Unknown was her graduation work. Aida enjoys writing screenplays, stories and taking photographs.
Preciso ir Embora
Director: Nicole Donato
Universidade Federal de Sergipe
To be born again, you must have an end. See the limits, the walls. Feel the lines of flight. Let go of what no longer is. Taia is at home, alone. The orange afternoon sets the tone for her introspection. In the bedroom, in bed, she thinks back to her bitterness, determined to leave everything behind.
Nicole Donato has a degree in Cinema and Audiovisual from the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS, Brazil). Director of the music videos “Tudo”, by Alex Sant’anna, and “Preciso Ir Embora”, by Taia. Editor of the music videos “A.Lago”, “Ser” and “Dose de Amor”, by Taia.
The Art of Conversation
Regia/Director: Jack Osmond
Leeds Arts University
Orchestral pop, stop-motion music video. The Art of Conversation is a song from the EP ‘A Consequence of Hindsight’ by Jack Osmond.
Jack Osmond is a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from London, third-year animation student at Leeds Arts University, whose works have been selected by film festivals at an international level.
The Progress Express
Director: Adriana Marquez
Homeschool of the Arts
A poor girl tries to support her family by stealing from a wealthy passenger on a train. A chase through the train carriages follows as she gets help from unlikely passengers.
Adriana Marquez is an artist based in the south of Florida, with an experience in multiple fields. She has collaborated in making wallmurals, documentaries, and is now training to become a musician. Her films have been welcomed at several film festivals around the world.
Director: Kyra Bellamy
Queensland University of Technology
A dance music video that explores the need humans have to connect and understand each other. A man begins to dance in nature and a woman, a product of his imagination, starts to accompany him.
Kyra Bellamy is a filmmaker and an AV technician from Brisbane, specialised in sound for film and live events. She entered the corporate film industry at the age of 17, and has worked on TVCs, music videos, TV shows, and other short form works.