One of the new programs for the seventh edition of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival is the pilot edition of the Music Video Competition, entirely focused on music videos created and directed by University and School Cinema students from all over the world. Our mission is to celebrate the community of filmmakers who dedicate their works to music. Professional judges appointed by the curator, Giovanni Bedeschi, will present a selection of the finalist videos that will be screened during the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival. This will makethe individual experience of normally watching them on TV or a laptop a shared moment. The winner will be announced during the festival and will be awarded with an interview and a special presentation of the video through our media partner Good Short Films (http://www.goodshortfilms.it/), the first Italian web platform entirely dedicated to short films.
Synopsis: It looks like the weather is getting worse…
Profile: Jacinthe Folon is a young Belgian director. She graduated in French and romance languages and literatures in 2012 and then started her animation studies at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels of La Cambre (ENSAV), Brussels.
Synopsis: A conservative white family is being chased from its own home by some monsters. They try to find shelter in their neighbors’ house — a black family who refuses to help them. They are repeatedly attacked by the monsters, until finally both families find themselves hiding in the forest seized by fear. This is when the daughters of both families decide to fight their enemies.
Profile: Lisa Zielke was born in Germany in 1990. She is a movie maker, traveler, singer and very fond of languages. She grew up in Hamburg and lived for a short period of time in Russia, the Ivory Coast and in Spain. She completed her university degree in Film Studies in Mainz, Germany and she is presently studying filmmaking at the KHM in Cologne.
Synopsis: Voice I Am is a clear criticism against gender discriminations and laws against children and women in Iran and in many other middle-eastern countries. Aim of the work is to raise people’s awareness of these issues.
Profile: By the time I was aged 10 I had already witnessed 8 years of war between Iran and Iraq. It left me with a view of brutality and bloodshed that changed my life forever. My childhood days went from bad to worse. Days were spent surveying bomb scenes. Family and friends were lost. Since then I have tried to explore the nature of human conflicts and to find a way to bring peace to our world. To fight against the media manipulation of truth I decided to give voice to the truth through images. This increased my interest in film production and showed me how I could use this to draw the attention to the world events and the reality of life. I was unable to finish my education in Iran after being expelled from university due to the political nature of my personal blog. I then worked as a volunteer and during this time I developed an understanding of the practical needs of the film and graphic design industry. After witnessing the pointless execution of some of my Iranian friends I decided to take this ambition more seriously and my attention was fully focused on this aim. The lack of free media in my country encouraged me to highlight the Iranian society’s ills concerning human rights and the cruelty of the authoritarian regime. I have studied TV and Film Production at Manchester College.
Synopsis: Olympia is the story of a personal challenge which in the video is metaphorically represented by the discipline of fencing, through its elegant movements and its precise rules. The elegance of feelings and the precision of thoughts: these are the distinctive features of our character that we need to overcome, to find a balance between rationality and irrationality, between instinct and technique.
Profile: Ampersand Video is a duo composed by Chiara Missaggia and Valentina Zanrosso, who are both attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
Synopsis: Crossing the bridge is a love song. Love as an unattainable dream. The music video reflects the lyrics by telling a story of a girl who drowns in a lake. Her farewell from the world is mixed with dancing parts. The body of the dancer is disfigured by prosthesis.
Profile: Anatol Schuster studied directing at the University of Film and Television in Munich. He realized several analogue experimental films and worked with various musicians. His mid-length fiction “A Perfect Place” was awarded the “Dialogue en Perspective” prize at The International Film Festival Berlin in 2015. He is currently working on the postproduction of his first feature film.
Synopsis: A cute dancing robot resuscitates a group of dead party goers in the typical disco atmosphere of the ‘70s.
Profile: Marcus Hanisch was born in Hoyerswerda in 1984. After his high school diploma, he graduated in digital media design. After attending several trainings on different film sets he took part in the TP2 Talentpool advanced training, where he developed the SciFi short film “Breathe Dodging”. In the following years he worked as a production assistant for TV documentary series, as a producer for music videos, as unit manager for feature films and as first assistant director for Pola Beck, Eron Sheean and Anna Hoffmann. Since 2013 Marcus has been studying directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.