The “Olga Brunner Levi” Award was first established in 2014 by the Levi Foundation and is dedicated to the best video clip realized by High School students. The competitors have to realize a short video on women’s musical performances or on the historical relationship between women and music.
The award is named after Olga Brunner Levi, who, together with her husband Ugo Levi, gave life to an association for scholars, musicians and researchers of musicology at the Giustinian Lolin Palace in Venice. In 1962 the association became the Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation, thanks to a donation that Ugo had made to honour his wife’s will. Nowadays the Foundation, presided by Davide Croff and directed by Giorgio Busetto, maintains the original imprint in promoting concerts and musicological research; moreover, it owns and manages a specialized library and guestroom for musicians and researchers, and organizes concerts, exhibitions, conferences and courses. It is also involved in the publication of reviews, books, CDs and the assignment of scholarships.
Members to the committee are:
Roberto Calabretto, associate professor of Musicology and Film Studies at the DAMS (Art and Music Classes, Udine University), where he teaches Music for films. His research deals with the role of music in the audiovisual context, with particular emphasis on Italian cinema. He is the author of numerous books and essays, including “Lo schermo sonoro” (The talking screen) (2010), awarded the Efebo d’Oro prize as “best book on cinema”. Since January 2019 he has been holding the position of President of the scientific committee of the Foundation Ugo and Olga Levi in Venice.
Cosetta Saba, Professor of Film Analysis and Audiovisual Practices in Media Art at the University of Udine, where she is the scientific director of La Camera Ottica Lab. Her main research interests focus on the languages of art in all its forms and audiovisual events and on the different ways to archive and preserve videos, films and artistic installations. She has published numerous contributions in magazines and studies dedicated to the relationships between cinema, video and art, including Cinema and Art as Archive. Form, Medium, Memory (with F. Federici, 2014).
Marco Fedalto, composer of music applied to feature films, TV series, documentaries and short films (silent and sound), is also the author of an opera and of symphonic music. Winner of numerous competitions including the Prize of the Arts (awarded to him by Armando Trovajoli), he received an IFMCA nomination in 2018. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Hollywood Music Workshop in Vienna. In January 2020 he has been selected as one of the composers for a masterclass at Warner Brothers Studios in Los Angeles. Member of ACMF in Rome and Vincenzoni Award in Treviso.
Dream (2’38”, Russian Federation)
DIRECTOR: Anastasia Rodionova – Valiantsina Tsedzik
INSTITUTE: Institute of Business and Design
SYNOPSIS: Five friends (students of art school) are separated and locked at home due to the pandemic. They miss each other and their studies. In order to stay in touch, they go online and share their memories, inspiration and dreams. This makes them feel happy.
PROFILE: Anastasia Rodionova (18) and Valiantsina Tsedzik (19) are students of the Institute of Business and Design, Moscow, Russia. So far they have created several short animations together. Two of them, “Good boy” and “Froggy Fairy”, have been chosen to participate in many international festivals and have been awarded several times. “Dream” was made with three other colleagues during the first year of study when the first Covid locjdown occurred in Russia. Everyone wanted to express their feelings of fear, confusion, isolation and sadness, as well as their desire to be together.
Cloned (2’20”, United Kingdom)
DIRECTOR: Paula Szczyrba
INSTITUTE: Charles Darwin School
SYNOPSIS: A young girl finds herself in trouble after participating in an experiment, finding out that the only person you should fear is yourself.
PROFILE: Paula Szczyrba is 17 year old student with a passion for filmmaking. Despite her young age, she is building up her portfolio with as many films as she can possibly make, often working by herself. Simply put, she loves watching films and making films, despite the many hours she’s spent trying to get the perfect shot with her best friend; her tri-pod.
From What You Left Behind (5’, Australia)
DIRECTOR: Jodhi Ramsden-Mavric
INSTITUTE: Albert Park College
SYNOPSIS: A music video that follows the journey of a young girl searching for her lost friend and reflectingon the memories they once shared.
PROFILE: Jodhi Ramsden-Mavric is a 17 year old independent filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia with a passion for cinematography and editing. Jodhi specialises in the use of lighting in her works, and hopes in the future to create innovative music videos.
The Dome of the Sky (8’, Islamic Republic of Iran)
DIRECTOR: Mohamad Ghaderi
SYNOPSIS: The story begins with a little girl in the dark. A little girl who wants to touch life. Wants to play. But because of living in an old and dirty culture, she has to leave the game. And is forced to marry. Girls who have lost their childhood due to cultures and poverty.
PROFILE: Mohammad Ghaderi, director, author and photographer, was born on February 24, 2003 in Iran. He began his career as a director at the age of 14, and has so far made four short films and two cameramen jobs. His films have been selected in more than 21 film festivals, have won four international awards and have been screened in various countries, such as the United States, Great Britain, India, Portugal, Russia, Japan, Italy, Romania, Lebanon. He received a scholarship from the Film TV Industry Essentials Institute.