“Francesco Pasinetti” VideoContest at the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival
The Francesco Pasinetti Festival has reached its 19th edition and has now become a meeting point for very young people, amateurs and professionals in the film industry, and it also aims to promote film productions, including independent and experimental works, in Venice.
The themes of the Pasinetti Festival, directed by Michela Nardin and Daniela Manzolli, are mostly focused on short films that deal with social, cultural and environmental themes, as well as with documentaries about Venice and the participation of various cultural institutions of the City.
This year the Pasinetti includes a large curatorial group formed by the two directors, Andrea Martini co-founder of the festival, Anna Ponti, president of the VideoConcorso, and a group of teachers engaged in the artistic or cinematographic field, namely: Katia Baraldi, Matteo Vacca, Alessia Zampieri and Enkelejd Doja, joined by a selection group and an increasingly large and professional jury, chaired by the well-known film critic Carlo Montanaro.
At the core of the F. Pasinetti Festival are the schools, the Liceo Artistico Michelangelo Guggenheim for its closely intertwined history with the award that took its first steps in this location, and the Giovanni Valle Art School of Padua, engaged in a twinning project with the Venetian high school.
Two shorts from both schools made by students with the help of professionals will be presented at the Ca Foscari Short Film Festival.
The Competition continues to place at its centre the city of Venice , recounting its life and traditions, while remaining aware of the present and focused towards the future. Also in this year’s edition, the days of the festival will take place in different places around the city: the Casa del Cinema, the courts of the Hotel Aquarius, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the Venice Film Festival, the Liceo Guggenheim ai Carmini and, from this year, also in Cibiana di Cadore, a small mountain village in the province of Belluno, the ideal setting to host the special evening event dedicated to mountain film. The Mayor of Cibiana, Mattia Gosetti will attend the opening on May 5th. “Are they stones or are they clouds?”: the quote by Dino Buzzati gives the title to this section of the festival. The theme is the landscape, the architecture and the stories of the Pale Mountains, the Dolomites. During the Ca ‘Foscari Short Film Festival the artists in residence at Dolomiti Contemporanee, Stefania Mazzola and Marta Allegri, will present their works to inaugurate the new section. Dolomiti Contemporanee is a project that works with contemporary art, mainly through art residencies.
Citizens are the first witnesses of the changes in their city. A video from the “Vivi @ mo Marghera” (Living Marghera) committee shows the situation of a very important area of imminent transformation destined to mark the future of Venice. Venice is therefore the theme of a section of the award and that of a special award of the Association “The whole city together!”, but it also refers to the basic theme charcterizing all the sections: the right to live in welcoming realities, in which dialogue is the most precious instrument of knowledge, in which diversity is richness, in which cordial coexistence is the basis of relationships between people.
Giovanni Andrea Martini
I.I.S. G.Valle Padova, Sinopia, 23’
The short film, set in the Arcella district of Padua, is part of the educational project “Suburbs at a glance”, which took place in the school year 2020/2021.
Teaching team of the project: Sabrina Arteconi, Michele Banzato, Alessandro Gaudio, Daniela Manzolli, Gabriele Toso, Matteo Vacca, with the participation of various external experts.
In “Sinopia” the events of some inhabitants of the Arcella intertwine during the lockdown: the adolescent Marco, secretly in love with his classmate Anna but unable to meet her due to the alternative class modalities during the pandemic; the guardian of the two parks in the area, who in his work moves through sadly deserted places; the elderly Maria, who reads alone on a bench and socializes with Joel, a teenager of Ivorian origin born and raised in the neighbourhood. Different lives, all undermined by the precariousness of the pandemic and linked by a stolen bicycle that comes and goes between streets and murals, online and face-to-face lessons, sleepless nights and misunderstandings, where only humanity and art can overcome prejudices and fears.
Technical Cast: Short film written by a group of students from the “Sguardi di periferia” project, directed by Michele Banzato, photography Simone Falso, post-production Alessandro Gaudio, production coordinator Sabrina Arteconi, sound engineer Enrico Lenarduzzi, visual effects Samuele Bassan
Artistic Cast: Riccardo Ongaro (Marco), Teresa Facchin (Anna), Joel Ivann Massaro (Joel), Riccardo Schiavo (Jamal), Alessandro Bonato (Paolo) and the actors Angelo Zampieri (Guardiano), Tiziana Grillo (Maria), Marica Rampazzo (Professor)
LAS M. Guggenheim di Venezia, Atmosfere Sonore, 3’17”
Atmosfere Sonore (Sound atmospheres) was created by the students of classes 4ªL and 5ªL – Audiovisual and Multimedia Address of the M. Guggenheim State Art School in Venice, during school year 2020/21. The project included a structured cycle of theoretical and laboratory lessons, dedicated to a fundamental element of cinematographic work: SOUND. The students, through training meetings with experts, have developed sufficient skills to create the sound track for an audiovisual product. The theme of the videos is “Happiness”.
Stefania Mazzola, Campo da gioco, 2017, 3’
in collaboration with Dolomiti Contemporanee and Interno3
Sometimes dawn illuminates the dark gardens of the world even before rising with a pink heartbeat (Anna Maria Ortese).
Marta Allegri Paolo Dal Pont, Vedere Oltre, 2019, Alloggi delle religiose, Colonia ex Villaggio ENI Corte di Cadore, 1’57”.
Pieces of waste from a rockfall protection net form the framework supporting fragments of broken glass collected around the former colony in Borca di Cadore (mountain town). Some lenses, inserted in the plot, invite visitors of the colony to approach and move away from the window to find the right focus between the forest and the mountains. The relationship between the elements, architecture, nature, and the social project of the colony, are intended to amplify the action of Seeing.