On its tenth birthday, the Future Film Festival had changed one of its traditional sections into a fullfledged feature film competition. In keeping with the dual focus of the festival (special effects and animation), ten nominees including both live action and animation movies have been judged by a special jury. Here are the films in competition.
The winner of the Lancia Platinum Grand Prize is Byousoku 5 Centimeters (5 Centimeters per Second: A Chain of Short Stories about their Distance) by Makoto Shinkai “for the ability of combininig poetry, art and technical skills with animation and new technologies, a touching and deep-rooted story and a model direction. Every element of the movie, from the screenplay to the editing, is realized with great professionalism and inspiration”. A special mention has been assigned to Tekkonkinkreet by Michael Arias “for the interesting and original graphics; an involving story with a non-rhetorical message”.
Director, script-writer and musician Enzo d’Alò was born in Naples in 1953.
His first direction role was on La freccia azzurra in 1996, the winner of two “Nastro d’Argento” awards, a “David di Donatello” for its music (composed by Paolo Conte) and an Oscar Home Video. In 1998, he directed Zorba and Lucky, Momo, the conquest of time followed in 2001, and Opopomoz in 2003. He is currently working on the feature films La tempesta, illustrated by Moebius, which will mark his debut in 3D animation, and Il Pinocchio, illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti.
Born in Genua in 1961, he collaborated with leading Italian post-production studios during the ’90s.
Since 2000, he has collaborated with post-production company Chinatown developing the first Italian
film projects employing 3D computer graphics. He has worked as Head of Animation at Lumiq Studios since 2004, and is the Executive Producer of the feature film Donkey Xote.
Giorgia Cecere studied film direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. She was later
a scenario- and scriptwriter for Italian directors such as Amelio, Cerami, Citti, Winspeare among others and worked on Italian and German TV miniseries and more. Animation provided her with one of her most interesting writing opportunities: she worked on the first RAI-produced Sandokan series and on the Corto Maltese movies.