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ARGENTINA TRIUMPHS AT BOLOGNA’S FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL

18/04/2013

The Platinum Grand Prize of the festival’s XV edition awards Anima Buenos Aires, a mix of humour, tango and nostalgia of the Argentinean Capital.

Special mention of the jury for the American Consuming Spirits.


Among the most popular events of this edition named “Tweet the monster”: the previews of Hansel & Gretel; Witch Hunters 3D, Monster & Co. 3D, The Lords of Salem and Evil Dead; a tribute to Calimero’s fifty years of existence and to the Universal’s classical Monsters.


 

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The XV edition of the Future Film Festival (Bologna, 12th – 17th of April) closes with the triumph of Argentina. Also this year Argentina proved to be an undeniable observer of the best new technologies applied to animation, cinema, videogames and new media.

 

The jury, composed by the journalist Fulvia Caprara and the collective Zapruder, assigned the Platinum Grand Prize as the best full-length film in competition to “Anima Buenos Aires”, directed by María Verónica Ramírez, a good summary of irony, tango and emotion. This film is revealing the hidden soul of the Argentinean Capital thanks to the acute view of the most important animation and graphic artists of the Country.

 

Four are the episodes composing the film – each one corresponding to a different point of view and to a different peculiar place in the city. These have been carried out thanks to several different techniques, from the 2D animation to the collage, photomontage and stop-motion. “Anima Buenos Aires”, as underlined by the jury’s motivation, “ offers in an original way the image of a Country that is rich of fervent ideas, suspended between humor and nostalgia, capable of projecting itself beyond this difficult period of the social-economic crisis. This work reveals the creative vitality of many different authors, who, as in a mosaic, prove to be able to recover the structure of episodes offering a brilliant example of a feasible model, an inspiration for producers and directors of the international scene.”

 

A special mention goes to Chris Sullivan’s “Consuming Spirits”, another film of great figurative artistic treasure. It is the result of 15 years of work and has already be acclaimed by the American critics as an extraordinary example of adult animation. This film is – as the jury’s motivation explains- “complex and terrible; it carries the spectator into a narrow world and offers a programmatic unpleasant scenery without escape as topic of dream and poetry. A powerful work that doesn’t accept any compromise.”

 

 

The Future Film Festival Short, the competition dedicated exclusively to the short films, supported this year by RAI.TV and the Province of Bologna, its jury composed by the journalists Andrea Fornasiero and Romano Garofalo and the animator Andrew Spradbery, awarded the prize to “Cedric & Hope” directed by Pierce Davison (Australia 2012) “for the warning against religious extremism and the contrast between faith and progress, combined with an excellent stop-motion technique and an original story with an ironic taste that becomes non-sense”.

A special mention went to “Tears of Steel” by Ian Hubert (Holland, 2012), “for the great workmanship of its special effects and for the acting quality, as well as for the ironic pop taste tone with which the conventional robot-apocalyptic setting is demystified”.

Different are the judgments of the public that crowded in these 6 days the theatre rooms of the Cinema Lumière: the “popular vote” dedicated the first prize to the Japanese “Travelling Daru” by Ushio Tazawa; the second prize went to the French “Una Lagrima Furtiva” by Carlo Vogele and Autor De Minuit and, ex-aequo, to the German “Atlas” by Aike Arndt.

 

The 3rd FFF’s competition, the Franco La Polla’s prize, assigned to the best cinematographic degree thesis of the years 2010-2013, especially the ones on science fiction, fantasy, animation and special effect themes, went to  "UNCLE SAM WANTS… Bugs, Donald and Daffy - Il Cinema di animazione americano di propaganda e il secondo conflitto bellico" by Alessia Cecchet “for the subject’s originality, the maturity with which she approaches the theme from a  methodological point of view and for the richness of both bibliographic and filmographic references”. New of this year: Arcoiris Editions will publish, in partnership with Future Film Festival, the thesis in the newborn collection Nastri d’argento.

The prize, with the supervision of Susanna La Polla, has been assigned by a jury composed by Silvia Albertazzi (Professor of English Literature, University of Bologna), Giacomo Manzoli (Professor of History of Cinema, University of Bologna), Michele Fadda (Professor of History of Cinema, University of Bologna), Leonardo Gandini (Professor of History of Cinema at the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia), Roy Menarini (film critic and Professor of History of Cinema at the University of Udine), Massimiliano Spanu (Professor of Semiology of Cinema and of the Audiovisuals, University of Trieste), Enrico Terrone (Professor of History and Film Critic at the University of Piemonte Orientale, editor of Segnocinema).

 

 

At last, a special prize, the Cinecibo Award, has been assigned by Cinecibo – the Film Festival with a gastronomical theme. Indicating the best scene of this subject  the prize was given to “A Liar's  Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 3D” by Bill Jones, Ben Timlett e Jeff Simpson.

 

 

The general result of the 2013thedition is more than positive. Faithful to the subject "Tweet the Monster" the Festival has been able to present very attended previews  as the opening film Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters 3D, Monsters & Co. 3D, the special closing event Lords of Salem and the closing film Evil Dead. It offered also a special tribute to Calimero’s fifty years and to the Universal’s classical Monsters(protagonists of a suggestive exhibition in Piazza Nettuno). Furthermore there was a rich program of proposals out of competition, by Follie Notturne, and Special Events for all tastes and ages.

“The Future Film Festival’s fifteenth birthday has been celebrated at its best – underline the artistic directors Giulietta Fara and Oscar Cosulich. It achieved a good success of audience and got full approval for its choice of films and shorts, events and international previews, decisions made considering the general great state of turmoil of the animation production in Europe and the rest of the World.

The birthday has as well been enriched thanks to the ExpoPixel, an extremely interesting date for the productive way not only of animation and cinema but also of Apps, e-Books, increased reality, web-series and everything that moves around the immense, also increasingly Italian world of digital entertainment.”

 

Attached are the photos of all winners.

Here the links to download video materials of Anima Buenos Aires and Consuming Spirits :

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/479929/anima%20buenos%20aires%20.mp4.ziphttps://dl.dropbox.com/u/479929/consuming%20spirits.mp4.zip
 

 

For more information  

Gabriele Barcaro - ufficio stampa Future Film Festival

340 5538425gabriele.barcaro@gmail.com 


 

 

FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL –

THE PRIZES OF THE XV EDITION
Platinum Grand Prize:

Anima Buenos Aires by María Verónica Ramírez (Argentina 2012) “because it offers in an original way the image of a Country that is rich of fervent ideas, suspended between humor and nostalgia, capable of projecting itself beyond this difficult period of the social-economic crisis. This work reveals the creative vitality of many different authors, who, as in a mosaic, prove to be able to recover the structure of episodes offering a brilliant example of a feasible model, an inspiration for producers and directors of the international scene.”

 

Special mention: Consuming Spirits by Christopher Sullivan (USA 2012)because this film is complex and terrible; it carries the spectator into a narrow world and offers a programmatic unpleasant scenery without escape as topic of dream and poetry. A powerful work that doesn’t accept any compromise.”

Future Film Short – Jury Prize(in collaboration with RAI.TV and Province of Bologna): Cedric & Hope by Pierce Davison (Australia 2012)

for the warning against religious extremism and the contrast between faith and progress, combined with an excellent stop-motion technique and an original story with an ironic taste that becomes non-sense”.

 

Future Film Short – special mention (in collaboration with RAI.TV and Province of Bologna): Tears of Steel by Ian Hubert (Holland 2012) “for the great workmanship of its special effects and for the acting quality, as well as for the ironic pop taste tone with which the conventional robot-apocalyptic setting is demystified”.

 

Future Film Short – Audience’s Prize (in collaboration with RAI.TV):Travelling Daru by Ushio Tazawa, Japan, 2012

Future Film Short – Second Prize Ex aequo from the Audience (in collaboration with RAI.TV):
Una Lagrima Furtiva by Carlo Vogele, Autor De Minuit, France, 2012
Atlas by Aike Arndt, Germany, 2012

Franco La Polla’s Prize: 
the winning degree thesis is "UNCLE SAM WANTS… Bugs, Donald and Daffy - Il Cinema di animazione americano di propaganda e il secondo conflitto bellico" written by Alessia Cecchet.
the Franco La Polla’s Prize goes to Alessia Cecchet “for the subject’s originality, the maturity with which she approaches the theme from a  methodological point of view and for the richness of both bibliographic and filmographic references”. Arcoiris editions will publish, in partnership with Future Film Festival, the thesis in the newborn collection Nastri d’argento.

The Cinecibo Award has been assigned by Cinecibo – Film Festival with  a gastronomical theme - to: A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 3D

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The Future Film Festival has been organized by
Associazione Amici del Future Film Festival
with the support of
Regione Emilia-Romagna, Comune di Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Istituzione Biblioteche di Bologna | Biblioteca Salaborsa, Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna
con il patrocinio di
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Istituto Giapponese di Cultura e Ambasciata Argentina in Italia.
Supporters
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