I numeri del FIUGGI FILM FESTIVAL
The Fiuggi Film Festival (FFF), sponsored by Fiuggi Family Festival Association and the Italian Ministry of Culture (MIBACT), is intended as a place of cultural exchange, focused on the best international feature films productions. Its main target are families and youngsters. Films are selected not only for their artistic quality but also according to the importance of the theme and the message they convey, which are usually a reflection of the most relevant social and cultural issues of the moment.
Great attention is paid to the professional education of youngsters by means of training courses, lectures, dedicated screenings and Master Classes held by film professionals.
AN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH JURY
In 2014, for the first time in its history, FFF has opened the door to an Italian youth jury. Two different groups (aged 15-17 and 18-29) have been given the chance to attend a professional Cinema Training Course alongside Master Classes held by well-known scriptwriters, directors and cinema professionals.
In 2015 there will be an international youth jury for university students. Its purpose is to foster cultural exchange and a better awareness of worldwide cinema trends. Students will have the opportunity to share an important educational experience along with the chance to visit the capital of Italy and its artistic treasures.
Not far from Rome (50 km), the town of Fiuggi is an old medieval town divided into two parts, the upper and lower. The upper part, or old Fiuggi, is 760 metres (2,500 feets) above sea level. Fiuggi became famous for its Acqua di Fiuggi (Fiuggi Water), which flows from its natural springs and mountains. The water has been used in Italy since as early as the 14th century and is famous for its natural healing properties. Fiuggi now relies heavily on tourism from Italy and Europe to its famous Spas.
International Fiuggi visitors usually takes the opportunity to pay a visit to the capital of Italy.
Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. Rome is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. It is referred to as “The Eternal City” (Latin: Roma Aeterna), a central notion in ancient Roman culture. In the ancient world it was successively the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization. Since the 1st century AD, Rome has been considered the seat of the Papacy and in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
The international feature films competition is the heart of FFF activities. Each year the Artistic Direction chooses the best feature films among those that are presented during the most important international cinema events, such as Berlin International Film Festival.
The selected feature films, usually alternative to mainstream films, tell universal stories enriched with important messages for families and youngsters.
FFF is therefore a unique opportunity to appreciate unconventional inedited films. To this purpose, the winning film is screened in different contexts and introduced to possible distributors.
FFF 2015 – “The Dark Side”
An always-new festival, always growing, with the same strong roots.
Tradition travels along generations. It is told through images, stories and myths. We want to do that through the powerful instrument of cinema. We want to speak to everyone, especially to men and women with missing certainties. As we are aware of the natural ambivalence of man, we want to show a real, complex world of characters and stories: the world of our troubled age.
Just like it happened during the previous editions of FFF, there will be room for multiple artistic expressions, all of which will follow the same thematic thread: music concerts, theatre shows, dance, figurative arts.
Fiuggi Film Festival is not just about cinema. Each edition is enriched with in-depth cultural meetings with prestigious guests. In 2014, for instance, FFF hosted Evelyn Anita Stokes-Hayford, president of the World Food Programme Executive Board.
FFF fosters cultural exchange with a particular focus on Chinese culture. In the course of its history FFF screened several Chinese films (such as ‘Ocean’s Heaven’ by Xue Xiao and ‘A simple life’ by Ann Hui), and encouraged public events involving Chinese film directors. To this purpose, the Chinese director Pauline Chan was invited to present her film ‘33 Postcards’ in the Italian Parliament.
The Fiuggi Film Festival, during its 8th edition (25 July – 1 August 2015), will launch a prestigious international educational program on cinema for Italian, European and non-European university students. Previous experiences on cinema-related professions or studies are considered as privileged prerequisites.
WONDERS OF ROME (25-26 July 2015)
The international students will be able to visit the most representative places in Rome on Saturday 25th July accompanied by a professional tour guide.
A special Master Class will take place on Sunday 26th July during a cruise on the Tiber river (the main watercourse of the city of Rome, which was founded on its eastern bank). Destination of the journey will be Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome, which is one of the biggest and best-preserved archaeological sites in Italy.
‘FIUGGI FILM FINDERS’ PROJECT (27 July-1 August 2015)
A youth jury. One film to be awarded. A unique experience.
(International students will be offered a simultaneous translation of all lessons from Italian to English)
The ‘Fiuggi Film Finders’ project is intended for students aged 18-29 and it is divided into 4 complementary modules.
During the first theoretical introductive module, called ‘Training’, students will attend a series of lectures, or Master Classes, focused on an in-depth analysis of the distinguishing features of cinematic language. A special attention will be paid to the theme of enunciator-characters-viewer relationship. Therefore, cinema will be considered as a powerful instrument of self-knowledge.
The first module will be preparatory for the evaluation of the feature films competition.
The second theoretical module, called ‘Exploration’, will be based on the analysis of the best and most recent international TV series, according to their themes, screen writing techniques and anthropological reference models.
Specialized university professors and well-known film professionals will give the first and second module lectures.
During the third practical module, called ‘Journey’, students, as members of FFF Youth Jury, will watch all the feature films in competition (international films in original language with English subtitles) and express a critical opinion based on criterions given during the first module lectures.
The fourth practical module, called “Practice”, is based on elective courses, such as film direction and editing workshops, creative writing experiences, guided tours to Cinecittà (cinema studios in Rome) and other film locations. Film-related courses will be held by cinema professionals.