Cinema (EN)

Since the beginning Fondazione Mediterraneo payed attention to audiovisual works and in particular to the sponsorship of young Euro-Mediterranean directors. Since 1996 it collaborates with Alpe Adria Cinema in the organization of the Triestefilmfestival, the Cinema of Central and Eastern Europe, assigning every year the International Award "Laboratorio Mediterraneo" and the Mediterranean Cinema Award to the best short-film in contest. Since 2001 it collaborates with the Napolifilmfestival in the organization of this independent film festival.

Moreover the Fondazione was the main actor of two important cinema projects co-financed by European Union:

CINEMAMED The project, coordinated by the Fondazione, within the framework of “Euromed Audiovisual” (MEDA) Programme, has carried out a Travelling Mediterranean Cinema Festival, as well as high level training courses for professionals related to the cinema (“Aristote” Programme). The project has achieved so far the following results: 10 festivals organised in 10 Euro-Mediterranean cities; 69 films shown to the public; 60,000 viewers; 12,000 students involved; 12 debates involving film-makers and the audience; 380 articles published on newspapers; 54 television reportages; 25 partners and 18 countries taking part in the project; 6 “Aristote” seminars held, resulting in training 22 scriptwriters; 18 scripts worked out; 2 retrospectives of Salah Abu Seif organised in Naples and Bologna; publication and circulation of 4,000 copies of the catalogue “The Cinema of the Arab-Mediterranean Countries”, 3,000 copies of the book “Il Cinema di Salah Abu Seif”, 3,000 copies of the book “Le cineteche dei Paesi Arabo-Mediterranei” and, finally, the award of the “Mediterranean Award” to Naguib Mahfouz.

EUROMEDCAFE The EuromedCafé program created by Fondazione Mediterraneo, has renewed and strengthened dialogue and cultural exchange between European and Mediterranean people. The Fondazione has encouraged mutual understanding through images and "up-close films" just as one would see via the web, speaking honestly about the difficulties our societies face. Thanks to the European Commission support, the Fondazoine Mediterraneo has accomplished with two goals:
1. Launching the short film competition “Another Look” and the music competition “Other Songs” centered on intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.  First of all, EuromedCafé is a forum of images and sounds: each year, thanks to these two competitions, Fondazione Mediterraneo selects  shot films and music on the topic described above Short films and movies can be viewed at
2. In addition to these competitions the Fondazione Mediterraneo has created a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, a space were to meet and debate, a public Euro-Mediterranean place. EuromedCafé gives civil society, intellectuals and authors the opportunity to speak about their truth and their point of view and to develop dialogue.

The XVI edition of Napoli Film Festival will be helded between  29 september – 8 october) hosting documentaries from Alto Fest under the dominion of Film in Residency project and the supervision of Giuseppe Colella, coordinator of Schermo Napoli. Alto Fest is, according to its creators «an international festival of performing arts and multidisciplinary event born on July 2011», realized «thanks to the support and cooperation of neapolitan citizens whom gave hospitality in their houses or other private spaces (shops, storehouses, canteens, gymnasiums to several artist coming from all over the world».
Fondazione Mediterraneo supports the Festival since its first year of screenings.

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Ready for the fifteenth edition of the Naples Film Festival, which this year takes place in the stunning location of Castel Sant’Elmo.

Also this year the Fondazione Mediterraneo is a partner of the event Neapolitan, which is now part of the European festival circuit independent of greater thickness.

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At the Trieste Film Festival, with whom the Fondazione Mediterraneo has been collaborating since1995, the 2013 Mediterranean Cinema Award for the best short film was awarded to  “Deda” (Waiting for Mum)  by  Nana  Ekvtimishvili. The film focuses on a man’s voice calling his mother and was awarded by a jury of young people.

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With approximately 200 titles, many of which were shown as international and national previews, the Trieste Film Festival has come to be known as the key event for central-east European cinema. Films compete in the full length feature films, short films and documentaries categories, but the festival also includes retrospectives and tributes and it is now a major venue for film lovers who consider it the show case for “New Europe” cinematography.

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has been collaborating with the Trieste Film Festival since1995, where it awards the Mediterranean Cinema Award  to the best short film competing.

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The 4th edition of LAMPEDUSA in FESTIVAL, the event that for the second year in a row has had the privilege of receiving the medal of honor from the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano as a representation prize and that has been selected by the UNAR (National Anti-Discrimination Office for Racial Discrimination) as a good practice against racism, has recorded an important participation in terms of spectators, witnessing a strong focus on the proposed events, which has brought on the island, as well as journalists and experts in the field, a different type of tourist: international and attentive to social and cultural issues.
The event was supported by the Italian Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for dialogue between cultures, as part of the "Joint Action"..



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