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 Scientific Committee – considering the artistic, cultural and social aims of the project – decided to sponsor the social documentary film "La Pianura delle Mille e Una Notte", directed by Maddalena Merlino, a Filmrouge – Pianoerre production.

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The winner of the "Mediterranean Cinema Award 2010", Krisztina Esztergályos presented in Naples, at Fondazione Mediterraneo, her short film VARIÁCIÓK (VARIATIONS).

Among those present, the President of Napoli Film Festival Mario Violini, who announced in advance the participation of the young Hungarian film director in the next edition of the festival to be held in June.

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Dima El Horr was one of the students who attended the "Aristote" training courses for script-writers, organized by the Fondazione Mediterraneo in 200-2004 within the framework of Cinemamed Program, co-financed by the European Union.

The success of this action is shown by the fact that many scripts realized with the Fondazione Mediterraneo have become successful films. It is the case of "Every Day is a Holiday", which is obtaining a remarkable success in France and in other Countries.

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