Biennale College Cinema

La Biennale di Venezia

We are looking for 15 feature-length audio-visual concepts that can be made within €150,000 and could be completed – developed, produced and edited – within 5 months and screened at the Biennale in 2013!

The Call is open from the 30th of August 2012 to the 22nd of October 2012 only to teams of directors at their first or second feature and producers with variable degrees of expertise who must have produced at least 3 short films distributed and/or presented at Festivals.

There is no age limit and no participation fee. Participants will have to cover their travel costs but there will be the possibility – for participants travelling from outside Europe – to request a scholarship to partially or totally cover these costs.

The Artistic Director of the Venice International Film Festival and his team will complete the selection by the beginning of December 2012. The selected teams will then sign an agreement with the Biennale that assures their presence throughout the whole Biennale College – Cinema process.

Who can apply?

You could be a recent film school graduate, a short filmmaker looking for a break into features, a micro-budget stalwart who believes micro-budgets as the only true form of filmmaking, a games designer, an artist whose work could cross between galleries and cinemas, the list is long.

But you will need to demonstrate that your project can be made with the budget and the time schedule and that you have got what it takes to make it. This is a great opportunity – make the most of it by ensuring that your project works within the requirements of the initiative – don’t try and edit an existing project down to the €150,000 budget level… it won’t work. The strongest applications are those devised specifically within the requirements. You must be a team composed by two: one director – first or second work – and one producer – who has produced at least 3 short films or 1 feature-length film distributed and/or presented at Festivals. With regards to the producer’s qualifications we specify that when writing “must have produced at least 3 short films…” we include all forms of short audiovisual works including web docs, web series, music videos, commercials, etc. If the producer has produced a feature length fiction film or a documentary, he/she may also apply.
Only together you can submit your application.

How to apply
The application consists of a number of written and/or visual materials, which you will need to submit (see list below). Please spend the time getting the materials together as we won’t consider incomplete applications.

You will have to provide the following materials all in English:

  1. A Synopsis (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters)
  2. A treatment for a micro-budget project (5-10 pages, max 3.500 words or 18.000 characters) that fully describes the project. It can be a feature film, an animation, a documentary or a transmedia project – all genres eligible
  3. A Director’s Vision: it can be represented by a mood board, a project-book (few pages of a story board, a colorscript, a series of drawings or photographs) or by a video (max 3 minutes). It visually complements the written concept, and describes the project through images
  4. Previous works by the director (max 2) digital or on film, to be uploaded directly on the web site and sent on a DVD to Biennale College – Cinema, Settore Cinema / Cinema Department, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Ca’ Giustinian – San Marco 1364/A, 30124 Venice
  5. A Casting Idea (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters)
  6. A Total Budget up to a maximum of €150.000
  7. Biographies of the director and the producer
  8. A Production Company Profile
  9. A Video-Presentation by the director (max 3 minutes)
  10. An Audience Engagement Plan (1 page, max 350 words or 1.800 characters), that describes how to create audience awareness through on-line communities
  11. Rights Disclosure with regards to full ownership of rights to the submitted project or, should the rights of third parties be involved, a guarantee that the acquisition of all rights in view of production has been concluded or is currently being negotiated. In the latter case the cost must be indicated in the budget, which in any case as specified above in point 6, cannot exceed the total of €150,000.
back to top

We value your privacy

To make sure that this website remains accessible in the European Union, we are forced to include this superfluous notice to inform you that this website, like most of the websites in the world, works best with cookies. We do not profile you or use the data for any commercial purposes except to study ways to enhance user experience in ours sites. We hope that you are happy with that, and that you will help us continue this research by accepting our cookies but, unlike with other websites, surfing our site in privacy is still possible should you decide not to. You can find out more about our use of cookies by reading our privacy policy.