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ALPI FILM LAB: meet the new TFL programme in partnership with Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy


January 15, 2021

We are very excited to start 2021 not only with a new international partnership but with an actual brand-new annual initiative: ALPI FILM LAB, financed in the frame of the programme Interreg Italia-Francia ALCOTRA 2014-2020 – European Regional Development Fund, the cross-border cooperation programme of the European Union that brings together the Alpine territory between France and Italy.

The ALPI FILM LAB initiative embodies an advanced training for emerging French and Italian producers realised by TorinoFilmLab, powered by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Annecy Cinéma Italien, the most important French festival dedicated to contemporary Italian cinema, set within the Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to enhance the cross-border film industry, by increasing collaboration between the Italian and French territories, spreading knowledge of the professional opportunities offered by the sector and boosting the value of the Italian-French co-productions, strengthening its competitiveness on the international market.

ALPI FILM LAB will be carried out in two separate editions across 2021 and 2022 with the long-term idea of feeding a new generation of cinema professionals and nourishing the creativity and cinematographic productivity of the regional territory, as well as supporting its economic and cultural development in general.

With the curatorship of the Head of Studies, Francesco Giai Via - director of the Annecy Cinéma Italien - ALPI FILM LAB will be developed through two training courses: one addressed to emerging producers and one dedicated to high-school and university students from Italy and France.

The Professional course consists of an annual programme involving 24 participants who will work on the development of 8 feature film projects (fiction, documentaries and animation) with a cross-border co-production potential. Keep in mind, it is possible to apply either having or not a defined feature film project at the moment of the application.

The 12 French and 12 Italians selected should be, ideally, residents in one of the ALCOTRA territories, but applications coming from other Italian and French regions will also be taken into consideration.

The training course, held in French and Italian, will take place between the end of April and the end of November 2021, and it will feature 3 workshops offline (save for any eventual restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic) and 3 intermediate sessions online
By the end of the year, the participants will have experienced what it means working together on a simulated international co-production guided by a team of renowned tutors.
They will be trained by two producers with international experience: Julie Billy, who works for the Parisian production and distribution company Haut et Court; together with Giovanni Pompili - from the Roman-based Kino Produzioni - that recently produced the TFL film SOLE by Carlo Sironi, winner of the European Film Awards 2020 (Prix FIPRESCI).

The final projects will be showcased in November 2021 to an audience of decision makers, during Torino Film Industry, event organised by the Film Commission Torino Piemonte in Turin (Italy).

To learn more about how to apply, check the call for entries, which will remain open until the 1st of March 2021.

The Educational course will be addressed to 8,000 students in 2 years from Italian and French high-schools, universities, and academies. They will have the chance to join screenings and masterclasses and to discover the educational possibilities in the film-industry area.

Both courses will be carried out across the year in Annecy and Turin, by engaging Italian and French students with concrete opportunities of exchange and discussions, such as study trips.

And, as pointed out by the Head of Studies, Francesco Giai Via “… Never before have we felt it as fundamental as today to invest with creativity and a spirit of international cooperation in the future and in emerging talents in order to face the many common challenges that await us in the years to come”.