The Ischia Film Festival, now at its fifteenth edition, redoubles its energies. Boris Sollazzo, film critic and writer, already in the team of the Venice Days and consultant for years for many important festivals, was appointed as new artistic director, thus joining the founder of the Festival Michelangelo Messina. Together they will launch a renewed growth of the festival, which already plays a role in the scenes of international film festivals, and he intends to take a further leap in quality thanks to the professionalism of those who have been working at high levels in this industry for 20 years.
"I'm happy to face this challenge," said the new director Boris Sollazzo. "I've been working for years at the IFF and I believe it is one of the most interesting festivals in the Italian and international scene. I'm happy not to replace Michelangelo, essential for the IFF, but to lead this ship together. Together we will reach new ports. We will look to the future without forgetting our cinematic and local identity. We will face the challenges of the future with thematic, artistic, content-new itineraries: the Aragonese Castle must become even more a central place of an art and an industry in never-ending transformation, as it already was, for culture, at the time of Vittoria Colonna " .
This piece of news launches the upcoming XV edition of the Ischia Film Festival that will take place from June 24 to July 1, 2017. We are happy to open the registrations to the international competition dedicated to film locations and the cultural identity of the areas chosen for filming.
Films, documentaries and short films that gave attention and value to a place through the choice of locations, thus promoting the historic, social and human reality, to its traditions and culture are most welcome to participate to this Festival.
The deadline for sending the works is 15 March 2017, but a "latest deadline" is scheduled for March 31, 2017. Registrations can be made through FilmFreeway, the best-known portal for filmmakers.
An international jury will award the prize "Ischia Film" to the film, documentary and short film of each section, as well as to the short film and documentary section "denied location".
The Festival in agreement with its honorary committee and the steering committee, will also award the following prizes:
Prize "Castello Aragonese" to the best director
Prize "Aenaria" to the best set designer
Prize "Epomeo" to the best cinematographer
Click on the official web site, go through the Catalogues or the database for information on the previous editions of the festival.
Boris Sollazzo, born in 1978, is a film critic, journalist, radio speaker and writer.
He writes for the daily newspaper Il Dubbio and collaborates with Ciak, Rolling Stone and Riders. Every saturday, he reviews films for La Rosa Purpurea del Cairo on Radio24. He was in the selection committee and consultant for the Venice Days, and is among the planners of La Valigia dell’attore, in the scientific commitee of the Pesaro New Cinema Competition and works for the Pardo Live, at the Locarno Film festival. For the television, he has worked for La7, Rai2 and Gazzetta Tv. He is author of America Oggi with Alessio Aringoli (published by Edizioni Alegre), Diaz- A too italian story, #Chevisietepersi – The handbook for Napoli supporters and Non abbiate paura di me, written together with the boxer Clemente Russo, all published by Fandango