North of Italy. Everything began with a group of friends and cinéphiles with very few resources but a precise idea: to offer something new and different, far from the traditional and more established cultural events organized in the area during summer months. The short films by emerging Italian directors soon aroused curiosity and interest; in a few years the screenings became a fixture in the agenda of the cultural summer events, with an ever-growing public. The initiative then became a real festival, with an enlargement of the core team that welcomed new members and collaborations and established the Associazione Concorto. Since 2006 the association has managed and promoted the festival together with other collateral initiatives organized during the whole year, including film-education projects.
The call for submissions is now open to all sorts of short films from all over the world; from the first edition that saw 72 proponents, today the festival receives more than 3.500 submissions.
Concorto then began to acquire the identity that defines it today; a short film international festival committed to the research of almost unknown works, often by young filmmakers at their debut behind the camera, emerging directors who deserve a place in which show their worth. Every year, at the end of August, in the wonderful location of Parco Raggio, short films are screened with their authors present and a professional jury (critics, directors, photographers, actors) awards the first prize (Asino d’Oro) to the winner. Concorto is also part of the Italian team at the world most prestigious short films festival (Clermont-Ferrand) and has tied partnerships with a number of international festivals (Silhouette Paris and Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg). Moreover Concorto coordinates cinema and photography workshops in high schools.
Among the directors that have taken part in the official competition, we remember: Denis Villeneuve, Werner Herzog, Pippo Delbono, Ben Rivers, Jens Assur, Jean-Gabriel Périot, David O’Relly, Patrik Eklund, Ruben Ostlund, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia. Members of the jury have been, among the others: Daniele Ciprì, Maya Vitkova, Lucile Chaufour, Jacopo Benassi, Filippo Mazzarella, Pier Maria Bocchi, Luca Malavasi, Marco Toscano, Mauro Gervasini, DEM, Anita Kravos, Giuseppe Sansonna, Lidiya Liberman, Teho Teardo and Monika Bulaj.
CHAIRMAN OF CONCORTO ASSOCIATION: Paolo Ligutti
ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Simone Bardoni, Claudia Praolini, Sara Rinaldi, Alessandro Zucconi
GENERAL DIRECTOR: Francesco Barbieri
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Alessandro Zucconi
SPONSORSHIP & MARKETING COORDINATOR: Virginia Carolfi
FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE: Emma Baruffaldi, Simona Brambilla, Isabella Carini, Giovanni Crotti, Claudio Dozio, Francesca Ferrari, Chiara Granata, Sebastiano Lommi, Andrea Rossi, Davide Rossi, Aleksandra Rydzkowska, Elisabetta Serrati, Chiara Specchiariello
CONCEPT 2016: Stefano Faravelli
PROPS AND EQUIPMENT: Santafabbrica by Davide Giacobbi and Augusta D. Grecchi
VIDEO PROJECTIONS: Antonio Curedda
VIDEO EDITING: Chiara Granata
TRANSLATIONS AND SUBTITLES: Virginia Carolfi, Paolo Ligutti, Sebastiano Lommi, Alessandro Zucconi
GUEST MANAGER: Davide Rossi
PHOTOS: Federica Bardini, Francesca Ferrari
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Letizia Guagnini, Giulia Ripa
COLLABORATORS: Max Araldi, Elena Baldini, Ilir Beba, Daniela Bruschi, Giovanna Carè, Alessandro Chiodaroli, Luigi Daprà, Flaviano Dotti, Giulia Ferrara, Olimpia Fontana, Paolo Marino, Arzhang Marzban, Noemi Monti, Andrea Pedegani, Serena Puzello, Paola Quagliata, Basilio Riga, Liza Schiavi, Emilio Solenghi, Margherita Sprega, Anahid Torabi, Chiara Venturini
VOLUNTEERS: Francesco Borlenghi, Emma Baruffaldi, Alice Pintus, Johnny Shock, Elisa Rinaldi, Giorgia Cilmi, Cristina Chen, Tea Bersani, Luca Devoti.
PRESS OFFICE: Francesco Sala (CLP Relazione Pubbliche)
GONZO JOURNALISM: Rael Montecucco, Michele Chighizola e Andrea Praolini Lanza di Gli Sbandati
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