The second edition of the Francigena Film Festival will take place on October 9 and 10, 2021, in the heart of Tuscany.
It's a unique chance to visit this wonderful land that includes the Via Francigena.
The Francigena Film Festival will feature many events on the theme of 'Journeys' and cinema as well as nature, culture, food and wine.
Keep updated by visiting the official website www.francigenafilmfestival.it, as well as their social channels.
They accept short film submissions of up to 20 minutes from all around the world with a focus on quality shorts, intelligent visions, experimentation and a strong authorial style.
The theme is “Journeys” of all kinds with total freedom of interpretation up to the filmmakers, directors and authors. Whether it’s a physical journey or an interior one, a journey to discover or rediscover, in the past or in the future, with hope or spirituality, all journeys are welcome. Since this year marks the 700 anniversary of Dante, “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita...”, this festival combines all of the different cinematic and narrative possibilities under one theme: journeys.
The second edition of the festival will last for two days, involving meetings with authors, events, interviews, exhibitions and more. The prizes are awarded for the best short film, best director, best actress, best actor, best photography, best screenplay, best editing. There will be an audience award and mentions assigned by our media partners.
The Creator and Artistic Director of the Francigena Film Festival is the actor, author and director, Giovanni Guidelli. The jurors are among the best professionals of the Italian film industry, with the panel due to be announced in spring 2021. The jury for the first Francigena Film Festival was made up of Renato Carpentieri (Best Actor - David di Donatello Prize), Giuliano Taviani (Best Composer - David di Donatello Prize), Gianni Mammolotti (Cinematographer Award Finalist - David di Donatello) and Vincenzo Mosca (Film Distributor and Film Producer).
The first edition the festival was intended to be held in Colle Val D'Elsa, but due to the Covid emergency and the fact that the theaters and cinemas were closed, it was held in a highly successful digital version.
The Via Francigena is a historic route that contributed to the cultural unity of Europe in the Middle Ages. Today, the Via Francigena is considered as a bridge between the cultures of Anglo-Saxon Europe and Latin Europe. Given its historical importance, the committee decide to name the festival ‘Francigena’ in honour of the beautiful route. One part in particular stands out, referred to as Stage 32, it leaves San Gimignano, reaches Molino d'Aiano, goes on towards Colle di Val d’Elsa, Badia a Coneo and Gracciano, then to Strove, where you’ll find a lovely Romanesque Parish Church. It passes the wonderful architectural structure of Abbadia in Isola before reaching Monteriggioni, where there is an unmistakable tower crest. Refreshments and accommodation are available only in populated areas.