From the 2012 edition of the Venice Film Festival, when the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission officially entered the international audiovisual sector concomitantly with the launch of “Bellas Mariposas” by Salvatore Mereu (co-produced with the Autonomous Regional Government of Sardinia, after benefiting from the Hospitality Fund of the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission), over fifteen projects have received support from the Film Commission’s Hospitality Fund:
“L’Arbitro” by Paolo Zucca (produced by Amedeo Pagani’s Classic and distributed in Italy by Lucky Red which was presented at the 2013 edition of the Venice Film Festival along with the two protagonists Stefano Accorsi and Geppi Cucciari), two RaiCinemaWeb projects “Happy Days Motel” (produced by Blue Film which also produced “La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser” by Davide Manuli in Sardinia) and “AndareVia” (produced in Alghero by the up-and- coming producers from Brescia 5&6, who are very active on the Web and in multi-platform productions), “Dimmi che destino avrò” by Peter Marcias (the story of the Roma people living around Cagliari, distributed around the world by Cosimo Santoro’s Open Reel, Rocco Papaleo’s comedy “Una piccola Impresa Meridionale” (produced by Paco Cinematografica and distributed by Warner Italia) and last season’s Christmas blockbuster “E io non pago” (produced by Red Carpet).
Plus the documentary “Dal Profondo” by Valentina Pedicini (winner of the Doc It-Prospettive Italia Doc award at the 2014 Rome Festival, produced by La Sarraz Pictures), and the documentary about Joe Bastianich’s trip to Sardinia (produced by Todos Contentos for Skyarte) which, using some of the most beautiful places on the island offered an opportunity to discover the peculiarities of its music.
These movies received support from the Hospitality Fund of the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission and all featured the involvement on various levels of professionals from the Sardin- ian audiovisual sector and the island’s accommodation structures.
Now there is a lot of expectation about the new movie from Bonifacio Angius ,”Perfidia”, produced by Movie Factory, fresh from post-production, and the documentaries “FABER” about Fabrizio de Andrè’s Sardinia, produced by Sandro Bertolozzi’s Clipper Media and “Le favole iniscono a Cabras”, the trip around Sardinia which constitutes the debut work by Raffaele Fusaro. Also currently in the process of being made are “Gli Amici di Freddy” by Bepi Vigna, and a documentary which is an Italian-German co-production “Faneye Dentella”.
Many productions have received logistical support from an organizational point of view, both in terms of production as well as the promotion at Festivals and Markets.
One example is “Su Re” by Giovanni Columbu (presented at the Turin Film Festival with distribution by Sacher) and “L’amore e la Follia” by Giuseppe Casu.
“While the island is preparing for the start of the tourist season” announces Nevina Satta, “the Film Commission is greeting delegations of location-hunters from India, Thailand , the United States, Belgium, the UK and Germany, and two movies by Sardinian film-maker who are much loved by the critics and public are already in full pre-production: Gianfranco Cabiddu, with his “Asinara” pro-duced by Cinematorgafica and Enrico Pau ,with “Acabbadora” produced by Kairos Film in co-production with Ireland’s Mammoth Films.
This co-production was generated thanks to the mediation of the Sardegna Film Commission and the Irish Film Board who have been working together since December 2012 in order to launch joint training programs and co-productions between the two regions”.
“Soon”, concludes Satta “filming will start on a TV mini-series for Bavaria Italia and a new Blue Film production by Lino Damiani, due respectively in June and September”.