The Friuli Venezia Giulia region has chosen the Venice Film Festival to announce the creation of a cross-border audiovisual fund together with Slovenia and Croatia.
Once again Venice will provide the occasion for launching the new regulations of the FVG Film Fund, which is now entering its twelfth year.
The announcement was made to Cinema & Video International by Federico Poillucci, the president of the FVG Film Commission, who also revealed the new collaboration project being set up with the Viba Studios in Ljubljana.
Another piece of good news comes from Emilia Romagna where, last July, the Regional Council approved a new cinema and audiovisual law that will give the territory new and more efficient tools for boosting its attractiveness, from the Film Fund a to an upgraded Film Commission.
While it is great to witness the return to the audiovisual scene of a region which was one of the first, at the end of the 80s, to view cinema as an accelerator of development, it is worth emphasizing that the law – the result of four years of work involving the various categories concerned – was constructed with a “participatory legislative process”, as the regional councilor for culture, Massimo Mezzetti, pointed out to Cinema & Video International.
But the good things are not only occurring outside Rome.
In the capital, for instance, things are happening like those Oscar winner, Gabriele Salvatores (out of competition in Venice with “Italy in a Day”), tells Lee Marshall about in the interview published in the following pages.“Just yesterday evening” he says, “Nicola Giuliano and I bumped into Mario Gianani from Wildside outside the editing studios in Via Margutta, in the company of directors Paolo Sorrentino and Saverio Costanzo. Something of the climate there was in the Italian film industry in the 1960s is coming back, where I show a fellow director my film before anyone else to get his feedback. There’s a desire to talk, to compare projects, to work out where we’re all heading”.