River Film Festival
The screen on the raft, moored on the waters of the Piovego at Porta Portello Padova, has become a well-recognised and widely appreciated “trademark” that has met with growing interest over the years. The 2017 River Film Festival is the 11TH edition. Over the years the festival has matured and become an event with a strong cultural connotation, an event the public looks forward to. Two special events will celebrate this 11th edition: the festival will open with a film Percorsi di Pace (2014) by the Italian director Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani; and the awards ceremony at the end will include a surprise event
Notwithstanding the technical, economic and, above all, bureaucratic difficulties we have faced every year, the River Film festival has continued to grow and flourish, indeed, this edition includes many films that have already been entered in prestigious international festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Toronto and Venice.
Our international jury is, as usual, made up of experts: directors, screenwriters and producers from Portugal, the United Kingdom and Italy. There are six categories of films competing: Cinema Schools, Italian Shorts, International Shorts, Animations, Documentaries and Super-Shorts, which latter are selected by public acclaim.
As always, the festival will be two intense, extraordinary, weeks in which we encounter stories, techniques and people that are all very different, but are united by the idea that Cinema can offer a spectacular wide-open window on multiculturality through images from all over the world. An enchanted fortnight set against the magical backdrop of Porta Portello, one of the old Medieval city gates, in an area of the city that still retains its unique characteristics.
Emilio Della Chiesa