Cinema news

The dates have been announced: the festival will take place from the 18th to the 26th of April 2020 between Lucca and Viareggio.

Lucca, 16th of January – enrolments in international competitions for feature films and short films by Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema 2020 are now open, the festival will take place from the 28th of May to the 8th of June between Lucca and Viareggio, as one of the leading events organized and supported by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Lucca.

The festival, which over the years has brought to Tuscany great names of international cinema such as Oliver Stone, David Lynch, Rutger Hauer and George Romero, has always been committed to enhancing independent contemporary productions. The competition is an international showcase thanks to which directors from all over the world will be able to nominate their films to the competitive section scheduled at the festival.

Feature films competition

The films selected for the feature film competition will be 12 and will compete for the award of three prizes: the Best feature film (3000 euros), awarded by a jury composed of prominent names in the cinema scene, Best feature film – student jury, awarded by a jury of university students, and the Best feature film – popular jury (audience prize). Films can be summitted up to the 30th of April. The international jury of previous editions had the presence of celebrities from the world of cinema such as Paulo Branco, Daniele Gaglianone, Cristi Puiu, Rutger Hauer and Philip Groening. The selection committee will be composed of Martino Martinelli, Stefano Giorgi and Cristina Puccinelli. The selected films will be announced (on the site and on the Facebook page of the event) by May 21, 2020 (info: featurecompetition@luccafilmfestival.it). The full call for application is available on the Festival website: www.luccafilmfestival.it/en/feature-length-film-2020-call-for-entries.

Short films competition

Having reached its fifteenth edition, the historical competition of short films is confirmed. This year, it offers a cash prize for the winning work, valued at 500 euros. Applications may be submitted by the 30th of April, either by sending the work as a link to competition@luccafilmfestival.it it or by subscribing to Filmfreeway and Festhome platforms. More than 300 works every year come to the scrutiny of the selection committee; among the authors famous names can be recognized, such as Adan Jodorowsky, son of the renowned Chilean artist, but also directors of the calibre of Luca Ferri, Adriano Valerio, Giuseppe Boccassini, Giuseppe Spina, Leonardo Carrano. The works selected by the committee, chaired by Rachele Pollastrini, will be announced officially (on the website and on the Facebook page of the event) by May 21 (for information write to competition@luccafilmfestival.it ). The complete call is available on the festival website: www.luccafilmfestival.it/en/short-film-2020-call-for-entries.

To enrol in student juries, send an e-mail to segreteria@luccafilmfestival.it with the subject: “LFFEC20 Giuria Studentesca” (no later than 21 of May 2020).

Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema, chaired by Nicola Borrelli, is a yearly event that celebrates and disseminates film culture, engaging a public that gets broader every year. Thanks to its many screenings, exhibitions, conferences and concerts, the Festival stands out with its daring but carefully designed programs.

Lucca Film Festival & Europa CInema is one of the most important events organised and supported by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. Banca Generali Private and Banca Pictet are the Main Sponsors, while the exhibitions were realized with the support of Société Générale. The Festival also relies on support from: Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucar S.p.A, ICare, Martinelli Luce, Wella, Lions Club Lucca Le Mura, Luccaorganizza, Il Ciocco S.p.A, Cantina Campo alle Comete, Ministerodei Beni e delleAttivitàCulturali e del Turismo, Regione Toscana, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Comune di Lucca, Comune di Viareggio; on the collaboration and co-production of: Provincia di Lucca, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italia, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini and Puccini Museum – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Fondazione UIBI, UniversitàdegliStudi di Firenze, Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, CNA Cinema e Audiovisivo Toscana, Istituto Luigi Boccherini and LiceoArtistico Musicale e Coreutico Augusto Passaglia. Lastly, we wish to thank also: Federazione Italiana Teatro Amatori (FITA), Lucca Comics & Games, Direzione Regionale di Trenitalia, Unicoop Firenze, Confcommercio delle Province di Lucca e Massa Carrara, Corso di Laurea in Discipline dello Spettacolo e della Comunicazione del Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere dell’Università di Pisa and Photolux Festival for their collaboration.