In collaboration with Romaeuropa Festival, Fondazione Cinema per Roma and the MAXXI museum, the French Academy in Rome is inaugurating a new festival dedicated to cinema and contemporary art, to explore new territories of creativity and new cinematographic writings.
The festival takes place in the spaces of Villa Medici with 3 large screens (two indoor halls and an outdoor cinema) and over 30 films to offer the public an immersive experience and transform the majestic Renaissance villa into a showcase dedicated to cinema. About 15 films will compete – documentaries, fiction or essays made in 2020 or 2021 – and two prizes will be awarded: the Villa Medici Prize for the best film and the Jury Prize.
Parallel to the official competition, every evening the spectators will have the opportunity to gather around the Piazzale di Villa Medici for a programming of recent films aimed at all types of public for unique screenings under the stars. The program of the festival is completed by performances and installations, a focus on established filmmakers or artists and meetings on the films screened but also on issues relating to production and dissemination, bringing together programmers, curators, gallery owners and collectors.
From Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th September 2021