Milano Film Festival from 4 September

11 days of films and guests from around the world

The 19th edition of the Milano Film Festival will run from 4 to 14 September in a number of exciting sites around the city – from the Strehler Theatre with its famous cloister, the Sempione Park, the Triennale, Spazio Oberdan and the San Fedele Auditorium, to name a few.

This year’s curators Alessandro Berretta and Vincenzo Rossini will be paying particular attention to the most recent productions, to young directors experimenting with new cinematic language, and to what they describe as “the most courageous international cinematography.” The programme they have put together will present some 200 movies rarely seen on the traditional circuits, with international previews and meetings with emerging talent.

The programme will include a feature-length contest, open only to first and second movies by directors from around the globe, as well as the traditional short film contest reserved for directors under 40. There will also be hors de concors events and a section called The Outsiders alongside the competitive sections, integrating the more traditional aspects of the film festival with some of the runners-up viewed during the selection process. Another collection will be the tenth to run under the heading Colpe di Stato, a pun combining the concepts of coup d’état and injustice of the state, screening movies about the complex realities of power systems around the world.

Focus Animation will provide the traditional marathon of short cartoons shown in the Sempione Park in collaboration with Milano Film Network. The fourth presentation of Vernixage will be an attempt to investigate the interface between cinema and contemporary art. There will also be special events such as Are you series? about film series on internet, or the second edition of the winning web series The 100 sips (another pun on the title of the successful mafia movie The 100 Steps) of films about water.

Other items in the programme will include an event directed by VisitSweden national tourist agency, dates for kids in teh Milano Film Festivalino, as well as concerts in the Strehler cloister and in the Sempione Park every evening from 18.30.

Subscriptions to the festival are already available on line, and will be available in person from 3 September at the Strehler Theatre info-point in Largo Greppi 1. The season-ticket costs €45 full price, or €35 for under-20s, over-65s and several other reduced-price categories. Subscribers will also be eligible for special offers and reductions at other theatres, concerts and artistic and cultural events throughout the city and for the whole summer, during and after the Festival – details on the website. Full details of the subscriptions and programme are available on the festival website, which also has a section in English.

The festival is supported by the Culture Committee of Milan city administration and sponsored by Expo2015. Other partners will include Gruppo CAP, Metropolitana Milanese, Jack Daniel’s, VisitSweden, Banca Prossima, Tiger and Paypal, thanks to whom this year’s will be the first entirely cash-free festival for those who use the dedicated app. Media partners will include Mymovies.it, Film TV, ATM, Internazionale, Spotify, Artribune, Zero and Tafter.