The BigScreen festival or "BigScreen Italia" is a film festival that focuses on Chinese and Italian cinema. It was first held in 2004 in Padua, Italy, but has recently been moved to Kunming, Yunnan, China.
BigScreen Asia '01
The first edition of Big Screen took place in Padua, Italy from 18 to 24 March 2004. This first edition was organized by the portal Cinaoggi.it and the University Student Association (ASU) together with Progetti Giovani. Other associations such as the commune of Padova and the University of Padova together with the Shanghai Theatre Academy collaborated with the festival. The festival screened several works from Italy and China. The students of the Shanghai Theatre also screened their works. It was the first Asian Cinema Festival in Padova.
Works by: Wong Kar-wai, Wang Xiaoshuai, Jia Zhangke, Fruit Chan, Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Hugo Ng, Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Guests: Wu Baohe (professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy), Marco Ceresa, Marcello Ghirardi.
Art directors: Dominique Musorrafiti, Matteo Damiani
11 -12 May 2005
A taste of short films, video art, movies and documentaries leading up to the second edition of BigScreen Asia. From art bonded to body bonded to art linked to technical means through stories of Western and Asian authors. During the evening successions of images of full and empty that describe the passage from the old traditions to the new artistic expression in China. The end of the evening featured a concert by the Japanese band Mono.
Organization: Cinaoggi, ASU
Works by: Lisa Partby (The new flowers of Beijing, Pao ma liu liu), abelvideo, He Jia, Guan Jang, Zhang Yang, Singing Chen, Chen Chieh-jen, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Hu Jieming.
Hosts: Valentina Pedone, Felix Schoeber, Mono Art Directions: Dominique Musorrafiti, Matteo Damiani
BigScreen Asia '02
24-28 October 2005
Third appointment with the culture and cinema of the East. This edition was enriched with a view on modern Thai cinema, a substantial display of short Korean films, a photographic exhibition and a concert on Asian themes by Claudio Rocchetti. This has been of course accompanied by the presentation of works by famous producers . Wang Xiaoshuai, Wong Karwai, Fruit Chan, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Otomo, Zhang Yang and Jia Zhangke.
Organized by: Cinaoggi, ASU, University of Padova, Progetto Giovani, Padova province and Municipality
Hosts: Marco Ceresa, Marco Della Gassa, Marcello Ghiraldi, Stefano Locati Art directors: Dominique Musorrafiti, Matteo Damiani
BigScreen Italia 2006
In November 2005 the organizers of CinaOggi moved to Kunming and BigScreen followed its creators to China. The festival continued to change, growing and transforming into a real competition. One of the most peculiar events in the calendar of the "Year of Italy in China". Different Italian universities, "La Sapienza" (Rome), University of Naples, The Oriental languages department of the "Ca’ Foscari" University of Venice together with GAI (Young Italian Artists Association), Yunnan Arts institute helped with the birth of BIGSCREEN ITALIA 2006. The event took place in Kunming from the 19th to 23 July 2006. Special focus on Bruno Bozzetto.
This time the project was much more ambitious than past events. The international high ranking jury included: Wang Xiaoshuai (Silver Bear In Berlin, Jury’s prize in Cannes), Jia Zhangke (Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival), Ye Yongqing (famous Chinese artist), Marco Ceresa (one of the most important Italian sinologues and collaborator of the Venice Film Festival) and Song Jie (Dean of the Yunnan Arts Institute Cinema and Television Department).
The idea is that the Italian works are selected by a Chinese jury.
Public Award (shorts, videoart, videoclip, animation): Aziz directed by Fabio Bozzetto, Gigi Tufano, Diego Zucchi
BigScreen Festival 2007
International Video Festival in China Kunming, Yunnan, 27 November 2007 – 1 December 2007
From November 27 to December 1 the Chinese city of Kunming hosted the 2007 BigScreen International Film Festival, featuring 94 films from more 30 countries. The Festival was co-organized by CinaOggi.it, GoKunming.com, Yunnan Experimental Film Base, Broadcasting and films center under the patronage of Istituto Italiano di Cultura. The official supporting media was the Chinese newspaper Dushi Shibao. The winning films from BigScreen Film Festival 2007 were announced by a jury composed of Marco Ceresa of the Venice University "Ca' Foscari", screenwriter Wang Yao and Jeremy Goldkorn, founder of the highly influential Danwei.org. Winners included Hong Kong director Yan Yan Mak's "The Scarlet Robe" for best long film, "Il Vecchio e la Fontana" by Tony Palazzo of Italy for best short film, "Living in a Perfect World" by Italians Diego D'Innocenzo and Marco Leopardi for best documentary and "Almost Like One of the Family" by Astrid Goransson from Sweden for best animation. Four films by French director Jean-Gabriel Périot - "Even if she had been a criminal", "Dies Irae", "Under Twilight" and "Nijuman No Borei" were collectively honored as the best entries in the videoart and experimental films category. The jurors said they based their selections upon the theme of modernity vs tradition, which was a common thread in all the winning movies. Special Guest were the hongkongese director Yan Yan Mak, who presented her movie "The Scarlet Robe" starring the singer Denise Ho and the Japanese singer Tujiko Noriko. Special focus on Don Askarian and Lasse Gjertsen works.
Marco Ceresa, Wang Yao, Jeremy Goldkorn
Best long film: "The Scarlet Robe" by Yan Yan Mak
Best short film: "Il Vecchio e la Fontana" by Tony Palazzo
Best documentary: "Living in A Perfect World" by Diego D'Innocenzo and Marco Leopardi
Best animation: "Almost Like One of the Family" by Astrid Goransson
Best entries in the videoart and experimental films: "Even if she had been a criminal", "Dies Irae", "Under Twilight" and "Nijuman No Borei" by Jean-Gabriel Périot
Art directors: Dominique Musorrafiti, Matteo Damiani
- BigScreen Festival
- Jia Zhangke at the Internet Movies Database
- Wang Yao at the Internet Movies Database
- Wang Xiaoshuai at the Internet Movies Database
- Yunnans Arts Institute
- Interview to Wang Xiaoshuai on SINA
- Film Italia
- Yunnan Government
- Culture new Kunming
- China News
- Neocha - voiceweekly
- Interview to Yan Yan Mak on CLZG