The fifth edition of the Potenza Film Festival, directed and founded by Antonello Faretta, kicks off from 1 to 3 December, and in recent days he officially presented all the details of the program of events and the films in competition. There are numerous initiatives that will inhabit the billboard and that will populate various symbolic places of the city, and in particular the Don Bosco Cineteatro and the Polo Bibliotecario.
Conceived, promoted and organized by Noeltan Arts with the support of the Basilicata Region (as part of the Supplementary Act of the Basilicata Region Sensi Contemporanei “The development of the audiovisual industry in the South”) and in synergy with local and national public and private partners, including the others the Regional Equal Opportunities Commission of Basilicata, Magazzini Sociali, the Cineteatro Don Bosco, the Festival wants to continue to represent a valid participatory experience of social cinema, which “acts” for people, narrating and pursuing the objectives for the sustainable development of the ‘UN 2030 Agenda.
New languages and new independent authors, these are the protagonists of the four competitive sections: feature films, documentaries, short films and the “Scuola Gira”, a section dedicated to the works created by students of schools of all levels in Basilicata.
«Let’s pick up where we left off, – explains Antonello Faretta, artistic director and founder of the Potenza Film Festival – always in the wake of the cinema of civil commitment, of independent cinema, of cinema that becomes a megaphone of necessary stories that move to tell the ” emergencies” of the fragile times we are living, after the shocks of history that have hit the whole world in recent years. This is why the Potenza Film Festival embraces and fully promotes, through cinema, the values traceable precisely in the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, trying to encourage dialogue and discussion on issues such as the fight against poverty, the right to health and personal well-being, the right to quality education and gender equality, social inclusion, the fight against inequalities, climate change. It will be a face-to-face edition to contribute, in our small way, to promoting the recovery of cinemas, devastated by the crisis that world cinema is experiencing for many reasons: among these, the dishabitation, which began even before the pandemic, to enjoy cinema and audiovisuals through digital platforms. An edition – the one we are gladly presenting today – necessary for us, useful for trying to plant a seed in the city, around important and essential themes also thanks to the Technical-Scientific Committee and the many partners of the Potenza Film Festival with whom we have created a solid network of interdisciplinary knowledge, at the service of cinema. The invitation for everyone and for the whole city is to participate in the scheduled events and to “live” with us in the cinema with that spirit of community and participation that cinema and society in general – never like today – need ».
«Working on the production of a cinematic event such as the Potenza Film Festival -Adriana Bruno, organizational director of the PFF- which since its inception has moved in the wake of the cinema of civil commitment, of independent cinema – is always a great challenge and an incomparable emotion . Organizing a festival always implies painstaking work which must keep artistic needs in balance with production and organizational ones and which requires continuous research and construction of local and national synergies. And it is precisely the latter, in this edition of the festival, who have sublimated themselves into a vast and highly participated partnership. In fact, all the partners have entered the festival’s shirts, starting immediately to share with our entire working group the trajectories and values that today, with pride and gratitude on our part, represent the basis, the fertile ground from which Potenza Film Festival restarts with renewed strength. A special thanks – in addition to the team that is supporting and supporting us with professionalism and energy in the realization of this edition – goes to all the students, school administrators and teachers of the schools of Basilicata who enthusiastically joined the activities dedicated to them and which for us undoubtedly represent the most beautiful look at our festival, with the hope that they will be the real protagonists of the intense days that await us and for which we provide free participation for them»