Biografilm Academy

Biografilm Academy is a free advanced training course to learn about the world of film festivals and become part of it, created in 2023 by Associazione Fanatic About Festivals organizing body of Biografilm Festival together with ForModena accredited body for training in Emilia-Romagna, and Alma Mater Studiorium University of Bologna, in collaboration with I Wonder Pictures, TCB and KW.

The course is co-funded with resources from the European Social Fund Plus 2021/2027 Program of the Emilia-Romagna Region (Operation RIF PA 2022-18089/RER), and takes place from March to June 2023 in the Council Chamber of the Porto District of Bologna and in the spaces of Biografilm Festival.

The figure to be trained is a professional who knows how to move across the production processes of making a live event such as a film festival, but who at the same time develops specific skills and knows how to approach the digital, technical, and technological transformations that are affecting live events and film festivals.

Specifically, the course explores the following three areas of employment.

  • Audience development, the study and creation of one's own audience through the actions of 2 fundamental offices within a festival: the accreditation office and the hospitality office.
  • Communication: the communication plan of a festival, and the study and creation of graphic and video materials that can build the festival's brand indentity.
  • Copy handling: the post-production stages that lead to the making of copies of the films that are shown in theaters.

The ultimate expected result is the employment of the participants in the events and cultural and creative enterprises of the Emilia-Romagna region, which at this time, for these professional figures, mainly use collaborators from other regions.

The program is divided into the following training modules for a total of 300 hours, including 180 hours of theory and 120 hours of internship.


  • The film production chain Skills, professions, contractual forms and incentives
  • The film production chain VR, AR, Games: new audiovisual professions
  • Creative marketing and financing
  • Organization and programming of a festival


  • AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT - Audience creation and retention Accreditation strategies Building national and international relationships Guest management and ceremonial
  • COMMUNICATION - Communication strategy and film promotion - The communication strategy: building a brand - Creating video content, animations and graphics - Press office management
  • COPY MOVEMENT - Organization and management of the theatrical program - Film post-production - Screening formats: creating theatrical copies, adaptation, dubbing, subtitling - Distribution

The course includes a 120-hour training internship to be carried out both at the project partner companies and other entities that contribute to the realization of Biografilm Festival, such as come Studio Roof, Studio Arkì, Pop Up Cinema Bologna and  Laboratorio delle Parole.

Course instructors:

Alessandra Beltrame, Dario Bonazelli, Massimo Bondioli, Chiara Boschiero - Biografilm Festival, Benedetta Caponi, Emanuela Ceddia, Andrea Console, Elisabetta Cova, Marco Cucco, Mariana D'Augello, Alessandro Di Pasquale - Biografilm Festival, Elisabetta Ferrando, Monica Ghisleri, Christoph Grigoletti, Caterina Mazzucato - Biografilm Festival, Roy Menarini, Massimo Mezzetti - Biografilm Festival, Marco Pisciotta, Emiliano Rossi - UNIBO, Francesca Rossini - Laboratory of Words, Mauro Salvador - UNIBO, Giada Sartori, Alessandro Saviozzi, Alessandra Sisti, Massimo Sterpi, Riccardo Volpe - Biografilm Festival.

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