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Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives is one of the European leading festivals for documentary and long feature film. It’s a 10-days long festival taking place in Bologna, Italy, in June, with over 120.000 visitors every year. 

Biografilm is borned in 2005 with the idea that life stories are a catalyst which activates questions and answers on the crucial issues of contemporary life and offers and opportunity to study and discuss complex, current topics. Biografilm is committed to showing highly cinematic works as a way to: encourage interaction between different generations and cultures, educate inquisitive viewers and provide professional training and networking opportunities.

It has welcomed several acclaimed directors, producers,  actors and artists to Bologna, among others Charlie Kaufman, Joshua Oppenheimer, Gael García Bernal, Patricio Guzmán Lozanes, Amy Adams, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Greenaway, Lenny Abrahamson, Nicolas Philibert, Julio Medem, Pierce Brosnan, Jaco Van Dormael, Ulrich Seidl, Matteo Garrone, Nicolas Philibert, Malgorzata Szumowska, Michael Palin, Jeremiah Zhagar, Diane Disney Miller, Michael Madsen, Sebastián Lelio, Silvio Soldini e Carlos Saura.

The festival screens yearly approximately 100 films, in numerous locations in the city for over 300 events in 10 days.

The focus is on new, European fiction and documentary films, which are character driven audiovisual works, showcasing current social and political changes in the society. Thanks to the narrative and production opportunities created by the digital revolution, Biografilm investigates the new trends of international documentary and fiction as a way to understand modern life and to look for answers to the big questions: “Life, the Universe and Everything”.

Bio To B | Doc & Biopic Business Meeting is the event that devotes to business-to-business networking between film professionals, with the goal of promoting and supporting Italian and European productions of documentaries. The three-day program is divided into project pitching sessions, for which there will be a prize-giving, one-to-one meetings, in-depth panel discussions and roundtables. 

Biografilm Park is a showcase of outdoor events that each year brings to life Bologna’s Parco del Cavaticcio, offering daily open air concerts, DJ sets, activities for children, performances and parties. 

Biografilm School is the innovative industry training program promoted by Biografilm Festival for young people aged 18 to 25 born and/or residing in Bologna and Ravenna (and the provinces) or enrolled at the Universities of Bologna and Ravenna. The training scheme is linked to the activities and guests of Biografilm Festival, and allows access to in-depth theoretical and practical experiences of career paths in the film industry. 

Over the course of recent years the structure of the festival has continuously evolved as it constantly seeks to dedicate attention to the most relevant and emerging talents and topics.

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