The Festival

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives is the film event dedicated to life stories and quality cinema.

Since 2005, in wonderful Bologna at the beginning of summer, Biografilm Festival has offered an enthusiastic public - now over 120,000 people - the best of recently produced international documentaries and more. Quality cinema premieres, biographies and life stories in general, in docs and fiction films are at the core of the festival program.

Special attention is paid to the promotion of new talents, especially female ones.

Contemporaneity, in its complexity, is investigated starting from life stories: questions and answers on the crucial issues of today arise from the human experience. New perspectives on current social processes emerge through people and their journeys around the world.

Every year in June, for ten days, the festival offers around 100 films and fills Bologna with screenings, multidisciplinary events, meetings in many cinemas and places in the city and its surroundings.

The 2020 edition was mainly online, paving the way for future editions in which the possibility of remote access to films and meetings will complement the traditional festival in its original physical environment.

The following guests have attended Biografilm Festival:

Charlie Kaufman, Joshua Oppenheimer, Gael García Bernal, Patricio Guzmán, 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, Carlos Saura, Ed Lachman, Diane Weyermann, and many more.

Bio to B | Doc & Biopic Business Meeting is the annual appointment that Biografilm dedicates to business-to-business networking between professionals in the audiovisual industry. The goal is to promote and support European documentary productions. Through the Pitching Lab, the selected documentary projects can develop their best presentation thanks to the advice of highly qualified tutors. During the Pitching Forum, the projects are explained and discussed with the active participation of sales agent, commissioning editors, festival programmers and industry experts.

Biografilm Park is a program of open-air events that animate the Parco del Cavaticcio in Bologna, offering for 20 days in a row open-air concerts, DJ sets, activities for children, shows and parties.

Biografilm School is the innovative educational project promoted by Biografilm Festival and aimed at young people aged 18 to 25 born or resident in Emilia Romagna or enrolled in one of the Universities of Emilia Romagna. The educational project closely follows the events of Biografilm Festival and allows the students to go into the professions of cinema from a theoretical and practical point of view through direct interaction with the festival guests.

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