A festival a year long

MFN - Milano Film Network unites the experience and resources of Milan’s seven film festivals for a cultural offering throughout the year and a series of services for those who operate in the cinema and in the audiovisual sector in Milan and in Italy.

The network is realized thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione Cariplo, is the result of the self-organization of the seven film festivals held in Milan – African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, Festival MIX Milano, Filmmaker, Invideo, Milano Film Festival, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Sport Movies & Tv Fest – and aims to include not only operators of the audiovisual sector but also institutions and socio-economic players, in recognition of the value of the cinema as a form of art but also as a productive sector which generates positive consequences for the urban fabric.

The primary objective of the project is, in the short term, to create a system of cinema around the city of Milan, i.e. a stable model of collaboration through an inter-organizational network, in the first place between the film festivals, which allows an innovative exchange of knowledge, instrumental resources, services and opportunities.

In the long term, the project aims to make Milan “The city of independent cinema”, making the most of its resources through a network open to the participation of other subjects.

The activity of the MFN is developed in two main areas. On the one hand, an offer of SERVICES linked to the production of the event supporting the network and at the disposal of the local area, including management of hospitality, the systems of subtitling, technological adaptation of the technical equipment for the screenings (in view of the inevitable passage from film to digital technology); movement of the screening copies of the films that will be shown during the festivals; the service of venue management, in agreement with the management of the cinemas and the other culktural venues; the organization of the voluntary service, typical of the cultural events with a great participation, in particular by young people.

On the other hand, the organization of a calendar of activities of scheduling and permanent exhibition, in collaboration with other subjects who also operate in the cinema, such as te creation of a common archive and the digitalization of the works in the archives of the individual festivals, the distribution of the films in the cinemas, the organization of workshops and training paths, starting up initiatives of production of audiovisual projects.







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Milano film festival, 2013

The archive of the Milano Film Network is an extensive multimedia collection which keeps and catalogues the works selected and which have won awards during the history of the seven Festivals of the Network, representing a unique collection of film and audio-visual works. To access the archive, you have to purchase the MFN Supporter Card and belong to specific categories of users* (*the video-library can be consulted by researchers, students, scholars, teachers and professionals of the sector) For more information:
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In the many years of their activity, each Festival has collected works which are often rare or are now very hard to find, and the ones from the latest edition are added to these every year: the result is a database of thousands of titles, constantly growing, which the Milano Film Network wants to save, protect and make available to users.

The main objectives of the archive are: 

- preserving and cataloguing the works

- the creation of an online video-library  which can be consulted by researchers, students, scholars, teachers and trade professionals

Through acquiring videos from analogue (BVU, U-matic, VHS, Betacam...) and digital sources (DigiBeta, Mini-DV...), the Milano Film Network guarantees preserving and keeping safe the rich collection of the Milanese Festivals which, otherwise would risk being lost due to the progressive obsolescence of the formats.

The aim of the Network, however, is also to make the most of this collection, making it available to the public, as well as to encourage the visibility of the authors who have agreed to their works being included in the video-library. A dedicated software has thus been designed, with a user interface, which allows consulting the information on each work and seeing it in streaming, with anti-piracy measures to protect the directors and their films. This is why the films are subject to geo-blocking and visible only from Italian IP addresses.

Researchers, students, scholars, teachers and film and audiovisual professionals thus have at their disposal a vast and varied database of films that can be consulted online which reflects in full the different directions of research of the Network’s Festivals.

To access the archive, you have purchase the MFN Supporter Card..

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