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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Sguardi Altrove, 2013

A series of activities and technical services connected with the production of the event both for the subjects in the network, stimulating the exchange of good practices, instrumental resources and skills, and to the local area, with the development and consolidation of new synergies between economic and social players are shown below.

Description: Organization fo travel and stay in the city of directors and cinema professioomals, through a structure which offers an alternative model of cultural hospitality, adapted and adaptable to the different events.
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Description: Technological adaptation of the technical equipment of the MFB in line with the current modifications of screening systems.
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Description: A team of professional translators, experts in adaptation and subtitling, supported by students from schools and universities with courses on translation for the audiovisual sector. The team produces subtitles for all the festivals, in formats that can be re-used for distribution. For information and estimates:
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Description: A network of relations and agreements and partnerships with managers and schedulers of the cinemas, who are also the first contacts of a distribution circuit of the films from the festivals throughout the year; agreements with authorities and cultural venues used for parallel events, such as exhibitions, installations and lectures. For information and to offer collaboration:
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Description: A unique system of voluntary service which optimizes the processes of organization during the individual events and creates a group of future young professionals of the sector, trained in the organization of film festivals.
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Description: A structure for the movement of copies, active all year round, led by an expert in shipment who coordinates the team of the individual events; availability of a single and shared data base of contacts and film libraries, Italian and international distributors; agreements with other festivals, film libraries, archives, Italian and international distributors; partnerships with Italian and international forwarders.
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