A total of 12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Venice filmmaking scheme, the Biennale College - Cinema, a programme for training young filmmakers and producing micro-budget films. 

The 12 teams, made up of directors and producers, come from Argentina, Belgium, UK, India, Iran, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Romania, Hungary and the US.

They will introduce their projects at a special session held today (October 14) in Venice introduced by president Paolo Baratta and the director of the Venice International Film Festival Alberto Barbera.

Three teams will then be chosen to take part in two further workshops to be held in December 2013 and January 2014, before going into production on their microbudget films, each of which will receive a €150,000 contribution and will be screened at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014.

The sessions will be led by Michel Reilhac, Gino Ventriglia and Amy Dotson, with industry support from production and script consultants including Vincent Wang, Mike Ryan, Tristan Goligher, Marietta von Hauswolff von Baumgarten, Anita Voorham, Giacomo Durzi,  Paul Tyler, Mathilde Henrot and Katie Mustard.

This is the second edition of the programme, which launched last year. The three selected projects  - Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy; Memphis; and Yuri Esposito - screened at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

The 12 projects chosen for the 2013/2014 programme are:

  • Blood Cells
    Dirs: Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore (UK)
    Prod: Samm Haillay (UK)

  • H.
    Dirs: Rania Attieh (Lebanon), Daniel Garcia (US)
    Prod: Shruti Rya Ganguly (India)

  • Imaculat
    Dir: Kenneth Mercken (Belgium)
    Prod: Marcian Lazar (Romania)

  • La Barracuda
    Dirs: Jason Cortlund (US), Julia Halperin (US)
    Prod: David Hartstein (US)

  • La Mujer De Los Perros
    Dirs: Laura Citarella (Argentina), Verónica Llinás (Argentina)
    Prod: Mariano Llinás (Argentina)

  • Nancy
    Dir: Christina Choe (US)
    Prod: Gerry Kim (US)

  • River of Exploding Durians
    Dir: Edmund Yeo (Malaysia)
    Prod: Ming Jin Woo (Malaysia)

  • Short Skin
    Dir: Duccio Chiarini (Italy)
    Prod: Babak Jalali (Iran /UK)

  • The Debt
    Dir: Ritesh Batra (India)
    Prod: Seher Latif (India)

  • The Strike
    Dir: Adam Breier (Hungary)
    Prod: Akos Schneider (Hungary)

  • Unless
    Dir: Matteo Servente (Italy)
    Prod: Ryan Watt (US)