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«The Ermanno Olmi Award Prize has reached its 4th edition and continues to enjoy full support from this administration, not only as a way to honour the greatness of the late Bergamo-born director, but also to help support young directors and filmmakers. The creativity and ideas of the young are the driving force of a society’s cultural growth, along with their unique and essential perspective on contemporaneity. An authentic perspective which, in these challenging times, helps recover and promote new, profound meanings. For this reason, the special mention of this edition awards works reflecting on the theme of the “religion of small things”, a motif that permeates the works of Ermanno Olmi and his testimonies of a spiritual research that has little to do with dogmas and it’s carried out, instead, in human relationships, in the relationship with nature and in the ability to grasp the poetry of everyday life».

— Nadia Ghisalberti, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Bergamo

Filippo Ticozzi (director), Diana Cardani (head of the Animated Film and Kino Club Bergamo Film Meeting sections), Donatella Palermo (film producer), Andrea Zambelli (director, screenwriter and photography director) and Erika Ponti (film producer) have been appointed as the jury of the fourth edition of the Ermanno Olmi Award, established to promote short films by young directors. The deadline for submissions (fiction, documentary or animation produced in 2021 and 2022), which must not exceed 15 minutes in length, is October 16, 2022.

The winners’ announcement and award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the Auditorium in Piazza della Libertà, Bergamo (or another suitable venue). Should there still be, on the appointed date, containment measures due to the Covid-19 emergency, the award ceremony and the screening of the finalist films will be broadcast online on a dedicated streaming platform.

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