5th Ascona Film Festival


25th-27th february 2016, 5th EDITION

Film submissions  


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You are kindly invited to


5th Edition 

Thursday 25-02-2016

18h30 Standing dinner

19h15 Opening Ceremony

19h30-22h00 Short films


Friday 26-02-2016

17h30 Film / show

19h00 Standing dinner

20h00-22h30 Short films

22h30 Festival Party


Saturday 27-02-2016

14h00-19h00 Films

19h00 Standing dinner

20h00-22h30 Short films

22h30 Price Ceremony

23h00 Festival Party

Dress code : Formal attire 

Formal Attire

Eventi: ricevimento ufficiale di sera. Per l’uomo: smoking preferibilmente o abito scuro elegante con cravatta

Per la donna: abito da cocktail, abito lungo o completo elegante da sera.

Ascona Film Festival announces the submission of “Tamago” by Koji Hirano


In a small harbor town at the Southernmost end of Honshu Island of Japan, a highschool girl, Sora, lives alone with her father, Taichi. Sora deals with the pain of being abandoned by her mother. Being a teenager, Sora finds difficulty expressing her gratitude against her father. Sora slowly learns to face her own life choices and starts to dissolve the conflicting emotions. Sora takes a step toward her dream, inspiring others to find their own answers.


Director: Koji Hirano

A Japanese, Koji Hirano, who studied in the USA and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, has been a professional photographer in the USA for over 10 years and for 6 years in Paris, France as a fashion photographer and an artist.
Following his passion to find new ways of artistic expression, he now takes on the world of cinema and cinematography.

Director’s Statement

I made something. Something that was in my head to share with others.
This film is for all the people in the world furthermore for the future people in the era of the artificial intelligence.

Awards :

  • MAC Film Festival

    Amazon, Brazil
    August 8, 2015
    Best Cinematography

  • The Accolade Global Film Competition

    September 1, 2015
    Awards of Recognition

  • Louisville’s International Festival of Film

    Louisville, KY
    October 3, 2015
    The Best “On The Edge” Film

  • The Oregon Film Awards

    Oregon, USA
    November 8, 2015
    The Gold First-Time Director


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Ascona Film Festival proudly announce the submission of the award winner “Wildlike” with Ella Purnell and Bruce Greenwood

After conditions in her new home become unbearable, a teenage girl runs away and befriends an older man preparing for a hike through the Alaskan wilderness.


In this thrilling coming-of-age adventure, a troubled teen must face the dangers of the Alaskan wild, as well as her own past, in order to find her way home. Sent to stay with her uncle in Alaska while her mother is in treatment, 14-year-old Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is forced to flee as her uncle’s attention turns threatening. Unable to reach her mother and afraid that the authorities will return her to her uncle, she embarks on a journey across miles of wilderness to find a way back home to Seattle. As she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior, a chance connection with gruff backpacker Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood) proves to be her only lifeline. Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the rugged frontier, thwarting his efforts to cut her loose until he has no choice but to help her survive, and against the backdrop of a spectacular landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship.


Frank Hall Green


Ella Purnell (MACKENZIE)

Born on September 17, 1996 in London, England, Ella can currently be seen playing the young Angelina Jolie in Disney’s Maleficent and will also appear in the lead role of the feature film Wildlike.  Ella’s also due to portray a young Jane in the upcoming remake of Tarzan. In 2008, she beat hundreds of other girls for a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.  She was one of only a few girls chosen to appear in the children’s ensemble and remained in the show for a year.   Her previous credits include Kick Ass 2, Intruders, a co-starring role in Ways To Live Forever and as a young version of Keira Knightly’s character Ruth in Never Let Me Go, based on the acclaimed book by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Ella was named one of Screen International’s Stars Of Tomorrow.  She has also appeared as one of English Vogue’s “Young Meteors” and Teen Vogues “Young Hollywood”. More recently Ella can be found in V Magazine, GQ, Flaunt, Tatler, Teen Tatler, Wonderland, Lulu, Dazed and Confused, Union and 1984.  Ella is also an active member in the National Youth Theatre group.


Bruce Greenwood (RENE BARTLETT)

Bruce Greenwood is a Canadian actor and producer known for numerous films such as I, Robot (2004), Star Trek (2009) and Flight (2012).  He was last seen in Universal’s Endless Love (2014), and he will next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s Military drama-thriller Good Kill opposite Ethan Hawke.  Greenwood’s other noteworthy film credits include Déjà Vu (2006), a famous portrayal of JFK in Thirteen Days (2000) and Todd Hayne’s I’m Not There (2007).  Greenwood also enjoys a diverse and successful career in television.  He has starred in shows such as ABC’s Horror/Drama series The River and HBO’s John From Cincinnati.  Bruce has been married to Susan Devlin since 1985.  They divide their time between homes in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Ascona Film Festival proudly anticipates : ” Zero the Project” executive producer RIDLEY SCOTT, MICHAEL FASSBENDER



A sci-fi YouTube project written and directed by the YouTube Your Film Festival winner David Victori, executive produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.


Father and son are emotionally and physically separate the day that Earth loses gravity intermittently.

The child wanders the city obsessed in responding to the recent death of his mother, while his father tries to find him in a world that is collapsing around him.


A friend of mine, planted the germ of the idea in me by making me realize what a miracle it is that the earth is constantly pulling us to the ground. An idea so simple yet so complex, let my imagination unravel and I started developing ZERO by asking myself on question:

“What if the earth suddenly lost its gravity intermittently and progressively?”

Ascona Film Festival’s selection anticipation : MEDIATION featuring Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”, “Grindhouse”, etc.), Marley Shelton (“Sin City”, “Scream 4”, etc.)




by Francisco Lorite

with Freddy Rodriguez & Marley Shelton

Photo 2 Mediation_Still_2 Photo 4 Mediation_Still_4

MEDIATION is a short-film wrote-directed by Francisco Lorite about a divorce mediation gone *terribly* wrong; it stars Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”, “Grindhouse”, etc.), Marley Shelton (“Sin City”, “Scream 4”, etc.); it is currently on the festival circuit and has been licensed for broadcast on Jennifer Lopez’ NUVOtv network.

Ascona Film Festival’s tip : the 2015 shortfilm Oscar winner “The phone call” available now for free on youtube