Ascona Film Festival press release english

 

 

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3rd Ascona Film Festival

 

We are please to announce the 2014 Ascona Film Festival, showing international short films and organized exclusively via social networks. The festival will take place from Thursday February 27th through Saturday March 1st 2014 in the events hall of the Hotel Ascona, located on Ascona’s Monte Verità, at via Signore in Croce 1.

 

Also this year we were flooded with over 1500 entries from all over the world. For the international competition we have selected 29 short films from 15 countries to be screened over the three evenings of our festival, and three out of competition feature length films, which will be screened on Friday and Saturday afternoon. On Friday we will screen Tempo Girl, first feature by talented swiss director Dominik Locher. On Saturday, the first feature, “Bissige Hunde” (Vicious Dogs), is a German police thriller directed by Alex Eslam. This is his first feature film. The second feature, “Who Killed Johnny?” is a dark comedy. A Swiss production filmed on location in Los Angeles directed by Yangzom Brauen, produced by local artist Shari Marcacci, with Melanie Winiger, Max Loong and Carlos Leal.

 

Among this year’s films in competition we will present “Aquel no era yo” by Esteban Crespo, Spain, nominated for this year’s Academy Award in the category short film (live action), “Butter Lamp” by Wei Hu, China, showing a glimpse of modern day Tibet, “Drunk History Christmas Special” by Jeremy Konner USA, with Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendez and Jim Carrey, and Metube: August sings Carmen ‘Habanera’, by Daniel Moshel, Austria, a very amusing video opera which is also in competition in the YouTube category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

 

This year we are also presenting a substantial number of Swiss shorts, like “Vigia” by Marcel Barelli, winner of last year’s silver pardino in the national competition for short films at the Locarno film festival, “Tauchä”(Dive) by Dominik Locher, in competition at the Festival of the Max Ophüls Prize, which is the most important festival for young German cinema and “Hylas und die Nymphen”(Hylas and the Nymphs) by young actress Lisa Brühlmann.

 

All films will be screened in English or with English subtitles. Entry to the screenings is free of charge.

 

This year the filmmakers will be competing for three public prize awards offered by our generous sponsors. First prize in the amount of

CHF 1000.-, second prize in the amount of CHF 700.- and the third prize in the amount of CHF 500.-

 

A very heartfelt thank you to Electronic Studio from Locarno for sponsoring and organizing the big screen for the festival.

 

As our festival grows, we have changed the criteria of selection for the films in competition. This year we have decided to concentrate primarily on fiction, abandoning art video and video art for now. On top of this, this year we invited various filmmakers to join us during the screening of their works. For the rest we always offer the possibility to be conferenced in via Skype. Also, on Saturday we will offer a live video feed via Bambuser of our last day of screenings, so any filmmaker or film aficionado not able to come join us in Ascona, can still have a little feel of festival ambience from the privacy of their computer. A personal registration will be required to access said live video feed. We hope to be able to always offer more to both artists and our audience in the years to come.

 

Official program of the 3rd Ascona Film Festival

 

Thursday February 27th 2014

19.00 Welcome cocktail and finger food

19.30 Opening ceremony

20.00-23.00 Films

 

Friday February 28th 2014

17.00-18.30 Tempo Girl (CH) Dominik Locher

19.00 Welcome cocktail and finger food

20.00-23.00 Films

23.00-??? Festival Party

 

Saturday March 1st 2014

14.00-16.00 Bissige Hunde(Vicious Dogs)(D) Alex Eslam

16.30-18.00 Who Killed Johnny?(CH) Yangzom Brauen

19.00 Welcome cocktail and finger food

20.00-22.30 Films

23.00 Prize ceremony

23.30-??? Festival party

 

 

The films in competition are:

 

 

 

Aquel No Era Yo Esteban Crespo Spain 2012
Argile Michaël Guerraz France 2012
Bissige Hunde Alex Eslam Germany 2013
Blinder Passagier Maria Brendle Switzerland 2013
Chippendale Kamila Safina Russia 2012
Cushion Ninian Green Switzerland 2013
Drunk Histrory Christmas Special Jeremy Konner/Derek Waters USA 2012
Electric Indigo Jean-Julien Collette France 2013
Finale Balazs Simonyi Hungary 2012
Freunde Luca Ribler Switzerland 2013
Hogar Hogar Carlos Alonso Ojea & Fernando Polanco Spain 2013
Hylas und die Nymphen Lisa Brühlmann Switzerland 2013
Io Sono Qui Mario Piredda Italy 2011
La Donna Nicolás Dolensky Argentina 2013
La Lampe Au Beurre de Yak Wei Hu China 2013
le début de la fin Jean-Francois Vercasson Switzerland 2011
Merry Christmas Pablo Palazón Spain 2013
Metube: August sings Carmen’ Habanera’ Daniel Moshel Austria 2013
Mousse Fredrik Bjelke Sweden 2012
My Friend Nietzsche Fáuston da Silva Brazil 2012
Où je mets ma Pudeur? Sébastien Bailly France 2013
Pain Staking Adolfo Martinez Perez USA 2012
Parachutes Wendy Pillonel Switzerland 2012
Red Light District Bar Sarah Bellin Switzerland 2013
Saloperie de Pruneaux Rinaldo Marasco Switzerland 2012
Tauchä Dominik Locher Switzerland 2013
The Mass of Men Gabriel Gauchet U.K. 2013
Vigia Marcel Barelli Switzerland 2013
Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Piet Baumgartener Switzerland 2013
Without You Torben Lunding Denmark 2013
       

 

The official program will be published at the beginning of February 2014 on www.asconafilmfestival.org

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