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5th Ascona Film Festival’s Official Selection 2016 Unveiled


N. Title Author Country Genre Duration
1 Mediation Francisco Lorite United States Noir/Humor 14.10
2 La Queue Yacine Sersal France Fiction 10.00
3 A splendid affair Laurent Ardoint &Stéphane Duprat France Comedy 9.20
4 Webseries:The webseries Marc Giacomi United States New media 4.45
5 Voluntario Javier Marco Rico Spain Fiction 4.00
6 By mutual agreement Remy Cayuela France Fiction/Comedy 12.00
7 Quelques secondes Nora El Hourch France Fiction/Drama 17.00
8 Sans Plomb Emmanuel Tenenbaum Canada-France-Netherlands Comedy/Thriller 7.00
9 Sinuaria Roberto Carta Italy Fiction 15.00
10 A`consommer avant… Nicolas Fogliarini France Drama 15.00
11 Madame & monsieur Eleonora Albrecht Italy Drama/Sentimental 9.05
12 Scrabble Cristian Susler Switzerland Short 11.25
13 Gender & numbers Inés Poggio Quero Ethiopia Documentary 6.00
14 Comic potential Ross Carey & Emmet O’Brien Ireland Short 14.39
15 No Matter who Anne-Claire Jaulin France Short/Drama 18.49
16 L’encenedor quantic Pau Escribano Spain Comedy/Fantasy 5.08
17 Stuck Aaron Kamp Australia Short/Drama 12.09
18 Easy reapparence Guillaume Levil France Short/Comedy 16.50
19 Poetry-Marina Tsvetaeva”I like…” Alexey Karpov Russian federation Short/Music Video 3.45
20 A day Jaebin HAN South Corea Fiction 25.00
21 E.T.E.R.N.I.T Nicolo` Galbiati e Giovanni Aloi France Fiction/Short 14.00
22 Colourful knots Polen Ly Cambodia Drama/Children/Family 6.59
23 Fucking Tøs-Damn girls Kira Richards Hansen Denmark Psycological/Teen movie 14.00
24 The Business Davide Labanti Italy Short/Drama 15.00
25 El pescador Alejandro Suarez Spain Science Fiction 20.00
26 Vainilla Juan Beiro Spain Fiction 10.00
27 The Tailor Antonio Losito Italy Drama/History 15.00
28 Bebé a tout prix Guillaume Cliquot France Comedy/Children 10.00
29 La grippe du panda Sammy Hosseny France Comedy/Romantic 8.00
30 Zero David Victori United States/Spain Science fiction/Drama 29.00
31 In memory Alastar Clayton United Kingdom Drama/Romance/Illness 12.30
32 He and She Marco Gadge Comedy Germany 15.00

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IV Ascona Film Festival (2015) in pictures

“Butter Lamp” di Hu Wei and Julien Féret, selezionato da Ascona Film Festival candidato agli OSCAR


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Sono particolarmente orgoglioso di annunciare che il film “Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret, selezionato per la 3a edizione dell’Ascona Film Festival è stato nominato agli Oscar 2015. Come presidente mi sento davvero felice di trovare una conferma così importante della qualità della selezione del direttore artistico Julian Martin, co-fondatore di Ascona Film Festival.

Andrea Biasca-Caroni



Nominations:European Short Film

Director: Hu Wei
Screenwriter: Hu Wei
Producer: Julien Féret, Yangxu Zhou
Director of Photography: Jean Legrand
Editor: Hu Wei
Sound Design: Hervé Guyadère
Main Cast: Genden Punstok

SynopsisA young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to photograph them. On diverse and more or less exotic backgrounds, families present themselves to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer will weave unique links with each of the various villagers.

Director’s StatementHow long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

I wrote the scenario in one week and two months later we obtained the financial support of the French CNC and ARTE French television. But shooting was much more complicated because the crew was formed by French and Chinese technicians and with Tibetan actors. With such a team, shooting in China next to Tibet was extremely complex. The first two attempts to shoot the film failed and finally the third succeeded.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

To me, the two most essential concerns are the diversity and the liberty of expression which are most possibly at the heart of European cinema.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

Hmmm, it’s a pity that it is only for one night. I would love to organise a special screenings for children like my three-year-old daughter. Of course, they can shout and run in the theatre. Or maybe, four or five films for the night, is it a good idea for kids? So these films would be: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING, MARY POPPINS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, DONKEY SKIN, THE KING AND THE MOCKING BIRD…

What is your next project?

A particular film, strange and mysterious. I would leave you some suspense.


YAK 6Hu Wei’s cultural film Butter Lamp has been capturing the heart of the film world and has just been nominated for a 2015 Oscar. This was not the only respected film festival to take notice of this exciting film, as it has achieved the grand total of 70 film prestige film awards and was selected by over 200 film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, quite a feat for a little film from China.

In the Butter Lamp, a young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture.  Against diverse and mote of less exotic backgrounds, families appear to the photographer.  Through these shots, the photographer weaves unique links with each of the various villagers.

Butter Lamp’s director Hu Wei was born in Beijing, China, he lives and works between Beijing and Paris.  Wei graduated at La Femis, the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and Le Fresnoy.  Butter Lamp is only his third film, although this multi-award winning movie is only his second fictional short and now this talented director is currently directing his first ever feature film. AFI Film Festival selection also praised the film, “The Grand Jury prize for Live Action caught us by surprise with its spellbinding and poetic simplicity. Traversing hundreds of miles of geography and spanning generations of time without leaving one central location, this film functions as a profound mediation on the practice and effects of image making.”

This live action short was written by the director Hu Wei, stars real life Tibetan nomads and was produced by Julien Feret, the beautiful cinematography was created by Stephane Degieau and Jean Legrand.  Some of the 70 awards include; the Grand Prize at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Golden Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival, the prestigious Grand Jury Award at AFI Film Festival (American Film Institute), a winner at London’s Raindance Film Festival, Best Short Film at Mexico’s Guanajuato International Film Festival and it was selected for a EFA (European Film Awards) nomination.

Wei wished to create a film between fiction and documentary, reality and drama, modern civilization and traditional habits.  This award winning film and his outstanding work has captured the attention of the worldwide film industry, making his initial wish quite the reality.

The Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood on Sunday 22nd February.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films, listed alphabetically and including director and production company:

Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)
Baghdad Messi, Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van Steenberghe, producer (a team productions)
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, writer (Out of Orbit)
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Hu Wei, director, and Julien Féret, producer (AMA Productions)
Carry On, Yatao Li, director (Rochester Institute of Technology)
My Father’s Truck, Maurício Osaki, director (Lupi Filmes)
Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, director, and Stefan Eichenberger, producer (Zurich University of Arts)
The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films)
SLR, Stephen Fingleton, director, and Matthew James Wilkinson, producer (Stigma Films)
Summer Vacation (Chofesh Gadol), Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, directors (GREENproductions)

The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Ascona Film Festival press release english






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

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