Nightmare School section continues in 2018 edition with a calendar rich in initiatives, meetings and educational activities proving the will to raise the bar, continuing the path, brilliantly launched last year, of valuing the Festival's formative soul, whose dimention goes more and more beyond the main event's ten days with progressive incursions during the whole year. A vocation, the one connected to education and engagement of viewers of tomorrow, that is part of the great and composite universe called Start Cinema Factory.


Fundamental collaborations are the ones with the Cultural Department of Ravenna's municipality, in connection with the Public Education Department, as well as the contributions of Regione Emilia-Romagna, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities 2017 and, starting from this year, also Fondazione del Monte of Bologna and Ravenna. Realised in collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna Department of Cultural Heritage and Fondazione Flaminia for University in Romagna, Nightmare School's proposal is addressed to students of different age groups with ad-hoc conceived events aiming to give necessary tools and know-how to make us of the constant flow of audiovisual material to which they are steadily exposed.

2018 edition is offering many projects, starting from Master Classes that also this year will give university and high school students the chance to participate in specialization courses where to meet and discuss with experts in the field.

Launched by last May's Master Class on complex television by professor Roy Menarini, the cycle continues with the second appointment titled Emotions between cinema, philosophy and neuroscience, held by professors Emanuela Serri and Rossella Giovannini, that is going to explore the subject of emotions and empathy from a philosophical and neuro-scientific point of view. The lesson, conducted by the professors together with Enrico Ghidoni, neurologist and neuroscience expert, will take as a reference the vision of Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh.


Also Nightmare Kids&Junior specific workshops are back, taking advantage of the Festival dimension by proposing viewings and analysis occasions with professionals of the film industry hardly viable in other contexts and generally dedicated to a more mature audience.

In Nightmare School's 2018 edition primary schools will deepen the study of animation cinema and its techniques through the screening of My life as a courgette by Claude Barras, with the guidance of director Francesco Filippi.

As for secondary schools, a focus on film-making professions will show the many different competences contributing to the realisation of a cinematographic product. This year's lesson will be held by Giuseppe Squillaci, director and visual effects supervisor (VFX), who will tell his story and the secrets of his profession.


Training framework is finalised by the activation of university traineeship in cinema and communication, call for volunteers aka Nativi Nightmare and study/work experiences with high school students of Ravenna's Municipality that are going to actively take part in the Festival's realisation.


Starting from this year's edition, Nightmare School will be enriched by a new educational area thanks to the event Nightmare without barriers that aims to promote contents, tools and technologies that make possible the enjoyment of cinematographic art also to deaf, partially sighted and blind people.

The appointment, realised in collaboration with Associazione Quadrifoglio in Ravenna, consists of viewings of documentaries and short films starring deaf protagonists and authors. On this occasion documentary Il rumore della vittoria by Ilaria Galbusera and Antonio Guzzardi will be screened, that is a testimony of different stories about life and hearing loss, intertwined among them, proving that it's actually possible to overcome barriers. To follow: the vision of Esisto anch'io realised by students of 5C class at IIS Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, winner of School section award at CINEDAF 2017, and a selection of short films by Luna Bizzarri from Associazione Quadrifoglio.



In order to submit a class to the initiative, simply send an email at specifying the class, its respective Institute, the teacher's name and telephone number, number of students and adults. Alternatively, you can phone Nicola Berti: Office +39 0544464812 - Mon-Fri 9:00-13:00, Mob. +39 3497399303.
Please note that available seats are limited and submissions will be accepted based on the order of arrival.

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