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Ribalta Experimental Film Festival is a new event completely dedicated to experimental cinema in Italy. The festival will take place in Vignola (MO), Emilia-Romagna at the headquarters of the Ribalta club, with the screenings at the Bristol Cinema in Savignano sul Panaro (MO). Its purpose is to give voice to a kind of cinema that doesn't have one. A cinema that is new, innovative and avant-gard.
RIBALTA (the Limelight)
Being in the limelight means to stand in the most exposed and visible part of the stage, and thus it can mean "to hold an important part of the scene" But in Italian "Ribalta" also refers to the verb Ribaltare: "To turn upside-down", or "to put in perspective". Ribalta Experimental Film Festival has the ambition to be a visible and relevant proscenium for the kind of cinema that changes our minds, defies our bon ton watching habits.
Experimental cinema is hard to define. A cinema that breaks the narrative, and most of all visual, bounds to wich we're used. A cinema that elaborates on film medium to its fullest, by including even the most extreme possibilities. John Cage said it well: an experimental action is one the outcome of which is not forseen; the cinema we're looking for is a cinema of the unpredictable.
Ribalta Experimental Film Festival is a contest for short-lenght experimental films. We chose to focus on short films in order to give voice to young, non-institutional, explorational cinema. The kind of cinema that silently prepares the future of the "seventh art", by experimenting upon new forms of expression.
The festival will take place in Vignola (MO) at the headquarters of the Ribalta with the screenings at the Bristol Cinema in Savignano sul Panaro (MO). It’s a newly-born event: a new festival of experimental cinema in Italy, the first in the area of Modena, in Vignola. The Ribalta club is a small no-profit association run by passionate amateurs that for the last 10 years has been differenciating itself for a cultural offer both, important and marginal, new and avant-guarde.