Corto e Fieno is a film festival. But a festival that looks at a particular type of cinema, rural cinema, telling us about the world of farming and living in the countryside.
Born in 2010 from an idea of Asilo Bianco, Corto and Fieno now reaches its 10th edition and takes place in Lake Orta, Piedmont, Italy, between the provinces of Verbania and Novara.
The screenings are in multiple locations between the three municipalities of the festival: Ameno, Miasino and Omegna. Corto e Fieno is hosted at Cinema Teatro Sociale in Omegna, an historical and magnificent cinema managed by the volunteers of SOMS (Mutual Aid Society), as well as in places of great historical and artistic charm and of rural tradition: the 15th-century Villa Nigra in Miasino, Museo Tornielli in Ameno which was an ancient granary, and a real farm, Caseificio Baragiooj, which houses the audience in its stable, among bales of hay, animals and agricultural products.
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All festival's screenings are free entry and all foreign films are subtitled in Italian.
There are two sections in competition: Frutteto, with 26 short films selected from all over the world, and Germogli, the selection dedicated to children (and not only!) with 14 competing animations.
Once again Corto e Fieno keeps its small record with 14 Italian first visions and 21 Piedmontese premieres, plus one European premiere.
Bruno Fornara, one of the members of the selection commitee at the Venice Film Festival, takes care of Sempreverde, our out of competition section dedicated to the classics of rural cinema. This year Bruno hosts a lesson and a conversation on the work of Ermanno Olmi.
Corto e Fieno is also an itinerant festival and there are many OFF events that are organized during the year all around Italy. Solenne Triduo dei Morti by Andrea Grasselli will be screened out of competition. The film is the winner of "Segnincorto - Valle Camonica / Patrimonio e Paesaggio", a competition we organized in collaboration with Comunità Montana of Valle Camonica and Borgo degli artisti in Bienno (BS).
The Festival is hosting workshops, breakfasts with directors and jurors, picnics, farmers markets and side events in multiple locations.
The exhibition Energie. Tra cielo e terra (Energies. Between heaven and earth) will be hosted in the rooms of the historic Villa Nigra in Miasino, with works by Donatella Falce, Maina Mainardi, Zuzana Pernicová and Collective Velluto. The vernissage is on Friday 4th October at 6 pm, followed by a tasting of wines from the high Piedmont area curated by Consorzio di Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte with a djset by Hô-catalá (aka Ivan Catalano).
At Museo Tornielli in Ameno, two exhibitions will be inaugurated on Sunday 6th October at noon. Radici (Roots) - The Earth, The Sea, The Fire by Gianluca Sgarriglia and Emanuele Scicolone, a great photographic project on the epic and poetic world of manual work in Italy: the cultivation of tobacco, the rice fields, the high pastures and much more. The collaboration between Corto and Fieno and SDF Historical Archive and Museo SAME goes on, bringing the exhibition Cultura d’impresa e cultura del tempo to Lake Orta. The exhibit is dedicated to the company's house organs 4RM published from 1966 to 1984 and depicting the milestones of the agricultural mechanization of the company, in Italy and Europe. The exhibitions at Museo Tornielli will be both open until October 27th.
The collaboration with Ricola, the Swiss leading company in the production of herbal candies, is renewed for the 5th year in a row. Ricola, since its foundation almost 90 years ago, has always committed to thinking and acting in a sustainable way.
The image of the 10th edition is signed by the street artist Refreshink.