As always dedicated to new authors, the international competition will premiere 7 feature films, never before screened in Italy, characterized by their stylistic and narrative originality in dealing with contemporary themes. The selected feature films will compete for the Bergamo Film Meeting – UBI Banca Award, granted to the three best films in the section based on the preferences expressed by the audience. The winner will be awarded with Premio Bergamo Film Meeting – UBI Banca worth 5,000 euros, set up to support productions that invest in young authors, in independent and quality cinema. In addition to that, an international jury will grant 2,000 euros as prize money for the Fondazione ASM Award for Best Director. The jury will be chaired by Martha Otte, coordinator of the Tromsø International Film Festival programme, along with French director Dominique Cabrera and Luciano Barisone, journalist and film critic.
Independent international productions never before screened in Italy. Documentary films in which the inquisitive and attentive gaze of the director delves without hesitation into the heart of reality, proving capable of grasping and synthesising the visible and the invisible, narrating a theme, a place, a character in “close-ups”, with intensity and participation. Two awards will be assigned: worth € 2,000, the Best Documentary CGIL Bergamo – Close UP Section will be awarded based on the preferences expressed by the audience, as a recognition to promote independent film productions; the CGIL Jury Prize, worth € 1,000 and reserved for the film that best addresses the issues related to the labour market and working life, will be awarded by the CGIL Bergamo trade union delegates to the director of the best film in competition.