32nd Lovers Film Festival: the new name and more

The 32nd Lovers Film Festival – Torino LGBTQI Visions, directed by Irene Dionisio and chaired by Giovanni Minerba will be held from 15 to 20 June 2017, developing over three guidelines: internationalization, connections with excellences on the territory and with the most active associations within the LGBTQI scenario, and the enhancement of the thirty year-old traditions of this festival.

Indeed, for the occasion of its 32nd edition, the festival is changing its name, within the ambit of a renewal process also involving the programmers and consultants team and the festival competitive sections.


The call for film registration at the festival will kick off officially on 28 March, and remain open on the official website until 28 April.



The new name.

«Lovers» has a triple meaning: a lover, an aficionado and a sexual partner. A name which conveys different and multiple sexual mappings, but also a care and profound love for cinema and the LGBTQI community itself.

The aims to be pursued within this choice are twofold: creating a festival with a multi-faceted but inclusive identity by means of a single umbrella-name for the whole event, and launching a strong opening signal towards an international dimension.


The subtitle, «Turin LGBTQI Visions», instead draws attention to Turin, the historic seat of this festival, and to the wish to be inclusive, by highlighting all the differences embodied by the players. At the same time, it harks back to the intention of creating novel viewpoints on complex  contemporary reality, be they narrative, visionary and prophetic ones.


This years's claim, «Queering the Borders», underlines the intention and the challenge of going with a word pun – in an unusual and ironical manner – beyond frontiers and category boxing, often just mental ones, without being afraid of losing one's identity.



The competitive sections.


The main competitions will be four.


All the Lovers. International Feature Film Competition in which fiction movies of all genres may compete, winning the "Ottavio Mai" prize, worth 1000 euro.

A tribute to the memory of who gave life to the festival, with his passion and with his activism.


Real Lovers. International Documentary Competition in which documentaries of all kinds may compete and be awarded an Ucca prizeworth 500 euro, with a national distribution agreement through a partnership with UCCA (Arci Film Clubs Union).


Irregular Lovers. International Iconoclastic Competition in which films of every genre and format may compete, with particular attention to narrative and visual language innovation. The section winner will have the opportunity of attending an International Artist Residence thanks to a collaboration with Artissima. The winning film will be presented again with a screening at the upcoming fair in November and at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva.


Future Lovers. International short film competition in which Italian and international films of all genres and formats may participate. The winner will receive the "Fotogrammi Sovversivi" prize worth 300 euro – in honour of the historic "From Sodoma to Hollywood" texts – awarded by Sicurezza e Lavoro, while a special mention will be awarded in partnership with the Divine Queer Festival of Turin.


Last but not least, the audience prize, awarded in partnership with My Movies, which will be awarded to a film from the All the Lovers, Real Lovers and Irregular Lovers sections and will consists in a purposely-made visual production by artist Giulia Caira, who has always been active in gender-fluid issues.



Programmers and consultants.


The selection committee will be composed on the occasion of the 32nd Lovers Film Festival by Paolo Bertolin, Daniela Persico, Alessandro Uccelli and Stefania Voli. Elsi Perino will be the selection external consultant and Angelo Acerbi will be an artistic direction consultant.


Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, a film critic and journalist based between Europe and Asia. He has written for several international papers (Il manifesto, Positif, Cahiers du Cinéma among others) and has published several articles on Eastern Asian cinema. The introduction to the Italian edition of Korean contemporary cinema by Hyangjin Lee is written by him.

Since 2008 he has been one of the consultants at the International Venice Film Festival. He has collaborated, among other ones, with the Locarno Film Festival, the Critics' Week in Cannes, the Far East in Udine, the Turin Film Festival and the International Rotterdam Film Festival. Since 2014 he has been one of the Doha Film Institute collaborators.

He has also worked on production, with three films that took part in competition at the Berlinale: Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories (Phan Dang Di, 2015), Chitrashala (Amit Dutta, 2015) and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Lav Diaz, 2016).


Daniela Persico is a film critic and programmer, she works between Milan, Turin and the Canton of Ticino. She is president of the Filmidee association, directing its official journal, the Summer School in Sardinia and the Video Essay project: A New Way to See. She collaborates with the Locarno Festival,  organising its "L'immagine and la parola" spring event.

She collaborated with the Filmmaker Festival Milan until 2014 and has published monographs on Claire Simon, Wang Bing, Ross McElwee and Emanuel Carrère. She made the medium-length film Et mondana ordinare and scripted Tutto parla di te by Alina Marazzi, besides contributing to the writing of several documentaries.


Alessandro Uccelli is a film critic, he writes for Cineforum, Cineforumweb, Nocturno and Inland, and he is a programmer for the Milan Film Festival and the Bergamo Film Meeting.

He has a PhD on the relationship between art criticism and documentary film from the University of Turin, and he is pursuing personal research on visual art, also working for an ancient art museum.


Stefania Voli is a researcher who has worked on the History of women and gender identity in the Modern and Contemporary Age (PhD from the "Oriental" University of Naples, 2010) and Applied Sociology and Social Research Methodology (second PhD from the University of Milan Bicocca, 2016).

Since 2012 she has collaborated with the MIT (Trans Identity Movement) in Bologna. She has produced several publications on the transgender movement, on feminism and gender studies.


Elsi Perino is a writer and screenwriter. She began working on film sets in 2010, collaborating with Rai, Mediaset, Walt Disney Italia and some independent productions. In 2013, she signed the graphic novel about Ottavio Mai, Cinema negli occhi, amore nelle mani, under Giovanni Minerba's supervision, published by Express Editions, with Mattia Surroz.


Angelo Acerbi, a historic programmer at TGLFF, is a programmer at the Seattle International Film Festival and was a jury member at the latest edition of the Berlin Film Festival. He has worked for Rai Tre, for the London-based company Dangerous To Know, for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, for the Torino Film Festival and for the Film Commission Torino Piemonte.

Through his company, he has produced a series of short films for Sky Cinema along with Matteo Bianchi (screenwriter) and Max Croci (film director).



Lovers Film Festival has been managed since 2005 by the National Cinema Museum in Turin and is held with the patronage of MiBACT – General Directorate for Cinema, the Piedmont Region and the Turin Municipality.