From the outset, the Millenium Festival has been driven by the desire to encounter reality in all its breadth, depth and multi-dimensionality.
Some visions of the world may seem worrying, or make us think we’re living in chaotic times. Yet, as always, the Millenium Festival makes a point of celebrating Life, its inalienable value and its inexhaustible resources for finding meaning.
The films in this 16th edition demonstrate the transformative power of documentary art through protagonists who, transcending hardship, deploy an inspiring moral force and bring about a life-saving metamorphosis for themselves and their immediate environment.
This year’s Festival will once again feature documentary films of the highest quality. To present the awards to the best films, we are honored to be accompanied by greats international film professionals, who will be sharing their expertise in masterclasses throughout the festival. Discover the names of this year’s international jury!
Adam Leipzig is a filmmaker, producer, educator, and author. He has been a senior executive at Walt Disney Studios, the president of National Geographic Films, and has worked independently as a producer, distributor, or supervising executive on 38 films that have disrupted expectations, including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus, The Way Back and A Plastic Ocean. Adam’s movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards, and 4 Independent Spirit Awards.
Journalist, writer, producer Silvia Bizio writes about film for the daily newspaper “La Repubblica”. She was the founder and artistic Director of Cinema Italian Style and was the co-director of the Taormina FilmFest. Her first short movie as a producer, “The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars” was shortlisted for the Academy Awards and was the winner as best short at the Tribeca Film Festival. She produced the documentaries “You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski” and “The Forgotten History of Camp Monticello”. She is the artistic director of Ora! Fest, international film festival focusing on the environment and social justice.
Tamar Tal Anati is an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 international awards. Her film Life in Stills (2011) won the Israeli Film Academy Award for Best Documentary, Best Film Award at Docaviv Film Festival. Shalom Italia (2016) premiered at many international film festivals (IDFA, DocAviv, AFI docs) and broadcast world wide (Arte, POV/PBS, yesDocu).
Antonio Vigilante, former United Nations director in Brussels and United Nations representative in Bolivia, Bulgaria, Egypt and Liberia. His view and his relentless commitment to fundamental rights and the Sustainable Development Goals make Antonio Vigilante an exceptional jury.
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