International competition of medium and full-length documentary films with Italian premiere
Main competition category of the Festival, present since the First Edition, dedicated to recently produced short and medium-length international documentary films.
From the Second Edition it is exclusively reserved for works never shown in Italy.
Among the titles awarded in this category: I Want to See the Manager by Hannes Lang and No Todo es Vigilia by Hermes Paralluelo (ed. 2015), Vivian, Vivian by Ingrid Kamerling (ed. 2016) and Treblinka by Sérgio Tréfaut (ed. 2017).
The titles in competition in recent editions: PerSo 2017, PerSo 2016 e PerSo 2015
Prizes to be won:
- PerSo Award: € 8.000 to the best medium and feature-length documentary film
- PerSo Agorà: € 1.000 to the best medium and feature-length documentary awarded by the audience
- Special mention by the Jury to the most innovative work for content and experimentation of cinematographic language
PerSo Cinema Italiano
Competition of medium and feature-length Italian documentary films
Competition category dedicated to medium and feature-length documentary films made by directors born in Italy or residing in Italy and/or produced or co-produced in Italy. This category has been included in the Festival in the 2018 Edition, with the aim of enhancing and spreadingthe best Italian documentary films.
The award for the best PerSo Cinema Italiano film is awarded by a jury madeof university students, in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri of Perugia, coordinated by a well-known personality of the Italian cinema.
Prizes to be won:
- PerSo Cinema Italiano: €2.000 to the best medium and feature-length documentary film
PerSo Short Award
International competition of short documentary films
Categoria di concorso internazionale dedicata a film documentari di cortometraggio (durata inferiore ai 30 minuti).
Due i premi assegnati, uno dalla giuria composta dai redattori di FilmTV, l’altro da una Giuria di Detenuti/e. E’ compito del PerSo quello di portare i suoi film dove c’è più necessità e grazie, alla collaborazione con la Casa Circondariale di Capanne (PG), sin dalla Prima Edizione i film di questa categoria hanno avuto un doppia proiezione: in sala e all’interno del carcere perugino. Qui sono stati visionati da un gruppo selezionato di detenuti/e, formato alla visione del Cinema del Reale, che hanno assegnato il premio PerSo Short Jail secondo il loro personale e particolare punto di vista.
Tra i lavori premiati in questa categoria: La Reina di Manuel Abramovich (ed.2015), Lamoreverticale di Teresa Paoli (ed.2015), Superjednostka di Teresa Czepiec (ed. 2016), Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out di Catarina Vasconcelos (ed.2016), A Well Guarded Conflict di Steffi Wurster (ed. 2017), One Day in Aleppo di Ali Alibrahim (ed.2017).
Premi in palio:
PerSo Short Award: € 1.000 al miglior film documentario di cortometraggio, assegnato dalla giuria di FilmTV
PerSo Short Jail: € 1.000 al miglior film documentario di cortometraggio, assegnato dalla Giuria di Detenuti/e
Umbria in Celluloide
Concorso di film a tematica sociale realizzati da autori umbri, ambientati in Umbria o qui prodotti
A jury composed of FilmTV editors and a Jury of Prisoners will assign the awards.
It is PerSo’s task to bring its films where most needed and thanks to the collaboration with the Casa Circondariale di Capanne (PG), since the First Edition, films from this category have had a double projection: in the hall and inside the Capanne prison where they were viewed by a selected group ofprisoners, formed in the vision of theCinéma du Réel, who awarded the PerSo Short Jail prize, according to their personal and particular point of view.
Among the works awarded in this category: La Reina by Manuel Abramovich (ed. 2015), Lamoreverticale by Teresa Paoli (ed. 2015), Superjednostka by Teresa Czepiec (ed. 2016), Metaphor or Sadness Inside Out by Catarina Vasconcelos (ed. 2016), A Well Guarded Conflict by Steffi Wurster (ed. 2017), One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim (ed. 2017).
Prizes to be won:
PerSo Short Award: € 1.000 to the best short documentary film, awarded by the FilmTV jury
PerSo Short Jail: € 1.000 to the best short documentary film, awarded by the Jury of Prisoners
Umbria in Celluloide
A competition of films with social themes set in Umbria or made by Umbrian authors
Competition category dedicated to films with social themes – documentaries, fiction or animation – by Umbrian authors or set in Umbria. A section aimed at spreadingand encouraging the dissemination of local film productions. From 2015 to 2017 the prize was awarded by a Jury of Migrants and Asylum Seekers, in collaboration with ARCI (ed. 2015-2016) and with the Perusia Cooperative (ed. 2017).
Among the works awarded in this category: Soccantare by Bellani-Grugher (ed. 2015), Coming from by Alfredo Federico (ed. 2016), Wiwanana by Iacopo Patierno (ed. 2017).
PRIZES TO BE WON
PerSo Umbria in Celluloide: € 1.000 to the best film
Non-competitive category that aims to present some of the most important and prestigious documentary films from the latest international cinemaseason. The objective of PerSo Masterpiece is to offer an overview of the international excellences of the genre.
In the second and third edition of the Festival a competitive category was created and it was awarded byo A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert (ed. 2016) and Viejo Calavera by Kiro Russo (ed. 2017).
Cinema della Follia
The organizing body of the PerSo Film Festival is La Città del Sole Foundation – NON-PROFIT which has been dealing with Psychiatry for twenty years in Perugia, thereforeit is a duty for the Festival to show the world of Psychiatry and mental illness through the Cinema. For this reason, since the Zero Edition, PerSo has dedicated a retrospective to films that, since the 70s, document the world of Psychiatry in all its facets andaspects.
Among the films presented in this category we can mention: Un Silenzio Particolare by Stefano Rulli, Per Ulisse by Giovanni Cioni, The Special Need by Carlo Zoratti, 87 ore by Costanza Quatriglio, San Clemente by Raymond Depardon, Cimap! Cento Italiani matti a Pechino by Giovanni Piperno.
Every year PerSo choose to dedicate retrospective reviews to specific social themes or authors.
The 2015 edition focused its retrospectives on the president of the jury, Roberto Andò, and on the topic of work, presenting titles like Il cineasta e il labirinto and Il manoscritto del principe by Roberto Andò and Workingman’s death by Michael Glawogger and The Navigators by Ken Loach for the Retrospective on the topic of work.
The 2016 edition presented a retrospective on the jury president, Daniele Luchetti, and the Retrospective School Visions, projecting duringthe other 12 afternoons and La nostra vita (link) by Daniele Luchetti and La mia classe by Daniele Gaglianone and Diario di un maestro by Vittorio De Seta for School Visions.
In 2017, the review was entirely dedicated to the new president of the Festival, Giovanni Piperno, projecting two of his films: Cimap! Cento Italiani matti a Pechino and This is my sister.