From November 6 to 9, CSC Roma - Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia hosted the annual conference of the International Association of Cinema, Audiovisual, and Media Schools CILECT organized by Adriano De Santis, Dean of the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema.
CILECT, established in 1955 with the goal of encouraging dialogue between filmmakers from all over the world and promoting inter-connectivity, creativity, diversity, and cross-cultural thinking – fundamental prerequisites to human existence and sustainable progress – now counts 182 members across 61 countries over six continents.
A founding member, CSC – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia has always played a fundamental role in its development. With Caterina d’Amico, then Head of CSC – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, it covered the CILECT presidency for almost a decade.
The 2023 Congress, hosted in Italy for the first time in over sixty years, focused on the theme “Building audiovisually literate audiences.” At a time when the audiovisual medium dominates human lives since birth, it is the task of film and audiovisual schools to develop projects that contribute to building the audiovisual literacy of all types of audiences, but especially the younger ones, as well as minorities and deprived environments. It is crucial to teach students how to use the audiovisual language in such ways as to reach audiences at different levels of its understanding and, finally, challenge established knowledge and beliefs about the audiovisual language.
The Congress saw the participation of over 200 delegates from film and audiovisual schools of the whole world. Keynote speakers included film director Daniele Luchetti, maestro Nicola Piovani, and Paolo Del Brocco, CEO of Rai Cinema. The CILECT prize, assigned every year to the Best Short from all the world’s film schools, was given to alum Valerio Ferrara and his Il barbiere complottista/A Conspiracy Man, produced by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and winner of the 2022 first prize of the Cannes La Cinef.
The President of the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Sergio Castellitto, did the honours: “We should always be motivated by the word ‘school:’ searching and focussing on the students’ talent must always come as a priority.”