Dieciminuti Film Festival
“After doing my Erasmus in Lisbon, Ceccano looked like nowhere. I wanted to go away, to do something else. But at the same time I had ties to the area, and leaving it meant betraying it”.
For years we have been talking about the brain drain, but there are those, like Alessandro Ciotoli, head of Indie Gesta, who reverse the trend and turn a problem into an opportunity. The gauntlet that the kids from the association took up was to make Ceccano “the centre of the world”. It seemed an impossible task, but they're a stubborn lot, and challenges are their lifeblood. Their idea: creating a festival of short films which would bring the world to their town. Not leaving the place they come from but revitalising it. And thus, in 2005, the Dieciminuti Film Festival was born.
To date, more than 4,000 short films from all over the planet and 9,000 spectators have participated, and all for a budget of €4,000, half of which goes on prizes. Their secret: the desire to get their hands dirty and get involved. When money's scarce, creativity becomes a resource, and the internet offers a valuable channel of communication. The call for entries was published on the various international platforms and the Dieciminuti Festival went global. They hunted down sponsors, the local hotels offered the use of their rooms, the Antares cinema gave them its screen and the local council allowed them to use public spaces for events, and it wasn't long before success struck and this small town in the province of Frosinone was in the international spotlight. But Indie Gesta's priorities remain the local area and training. Two sections are devoted to "Up close" short films made by amateur filmmakers in the province of Frosinone, and in 2009 the Dieciminuti Academy, a school of visual arts and photography, was founded. The young people who attend find new employment opportunities, and their motto is “seize the opportunity”. Indie Gesta joined the Erasmus + programme, over a few years sending 30 young people to training workshops around Europe. Their dream is a project which will make Ceccano an attraction for young Europeans.
The story has been written by Elisabetta Flumeri e Gabriella Giacometti, writers.