Sottodiciotto Film Festival & Campus was founded in 2000 by Città di Torino and A.I.A.C.E. Torino as a place of growth and inter-generational dialogue to give visibility to audiovisual products realized by under 18 and to world-class cinema linked to the themes of childhood, adolescence and youth.
Sottodiciotto Film Festival & Campus is a showcase of top-quality films that has earned it the favor of the public and the media by offering a series of events for all audiences: national premieres, retrospectives and conferences given by major Italian and international guests, in addition to special programs.
Sottodiciotto Film Festival & Campus presents
_the general program with previews, restored films, retrospectives, international guests, special programs and events for the Festival audience;
_a section reserved for schools that includes the screening program aimed at classes of all levels, the National Competition of films made by schools and young filmmakers, and the activities of Sotto18 LAB with workshops and training opportunities
All screenings are in the original language and all are free admission.
Previews Sottodiciotto Film Festival & Campus has premiered films nationwide that have marked the cinematic landscape in recent years, winning the acclaim of critics and audiences for films like: The Millionaire, Billy Elliot, Bend it like Beckham, Happy Feet, Paranoid Park, Persepolis, Megamind, Monsieur Lazhar, The Muppets, L’enfant, Stories We Tell, Walking with Dinosaurs and many others.
Guests Numerous high-caliber directors and actors have participated in the various editions of the Festival, including Alan Parker, Mia Hansen-Løve, Elio Germano, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gabriele Salvatores, Sandrine Bonnaire, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Bahman Ghobadi, Paolo Virzi, André Téchiné, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Jim Sheridan, Filippo Timi, Olivier Assayas and numerous animation artists, among whom Michel Ocelot, Sylvain Chomet, Emanuele Luzzati, Jurij Norštejn, Jean-François Laguionie, Aleksandr Petrov, Bruno Bozzetto, Jimmy Teruaki Murakami.
Special Programs Sottodiciotto provides an opportunity to examine issues of great topicality and social urgency. Among the most significant proposals of these past years were the special programs “La mafia è cosa nostra, Giovani in lotta per la legalità” (Young people in the struggle for legality), “Da questa parte del mare” (On this side of the Sea) sponsored by the International Organization for Migration and the National Center for Documentation and Analysis for Childhood and Adolescence on the issue of unaccompanied minors, “The Cartoon d’Or” promoted by Cartoon Media – European Association of Animation Film, “Educating for responsible growth” with a lesson held by Serge Latouche, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris, “What’s the Big Idea?” meeting with the canadian philosopher Oscar Brenifier.