ON THE ROAD FILM FESTIVAL
Road trips, quests and new frontiers
An itinerant and independent cinema festival, both on the road and borderline
Errant images, displacements and psycho-geographical drifts
REGULAR DEADLINE 15.9.2021
8th EDITION: FILMING SLOWLY AND CLOSE TO HOME
After more than a year marked by a state of impasse, of a surreal waiting period and forced inaction, we are starting to talk about the theme of travelling, even if only in a symbolic way, which might seem nostalgic dreaming, if not a provocation. We have been thinking about all the difficulties both artistic and organizational which come with developing a project like this, in a difficult period for cinema and festivals in general.
Faithful to the spirit of the traveller, in the end, we have decided to try. To go ahead. We are sure we will find the support from all of you, the directors, technicians, press officers, the public and the workers when we call for some changes to the programme which have to be made for the health requirements and for whatever we have to face in who-knows-what future scenarios. For the rest, like for every on the road route, voyage of discovery, meeting and discussion with anyone else, there will be the unforeseen. Delays, missed trains, cancelled flights and changes in programmes.
The type of travelling we like is the one where you are able to change the route to find yourself again, sometimes transformed, but where you still can be ready to re-orient the map and take up the path again.
If geography is compressed due to the lockdowns and the horizon of the journey is reduced to the perimeter of our own isolated space, to a walk in a public garden, or to visits to the supermarket, the act of filming can be an extraordinary heuristic and poetic tool for exploring this forced proximity, becoming almost a microscopic examination of the social micro-habitats usually hidden even in the most knowledgeable on the road film-making.
We believe that the time has come to call for film-making to be slow and close to home, to adjust to the current ecological imperatives, to nurture a culture which gives us a lasting and resilient future!
Below you will find all the information you need to participate in the eighth edition of the On The Road Film Festival!
Have a dream journey and happy viewing!