The screening of the four short movies was followed by panel discussion led by esteemed journalist Tim Blanks, with the participation of the project’s special Ambassador Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, Rai Cinema CEO Paolo Del Brocco along with some of the students from the participating schools: Chris Joys (Clarity from Australia), Tommaso Luigi Bianchi (Midnight from Italy), Juliana Valente Palacio (Legacy from Brazil) and producer Go Eun Kim (I Love You from Korea).
Giorgio Armani says: ‘The success of the first edition of short films, which was presented in 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival, convinced me to pursue the initiative and to offer another great opportunity to young talents who are not yet known and established. The BFI London Film Festival seemed like the right place to showcase the results, given the attention that the British Film Institute has always dedicated to seeking out and supporting new talent. I'm so honored that a great actress as Dame Helen Mirren has joined the initiative this year as mentor and special Ambassador. It is important for young directors to have a reference person, and Dame Helen Mirren, with her personality and experience, seemed like the right person to give them valuable advice.”
Dame Helen Mirren says: "Mentoring and encouraging students of the cinema is very important for me. Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of our great friend, the remarkable Mr. Giorgio Armani, we of the older generation can mentor and help the creativity of today's young filmmakers. I applaud Mr Armani for his energy, love of, and commitment to the art form that is film, and for his creation of this program, Films of City Frames. I am very honored to be his special Ambassador, especially as this year it lands in my home, London, at the London Film Festival. So Bravo to Giorgio and the young talents who will benefit from the support of this Renaissance man."
The four short movies will also be available for viewing online on framesoflife.com.
With this project, undertaken in partnership with Luxottica and Rai Cinema, Giorgio Armani continues his activities in support of the emerging talents in various fields, from fashion to cinema. The schools selected for this second edition of Films of City Frames are: Holden School, Turin (Italy); Academia Internacional de Cinema, São Paulo (Brazil); Sydney Film School, Sydney (Australia); and Seoul Institute of the Arts, Seoul (Korea)