an international program of cinema and contemporary art

Lo schermo dell’arte is an international project dedicated to explore and promote the relations between cinema and contemporary art through a festival, research and training projects, exhibitions, residencies program for artists, production, distribution and educational programs.
It was born in Florence in 2008 and during the past years it has collaborate with numerous contemporary art centers, institutions, museums, academies and unversities in Italy and abroad.
In its sixteen years of activity, it has involved over 300 artists, directors, producers, curators and more than 50 institutions from all over the world, confirming its international role in the scouting of new talents and in deepening new expressive languages.

The project is divided into:

LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE CINEMA AND CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL an international event that presents a selection of the best recent production of artist films and documentaries on contemporary art, meetings with artists, authors and curators. Since 2012 the Festival presents a Focus, a monographic programme dedicated to artists who work with moving images in an innovative way. The previous editions of the Focus have been: Isaac Julien, Deimantas Narkevicius, Hito Steyerl, Harun Farocki, Yervant Gianikian e Angela Ricci Lucchi, Hassan Khan, Rä di Martino, Jeremy Deller, Oliver Laric, Rosa Barba and Guido Van der Werve.

VISIO European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images a research and residency project dedicated to artists under 35 who use moving images in their artistic practice. Participants are selected with an open call and in collaboration with some of the most important European art academies, art schools and residencies for artists. It includes seminars, round tables, meetings and since 2022, the VISIO Production Fund.

EXHIBITIONS by participants in the VISIO program which since 2015 have been held in city institutions: Palazzo Strozzi, Cinema La Compagnia, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Manifattura Tabacchi.

PROJECTS screening programs organized with Italian and foreign institutions, and publications.

PRODUCTION of artists’ films.

EDUCATION workshops, meetings with artists, exhibitions and educational activities for students are organised throughout the year, in collaboration with school and university teachers, and every year Lo schermo dell’arte welcomes students from Italian and international universities for formative internships.

ARCHIVE available on the website, consisting of over 1000 titles including artist films and documentaries.

Among the numerous artists who took part in the Festival:
Doug Aitken, Francis Alÿs,Yuri Ancarani, Ivàn Argote, Rosa Barba, Gabriele Basilico, Éric Baudelaire, Riccardo Benassi, Pierre Bismuth, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Libia Castro, Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Rä di Martino, Mitra Farahani, Roberto Fassone, Omer Fast, Beatrice Favaretto, Anna Franceschini, Dani Gal, Yervant Gianikian e Angela Ricci Lucchi, Riccardo Giacconi, Peter Greenaway, Assaf Gruber, Joana Hadjithomas e Khalil Joreige, Juul Hondius, Marine Hugonnier, Runa Islam, Alfredo Jaar, Isaac Julien, Hassan Khan, Oliver Laric, Mark Lewis,  Simon Liu, M+M, Jumana Manna, Diego Marcon, Masbedo, Elena Mazzi, John Menick, Sarah Morris, Rabih Mroué, Deimantas Narkevicius, Rosalind Nashashibi, Shirin Neshat, Melik Ohanian, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Adrian Paci, Philippe Parreno, Martial Raysse, Julian Rosefeldt, Roee Rosen, Anjalika Sagar/The Otolith Group, Maurizio Sazio, Andres Serrano, Caterina Erica Shanta, Amie Siegel, Simon Starling, Hito Steyerl, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Fiona Tan, Robert Trafford/Forensic Architecture,  Luca Trevisani, Luca Vitone, Yuyan Wang, Phillip Warnell, Guido Van der Werve, Jane e Louise Wilson, Zapruder. 

Massimo Carotti
Luca Dini
Silvia Lucchesi

Massimo Carotti

Silvia Lucchesi

Leonardo Bigazzi

Production manager and programmer
Valeria Mancinelli

Production coordinator
Alessandra Fredianelli

Coordinator VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images
Beatrice Galluzzo

Promotion and relations with schools
Anna Ricciardi

Communication and Social Media Manager
Silvia Michelon

Emma Paoli

Press Office
Maddalena Bonicelli 
Ester di Leo