Lo Schermo dell’Arte presents the twelfth edition of the VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, a research, residency and production programme dedicated to artists who use moving images in their artistic practice.

The project, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, will be held in Florence in conjunction with the 16th Lo Schermo dell’Arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival (November 15 – 19, 2023). The 8 participants will be young European-based artists who work with moving images; they will be selected through an open call organised in collaboration with some of Europe’s leading art academies and artist residencies.

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 21st, 2023.

VISIO includes the VISIO Production Fund, a €30,000 production fund conceived in partnership with Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato), Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome), and FRAC Bretagne (Rennes).

Eight artists will be selected and invited to Florence and will have the opportunity to develop their own original project in dialogue with international curators and producers. Sharing and exchange between participants and professionals are facilitated by an intensive programme of mentoring sessions, round tables and individual meetings. Funds will eventually be awarded to three artists who will work with Leonardo Bigazzi, and Lo Schermo dell’Arte team, to produce the works and premiere them at the Festival in 2024. An artist’s edition of each of the works produced will become part of the permanent collection of the project’s partner institutions, which are committed to promote and exhibit them in the following years.

The artists awarded in the inaugural edition of the VISIO Production Fund in 2022 are: Simon Liu, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Maryam Tafakory and Yuyan Wang.


VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a four-part structure:

1. Mentoring Sessions

Critical sessions and one-to-one meetings will be organised with the aim of developing the projects presented by the participating artists. The invited curators will have the opportunity to study the proposals in depth before the start of the programme and then discuss the various aspects of the productions with the artists. The mentors for this edition are: Mathilde Henrot, producer and curator Locarno and Sarajevo Film Festival; Valentine Umansky, curator Tate Modern (London).

In these sessions the artists will also meet representatives of the project partner institutions with which the winning films will be co-produced: Etienne Bernard, director FRAC Bretagne (Rennes); Stefano Collicelli Cagol, director Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato); Alessandro Rabottini, artistic director Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome).

2. Conversation Room

In this space participants will be able to meet artists, curators, critics, producers and directors of international institutions during round tables and individual 40-minute meetings. Whether used as an opportunity to present portfolios or simply have a conversation, these are meant to be moments of dialogue that will foster the participants’ professional growth and extend their network of international contacts. Confirmed guests include: Guido van der Werve among others.

3.  Festival

the participating artists are invited to attend the screenings, meetings and lectures included in the programme of the 16th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival. This year’s edition will feature works and live events by: Diego Marcon, Rabih Mroué, Amie Siegel, Guido van der Werve among others. The programme includes also the world premieres of the works produced through the VISIO production fund 2022 by the artists Simon Liu, Gerard Ortín Castellví, Maryam Tafakory and Yuyan Wang.

4. Piattaforma Online in collaborazione con MYmovies

A work by each of the VISIO participants will be presented online, from 15 to 26 November 2023, on the Festival’s online platform.

1. Regolamento

Artists are invited to submit a project for an original video work still in the early stages of development. There are no restrictions on the duration and/or format of the proposed work (single-channel, multi-channel installations, VR, augmented reality, etc.). Co-productions with museums, festivals, production companies or other international institutions are allowed.

Through the open call, curator Leonardo Bigazzi will select 8 artists who will be invited to Florence from the 15th to the 19th of November 2023 to develop their projects with the VISIO team. After the week-long residency, the participants will have until December 4th 2023 to rework their proposals based on the feedback received during the meetings.

The 3 winning projects will receive 10,000 euros each and will be selected by December 22th 2023 by Leonardo Bigazzi in dialogue with the institutional partners who will co-produce the works: Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato), Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome), and FRAC Bretagne (Rennes). An artist’s edition of the work produced will become part of the permanent collection of the co-producing institution.

The curator and the team of Lo Schermo dell’Arte will work closely with the winning artists, offering them all the necessary production support until the work is completed and delivered with English subtitles by October 1st, 2024.

The winning works will have their world premiere at Lo Schermo dell’Arte in 2024. The artists may eventually discuss with the Curator the possibility to have the world premiere of the work at a major international film festival in 2024 (Cannes, Locarno or Toronto exclusively) before screening the film at Lo Schermo dell’Arte in November 2024.

2. Selection:

Candidates must be visual artists who:

  • work with moving images as part of their artistic practice
  • are under 35 years old (born in 1988 or after)
  • are citizens or residents of one of the 46 member countries of the European Council + Kosovo (complete list)
  • hold a degree (M.A. or equivalent) or have had at least one solo show in the last two years
  • have an excellent knowledge of the English language
3. Application and Deadlines

Please download the application form here

Together with the application form you must also submit the following files (in English):

  •  Production Budget (Annex A)
  •  Complete Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  • Portfolio with web links to previous video works and, if available, exhibition photos (PDF)
  •  One portrait photograph with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (format: JPG or TIFF)

Optional Attachments:

  • a) Letters from institutional partners (museums, festivals etc.), producers and/or financiers involved
  • b) Mood board, images and other visual aids
  • c) Links to video excerpts linked to the submitted work

The production budget (Annex A) consists of a detailed cost plan for the realization of the work. In the event that the production budget exceeds the amount of the VISIO Production Fund (10,000 euros), the economic contributions of other partners or co-producers must be indicated and documented.

If a production company is attached to the project, the Application Form must be signed also by a representative of the company.

Before submitting the application, please be sure that all the links and passwords included in the portfolio and documents attached are active.

Applications must be sent to Beatrice Galluzzo at visio@schermodellarte.org by Friday, July 21st, 2023, by 11.00 pm (Central European Time). The eight selected artists will receive email notification by September 12th, 2023 at the latest.

The official opening of the sessions will be at 10.00 am on Wednesday, November 15th, and will end at 11.30pm on Sunday, November 19th.

Participants must attend all events for the whole duration of the programme.

All meetings and seminars will be in English.

The selected artists will be granted:

  • A pass providing access to all parts of the festival (screenings, streaming and lectures)
  • Participation in all sections of the programme
  • Hotel accommodation for six nights (November 14 – 19 | check-in on the 14th / check-out on the 20th)

Transportation to and/or from Florence is not included.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images – XII edizione

promoted and produced by Lo Schermo dell’Arte

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

in collaboration with:

  • Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato)
  • Fondazione In Between Art Film (Rome)
  • FRAC Bretagne (Rennes)

Photo Credits: Randa Maroufi, Bab Sebta, 2019. Courtesy the Artist and Barney Production

The participants are selected in partnership with:
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan)
  • Art House (Shkodër)
  • AV-arkki – The Centre for Finnish Media Art (Helsinki)
  • Careof (Milan)
  • Cité internationale des arts (Paris)
  • De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
  • Gasworks (London)
  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin)
  • La Casa Encendida (Madrid)
  • Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
  • Städelschule (Frankfurt)
  • Villa Romana (Florence)
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels)

Lo Schermo dell’Arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival 2023
Is realised the contribution of Comune di Firenze; Main supporter: Fondazione CR Firenze; With the support of: Fondazione In Between Art Film, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, FRAC Bretagne, Seven Gravity Collection, MYmovies, Città metropolitana di Firenze, Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Institut français Firenze; Main Sponsor: Gucci; Sponsor: B&C Speakers, Findomestic, Unicoop Firenze; Technical Sponsor: Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti
The Festival is part of the programme “50 Giorni di Cinema a Firenze”.