Milano Film Network renews its commitment to the production sector of the new independent Italian cinema, to offer support to the last and fundamental moment in the production of a film. Thus was born in 2015 ATELIER MFN, the first and only fund to support the post-production of Italian feature films.


Support fund for Italian feature films in post production

with the contribution of MIBAC – Directorate General Cinema

Municipality of Milan

and thanks to the collaboration of

Riccardo Annoni – Start, Carlotta Cristiani and Valentina Andreoli

When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival

Milano Film Network confirms its commitment in 2020 to support independent Italian cinema with the 6th edition of L’ATELIER MFN, the first support fund to the post production of Italian feature films.


Through L’Atelier MFN, the Milano Film Network intends to support the finalization of Italian feature film projects and facilitate their access to the market and the circuit of international festivals, with the following objectives:

& gt; supporting authors and productions that present films in post production of proven artistic quality and cultural and social value;

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To achieve and expand these objectives, the MFN has established both the L’Atelier fund with prizes in kind and in cash aimed at completing the film works and the professional days of the Milano Industry Days – MID by MFN .

From 2017, Milano Film Network has activated a partnership with When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival , and in particular a synergy with This is IT with the aim of offering a double opportunity to Italian producers, increasing the possibility of identifying distribution partners both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, one of the finalist projects of L’Atelier MFN will be selected by WEMW and TSFF and presented at This is IT in January 2021.

Application notice

The call is open exclusively to films in post-production phase presented by Italian production companies and directors who own sole proprietorships. In the case of international co-productions, the Italian participation can be either majority or minority – in the second case, however the director of the film must have Italian nationality. The directors with a VAT number they must be in possession of the certificate of attribution bearing the words “type of subject: sole proprietorship”.

The call is open

Here are the links to read the complete regulation of L’Atelier MFN 202 < span style = "font-weight: 400;"> 0 and to subscribe a film to the selection. Upon submitting the online form, participants automatically accept the regulations.

Registration form


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Presentation of the finalists at the Milano Industry Days 2020 and award ceremony (17-18 December 2020)

From all the working copies of the films received, the Milano Film Network will select a maximum of 7 finalists, who will participate in the 6th edition of Milan Industry Days – MID by MFN , made with the contribution of MIBAC – Directorate General Cinema and Municipality of Milan.

The finalist films will be presented on December 17, 2020 to an audience of directors and Italian and international festival programmers, distributors, buyers, and commissioning editors, with screening of the working copies followed by q & amp; a. On the day of 18 December will be organized one to one meeting followed by the c awards ceremony .

In compliance with regulations issued to contain the epidemiological emergency from COVID – 19, the professional days of the Milano Industry Days will take place online .

The premieres of L’ATELIER 2020:

. the Milano Film Network Award of 6,000 euros, offered by Milano Film Network

. 1 color grading, offered by Start in collaboration with MFN: the prize consists of 5 rounds with a colorist including dates to be agreed

. 1 montage tutoring offered by Carlotta Cristiani and Valentina Andreoli in collaboration with MFN;

. 1 DCP master with subtitled “on screen”, offered by MFN in collaboration with Start

. FICTS prize of 1,000 euros for a work that promotes the culture of sports disciplines through the power of image

Also, one of the finalist projects of L’Atelier MFN will be selected by WEMW and TSFF and presented at This is IT on 25 January 2021.

The prizes will be awarded at the sole discretion of a jury of industry professionals appointed by the Milano Film Network. Times and methods of processing will be agreed in advance between the beneficiaries of the awards and their suppliers.

Case histories of past editions

In the first edition of Atelier 2015, MFN supported films then selected in Venice ( Spira Mirabilis < span style = "font-weight: 400;"> by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti in the Official Competition of the 72nd edition, and Set me free by Federica Di Giacomo, winner of Orizzonti), in Locarno ( The nature of things by Laura Viezzoli, later also presented to the Senate of the Republic), in Visions du Réel in Nyon ( I cormorani by Fabio Bobbio) and at the Tribeca Film Festival ( Icaros: a vision by Matteo Norzi and Leonor Caraballo). In 2016, it was the turn of Happy winter by Giovanni Totaro, world premiere in the Selection Official of the 74th Venice Film Festival Out of Competition, The stunt double by Ra di Martino , presented in the world premiere again in Venice in the section Il Cinema nel Giardino, The mountain of ants by Riccardo Palladino, presented in world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in the Cineasti del Presente Competition, Ibi , by Andrea Segre, presented Out of Competition in Locarno, and Via della Felicità , by Martina Di Tommaso, Controra Film production, selected at the 2017 Festival dei Popoli in the Italian Competition. Nel 2017, Menocchio by Alberto Fasulo, was selected in the official competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2018, My Home in Libya, by Martina Melilli, in Locarno out of competition, Normal, by Adele Tulli, at Berlinale Panorama in 2019, Isabelle , by Mirko Locatelli, at the Montreal Festival where it won the award for best screenplay, and Twin Flower , by Laura Luchetti, at the Toronto Film Festival. From the 2018 edition: Il varco, by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini, is presented in the selection official of the 76th Venice Film Festival, in the Sconfini section, The apprenticeship by Davide Maldi , winner of the ATELIER MFN 2018, in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition of the Locarno Film Festival and winner of the Turin Film Festival Italian Documentary Competition in 2019, It’s not a dream , by Giovanni Cioni, at Locarno Out of Competition and at the Festival dei Popoli, Tony Driver by Ascanio Petrini at the Venice Critics’ Week and designated Film of the Critics for SNCCI 2019, One more Jump by Emanuele Gerosa, at Alice in the cities of the Rome Film Fest 2019. From the 2019 edition, Stonebreaker , by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio is the only Italian film in the Venice International Venice Days 2020 competition, Divinazioni , by Leandro Picarella, is in the first works competition of IDFA, International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, and in the international competition of the Festival dei Popoli, both in November 2020.

In 2015, the president of the jury for the awarding of the prizes was Alberto Barbera, Director of the Venice Film Festival, in 2016 Edouard Waintrop, General Delegate of the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival, in 2017 Carlo Chatrian , Director of the Locarno Film Festival, in 2018 Giona Nazzaro , General Delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week and in 2019 Paolo Moretti, General Delegate of the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.