BFF International jury 2020

BFF International jury 2020

Eric Garandeau –

Former president of the CNC and former vice-president of the Cannes Film Festival, Eric Garandeau is author and starts his second novel. He created the Aid to World Cinema in partnership with the Institut Français, which has supported film projects in more than 40 countries. Eric Garandeau is also Advisory Board member, alongside Juliette Binoche, of We Do It Together, a production company dedicated to women’s creations.

Capucine Lemaire –

French author and director, Capucine Lemaire directed short films between 2011 and 2013. In 2014, she has created a media dedicated to equality and women. In 2016 she published the first monthly issue with Hillary Clinton’s team interview during the American elections, and at the same time, she resurrected the Festival du Film Maudit alongside the Jean Cocteau committee, dedicated to the first edition of this festival chaired by the French poet and filmmaker.
Today, she launches a publishing house and works as a producer.

Aisha Cerami –

Aisha Cerami is an Italian actress, singer and writer. Daughter of Vincenzo Cerami and actress Mimsy Farmer, she began her artistic career in films. In 1980, Aisha played in Giuseppe Bertolucci’s film “Oggetti smarriti”; in 1981, she sang in the film “La notte di San Lorenzo” by the Taviani brothers. With Antonio Albanese, she played in “La fame e la sete” as well as in “Il mio matrimonio è in crisi”. Aisha Cerami has also performed in the theatre and on television. For several years, she worked with the newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” and was nominated in 2019 for the David di Donatello Prize for the soundtrack of the film “A casa tutti bene”. Aisha Cerami has also published her first novel “Gli altri” in 2019.

Mathilde Mosnier –

Mathilde Mosnier played Phillis in Eric Rohmer’s latest film “Les Amours d’Astrée et de Céladon”, then Sabina, the leading female role in “L’Ombre de Vénus” by Jean-Luc Piacentino. She is Laura Fiori in the leading female role in the film “Notes : Laura Fiori” by Martin Ziegler (scheduled for release in 2020). She is also the French and English voice of Francesco Zarzana’s “Conciliare Stanca” film. On television, she appeared in Gregory Monro’s “Toulouse-Lautrec, l’Insaisissable”, Pierre Aknine’s “Ali Baba”, Benny Hooper’s “Beautiful the Woman” for American TV and in various series.
She also works as a singer and author with the BO Studio on an album of original songs on the theme of Cinema.

Michele Salimbeni –

Author, screenwriter nominated to Golden Globes in 1997, and director, Michele Salimbeni has directed short films and prepares her third feature film between Sardinia and Los Angeles. He’s philosopher and teaches at EHESS and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He worked with Michelangelo Antonioni, Dario Argento and Andrzej Żuławski, and has directed more than forty plays in Italy and around the world.

Literary adaptations

To adapt is to write. Even if the author does not start from the blank page, he is none the less confronted with multiple constraints and technical contingencies.

And it will also have to position itself, in its intentions, in relation to the existing work that provides it de facto with a framework, a presupposition, codes and foundations.

The author, as a creative actor, will have to evaluate as much as possible his freedom to transgress, his degree of loyalty and the desires of his various sponsors and partners.

Beyond this knowledge and the necessary professionalism to give to this approach, one must succeed in establishing one’s own rules of authorship and in appreciating those of others in the particular case that each adaptation will be.


Capucine Lemaire, BUK Film Festival Managing Director

is French author, film director and producer.
From 2011, she shot short films she presented in Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Paris and in Germany. 
In 2014, she created an online media dedicated to women and equality.
In 2016, she resurfaced the Festival du Film Maudit in Paris, alongside Jean Cocteau Commitee in tribute to the first edition chaired by the french poet and filmmaker.
Today, Capucine Lemaire works as a producer and she launches her publishing house.

Francesco Zarzana, BUK Festival & BUK Film festival President

is Italian author, theater and film director. He created the Buk Festival in 2007 in Modena – Italy, dedicated to small and medium literary editions in the world.

Today, he launches the first edition of the BUK Film Festival attached to the literary festival, as an obvious bridge for him between books and movies.

Contest rules

Article 1

The aim of the BUK Film Festival (BFF), in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, is to reveal and showcase feature films that are literary adaptations, from all countries and in all languages. It is directed by Capucine Lemaire, nominated by Francesco Zarzana, president of the BUK Festival created in 2007, and the BUK Film Festival.

Article 2

The Festival will take place on March 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2020, in the city of Modena, Italy.

Article 3

Only films eligible for the following criteria may be selected and invited to the Official Selection: Not to have been exploited elsewhere than in their country of origin; Not to have been presented in another international film event (a selection is international as long as it presents films of different nationalities); Not to have been broadcast on the Internet; To serve the purpose of the Festival as defined in Article 1.

Article 4

Once selected, no film can be removed from the program during the event. The selection is decided jointly by Capucine Lemaire, Director and Francesco Zarzana, President of the BFF. No distinction will be made, only the content and quality of the work take precedence.

Article 5

During the duration of the Festival, none of the invited films may be screened outside the Festival venues before its official presentation.

Article 6

All films must be in original version and subtitled in English. Any language in which the film is or will be broadcast in its country of origin is considered to be an original version. The Director and the President will appreciate to what extent a version that does not meet exactly this definition could nevertheless be retained. Films must be subtitled in English on the copy. Subtitling costs are the responsibility of the producer.

Article 7

The Director and the President designate the international personalities composing the Jury of the films in competition. When drawing up the prize list, the vote of the jury is held by secret ballot. Decisions are taken by an absolute majority of the voters in the first two rounds of voting and by a relative majority in subsequent rounds. The public has the power to vote and represents 10% of the final vote for the Special Prize. Only one prize will be awarded per film. The Artistic Director, if she wishes, may take part in the deliberations of the Jury. She does not take part in the vote. Can not be part of the Juries who is interested in the production or the exploitation of a film in competition.

Article 8

The Jury has to award in his Palmares: The Film Prize; The Director’s Prize; The Special Prize; Respecting a price per film. The Director grants herself the right to award a prize designated as Coup de Coeur which she designates alone.

Article 9

The deadline for registration of films proposed for selection is 5 February 2020. A registration form must be completed, costs amounting to 35 euros including tax. All must be received by the festival secretariat before February 5, 2020.

Article 10

When the time comes, documentation on each selected film should be sent to the address provided by the BFF. The final copy of each invited film must necessarily reach the only forwarder accredited by the BFF before February 15, 2020. If the copies of the films have not reached the deadline of February 5, their projection can not take place. This delay is imperative. A subtitled backup copy must be sent to the BFF before it opens.

Article 11

Forwarding costs (both import and re-export), as well as the costs of showing and translating films presented to members of the selection committee, for possible selection, are entirely the responsibility of producers or authorized bodies. The transport and insurance costs of the copies to and from the return are the responsibility of their owner. The BUK Film Festival is responsible for the cost of shopping and insurance for copies of the selected films, in and between the Festival’s official venues in Modena. In the event of the loss or damage of a copy, the responsibility of the Festival may be incurred only up to the value indicated by the   producer on the technical sheet.

Article 12

The President of the BUK Film Festival has the power to settle all cases not provided for in the present regulations. Participation in the BFF implies adherence to these regulations and prior compliance with the pre-selection conditions. In case of disagreement on the interpretation of the rules, the French text will prevail. This rule applies to the entire Official Selection.