Linea d’Ombra was created
The first edition of Linea d’Ombra, with the expression SalernoFilmFestival, is held in Salerno from January 25 – 28, 1996.
The event, produced by the Municipality of Salerno and the Giffoni Film Festival, represent the natural evolution of a section of the Giffoni Film Festival, “Padri e Figli” (Fathers and Sons), collects the inheritance of a previous section of the event, entitled “ problems of young people in contemporary filmmaking” by Domenico Meccoli.
The project, wanted by Claudio Gubitosi and approved by the Board of the ’Ente Autonomo Giffoni Film Festival, found fulfillment in Peppe D’Antonio, deputy artistic director of Giffoni Film Festival and from then on artistic director of Linea d’Ombra.
Defining the programme of the event, D’Antonio writes in the event’s catalog: “The films presented are far from being complete, except from some, and follow well-established models in their realization. They exist in a joyful mess of codes”.
SalernoInFestival was created
In 1998 the Associazione SalernoInFestival was created with the aim to promote cultural events and performances involving youth creativity in the city of Salerno. The association produce and manages the festival, that measures ‘the density and the handling of its project’ writes the festival’s art-director Peppe D’Antonio for its third edition.
The third edition is held in Salerno from April 16-19 in the completely restored Cinema Theatre Augusteo in the centre of the city.
Peter Cattaneo, Valentina Cervi, Alessandro Haber and Ken Loach are awarded. Loach gives a “masterclass” in the Verdi Theatre of Salerno. In a meeting with Peppe Servillo of Avion Travel and two concerts; Elio e le Storie Tese and Samuele Bersani, the festival opens itself to music too.
The Turning Point
2006 is the real turning point in the history of the festival that changes skin and also a big part of the organisation structure.
From 2006 on, the event is admitted to European financing through the Municipality of Salerno. This is substantial, but also bind to bureaucratic procedure that creates difficulties in organizing and planning the event in time.
The novelties are so relevant that it is possible to speak about the first edition of the new festival, that changes name as well, becoming Festival delle Culture Giovani. It invades new locations and it extends its length considerably.
April 19-30 the festival is held between the Cinema Theatre Augusteo, the Hotel Convento San Michele and the Palazzo Genovese.
Arrived at XXIV edition, Linea d’Ombra Festival continues its journey in the contemporary, riproposing and researching works of the creativity of our time, through cinema and audiovisual arts.
In an historical moment in which the availability and use of movies seems to prefer the private way (notice the spread of streaming platforms), the festival draws completely on its history, follows its own origin and footsteps and proposes an edition completely dedicated to film and to cinema.
Our Linea d’Ombra
The name of the festival has been taken from Joseph Conrad’s novel, but still today the Shadow Line to which we refer is the typical condition of our present day. It is a non-stop change from one world to another, from one epoch to another, without time for nostalgia. Maybe.