Laboratory of Visual Culture
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

The Laboratory of Visual Culture (Department for Environment Constructions and Design – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland) is a centre that focuses on expressive and linguistic studies, design theory and techniques, tools and technologies for enhancing and communicating creative works and cultural heritage. The Laboratory represents a national hub for the teaching, research and dissemination activities in the fields of visual communication and of interaction design. Furthermore, the Laboratory of Visual Culture is a specialised and innovative centre that develops visual communication projects for public and private bodies on a regional, national and international level.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the 8 professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation. Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree courses, and a rich programme of Continuing education (Master of Advanced Studies, Diploma of Advanced Studies, Certificate of Advanced Studies and short courses) characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to Research & Development, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.

In a society marked by profound changes, SUPSI produces, develops and disseminates knowledge and expertise as propellant forces fundamental to support the economic, social, technological and artistic progress, and to contribute to the cultural and ethical growth of both society as a whole and its individual members. In order to achieve this goal, SUPSI operates in the fields of first and second level university education, continuing education, applied research, and in the provision of consulting and support services to businesses and institutions, adopting a collaborative and cooperative stance with the main interlocutors.

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Visions du Réel

Visions du Réel is one of the most renowned International Film Festivals worldwide providing an overview of the best innovative Cinema du Réel. It is the most important in French-speaking Switzerland, and as one of the three main festivals in Switzerland (along with Solothurn and Locarno) to be recognised by the Swiss Confederation. The Festival offers a diversity of committed and inspired points of view in competitions for features, medium lengths and short films as world or international premieres.

The Industry Section of the Festival Visions du Réel ensures as part of the Festival Visions du Réel ensures excellent working conditions for producers, buyers, decision-makers and distributors supported by optimum facilities and cutting edge tools. It fosters contacts for the funding and promotion of films, as well as for networking and for acquiring film rights. The Industry consists of a Media Library with around 350 selected films and different events including the co-production forum Pitching du Réel; the Docs in Progress which consists of screenings of nearly finished films and consulting on distribution & marketing; the Rough Cut Lab which offers a tutoring for young filmmakers; the Focus Talk with information and project presentations as well as co-production meetings on this year’s invited country Serbia; the Doc Think Tank with panels, debates and case studies on current documentary issues; and finally many networking opportunities.

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Head of Programme
Jean-Pierre Candeloro

Head of Industry Visions du Réel
Gudula Meinzolt

Development Lab Coordinator
Susanna Lotz

Programme Coordinator
Elisabetta Lazzaroni

Visual identity and Web design
Leonardo Angelucci

Gregory Catella

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