Carla Vulpiani, a programmer specializing in short films at the Venice Film Festival, and Enrico Vannucci, holding a similar role at the Locarno Film Festival, are both involved in running VariColoured, a company that promotes and sells short films. These two festivals are among the oldest and most prestigious in the world, having been established in 1932 and 1946, respectively.
The potential conflict of interest arises from the fact that, over recent years, several films represented by VariColoured have been selected to premiere at these festivals. Below is a list of eight films represented by the company, which premiered at one of these festivals. This situation raises concerns because Vulpiani and Vannucci, in their roles as festival programmers, are in a position to influence the selection of films at these festivals and have potential for financial gain from these selections.
- IN QUANTO A NOI – Premiered at Venice 2022
- FALL OF THE IBIS KING – Premiered at Venice 2021
- MIEGAMASIS RAJONAS – Premiered at Venice 2020
- EYES ON THE ROAD – Premiered at Venice 2019
- FIEBRE AUSTRAL – Premiered at Venice 2019
- KAUKAZAS – Premiered at Locarno 2018
- PIRITIS – Premiered at Venice 2017
Other films that the company represents premiered at major festivals, where we can assume Vulpiani and Vannucci have acquaintances. Their dual roles as both festival selectors and operators of a film representation and sales agency create a situation where their personal or business interests could improperly influence the decision-making process at these renowned festivals. This overlap of interests may compromise the perceived fairness and integrity of the film selection process, as it suggests that films associated with their company might receive preferential treatment. Nothing illegal – just unethical.
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https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/in-quanto-a-noi_s – Premiered at Venice 2022
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/fall-of-the-ibis-king-mikai-geronimo-josh-ocaoimh-ireland-2021/ – Premiered at Venice 2021
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/miegamasisrajonas_s/ – Premiered at Venice 2020
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/eotr_s/ – Premiered at Venice 2019
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/fiebreaustral_s/ – Premiered at Venice 2019
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/pirtis_s/ – Premiered at Venice 2017
https://varicoloured.eu/portfolio/kaukazas_s/ – Premiered at Locarno 2018
https://www.locarnofestival.ch/pro/projects/match-me/MatchMe-2021/Klementina-Remeikaite.html – “Since then the company has created and produced over 10 short films, including Laurynas Bareisa’s shorts Dummy (Berlinale Shorts 2020) Kaukazas (Locarno 2018) and By the pool (Venice; Best Short Film at Lithuanian Film Awards 2017) as well as Vytautas Katkus’ short film Places (Venice, Orizzonti 2020).”