Florence, 14th- 21th November 2008

International documentary film festival

49th Festival dei Popoli – Instruction for use

The Festival by Numbers

In the making of the 49th edition of the Festival dei Popoli, the Director and the Selection Committee viewed more than 2,500 films. Among them, more than 1,500 were directly submitted to the Festival dei Popoli, while the others were viewed at International Documentary Film Festivals around the world.

The program of the 2008 edition includes 163 titles divided in the following sections:

"A Baltic Diagonal": A retrospective on 50 years of documentary cinema in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia (84 films)

"Claire Simon, the legend behind the reality": Focus dedicated to the French filmmaker Claire Simon (18 films)

"Faces of the Power": A thematic section (14 films)

Official Selection, Feature Doc Competition: 17 films

Official Selection, Short Documentary Competition: 14 films

Official Selection, Free Style: 9 films

Official Selection, Special Events: 7 films

Among the 46 films included in the Official Selection of the Festival:

9 are World Premieres
6 are International Premieres
2 are European Premieres
27 are Italian Premieres


Italy (4), France (8), Germany (5), Romania (1), United Kingdom (3), Sweden (1), Latvia (2), Czech Republic (1), Greece (1), Portugal (1), Austria (1), Belgium (2), Switzerland (1), Russia (1);
Colombia (1), Canada (1), Argentina (2), USA (4), Mexico (1), Brazil (1);
Lebanon (1), Iran (1), Yemen (1), Turkey (1), Israel (3), China (1), South Korea (1); Algeria (1).

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