Critics’ Choice Award – Milan Machinima Film Festival

From March 16 to 21 this year, the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL showcased SIDINGS OF THE AFTERNOON, among many other audiovisual non-interactive works produced with video games otherwise known as machinima. This year they selected 25 works of machinima shorts created by 18 artists representing 7 countries.

SIDINGS OF THE AFTERNOON was featured in the GLITCH ’N SCAPES section, and was awarded the CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD.

As the festival writes, the “Critics’ Choice Award [is] awarded to the most significant machinima by an international jury composed of critics, curators, and academics: Valentino Catricalà (Artistic Director of the Media Art Festival in Rome), Marco De Mutiis (Digital curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur), Stefano Locati (member of the Scientific Committee of the Ca ‘Foscari Short Film Festival of Venice and Co-director of the Asian Film Festival of Bologna), Henry Lowood (Curator for the Germanic Collections and the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University), and Jenna NG (Professor of Film and Interactive Media at the University of York).

Curated by Matteo Bittanti with Gemma Fantacci, Luca Miranda, and Riccardo Retez, the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL 2021 is an official event of the Milano Digital Week organized in collaboration with GAMESCENES. Art in the age of video gamesand the M.A. in Game Design at IULM University. A follow-up to the 2016 exhibition GAME VIDEO/ART. A SURVEY, the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL brings to Milan idiosyncratic video works that lie at the intersection of video art, cinema, streaming, and digital games.”

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