Some 300 people, from all over the world, have gathered at the Mariapolis Center in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, to attend the “Finding Vince 400” film festival and contest. The meeting began on Thursday, October 18, whose morning was devoted to registration and to know each other.
About 50 artists are the finalists of the contest, which received more than 4 thousand applications. At 3:00 pm local time, the event was officially inaugurated, with the participation of the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and international coordinator of the Vincentian Family, Father Thomaz Mavric CM, the technical organizer of the festival, Alma Perez, and the director of the Vincentian Family International Office, Father Joseph Agostino CM. They spoke about the importance of promoting Vincentian values in today’s world, full of challenges for people who are in need. Art and cinema are ways of touching the conscience of people. The audience present at the opening also had the opportunity to ask questions to the three participants. After the debate, the exhibitions of the selected films began.
The welcome and opening act of the meeting was streamed live:
Logo of the Festival
In the following video below, Fr. Joe Agostino CM, director of the Vincentian Family Office in Philadelphia (USA) and one of the persons responsible for the meeting, explains the meaning of the chosen logo:
“This is the symbol for the Film Festival and, as you remember, the symbol for the 400th anniversary (this is the last activity of the 400th) is basically a simplification of that, with the two stars representing Folleville and Chatillon, with the circle with the colors that we had around Vincent in the original 400 logo, and, of course, the cross in the middle. As you can see, the vincentian virtues in all different languages are on this banner”