On September 19, 2004, the Piccolo Teatro saw the closing of the ninth edition of Milano Film Festival, which met the public’s and the critics’ outstanding approval. On the one hand, it was welcomed by enthusiastic participation from the city, as the number of festival goers has more than doubled since the previous edition, and, on the other hand, by the notable absence of public institutions, whose last word on the Festival’s public funding has not been said yet.
But the shortage of funds has not affected the quality and the energy of the last edition, which enjoyed an unprecedented number of films submitted (1866 from 76 countries), of festival goers (more than 70,000) and of events (112, including workshops, concerts, performances, installations). The festival in September aroused the interest of the entire city, which became the setting of two different dimensions: a lively and active square and an international meeting point for artists, guests and festival goers coming from all over the world, because Milano Film Festival is known abroad as one of the most representative competition of independent films.
Milano Film Festival 2004, ninth edition: 112 events in 10 days, 5 different venues within the city, 300 screenings, more than 70,000 festival goers, 140 guests from all over the world, including filmmakers, actors, members of the jury, critics, musicians, performers.