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Experience The Future Of Cinema, As Campari Creates The First Short Film With Artificial Intelligence, Inspired By The Creative Genius Of Fellini
[July 21, 2021]

Experience The Future Of Cinema, As Campari Creates The First Short Film With Artificial Intelligence, Inspired By The Creative Genius Of Fellini

NEW YORK, July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Campari, the iconic Italian aperitif, announces the return of Campari Red Diaries with Fellini Forward; a pioneering project, in collaboration with Fellini's family and former colleagues, exploring the late Federico Fellini's creative genius using new technology and machine learning to emulate the works of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time in a new and unique short film set in Rome. A one-of-a-kind documentary following the process will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7th and North American premiere as a Partner Presentation at the 59th New York Film Festival. The documentary will then be released on a subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform in select markets, inviting consumers to explore the future of cinema and creativity.

Campari announces Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward; a project set to explore the creative genius of Federico Fellini using Artificial Intelligence with an accompanying documentary telling the story of the pioneering project, launching at Venice Film Festival on 7th September 2021.

Since its creation over 160 years ago, Campari has pushed the boundaries of creativity to go beyond the norm, unlocking the passions and talents of artists across different fields in the path to creation. From world famous names to emerging talent, the relationship between Campari and the arts, especially cinema, has been solidified over the years. Having worked on an advertisement with Federico Fellini, for one of his few brand collaborations in 1984, this year's Campari Red Diaries Fellini Forward continues the brand's legacy, marrying both creativity and innovation within the cinema industry with the most forward-looking technology. Thanks to a team of experts from production and innovation studio UNIT9, dedicated Artificial Intelligence tools were explored and developed to unearth Federico Fellini's creative genius in ways that had never been attempted until now. Francesca Fabbri Fellini, Fellini's niece, was involved in the project from the start, together with Directors Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper (documentary), Maximilian Niemann (short film) and a robust crew, introducing them to some of Fellini's key colleagues, sharing counsel and first-hand knowledge of her uncle, as well as contributing to the casting, costume design and script writing for the short film. This seamless collaboration between human and Artificial Intelligence showcases how the sentimental and the rational, the emotional and the data-driven can come together to create a brand new piece of art.

On the project Francesca Fabbri Fellini comments: "My Uncle Federico was original in his ways of representing life using dream-like elements as his means of communication. I think a project like this is a perfect way to honor his legacy. Though he took much inspiration from his past, he was always looking ahead. A similar approach was taken for this project with Campari; it is rooted in heritage yet is futuristic with the use of Artificial Intelligence."

Throughout the process, original members of Fellini's crew were involved and consulted, providing key insights on the Maestro's oeuvre. This included Fellini's camera operator Blasco Giurato (The Clowns, 1970), his three-time Oscar winning set designer Dante Ferretti (Orchestra Rehearsal, 1978; City of Women, 1980; And the Ship Sails On, 1983; Ginger and Fred, 1986; The Voice of the Moon, 1990) and Luigi Piccolo, Director of Sartoria Farani, a renowned Italian tailor shop which holds restored costumes from some of Fellini's greatest films including (Satyricon, 1969; The Clowns, 1970; Amarcord, 1973). Each member was conferred to define what elements in the endeavor could be perceived as Felliniesque. The result culminated in a fascinating short movie, set in the heart of Rome, that explores Fellini's life and dreams with distinctive, signature characters and arrangements throughout.

Documentary Director duo ZCDC, Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, captured the making of this short film, inviting significant experts of Artificial Intelligence and creativity Marcus du Sautoy and Dr. Emily L. Spratt to join the set to share their opinion on the ground-breaking initiative. Hava Aldouby, Art Historian and Fellini expert, as well as Anita Todesco, Galleria Campari curator were also consulted, providing an eclectic view on the subject, sparking debate around the role Artificial Intelligence can play in creativity and beyond.

Marcus du Sautoy, Artificial Intelligence & Creativity Expert, says: "We should see Artificial Intelligence as an extraordinary collaborator; it's a new tool, like Galileo getting a telescope and being able to see further into the universe than ever before. Artificial Intelligence is a tool that allows us to analyze data at a scale that humanly, we can't possibly match. In this project, one of the Artificial Intelligence's greatest accomplishments was taking Fellini's films and analyzing each, frame by frame. Using this tool in the creative industry is an extremely exciting step forward and will assist in finding ideas that we are currently missing – Artificial Intelligence can help us break our own molds to create new stories."

Through the Campari Red Diaries 2021 Fellini Forward project, Campari aims to continue the legacy of innovation and creativity set out by its founders, inspiring future generations and creatives across the globe to unlock their own passions. Campari has also created a unique apprentice program with students involved in the Fellini Forward futuristic projects from all over the world including Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (CSC) in Italy, The American Film Institute in Los Angeles and The International Academy of Audio-visual Sciences (CSIA) in Switzerland to explore the creative genius of Fellini, using the Artificial Intelligence technology and speaking to key members of the film crew at each stage of production to see first-hand how human minds collaborated with Artificial Intelligence to create the short film.

Jean Jacques Dubau, Head of Marketing, Campari Group, comments: "We are so pleased to be back with our Campari Red Diaries project in 201, honoring the creative legacy of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Federico Fellini. At Campari we look to push the boundaries of innovation in creativity and have done so for over 160 years, with a view to leave a lasting legacy for future generations inviting them to explore their Red Passion, the urge of creativity that cannot be ignored. We hope that the endeavor of Fellini Forward will transport people in the past, and in the future, exploring creative genius in brand new ways, while enjoying an iconic Campari cocktail such as the Negroni."

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To enjoy a sneak peek of Fellini Forward, view the teaser video on YouTube here: 

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In 2017, Campari continued this legacy, working with world class talent and award-winning directors to create a series of iconic commercial and short movies as a means of communication, with the creation of Campari Red Diaries. Since the launch of the platform, Campari has worked with a high caliber of actors such as Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, and Ana de Armas to bring to life the work of some of the world's best directors alive, including Paolo Sorrentino, Stefano Sollima and Matteo Garrone and this year, with this project the brand is taking it even further, collaborating with Documentary Director duo ZCDC to explore and pay homage to the creative genius of the late Federico Fellini, hand in hand with the latest new technologies of Artificial Intelligence.


Campari, the iconic, unforgettable Italian red spirit sitting at the heart of some of the world's most famous cocktails. Campari was founded in Milan in 1860 by Gaspare Campari, and pioneered by his son, Davide, who created something so distinctive and revolutionary that its secret recipe has not been altered since. Vibrant red in color, Campari's unique and multi-layered taste is the result of the infusion of herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water. As well as being unique and distinctive, Campari is extremely versatile, offering boundless and unexpected possibilities. As a source of this passionate?inspiration since its creation seen through its founders' creative genius, artists in different fields and the world's best bartenders, Campari stimulates your instincts to unlock your passions, inspiring limitless creations.? 


Campari Group is a major player in the global spirits industry, with a portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, spreading across Global, Regional and Local priorities. Global Priorities, the Group's key focus, include Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, SKYY, Wild Turkey and Grand Marnier. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. It has a global distribution reach, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. Campari Group's growth strategy aims to combine organic growth through strong brand building and external growth via selective acquisitions of brands and businesses. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Campari Group owns 22 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 21 countries. Campari Group employs approximately 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company Davide Campari-Milano N.V. (Reuters CPRI.MI - Bloomberg CPR IM) have been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information: Please enjoy our brands responsibly 


Making brands famous since '97, UNIT9 is a global innovation partner with the sole mission of creating astounding experiences at the intersection of world-class creativity, cutting-edge technology and impeccable craftsmanship. Built from a multidisciplinary team of visionaries, they are experts in experience and skilled across: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Hybrid experiences, Augmented Reality, Film & Animation, Product Design, Experiential, Emerging Technologies, Digital, Gaming and Experience Design. It's why AdAge crowned them Production Company of the Year in 2019 and Campaign anointed them Tech Company of the Year two years running in 2020 and 2021. From drawing on mountains with Twitter-controlled robots to deepfaking Lionel Messi and creating a 5G-enabled AR red carpet dress, UNIT9 are forever learning, testing, building and making, and have been at the bleeding-edge of innovation for over two decades. 200 people, 5 offices, 9 time-zones: One company, One Goal: Make Incredible Work.


Directors, Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari 
Producers, Gary Kout, Harry Starkey-Midha 
Executive Producers, Adam Dolman
Editor, Toby Conway-Hughes
Director of Photography, Michael Paleodimos
Composer, Matthew Joynt
Assistant Producer, Joe Youens
Presenter, Campari
Contributors, Francesca Fabbri Fellini, Anita Todesco, Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, Maximilian Niemann, Marc D'Souza, Dr. Emily L. Spratt, Hava Aldouby, Dante Ferretti, Andrea Munafo, Giulia Bonomelli 


Director, Maximilian Niemann
Producer, Harry Starkey-Midha
Editor, Alex Burt
Composer, Jascha Viehl
Director of Photography, Jalaludin Trautmann
Costume Designer, Danielle Ciancio 
Production Designer, Laura Pozzaglio 


Young Fellini, Simone Coppo 
Woman In Red, Neva Leoni
Admiral, Hal Yamanuochi
Woman In Fur/Lioness, Cetty Arancio
Laughing Woman/Peacock, Evelina Meghnagi 
Penguins, Luca Massaro, Valerio Malorni, Pietro Romano 
Elephant, Zagor Borghesi 
Band Musicians, Marco Carboni, Giancarlo Greco, Gebremeskek D Yemane 
Clowns, Ilaria Cecere, Francesco Rivista 
Barman, Vincenzo Iantorno 
Old Fellini, Mariano Aprea 
Fellini's Assistant, Nav Ghotra 


Creative Director, Maximilian Niemann
Project Director, Marc D'Souza
Executive Producer, Martino Butti
Producer, Yi Nong Dong
Project Manager, Piotr Przygoda
Creative Concept, Davide Bianca
Screenwriter, Eros Tumbarello
Technical Lead, Andrew Oaten 
Technical Director, Maciej Zasada
Art Director, Karol Goreczny
UX Designer, Matt Silverstein
Sound Development, Jascha Viehl
3D Director, Sandeep Kamal


Creative agency, WT 
Production & Artificial Intelligence Development, UNIT9
Global PR Strategy, H+K Strategies 
Digital Creative Agency, We Are Social 
Photography, FM


Short film director, Maximilian Nieman, using Artificial Intelligence tools during the creation of Campari Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward, a pioneering project set to explore the creative genius of Federico Fellini.


In the new Campari Red Diaries 2021 Fellini Forward project, Artificial Intelligence created outputs used by the short film crew, sound boarded by members of Fellini’s original crew and heir; (from left to right) his niece Francesca Fabbri Fellini and his former camera operator, Blasco Giurato.


A sneak peak behind the scenes of Campari Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward; a short film captured thanks to the collaboration between humans and Artificial Intelligence in a journey set to explore the creative genius of Federico Fellini.


Campari Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward, featuring Artificial Intelligence?& Creativity?Expert?Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University,?Marcus du Sautoy and Artificial Intelligence Expert, Art Historian, Data Scientist Fellow, Data Science Institute at Columbia University, Dr Emily L. Spratt in a pioneering project set to explore the creative genius of one of the most iconic film directors of all time, Federico Fellini, using machine learning tools.


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