Rome, Jan 10-20 2023


Il Varco is proud to host the first international workshop of cinema shot inside videogames and graphic engines. A intensive week of webinars and live lessons in Rome where participants will be able to understand and put into practise this experimental frontier of Cinema, accompanied by the most renowned filmmakers of the genre.




Nouvelle Bug is an international workshop of cinema shot inside videogames where 30 directors will be selected to attend seminars, theoretical and practical lessons about shooting inside videogames, tutored by Andrea Gatopoulos and with lessons from Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis and Total Refusal Crew. At the end of the week, the participants will be able to propose an abstract of a film project to be shot inside videogames. One of the projects will be chosen by Il Varco Cinema and co-produced by the company with the support of FedraHub and Gargantua Film Distribution. 







Andrea Gatopoulos is a film producer and director based in Rome, Italy. He graduated in Modern Literature at Sapienza in Rome with a thesis on Virtual Reality and Entertainment. His research in the virtual environment started in 2017 with the photographic project Bit-Reality and culminated in 2022 with the short film “Happy New Year, Jim”, presented at the 54. Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. His productions were featured in more than 100 festivals in the world including Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Rome, Camerimage and many others.

Ismaël is a filmmaker and artist who trained at Le Fresnoy and whose student films were screened in many festivals. With Maalbeek, selected for the 59th edition of La Semaine de la Critique, he went further in his investigation of how identity, technology and the virtual world interact, by piecing together the images and sounds of the fragmented, traumatic memory of a victim of the 2015 Brussels terrorist attacks. He won the César 2022 for best Short Documentary.


Total Refusal is a pseudo-marxist media guerilla focused on the artistic intervention and appropriation of mainstream video games. We upcycle video games in order to reveal the political apparatus beyond the glossy and hyperreal textures of this media. Their films have been selected in many festivals including Berlinale and Locarno and their artistic research has been featured worldwide in museums and art fairs.

1ST STEP_ oct 17th – dec 5th

International call for entries, open to everyone under 35 years old, though our submission form.

3rd STEP_ JAN 10TH – JAN 20TH 

Ten days of workshop in Rome with live lessons, online meetings, writing and shooting of some scenes.

2nd STEP_ DEC 15th

Selection of the 30 participants of the workshop that will be invited in Rome to participate in the live lessons or online tutoring sessions.

4th STEP_ jan 20th

Selection of one project to be produced by Il Varco Cinema, with the post-production of FedraHub and distributed by Gargantua Film. 

Applications are open until December 15th, 2022. Anybody under the age of 35 can apply. APPLICATION FORM

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