Production

Crowdfunding project

"The Legend of the White Ibex "is the second work by Markus Otz as author, producer and director. After a first short film of shorter duration, this work marks the passage to a more complex story in order of duration, plot, number of characters and dialogues.

Idea

The idea stems from the love for naturalistic fauna and the scenic beauty of Ticino, mixed with the interest in exploring the potential of the Mendrisiotto as much as possible for a personal cinematic vision and involvement of local human and artistic resources.

Carrying out

Based on an original story by Markus Otz, the writing lasted 3 months followed by a crowdfunding fundraiser of CHF 15,000 for the partial financing. The resurgences began solo in June 2019 with only Markus Otz and Marco Capodieci involved in the first "shoots". Subsequently, the additional scenes were completed for a total of 34 days over the 3 summer months, with a gradual increase in the number of people on the "set". The assembly and care of all adaptations of the recorded material have involved post-production for over 7 months. The preview took place Saturday evening, 6 April 2019, at the Cinema Plaza in Mendrisio. "The Legend of the White Ibex" was subsequently presented for a tribute screening in Capanna Scaletta (2205 m s.l.m.) and as World Premiere at the Silver State Film Festival in Las Vegas on 7 September. Since then he has obtained several official selections at various independent film festivals around the world. Local screenings took place at the Casa della Gioventù in Balerna ("crowdfunding" partner) and at the Cevio Middle Schools (thanks to the free authorizations obtained for filming in Vallemaggia).

Set locations

Gianini & Colombo SA, Balerna / A.D.Gru SA, Balerna / Hotel Touring Mövenpick, Chiasso / Zurich Assicurazioni, Agenzia Walter Bernasconi, Mendrisio / About-X SA, Gravesano / CityBar, Chiasso / Autolinee Mendrisiensi / Parco delle gole della Breggia / Pascolo Familia Livi / Monte Generoso / Castello di Serravalle / Bignasco / Val Bavona / Sonlerto / Borgo La Presa / Foroglio / Cascina di Bianca Tonini / Robiei / Basodino / Capanna Basodino / Capanna Scaletta 7 Passo della Greina / Tierpark Arth Goldau / Città di Chiasso 7 Comune di Balerna / Città di Mendrisio / Città di Lugano / Città di Locarno / Comune di Cevio / Comune di Serravalle

Crowdfundig Backers

Associazione AMiCi, Fausta Ferretti, Nora Ceppi Mariani, Maurizio Bensi, Nicola De Mare, Mirjam Rusterholz, Giusi Olivieri, Orlando Livio, Monica Dubini, Cristina Resmi, Mariangela Vanini, Davor Vadlja, Jean-Laurent De Stoppani, Andrès Otz, Jelena Propadalo, Mirko Marina Anna e Ljubo Propadalo, Camilla Belfiore, Bruna Olivieri, Ester Massaini, Deborah Hodges, Carlotta Meo, Pamela Milani, Monica Besomi, Elia Atay, Daniele Croci, Renzo Papa, Stefano Maffi, Giuseppe Lerose, Francesco Hofer, Pedro Azevedo, Manuela Gallina Milani, Anna Spanu, Davide Gagliardi, Alessandra Zenca, Luigi Ortolani, Alina Vanini, Oratorio Balerna, Alessandra Faroppa, Mauro Realini, Angela Battistini, Margherita Saltamacchia, Alessandro Collovà, Francesco Doninelli, Vivian Crettoi, Marco Corti, Samuele Cavadini, Margherita Genet, Nadia Ferrari, Maria Neri, Sandra Ferro, Maria e Francesco Bianchi, Pia Meuli, Massimo Dotti, Randy Danner, Luciana Chapman, Verena Zorzi, Eliana Pasetto, Marisa e Gianni Delorenzi, Giovanni Barella, Mattia Piccioli, Francesco Verde, Deborah Agustoni, Marisa Benzoni, Luana Papagno, Benedetta Galvani, Dijana Manteva, Davide Crivelli, Irene e Silvio Pagani, Sergio Leonetti, Manuela Pagani, Gisella Vattilana, Renny Crotti, Massimo e Maria Luisa Cregut, Lucia Amenta, Alberto Meroni, Marco Bonato, Susanna Sala, Monica Thaler, Moira Vassena, Anna Amenta, Ruena Ricci, Nadia Isella, Claudia Lombardi, Paolo e Daniela Coduri, Cinzia Carugati, Felice e Marilena Valsangiacomo, Riccardo Regis e Costanza Corradini, Fenice Viaggi Sagl, Roberto Storni, Michele Sisini, Donatella Caresano, Michele e Valeria Maspoli, Pasquale e Maria Capodieci, Maria Jose Soler, Borgovecchio SA, Daniela Bedulli, Giovanni Piffaretti, Impresa Fausto Bernasconi SA, Ivo Bernasconi Home SA, Claude e Leda Faroldi, Impresa Barella SA, Paolo Speziali, Anna Cerutti, Luciano e Marisa Fattorini, Ristorante del Popolo Balerna, Franco Cardinale, Mike Betti, Sandra Battistella, Piercarlo e Elena Valenti, Daniela Negrini, Bruno Arrigoni, Fabrizio Michels, Silvia Bürki Fumagalli, SAR Recycling SA, Luigi Sulmoni, Jürg Grossen, Thrycological Development Program SA, Andreina Schneeberger, Gioacchino Lo Nardo, Alessandro e Ksenija Rossi, Claudio e Stefania Guidotti, Angelo Valsangiacomo SA, Q-Tecno SA, Beach & Body Modamare, Anonimo 1, Anonimo 2, Anonimo 3, Anonimo 4, Anonimo 5, ...,

Sponsor

Co-producers: Gruppo Interfida Chiasso Mendrisio Lugano Locarno / Caffè Chicco D'Oro Balerna
Associated producers: Vanna and Günter Stutz / Stile Alpino SA Lugano Samedan / FAT Associazione Alpinistica Ticinese / Garage Touring Chiasso SA Chiasso / F. Coltamai SA Mendrisio

Awards

September 2019

Award of Recognition

@ Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, USA
September 2019

Best Indie Featurette

@ LAFA Los Angeles Film Awards, USA
October 2019

Best Cinematography

@ Free Spirit Film Festival, McLeod Ganj, India
November 2019

Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film

@ East Europe International Film festival, Warsaw

Selections

September 2019

Silver State Film Festival, Las Vegas, USA

Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, USA

LAFA Los Angeles Film Awards, USA

October 2019

I'AM Film Festival, London, UK

Free Spirit Film Festival, McLeod Ganj, India

November 2019

East Europe International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

March 2020

Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, Idyllwild, Riverside County, USA