Rome Film Festival
|International Rome Film Festival|
Even though it is quite a young festival, the importance of the hosting city as well as the strong economic investment has placed the Rome Film Festival among the most important film festivals in the world, with huge media coverage and world-famous artists on attendance.
Besides, along with the festival, a film market called the Business Street is set up in the Via Veneto, well-known due to the classic La Dolce Vita (1960).
The Rome Film Festival official program is divided into several sections:
A non-competitive section focused on glamour and film stars, with several big productions being presented.
This section, which features more art house-oriented and independent works, is composed by over 20 movies, including the ones taking part in the Rome Film Fest Competition.
A non-competitive section that concentrates on alternative productions, from documentaries to feature films, from animated to short movies. It also includes several tributes to remarkable artists from the past.
Alice in the City
Devoted to children films, this sections has two competitive subsections, one for over-12 films and the other under-12. Besides, a number of special events, meetings and more.
New Cinema Network
It is both a production workshop and a showcase of young directors presenting their first feature films.
The Actor’s Craft
Since one of the main points of the festival is to give credit to the actors and their acting work, this section pays tribute to an actor or an actor’s school with a retrospective and conferences.
The Rome Film Festival award is a silver statuette shaped after the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius statue, placed in Michelangelo's Campidoglio Square, arguably one of the most recognizable symbols of Rome. Created by the Rome-based jewelry maker Bulgari, the prize will be assigned to the Best Film, the Best Actor and the Best Actress.
- 2006: Playing the Victim BY Kirill Serebrennikov
- 2007: Juno BY Jason Reitman
- 2008: Opium War BY Siddiq Barmak
- 2009: Broderskab BY Nicolo Donato
- 2010: Kill Me Please BY Olias Barco
- 2011: Un cuento chino BY Sebastián Borensztein
- 2012: Marfa Girl BY Larry Clark
- 2006: Giorgio Colangeli (in L´aria salata)
- 2007: Rade Šerbedžija (in Fugitive Pieces)
- 2008: Bohdan Stupka (in Serce na dloni)
- 2009: Sergio Castellitto (in Alza la testa)
- 2010: Toni Servillo (in Una vita tranquilla)
- 2011: Guillaume Canet (in Une vie meilleure)
- 2012: Jeremie Elkaim (in Hand in the Hand)
- 2013: Matthew McConaughey (in Dallas Buyers Club)
- 2006: Ariane Ascaride (in Le voyage en Arménie)
- 2007: Jiang Wenli (in And the Spring Comes)
- 2008: Donatella Finocchiaro (in Galantuomini)
- 2009: Helen Mirren (in The Last Station)
- 2010: All of the actresses in Las buenas hierbas
- 2011: Noomi Rapace in Babycall
- 2012: Isabella Ferrari in And They Call It Summer
- 2013: Scarlett Johansson in Her
Jury Special Prize
- 2006: This Is England by Shane Meadows
- 2010: Poll by Chris Kraus
- 2011: The Eye of the Storm by Fred Schepisi
- 2011: Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz
- 2006: Sean Connery
- 2007: Sophia Loren
- 2008: Clint Eastwood
- 2009: Meryl Streep
- 2010: Julianne Moore
- 2011: Richard Gere
The Rome Film Fest’s Jury is composed by a president, normally a renowned director (2006 edition, Ettore Scola), and 50 Jurors, which, unlike most film festivals, are not film professionals. In fact, it is a People's Jury made up by common moviegoers selected both in Italy and Europe.
The Rome Film Festival is produced by the Cinema per Roma Foundation, whose president is Goffredo Bettini. Even though the festival has a high number of private sponsors, the City Council of Rome, in the name of the Mayor and film lover Walter Veltroni, the Province of Rome and the Lazio Region strongly support it both in terms of economic investment and institutional communication.
The Artistic Direction of the festival relies on its 5 directors:
- Teresa Cavina (Cinema 2007 and New Cinema Network)
- Piera Detassis (Première)
- Gianluca Giannelli (Alice in the City)
- Giorgio Gosetti (Cinema 2007 and Business Street)
- Mario Sesti (Extra and The Actor’s Craft)
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