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RIFF Awards 2019: winners of the XVIII edition announced

Best Film is “37 Seconds” by Hikari

For International Documentaries winner is “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” by Barbara Bentree about the Oscar-winning composer Tootsie
Best Italian Documentary “Pastrone!” by Lorenzo De Nicola on the director of Cabiria
Best Italian short films “Oltre Il Fiume” by Luca Zambolin; “Vittoria per tutti” by Elia Bei wins the RAI Cinema Channel Award


Best Film is "37 Seconds" by Hikari on a wheelchair manga author
for International Documentaries wins "Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time" on the Oscar-winning composer Tootsie and The Graduate
and for the doc. Italians "Pastrone!" by Lorenzo De Nicola on the director of Cabiria
for the Italian shorts : "Oltre Il Fiume" by Luca Zambolin
the jury prize and "Vittoria per tutti" by Elia Bei wins the RAI Cinema Channel award
The winners of the 18th edition of the RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival have been announced at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila directed by Fabrizio Ferrari.
The jury that has had the important task of decreeing the winners this year is composed of Ukrainian journalist and film critic Nadia Zavarova, the German consultant for numerous international festivals Bernd Brehmer, the Romanian journalist and writer Tatiana Covor and the American musician and journalist - Argentine Diego Petrecolla, together with the Italians: composer Stefano Ratchev, screenwriter and director Salvatore Basile, actor and director Vincenzo Alfieri.
The jurors awarded the winners in the presence of Luca Bergamo, Deputy Mayor of Rome and Alessandro Haber, always attentive to independent cinema, and present at the RIFF this year with the documentary Màt Sicuri the last Diogene.
RIFF Award Best Film 2019 for the International Feature Section is 37 Seconds by the Japanese director Hikari, winner of the Panorama section at the Berlinale 2019, with the following motivation: “Japan. In a world that appears and is hundreds of kilometers away from the European way of life, the film offers us, in an extremely delicate and moving way, timeless subjects: a handicapped girl who tries to make her way in life and to position yourself within a competitive society. "
Like last year, the Award for Best Documentary, Italian and International, is an award given by the audience. For internationals he wins the RIFF Award for Best International Documentary Dave Grusin: Not Bent of Enough Time by Barbara Bentree on the Oscar-winning composer of Tootsie, The Graduate and Milagro among others. Pastrone wins for Italian Documentaries! by Lorenzo De Nicola on the director of Cabiria.
International short films section, it is awarded ex aequo to Caesar by Mohamed Megdoul (France) with the motivation: “The conflict of the classic story perfectly transferred to modernity. From the Shakespearean tragedy to the French banlieu. Human nature opens with intensity and depth in the film, where form and content are in harmony "- and to Ethel by Jonny Wright for" the clarity of the story that comes from the beauty of simplicity. Follows the canon of the genre without falling into banality. Shot, recited and written with talent and passion. "A special mention for the International Courts section goes to The Lost One by Matilde Hirsch (France)" for the brilliant idea of ​​reliving an archive film with a contemporary rhythm. The past reborn in the present to inspire the future. "
For the jury of the Festival, he won Luca Zambolin's Award for Best Italian Short Beyond The River judged “an amazing job, which combines a realistic and artistic approach. Cinematographically perfect from beginning to end, the short gives space to multiple interpretations and offers a new point of view compared to traditional representations of the Second World War. "
The Rai Cinema Channel's Best Italian Short Prize of € 3,000 and consisting of a contract for the purchase of web and free TV rights for the short film, by Rai Cinema, which will enjoy visibility on, on its partner sites and, at the discretion of the network managers, on RAI channels, goes to Vittoria per tutti by Elia Bei “Because it tells a dramatic story with a dry and incisive style and turns the spotlight on the very topical issue of revenge porn and more generally of violence against women, a violence that, in the era of social networks, must be increasingly combated in all its forms ”.Jupiter by Benjamin Pfohl (Germany) wins, “for the director's ability to talk about serious and profound things in a simple way. For the rhythm of the cinematic story that keeps the audience in suspense from the beginning to the last second and involves in the illusions, disappointments and hopes of the protagonists. "
A special mention goes to the Italian Tale Night by Gianluca Granocchia story of a bizarre relationship with Riccardo De Filippis and Martina Querini.
The Festival's technical awards have also been announced. The short film Award for the best screenplay consisting of a contribution of 500 euros in money or goods and services for the development or realization of the winning project goes to Amie Bugie and Tarocchi by Roberto Ciotti.
For the Short Film Screenplay Competition, Mondo wins and will take care of you ... of Matteo Mantero.
For the Contest Subjects the winner is Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso's Chinese coach.
MINI is partner of the festival with its iconic cars, official cars of the festival, and with the short A tradition of Family by Giuseppe Cardaci produced by MINI FILMLAB, a project dedicated to young filmmakers made by MINI ITALIA together with OffiCine.
The RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival, conceived and directed by Fabrizio Ferrari, is realized with the contribution and the patronage of the General Direction Cinema - Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, of the Department of Culture and Youth Policies of the Lazio Region and with the Patronage of the Municipality of Rome Department of Cultural Growth.

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