Saturday, 21 October, 2017

The international juries and the special juries and  have awarded the prizes to the winning films of the 20th Religion Today Film Festival “Twenty years that changed the world”. A double win for the latest film by Ermanno Olmi “Vedete, sono uno di voi”, on the emblematic figure of Cardinal Martini, which was awarded both the Grand Prize In the Spirit of Faith and the SIGNIS jury prize. Also awarded were “The Chop”, an entertaining British short film on coexistence between Jews and Muslims and “Returnee”, an intense Kazakh film.

The juries of the 20th Religion Today Film Festival have awarded prizes and special mentions after several days of intense work. The international jury – namely Benjamin Freidenberg, director and scholar, programmer of the Jerusalem Film Festival and member of the Israel Film Academy; Goran Radovanovic, Serbian director and winner of many awards. member of the European Film Academy of Berlin; Bernadette Schramm, producer of the Cambridge Watersprite Film Festival; Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, president of the Rainbow Film Society, founder and director of the Dhaka International Film Festival; Antonio Urrata, former director general of the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo and the Tertio Millennio Film Fest, since 2009 a European delegate for SIGNIS for cinema – has awarded the prize for best film to RETURNEE, a Kazakh film by Sabit Kurmanbekov. Best short went to THE CHOP, by British filmmaker Lewis Rose. The prize for best documentary instead went to A157, an Iranian documentary by Behrouz Nouranipour. Two special mentions: the first to the documentary LIBERAMI by Federica Di Giacomo, winner of last year’s Nuovi Orizzonti prize in Venice, the second to the Estonian film COME BACK FREE by Ksenia Okhapkina. The Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith in memory of Davide Zordan” was assigned to the film by Ermanno Olmi on the figure of Cardinal Martini, VEDETE, SONO UNO DI VOI. Read more

Tonight at the Teatro San Marco the festival concluded with an evening dedicated to migrations and the live concert by Stregoni with Johnny Mox and Above The Tree who use tracks on the mobile phones of migrants to create innovative compositions. At the end the screening of the winning film of the Grand Prize In the Spirit of Faith, VEDETE, SONO UNO DI VOI. The Religion Today Film Festival has not quite finished its appointments. From 15.30 tomorrow, Sunday 23 October, at the Teatro San Marco, a selection of winning films will be screened. Monday sees the first appointment outside the province, in Merano, and in the month of November the trip to Rome followed by exchanges with our international partners from Jerusalem to Dakha.

The twentieth edition of the Religion Today Film Festival is drawing to a satisfactory close on the organizers’ part. Testifying to its success, together with the numerous positive comments on the part of the audiences, are the numbers:
- 41 films in competition from 28 different countries
- 40 guests from Italy and the world
- 5 matinées for schools in Trento, Arco, Pergine and Borgo Valsugana, for a total of around 2000 students ranging from elementary to high school age
- 2500 people attending with the involvement of both old and new citizens. Results which were achieved only thanks to the ever greater network of collaborations and partners who enriched the Festival with fresh perspectives and experiences.