The Award Ceremony closed the 9th edition of Sciacca Film Fest, yesterday.
This year, for the first time, the festival changed formula: the directors offered a longer and richer version of it and introduced an entry fee. Guests of the Festival great names of the show-business: Maria Sole Tognazzi, Gianfranco Pannone, Mario Balsamo, Alessandro Piva, as well as great musicians and performers that, with their presence, made up a varied and extremely interesting show at Badia Grande, unique and stunning location of Sciacca Film Fest.
Raimondo Crociani, editor and friend with the great Ettore Scola, was awarded with a Melqart, reproduction of the statue that represents the whole festival, for his brilliant career and great work throughout the years.
Two juries, made up of members of the show-business, had the task of choosing the winner of the three contests. The first, made up of directors Luca Vullo and Giovanni Volpe and producer Mia Arfuso, voted “Dove l’acqua con l’altra acqua si confonde” as Best Short Movie by Massimo Loi and Gianluca Mangiasciutti; as well as a special mention to Pedro Solìs Garcìa for his “Cuerdas”.
Gianfranco Pannone and Francesco Calogero, directors, and Elisa Rosi, CICAE member, made up the second jury that awarded the Best Movie to “La casa delle estati lontane”, by Shirel Amitay and Best Documentary to “Due Sicilie” by Alessandro Piva. The jury also gave a special mention to two other works: “Sponde – nel sicuro sole del nord” by Irene Dionisio and “Triokala” by Leandro Picarella, who also got the People’s Choice Award together with “Non c’è campo”, by Manfredi Russo and “La casa delle estate lontane” by Shirel Amitay.
More Prizes were awarded as regard to another section of the festival: “Other identities”, created to give attention to those films that manage to tackle the theme of disabilities with strength and without clichés or rhetoric. Members of the jury teacher Daniela Campione, psychologist Enza Galluzzo and Rita Montalbano, president of “Crescere Insieme” association, awarded the Merlquart to “Jasmine”, by Almuhannad Kalthoum; as well as a special mention to “Due piedi sinistri” by Isabella Salvetti.
More prizes for another section: “Le regard innocent”, a series of film from eleven different countries from North Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf. For this section the Melquart was awarded to actress Fay Alkashawi from Bahrein and art director Linda Khalifa from Arab Emirates. The best short movie for this section was awarded to “The Protest” by Omar Falay, Syrian film that will represent Sciacca Film Fest to the next edition of the Italian Doc Screening, international festival held in Palermo where international broadcasting like BBC and Al Jazeera will be present. A special mention to the short movie “The Hole” by Fouadi Khater from Saudi Arabia . Another special Melqart was awarded to Sabah Benziadi, responsible of the special section, for selecting the final 19 films out of more than the three hundred that were sent to the festival this year.