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

The winners of the 18th edition of the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival on the New Cinema Aquila directed by Fabrizio Ferrari have been announced.

Our jury that has had the important task of decreeing the winners this year was made of Ukrainian journalist and film critic Nadia Zavarova, the German consultant for international festivals Bernd Brehmer, the Romanian journalist and writer Tatiana Covore, the American-Argentine musician and journalist Diego Petrecolla, together with the Italians: the composer Stefano Ratchev, the scriptwriter and director Salvatore Basile, the actor and director Vincenzo Alfieri.

The jurors awarded the winners in the presence of Luca Bergamo, Deputy Mayor of Rome and Alessandro Haber, who has always been interested in 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 Second of the Japanese director Hikari, with the following motivation: “Japan. In a world that seems to be hundreds of miles away from the European life, the film offers in a delicate and touching way, evergreen topics: trying to position itself in a competitive society “.

Like last year, the Award for Best Documentary, Italian and International, is an award given by the audience. RIFF Award for the best international documentary  goes to “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” by Barbara Bentree on the Oscar-winning composer of Tootsie, The graduate and Milagro among others.
FIlm “Pastrone” wins RIFF Award for best Italian Documentary by Lorenzo De Nicola, the director of “Cabiria”.




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