THE WINNERS OF THE XVII EDITION OF THE RELIGION TODAY FILM FESTIVAL

Trento
Saturday, 18 October, 2014

The juries of the XVII edition of Religion Today (International Jury, SIGNIS Jury and Special Juries) have chosen the winning films of the Film Festival.

Today, Saturday 18 October 2014, at 21.00, the Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the Teatro San Marco in Trento.
In awarding the different Prizes, the juries especially appreciated the sheer variety of styles and themes represented at the Festival, from interreligious coexistence, originally presented in an Italian-style comedy, to art house cinema played against the subtle exploration of situations and feelings, and documentaries which tell of the desire for dialogue without hiding the complexities it poses, dialogue between religions, religious institutions, the pleas and challenges posed by civil society also on themes such as sexuality and gender issues.

The International Jury, namely Renato Butera sdb (Rome), John Forrest (London), Mohammad Gozarabadi (Tehran), Giovanni Guaita (Moscow) and Daniella Tourgeman (Jerusalem), awarded the prize for best film to “CIRCLES” (by Srdan Golubović, Serbia, 2013, film, 112'); a special mention goes to “WITH OTHERS” (by Nasser Zamiri, Iran, 2014, film, 85'). The Prize for best short went ex aequo to “AUJOURD’HUI” (by Anne-Sophie Rouvillois, France, 2014, short, 31') and to “RANGAN 99” (by Tiyam Yabandeh, Iran, 2014, short, 15'); a special mention for “CORNERSTONE” (by David Tauber, Israel, 2013, short, 24'). As best documentary the International Jury instead chose “MY BROTHER’S VOWS” (by Stephanie Weimar, Canada, 2013, doc, 88'). The Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith” was awarded to the feature film “AMELUK” (by Mimmo Mancini, Italy, 2014, film, 98').

The SIGNIS Prize, awarded by the SIGNIS Jury (World Catholic Association for Communication), namely Lukáš Jirsa (Prague), Arianna Prevedello (Padua) and Irena Sever (Zagreb), went to the film “MAGIC MEN” (by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv, Israel, 2013, film, 100'). A special mention went to “AUJOURD’HUI” (by Anne-Sophie Rouvillois, France, 2014, short, 31').

 

WINNERS

International Jury

Best film
“CIRCLES” (by Srdan Golubović, Serbia, 2013, film, 112')
Special mention “WITH OTHERS” (by Nasser Zamiri, Iran, 2014, film, 85')

Best short ex aequo
“AUJOURD’HUI” (by Anne-Sophie Rouvillois, France, 2014, short, 31')
“RANGAN 99” (by Tiyam Yabandeh, Iran, 2014, short, 15')
Special mention “CORNERSTONE” (by David Tauber, Israel, 2013, short, 24')

Best documentary
“MY BROTHER’S VOWS” (by Stephanie Weimar, Canada, 2013, doc, 88')

Grand Prize “In the Spirit of Faith”
“AMELUK” (by Mimmo Mancini, Italy, 2014, film, 98')

SIGNIS Jury

SIGNIS Prize 
“MAGIC MEN” (by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv, Israel, 2013, film, 100')
Special mention “AUJOURD’HUI” (by Anne-Sophie Rouvillois, France, 2014, short, 31')

Special Juries

SECTION: Exploring the Differences FSC Università Pontificia Salesiana special jury
Prize THE SARATOV APPROACH (by Garrett Batty, USA, 2014, film, 100')

SECTION: In Short CinemAMoRe cinema Trentino special jury
Prize ALL THE WINTERS I HAVEN’T SEEN (by Omid Khoshnazar, Iran, 2014, short, 17')

SECTION: Peace & Human Rights Forum Trentino for Peace and Human Rights special jury
Prize IL CUORE DELL’ASSASSINO (by Catherine McGilvray, Italy-USA, 2013, doc, 56')
Special mention SALMA (by Kim Longinotto, United Kingdom, 2013, doc, 90')

SECTION: Visions Community of Lisignago special jury
Prize L’ICONOGRAPHE (by Lessandro Sócrates, Canada, 2013, doc, 13')

SECTION: Changes Municipality of Arco special jury
Prize URBAN PRAYERS (by Sabrina Dittus, Germany, 2012, doc, 58')
Special mention THE LAST DANCE (by Diego D'Innocenzo & Marco Leopardi, Italy, 2013, doc, 52')
 

The journey of Religion Today will continue long after the awards ceremony of the cinema competition.
The next stop along the pathway consolidating our national and international partnerships will be Monday 20 October at 09.30 in Rome, for a new important opportunity to showcase the festival in the capital. Among the events planned is an International Seminar on the annual theme of the Festival “Change! Religions, society, change” in collaboration with the Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione Sociale of the Università Pontificia Salesiana, as well as a first, namely that of a screening at the Pitigliani – Italian Jewish Centre.
After this important national collaboration the now traditional visit to the community of Nomadelfia will follow with three days of screenings and events open to school in the Grosseto area.
Further collaborations and exchanges will also follow with the international partners of the festival around the world, those dealing with dialogue between cinema and religions, starting with the Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem.