Rome Film Festival, award for female excellence

The Women in Cinema Award, the prize reserved for female excellence, also returns to the Rome Film Festival. This year also a special section dedicated to African women.

The event, which will take place on 19 October at 6.30 pm in the Scarpa Room of the MAXXI Museum in Rome, is curated by Claudia Conte, human rights activist, and aims to highlight the stories and achievements of women in the world of cinema, with particular attention to social issues.

Nina Zilli and Lina Sastri among the winners of the Women in Cinema Award

Among this year’s awardees are the singer-songwriter Nina Zilli, the stylist Vivia Ferragamo, the journalist and documentary maker Francesca Mannocchi, the screenwriter Doriana Leondeff and Daria D’Antonio, director of photography, a role often dominated by men. Additionally, actress Lina Sastri will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the world of cinema. A special award for social issues is dedicated to African women and the drama of trafficking. It will be awarded to Joy Ezekiel, a young Nigerian woman who experienced the horror of trafficking and who found the courage to tell her story in the book “I am Joy, a cry for freedom from the slavery of trafficking”preface by Pope Francis.

“Human trafficking, which is modern slavery, forces young women but often also girls to prostitute themselves and sell their bodies as goods, suffering violence of all kinds – declares Claudia Conte – and reduced to inhuman conditions for the benefit of traffickers and exploiters , represents the most serious crime against humanity. A serious violation of rights that we must rebel against, in the hope that we can build a better society. This is why the prize in this edition has a particular flavour, because it is awarded to Joy, a woman who did not lack the courage to rise up against an atrocious fate. A courage that we should all have, to break this horrible chain.”

Round Table in collaboration with KPMG

The ceremony will be preceded at 5.00 pm by a round table entitled “Let no talent go to waste. Business culture and equity” organized by Claudia Conte in collaboration with KPMG to offer a reflective contribution on the topic of valorisation of talents (particularly female ones), human capital and sustainable and inclusive development in the film and cultural industry. Moderated by journalist Francesca Cenci, the discussion will see the participation of Svetlana Celli, President of the Capitoline Assembly of Rome; Chiara Sbarigia, President of Cinecittà and APA; Federica Lucisano, CEO of Lucisano Media Group; Lodovico Mazzolin, DG of the Institute for Sports Credit; Roberto Natale, RAI Director for Sustainability; Mario Luciano Crea, President of the Culture commission of the Lazio Region.

Women in Cinema Award which enjoys the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, is an event created by Angela Prudenzi, Claudia Conte and Cristina Scognamillo. The prizes will be awarded by a prestigious Academy made up of Italian journalists.

The event is made possible thanks to the support of partners such as KPMG, Aliante Partners, ILBE SpA, Banca Generali Private and New Weld Technology, together with technical partners such as Michele Affidato, Best Color, Zonin, Sharon Russo and Dr. Annalisa Calisti. Women in Cinema Award has also established collaborations with ICFF – Italian Contemporary Film Festival, Women Of Change, l’Age d’Or, Cultura Italiae and A2030 Social Innovation Designers, strengthening its commitment to promoting female talent in the world of cinema and beyond .