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BUILDING BRIDGES: Emerging Filmmakers Awards

  • 15 Dec 2019

In 2020, the Italian Film Festival (IFF) celebrates its eleventh anniversary! This time again, the IFF will offer two award opportunities for the best short films made by emerging filmmakers working and living in Italy and Minnesota. The Italian Film Festival’s "Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” will be chosen by an esteemed panel of jurors and the winning films will screen at the 2020 IFF.

The jury will select two films--one made in Italy and one made in Minnesota--and each film will receive a 2020 "Building Bridges Award." Each winner will receive a cash prize and the IFF will cover the director's travel to the festival.

This year’s Film Festival's “Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” theme is water (acqua in Italian). For this second edition of the awards, short films submitted should present their very own artistic and/or poetic interpretation of water.


Regular deadline: November 25, 2019
Late deadline: December 15, 

Water is the key to life. Water runs the world. It is also what defines and connects us, from beautiful Venice to the beloved State of “clear blue water”, Minnesota, from the pristine shores of the Amalfi Coast to the fragile sanctuary of the Boundary Waters.

Water is powerful yet scarce and precious. It brings life as well as it takes it. It impacts our way of living and vice versa. Water can generate violence and struggles over territory between communities and nations. It is also source of incredible beauty, deeply anchored into civilizations and their beliefs.

By selecting your creation, our ambition is to celebrate your expression of Water / Acqua. We are open to creative approaches to this theme and welcome your interpretations and experiments.

The Italian Film Festival’s "Building Bridges: Emerging Filmmaker Awards” are dedicated to Massimo Bonavita, former president and co-founder of The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul.

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