Biografilm 2020-featured

As an international celebration of lives, Bologna, Italy’s Biografilm yesterday wrapped up their 16th edition. Like many others, the documentary & feature film festival took place online due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however also like many others, it enjoyed much success as audiences filled (45,000+) the Hera Theatre virtual cinema.

The festival itself, born from the idea that “life stories are a catalyst which activates questions and answers on the crucial issues of contemporary life and offers and opportunity to study and discuss complex, current topics” seems more relevant than ever in the changing, tumultuous, and volatile world of 2020. With diverse stories from both established filmmakers and emerging talents, documentaries like Sing Me a Song (dir. Thomas Balmès), Angels of Diamond Street (dir. Petr Lom), Love Child (dir. Eva Mulvad), and The Forum (dir. Marcus Vetter) featured across its 40 selected films.

On Monday, 15 June, Biografilm 2020 was back in theaters as it handed out its awards at Pop Up Cinema Medica Palace di Bologna. For the International Competition, the jury was made up of director and critic Luca Ragazzi, artist Shelly Silver, and documentary consultant and programmer Martijn te Pas. The jury of the Biografilm Italia Competition consisted of actor Roberta Matter, documentary producer Cristina Rajola, and documentary filmmaker Ester Sparatore. The jury of Biografilm’s industry event consisted of Al Jazeera Balkans# producer Lejla Dedic and consultant/author Markus Nikel.

The winners

  • Best Film Unipol Award: Walchansee Forever (dir. Janna Ji Wonder)
  • Premio Hera “Nuova Talenti” Award: The Earth is Blue as an Orange (dir. Iryna Tsylik)
  • Menzione Speciale – Hera “Nuovi Talenti”: Noodle Kid (dir. Nuo Hing) & Wake Up On Mars (dir. Dea Gjinovci)
  • Best Film Award: Our Road (dir. Pierfrancesco Li Donni)
  • Menzione Speciale: In a Future April (dir. Francesco Costabile & Federico Savonitto)
  • Audience Award: The Self Portrait (dir. Katja Hogset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin)
  • Best European Project | Bio to B 2020: Jump Out (dir. Nika Saravanja)
  • Best Italian Project | Bio to B 2020: The Mayor: Me, Mussolini & the Museum (dir. Shah Povia)
  • Best Emilia-Romagna Project | Bio to B 2020: 50-Santarcangelo Festival (dir. Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi)
  • DAE Award | Bio to B 2020: Red Flag. Or: The Story of How I Became a Communist When I was 8 and Now I Don’t Know who the Hell to Vote For (dir. Nicola Piovesan)