Rutger Hauer Challenges Filmmakers Around The World

Rutger Hauer challenges filmmakers around the world to show him ”things you people wouldn’t believe”, and he will personally award the winners during the Festival’s Gala Award evening


in cooperation with Comune di Milano – Cultura and with Provincia di Milano – Cultura and under the Patronage of

Regione Lombardia – Culture Identita ed Autonomie della Lombardia and of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands announced on June 16 the titles of the films selected for its International Competition!

The complete list is available on

MILAN, ITALY (June 18, 2010): With 250 films from 72 countries, the I’VE SEEN FILMS International Competition provides one of the largest and more innovative celebrations to film and culture.

I’VE SEEN FILMS invites you to explore the 250 feature and short films, documentaries, music videos, animation and experimental works that will screen in Milano during the Festival’s 10-day period (September 30-October 9) in the following venues: Gnomo Milano Cinema, Spazio Oberdan, Centre Culturel Francais, while the Gala Award Evening will take place on Friday, October 8 in the impressive setting of the Royal Palace.

These 250 films are competing for the ICFILMS Awards:

  • ”20th Century Fox H. E.” Best Film in Competition ICFILMS Award
  • ”20th Century Fox H. E.” Best Short Film in Competition ICFILMS Award
  • Best Fiction ICFILMS Award
  • Best First Work ICFILMS Award
  • Best Documentary ICFILMS Award
  • Best Experimental ICFILMS Award
  • Best Animation ICFILMS Award
  • Best Videoclip ICFILMS Award
  • Best Actor ICFILMS Award
  • Best Actress ICFILMS Award
  • ”Milan Municipality – Culture” Art ICFILMS Award (plus ‘2,000)
  • ”President of the Italian Republic ” Social Awareness ICFILMS Award
  • The 2010 International Competition includes a special section dedicated to works dealing with themes and images from Arts (painting, sculpture, theater, poetry and literature). The Culture Department of the Milano Municipality will assign a prize of Euro2,000 to this category’s winner.

    Also, the two awards for the Internet Contest (presently going on), will be assigned during the Gala Award Evening.

    I’VE SEEN FILMS has something for every film audience and it showcases international independent filmmaking talent.

    All the films selected for I’VE SEEN FILMS represent a broad range of work, from fiction to animation, from documentary to experimental, primarily by emerging directors, with a few titles by more established international film artists, as well as many national and international premieres.

    We also feature thorny political issues regarding the Middle East; in-depth explorations of societies in crisis; wry portrayals of unemployment problems; battles against environment pollution and conflicts on water issues; immigration and human organ trafficking; famine and cannibalism; violence against women and children, and so on.

    Our selected films also tell engaging stories about cathedral builders, art and creativity in South Africa , inflatable women and grand-mothers, Super 8 vs. Digital camera fights, as well as homages to Twilight, and to Burlesque and Noir genres.

    The authors’ response to I’VE SEEN FILMS 2010 Edition has been extraordinary, resulting in 3,482 works received from 98 countries.

    Thanks to an agreement with the Microcinema Digital Network, the films from I’VE SEEN FILMS festival will be broadcast to Microcinema’s network theaters via satellite, paving an innovative path in the film festival world. An ever increasing audience has the possibility to enjoy, in digitalized theaters, the best original works of authors from all over the world. An imporant initiative is the ISIDE 4 Africa (I4A) project, which focuses on the supply of I’VE SEEN FILMS works to some Burkina Faso, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo primary and professional high schools, as well as to African health and cultural centers.

    I’VE SEEN FILMS can count on a Jury formed by many notable artistic talents and experts of the cinematography sector. The 2010 Jury members, including the Festival’s founder Rutger Hauer, are: Miranda Richardson (Dance with a Stranger, Empire of the Sun, The Crying Game, Damage, Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Anton Corbijn (U2: The Best of 1990-2000, Linear, Some YoYo Stuff, Control, The American), Roberto Faenza (Copkiller, The Bachelor, Jonah Who Lived in the Whale, According to Pereira, Lost Lover, The Soul Keeper), Bill Bristow (Who Are They, Prosit Ermanno! The Swan, Fleas), Takehito Kuroha (Lookin’ for Real Violence, Clacson, Roulette), and filmmaking experts such as Grazyna Torbicka (journalist, artistic director and TV presenter), Cesare Vergati (film department responsible at Centre Culturel Francais de Milan, writer and poet), and Flavia Costa (film scholar and film festival organizer).

    Centre Culturel Francais de Milan, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, 20th Century Fox, Best Movie,, the Rutger Hauer FilmFactory, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), and Goethe Institute Mailand have already confirmed their cooperation to I’VE SEEN FILMS.

    The Festival’s Media Partner is CNR Media who, through its radio, television and website ( network, will keep the audience up to date on the Festival news.

    Since its 2008 inception, I’VE SEEN FILMS has been the first film festival in the world to screen the authors’ works in a masterful, high-definition digitalized version. This is a key feature, uncommon in other festivals, that requires a high degree of professional technical knowledge and expertise.

    With I’VE SEEN FILMS, authors, along with their works, become the Festival’s real protagonists.

    I’VE SEEN FILMS – International Film Festival

    ORGANIZATION: The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association


    President : Rutger Hauer

    Director: PierPaolo De Fina

    Artistic Directors : Pier Paolo De Fina and Giancarlo Zappoli

    Organization Responsible: Flavia Costa

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    Garrett Godwin is an entertainment journalist, who writes for NewsBlaze about television and people in the entertainment industry, from his home state of Michigan. Contact Garrett by writing to NewsBlaze.