I’ve Seen Films 2010 – The Awards, The Guests, The Artists, and The Festival

The 2010 “I’VE SEEN FILMS” festival ended on October 9 with an extremely successful response from the audience and the authors, who had their works screened in a masterful HD Digital Cinema quality.

With a screening program that contained both feature and short films, there were 250 competing works from 72 countries as well as Special Events and Masterclasses that took place, over the Festival’s 10 day-period, at Gnomo Milano Cinema, Centre Culturel Francais, Spazio Oberdan, and IULM University.

The Gala Award Evening took place on last Friday in a fully packed “Eight Column Hall” of Milan’s Royal Palace, kindly set at the festival’s disposal by the Culture Department of the Milan Municipality, in the presence of an audience comprised of authorities and international artists.

The Gala Award Evening, hosted by producer, director and writer Bill Bristow, along with the skilled vocal Trio ‘The Blue Dolls’, formed by Flavia Barbacetto, Viviana Dragani and Angelica Dettori, honored the winners of the third edition of “I’ve Seen Films”.

The International Jury, formed by Miranda Richardson, Anton Corbijn, Roberto Faenza, Bill Bristow, Takehito Kuroha, Grazyna Torbicka, Cesare Vergati, Flavia Costa and Rutger Hauer assigned the following awards:

Best Short Film, 20th Century Fox H.E: Transit by Chris Roche (UK)

Best Feature Film, 20th Century Fox H.E: Tangled Up in Blue by Haider Rashid (UK/IRAQ/Italy/United Arab Emirates)

Best Fiction: Hymen by Cedric Prevost (France)

Best First Work, Lombardia Film Commission Award: Donne di sabbia by Rita Colantonio (Italy)

Best Animation, CortoWeb Award: L’homme qui dort by Ines Sedan (France/Argentina)

Best Videoclip, Microcinema Digital Network Award: “White Swan” by Sil van der Woerd (The Netherlands)

Best Music Performer Award: Anouk de Groot for “White Swan – Lolly Jane Blue”

Best Art Film, Comune di Milano Award: 41 by Massimo Cappelli (Italy)

Best Social Awareness Film, President of the Italian Republic Award and ‘Rutger Hauer Starfish Association’ Trophy realized by the artist Dario Brevi to L’altra meta by Pippo Mezzapesa (Italy)

Best Actor, CNR Media Award: Ugo Dighero with 41 by Massimo Cappelli (Italy)

Best Actress, Best Movie Magazine Award: Anna Sherbinina with Hymen by Cedric Prevost (France)

Best Documentary Short Film, MyMovies Award: Vivir del aire by David Macian (Spain)

Best Documentary Feature Film, ICFILMS Award: La maglietta rossa by Mimmo Calopresti (Italy)

Best Experimental Film, EUNIC Award: No Sleep Won’t Kill You by Marko Mestrovic (Croatia)

Special Jury Award: The Short Case of Record 12 by Simone Wendel and Mario A. Conte (Germany)

The 20th Century Fox H.E. Internet Jury Award went to Kool South by Miles Goodall (South Africa), and the Internet Audience Award went to Intercambio by Antonello Novellino and Antonio Quintanilla (Italy/Spain).

The 278 Internet works in competition have received more than 150,000 votes and over 2,000,000 views from all over the world.

A special ICFILMS Visual Arts Award was presented, during the Gala Award Evening, to the eclectic Dutch artist Anton Corbijn.

A Special ICFILMS Music and Film Award went to the singer, songwriter and actor Francesco Baccini, who competed with his short film Nerofuori by Davide Bini and Emanuela Mascherini. The Festival, along with the artist, celebrated his successful 20-year career in the entertainment world, as well as his 50th birthday.

24 Mentions went to:

Out of Sync by Peet Gelderblom (The Netherlands)

Back Story by Jeremy Dylan Lanni (USA)

The Old Lady Who Would Not Smile Anymore by Guillaume Levi (France)

Don Justo is Don Justo is Don Justo by Maria Heidemann (The Netherlands)

Nerofuori by Davide Bini and Emanuela Mascherini (Italy)

Ice Scream by Roberto De Feo and Vito Palumbo (Italy)

TransNoir by Dave Michael Guller Gronvall-Pedersen (Denmark)

La vita accanto by Giuseppe Pizzo (Italy)

Riflessi by Emanuela Ponzano (Italy)

Al Buio (Into the Gloom) by Giacomo Arrigoni (Italy)

Ali di cera by Hedy Krissane (Italy)

Habibi by Davide Del Degan (Italy)

TV by Andrea Zaccariello (Italy)

Another Side of the City by Grzegorz Czerniak and Krzysztof Kownas (Poland)

Con gli occhi di un altro by Antonio Raffaele Addamo (Italy)

Pathos by Dennis Cabella, Marcello Ercole and Fabio Prati (Italy)

Il soffio della terra by Stefano Russo (Italy)

Dia de revancha by Alf Moraleja (Spain)

Calibro70 by Alessandro Rota (Italy)

Totem Blue by Massimo Fersini (Italy)

When the Night Fa11s by Derrick Lui (Singapore)

Vous etes servis by Jorge Leon (Belgium/Indonesia)

One Eye wide Open by Amer Preminger and Ami Drodz (Israel/Netherlands)

and to Curro Savoy, protagonist of the documentary Vivir del Aire

With arrivals from all over the world, all of the winning filmmakers attended the Awards Ceremony in Royal Palace’s Eight-Column Hall — in a fully-packed room.

The Blue Dolls Trio sang three musical pieces from their rich repertoire, accompanied by the orchestra directed by Maestro Paolo Volante (at the piano), with Marco Parodi on guitar, Luca Rigazio on drums/percussion and Riccardo Vigore, the upright bassist. The Blue Dolls recently recorded the complete soundtrack (11 songs) of the TV mini-series The Queens of Swing.

The awards were personally handed out to the authors by Rutger Hauer, who was on the stage with the multifaceted artist Anton Corbijn, who also took part in handing out the award for the ‘White Swan’ videoclip.

Also in attendance for the Gala were the Milano Municipality Culture Concillor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, the President of the Lombardia Film Commission, Alberto Contri, and the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Johan S. Kramer, who during the party offered by the Dutch Consulate, cut the I’VE SEEN FILMS “See you next year” cake along with Rutger Hauer.

The festival program included more than 100 European and Italian premieres relevant to the competing films, as well as the touching Armandino e il Madre, produced by Pasta Garofalo, that featured Valeria Golino in her brilliant directorial debut.

“I’VE SEEN FILMS” has once again pioneered itself as the pacemaker, standing out among all other film festivals by having provided the authors the opportunity to watch their works screened in an HD Digital Cinema quality, thanks to the very high level of technical knowledge of the festival organization.

With Microcinema Digital Network and the support of the European Space Agency, the “I’VE SEEN FILMS” works are distributed via satellite to more than 100 theaters belonging to this important circuit. Furthermore, this agreement also allows the diffusion of “I’VE SEEN FILMS” works through the Swedish Digitala Hus and the Spanish Anella Cultural networks, as well as through an African circuit as part of the ISIDE “I4A” cultural project, launched in cooperation with UNESCO, that since the month of December 2009 has been broadcasting some of the “I’VE SEEN FILMS” works to the African communities in Burkina Faso, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All of the Festival’s competing films were outstanding due to their high artistic and quality level. This year’s competing author line-up included Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy nominated and/or award-winning filmmakers who came from all over the world to be in attendance.

All films were screened in their original language, with English subtitles. Entrance was free for all screenings, special events and masterclasses, for all locations.

“I’VE SEEN FILMS”, in cooperation with the IULM University in Milan, organized a Masterclass planned by PierPaolo De Fina, entitled Blade Runner: Remembering the Future, where the world’s most famous replicant, Rutger Hauer, and his unforgettable Roy Batty character entertained the students and the audience in a packed Univeristy Hall, for almost two hours, with a virtual journey of the most hidden secrets in the production of this cult legend of the filmmaking world.

Another Masterclass, planned by PierPaolo De Fina and Giancarlo Zappoli, was held in the Spazio Oberdan theater, entitled “Festivals and Independent Film Promotion”, whose speakers were Luca De Gasperin from Microcinema Digital Network, the artist Francesco Baccini, the Festival’s director PierPaolo De Fina and the Co-Artistic Director Giancarlo Zappoli.

Always maintaining special consideration regarding air pollution and car traffic problems, “I’VE SEEN FILMS”, with its Main Sponsor “smart”, presented the most recent jewel of the German company: the marvellous and extremely practical “smart fortwo electic drive”. It is a car that, with its “zero emissions”, solves the air pollution problems of our cities choked by smog and thanks to its very small size, eases parking problems. The “smart fortwo electric drive” cars were utilized in the transport of the Festival guests and artists in and around Milano during the festival’s days.

The 2011 “I’ve Seen Films” Call for Entry will be launched very soon from the Festival’s official website.

The 2010 Festival catalogue is available for free download from this link: www.icfilms.org/eng/catalogs.php

The Festival’s Media Partner is CNR Media who, through its radio, television and website (www.cnrmedia.com) network, kept the audience up to date on the Festival news.

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


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.