The ICFF takes great pride in awarding the best in Italian contemporary Cinema, and each festival we’re honoured to give recognition to those that make this possible and relevant.
2017 AWARD WINNERS
- Excellence Award - Ruth Borgobello
The winner of the 2017 Excellence Award is Ruth Borgobello, the Italian-Australian director, who’s movie The Space Between had its North American Premiere at the ICFF. Borgobello’s film tells the tail of love and loss, taking place admits the breathtaking views of the Friulian region.
- Special Achievement Award - Tony Nardi
Best actor for La Sarrasine.
Tony Nardi won this award for Best Actor for La Sarrasine, by Paul Tana. The screening was part of “Bello to Beautiful”, a program that celebrates the invaluable contribution of Italian-Canadian cineastes to the Canadian film industry.
- Best Short Film Award - Office Kingdom
Directed by Salvatore Centoducati, Eleonora Bertolucci, Ruben Pirito and Giulio De Toma.
The Prize was announced by Daniel Garber, representing the Short film Jury, during the Closing Gala of the Festival.
- ICFF Junior Award - Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori
Directed by Luca Lucini.
This award was presented at the closing gala of ICFF to the film How to Grow Up Despite your Parents by Luca Lucini.
- IC Savings Award For Outstanding Career - Alan Barillaro for Piper
Alan Barillaro was extremely honoured to be at this year’s festival and excitedly arrived on stage to receive his award.
- Film Critics Award - In memory of Angela Baldassarre
Directed by Claudio Giovannesi
The Toronto Film Critics Association Jury voted Claudio Giovannesi’s Fiore as Best Film at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Canada. The Prize was announced by Jim Slotek, representing the Jury, during the Closing Gala of the Festival.
- People’s Choice Award - In Guerra per Amore
Directed by Pierfrancesco Diliberto (PIF)
Director Pierfrancesco Diliberto, In War for Love is the winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award. A tender love story intertwines with the allied conquer of Sicily during WWII, where the US Army had to find partners in the local society.
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Christian De Sica - Christian De Sica.The winner of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award is Christian de Sica, the Italian comedy king and showman, adored by his longstanding fans of all generations. Starring in 107 films, De Sica is an actor of many talents with an effervescent presence on set, stage and in person.
- Special Achievement Award - Paola Cortellesi.
Special Achievement Award for Qualcosa di Nuovo and Mamma o Papà.
As wonderful as on screen, Cortellesi graciously and emotionally accepted this award, quite moved by her Canadian support at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the opening screening of Something New.
- Trilogy Award - Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Giannini, Franco Nero
for The Neighborhood directed by Frank D’Angelo.
The Trilogy Award goes to three special cineasts that uniquely connect Italy, Hollywood and Canadian cinema.
2017 SPECIAL GUESTS
- Giancarlo Giannini -
June, 2017One of the most talented and recognizable actors in the Italian film industry, Giancarlo Giannini has an incredible film career to show for, during which he played an array of diverse characters.
- Leo Gullotta -
June, 2017Comedic and dramatic actor, loved by fans and critics alike, Gullotta won the prestigious David di Donatello in 1987 for the best supporting actor in the film Il Camorrista.
- David Rocco -
June, 2017Toronto-born chef David Rocco has achieved world recognition in his career. Hailed as aa skilled Italian chef, his four television programs and four bestselling novels have made him known in over 120 countries across the globe.
- Franco Nero -
June, 2017Over the past 50 years, Franco Nero has appeared in over 200 movies around the world including Django, Die Hard 2, Django Unchained, and Cars 2.
- Danny Aiello -
June, 2017Danny Aiello is part of a large group of American actors with Italian origins that created the stereotypical Italian mob boss or typical pizza chef in modern film
- Ruth Borgobello -
June, 2017Ruth Borgobello is an Italian-Austrilian director, originally from the Friulian region in Northern Italy.
- Frank D’Angelo -
June, 2017Giancarlo Frank D’Angelo is an award-winning filmmaker having secured 15 wins and another nine nominations over the course of his short career.
- Alan Barillaro -
June, 2017Alan Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator
- Christian De Sica -
June, 2017Christian De Sica is an actor, director, and the son of the late famous Italian film director Vittorio De Sica and Maria Mercader.
- Paola Cortellesi -
June, 2017Paola Cortellesi has experience as a singer, writer, and an actor for both screen and stage. She has appeared in over 20 films and is a nationally recognized comic actress in Italy.
2017 PREVIOUS GUESTS
Screenwriter and Director
Restaurant consultant and Chef
Screenwriter, Director and Producer
Roberto Benigni & Nicoletta Braschi
Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone
Producer and Director
Actor and Producer
Director and Writer
Actor and Director
Writer and Director
Marco Tullio Giordana
Director and Writer
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Director and Writer
ITALIAN & CANADIAN
In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival presented by IC Savings, was proud to present From Bello to Beautiful: The Art and Impact of Italian-Canadian Cinema. The exciting 7-day free-admission screening series of a multitude of inspirational films crafted by Italian-Canadians ran from June 8th – June 16th, 2017.
The new slate of programming and events paid tribute to a selection of key figures in the history of Canadian Cinema, showcasing Italian immigrants that have had an immeasurable impact in Ontario, and for the City of Toronto in various sectors including cuisine, construction, and neighbourhoods.
Screenings took place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King St West, Toronto, and Cineplex Cinema Vaughan. Tickets were available through the ICFF website, or in person at the ICFF and TIFF Box Offices.