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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 Fiore
    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, 2017
    One 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, 2017
    Comedic 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, 2017
    Toronto-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, 2017
    Over 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, 2017
    Danny 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, 2017
    Ruth Borgobello is an Italian-Austrilian director, originally from the Friulian region in Northern Italy.
  • Frank D’Angelo -
    June, 2017
    Giancarlo 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, 2017
    Alan Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator
  • Christian De Sica -
    June, 2017
    Christian 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, 2017
    Paola 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


Checco Zalone

Actor

Claudia Cardinale

Actor

Raoul Bova

Actor

Gennaro Nunziante

Screenwriter and Director

Massimo Capra

Restaurant consultant and Chef

Giacomo Gianniotti

Actor

Gianni Minà

Actor

Renzo Martinelli

Screenwriter, Director and Producer

Roberto Benigni & Nicoletta Braschi

Actor

Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone

Comedian

Vincenzo Nisco

Producer

Edoardo Leo

Actor

Andrea Iervolino

Producer

Mischa Barton

Actress

Dakota Goyo

Actor

Brando Quilici

Producer and Director

Carlo Verdone

Actor

Dakota Goyo

Comedian

Danny Glover

Actor and Producer

Vittoria Puccini

Actress

Stephen Baldwin

Actor

Martina Stella

Actress

Paolo Genovese

Director and Writer

Silvio Soldini

Actor

Robert Loggia

Actor and Director

Valeria Marini

Actress

Nicolas Vaporidis

Actor

Rick Campanelli

Actor

Monica Nappo

Actress

Ivan Cotroneo

Writer and Director

Marco Tullio Giordana

Director and Writer

Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Actress

Rocco Mortelliti

Director and Writer

Marco Turco

Actor

Walter Nudo

2017 PHOTO GALLERY


2017 ICFF Opening Night Closing Night 2017

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.

Bello to Beautiful Committee


Carlo Coen is the Program Coordinator of the ICFF and teaches a course on Italian Cinema at York University

Carlo Coen

Peter Gentile is a producer who has created many award-winning productions in the documentary, drama and performing arts genres.

Peter Gentile

Amanda Macchia is an independent filmmaker and curator. She directed her first feature film, Yorkville, in 2014. She is the founder and programmer of the IDF Film Festival, held annually in Toronto, New York and Berlin.

Amanda Macchia


Sergio Navarretta is a producer and director, known for Looking for Angelina (2005), The Fortune Cookie (2012) and The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship (2015).

Sergio Navarretta

Gabriele Scardellato is an essay writer and a scholar. He is the Director of the Mariano Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at York University, Toronto.

Gabriele Scardellato

Paul Tana is a director and writer, known for La Sarrasine (1992), Mr. Aiello (1998) and Caffe Italia Montréal (1985).

Paul Tana

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