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Juries and Awards

The Feature Film Jury and the Journalist Jury

Two official juries

The “Windows on the World” Feature Film Competition Jury awards by 8000€ the Comune di Milano Windows on the World Prize for the Best Feature Film. The “Windows on the World” Feature Film Competition Jury awards the Comune di Milano “Windows on the World” Prize for the Best Feature Film Embracing the attention the FESCAAAL is giving to the women talents in this edition, the Feature Film Competition Jury will be entirely composed by women with some emerging faces of the international cinema: the Tunisian Hinde Boujemaa (awarded in 2019 at the TFF for Le rêve de Noura); Beatriz Seigner, Brazilian screenwriter and director, winner of the Audience Award at FESCAAAL 2019 with Los Silencios (film selected and awarded in 2019 in more than twenty international festivals including Cannes and Michela Occhipinti (President) Italian director who has chosen Africa to set his debut film The Body of the Bride presented at the 2019 Berlinale.

As a tradition, instead, the Jury composed by italian journalists will evaluate and award the Best African Short Film and the Best Film in the Extr’A Section.

Three women representatives of the international film industry

“Windows on the World” Feature Film Competition Jury

Michela Occhipinti

Michela Occhipinti

President

She was born in Rome. After having lived in Europe, Africa and Asia and having worked on many productions of documentaries, advertising and cinema, she made her directing debut in 2003 with the documentary Viva la Pepa!, an examination of contemporary Argentina, which was followed in 2008 by the non-profit documentary Sei uno nero (2008), shot in Malawi, and her first feature-length documentary, Letters From the Desert – Eulogy to Slowness (2010), shot in India. A sensitive investigator of dystonic physical and cultural spaces with respect to Western culture, often analysed from a perspective of marginalization and isolation, her most recent works include in particular Il corpo della sposa – Flesh Out (2019), shot in Mauritania. The film its world premiere at the Berlin Festival in 2019 and was also screened in the international competition of the Tribeca Film Festival and at a hundred or so other Italian and international festivals: for it she was a nominee for the Nastri d’Argento as the best emerging director.

Hinde Boujemaa

Hinde Boujemaa

Hinde Boujemaa is half-Belgian and half-Tunisian. She began her career as a technician before making her first feature-length documentary, It Was Better Tomorrow, which was presented in the official selection of the 68th Venice Film Festival. As a director, she is involved in several campaigns for the fight against discriminations of women all over the world. In 2015, she made the short film … and Romeo Married Juliet. Le rêve de Noura is her first fiction feature film, which had its international premiere in 2019 at the Toronto Film Festival and in the New Directors section at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Beatriz Seigner

Beatriz Seigner

Beatriz Seigner is a Brazilian screenwriter and director. In 2009 she directed Bollywood Dream, the first coproduction between Brazil and India, selected by over twenty international festivals, including Busan, Tokyo and São Paulo. Los silencios, her second feature, was presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes in 2018 and won the Audience Award at FESCAAAL 2019. Her new film, the documentary Between Us, a Secret was written with Walter Salles.

Three Italian journalists to award the best emerging cinema

African Short Film Competition and Extr’A Competition Jury

Egle Santolini

Egle Santolini

President

She was born in Milan where she graduated in the Humanities. She has been contributing to newspapers since the 1980s and has always dealt with entertainment and society. After a long experience in magazines (“Amica”, “Grazia”, “Marie Claire”) and as deputy editor of Vanity Fair Italia, she was head of entertainment and culture for “La Stampa”, the newspaper to which she still contributes.

Davide Turrini

Davide Turrini

A journalist since 1999, first for Liberazione then for “Segnocinema”, “Rivista del Cinematografo”, “Film Tv” and Spietati.it. Since 2014 he has reviewed films that are released in Italian cinemas for FattoQuotidiano.it. He has written and writes as well about theatre, literature and music for national and local newspapers, magazines and websites.

Hakim Zejjari

Hakim Zejjari

After a diploma from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, he worked for several years in film production and then as a writer and chief editor for the former pay TV Tele+. Thanks to his experience in making special programmes and documentaries on the cinema, and his interviews with the great names of culture in recent years he has worked with various TV channels such as Sky cinema, Sky uno, Mediaset Premium or the international news channel France 24.

Official prizes

“Windows on the Word” Feature Film Competition

Comune di Milano “Windows on the World” Prize for the Best Feature Film 8000€
Awarded by the Feature Film Competition Jury.

African Short Film Competition

Prize for the Best African Short Film 2000€
Awarded by the Journalists Jury

Extr’A Competition

Prize for the Best African Short Film
Awarded by the Journalists Jury

Special Awards

City of Milano Audience Award awarded by the audience who participate to the online screenings

CINIT Award - Associazione Italiana Cineforum

The prize, which consists in the acquisition of distribution rights in Italy, is awarded by some representatives of CINIT association to an African short film with education value.

SIGNIS Award (OCIC e UNDA)

The prize is awarded by the World Catholic Association for Communication.