2020 Prix Italia Winners

24 settembre 2020 ore 17:54

RADIO MUSIC


The Jury: Gerhard Krammer (ORF, Austria), Adriana Kramaric (HRT, Croatia), Jesper Dein (DR, Denmark), Silvain Gire (ARTE Radio/ ARTE France, France), Won-Sup Shin (KBS, South Korea), Lia Fiorio (SMRTV, Republic of San Marino), Ivana Komadina (RTS, Serbia), Marie-Claire Doris (BBC, United Kingdom). 
The President: Silvain Gire (ARTE Radio/ARTE France, France)

 

THE WINNER IS:
WHEN WEATHER WAS WILDLIFE (ARD, Germany) 

Motivations:
This is an exceptional piece of radio art. The continuing change of pace and texture as well as the mix of poetry, field recordings and original music provides the listener with a deeply moving and nourishing experience. The sounds pour from the radio like a cool record, while carefully chosen texts, voices and musicians as well as the beautifully woven mix of sound and the important statement about climate change make this piece a masterpiece.
 

SPECIAL MENTION:
MAKING AN OPERA (NPO, The Netherlands)  

Motivations:
A very strong narrative and some luck make for an excellent podcast. The content is very relevant and current. It expresses in a very engaging and dramatic form the difficulties that many people in the performing arts are enduring during this crisis.



 

RADIO DRAMA


The Jury: Caroline Jamet (CBC/SRC, Canada), Marina Feltlová (CZCR, Czech Republic), Kaj Färm (YLE, Finland), Perrine Kervran (Radio France, France), Juliane Schmidt (ARD, Germany), Ilinca Stihi (ROR, Romania), Klemen Markovčič (RTVSLO, Slovenia).
The President: Kaj Färm (YLE, Finland)
 

THE WINNER IS:
LIFE AND DEATH OF YUANLI (Radio France, France)

Motivations: 
A very touching story presented in a brilliant form which evokes almost a documentary.  It’s a current and direct sound story, as if the protagonists have microphones in their pockets. In terms of aesthetics, narration and performance, the play expands the boundaries of the dramatic radio format and shows how radio is still relevant and powerful in direct intimate stories that are also social.
 

SPECIAL MENTION:
MAGNITSKY THE MUSICAL (BBC, United Kingdom)

Motivations: 
This play was very original for trusting the comical and musical genres with the essential message of a turbulent political moment, the Brexit. It was also able to combine humour, irony, brilliant music and smart lyrics with a warning against totalitarian methods used by Putin’ s government and depict as well the complicated relations between Western countries and Russia.


 

RADIO DOCUMENTARY AND REPORTAGE


The Jury: Michelle Rayner (ABC, Australia), Jorge Gustavo Heili (RCN Radio, Colombia), Gustavo Pacifico (RAI, Italy), Aiko Miyamoto (NHK, Japan), Osama Nazzal (PBC, Palestine), Katarzyna Michalak (PR, Poland), Klara Kranjc (RTV, Serbia), Daniel Bilenko (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Rosario Tronnolone (Radio Vaticana, Vatican State). 
The President: Gustavo Pacifico (RAI, Italy)
 

THE WINNER IS:
LABANOF. NAMELESS BODIES FROM THE BOTTOM OF MEDITERRANEAN (RAI, Italy)

Motivations:
The Radio Documentary and Reportage Jury unanimously assigns the Prix Italia to “LABANOF - Nameless bodies from the bottom of Mediterranean”, for the original choice of treating a universal and timeless theme, that from Greek mythology to the present day recurs with tragic relevance in the frequent shipwrecks of migrants in the Mediterranean.
Giving identity and dignity to the dead is not only a moral but also a civil duty. 
This is the activity carried out by Labanof, the forensic anthropology and odontology laboratory of the University of Milan. Over the course of the story, the initial cold impact of the reality of a lifeless body is replaced by the growing warmth that springs from the compassion and humanity which imbues the entire documentary. 
Because, as Professor Cristina Cattaneo, founder and director of the laboratory, says: “Identifying the dead helps to heal the living”.

 

SPECIAL MENTION:
AURUKUN: BLACK, WHITE AND SHADES OF GREY (ABC, Australia)

Motivations: 
The Special Mention in Radio Documentary and Reportage goes to “Aurukun”, a powerful, layered and beautifully produced story. 
On one level it can be read as a relatively simple portrait of one family, love, loss, and what it means to live between two cultures. But this family’s story illuminates, within its tender narrative, the central tension which continues to haunt contemporary Australia; the dispossession of the country’s first nations people by British colonisation.


 

TV PERFORMING ARTS


The Jury: Ana Marija Ganza Habjan (HRT, Croatia), Marika Kecskeméti (YLE, Finland), Clémence Coppey (FFRANCE3, France), Christian Mössner (ARD, Germany), Francesca Paola Ricci (RAI, Italy), Namhyi Lim (MBC, South Korea), Gregory Catella (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Paul Gilbert (SKY U.K., United Kingdom). 
The President: Marika Kecskeméti (YLE, Finland)
 

THE WINNER IS:
DANCING FREE (FRANCE3, France)

Motivations:
An intimate and challenging portrait of a unique group of women. It gives the viewer amazing access to their very complicated, personal stories. We feel every moment of the extreme highs and lows of the prisoners’ journeys as they attempt to liberate their souls through the medium of dance. The documentary elegantly combines the very real hardships of life in prison with the joyful ticking-clock of putting on a show.
 

SPECIAL MENTION:
GRAYSON’S ART CLUB (CH4, United Kingdom)

Motivations:
A quick but beautifully considered response to a very difficult moment in time. The show is a celebration of creativity and community, encouraging the public to use art to express themselves during a period of pain and confusion. It served as a kind of immersive therapy and spoke directly to its audience, reinforcing what a powerful role television can play in times of crisis.

 

TV DRAMA



The Jury: Veronika Slámová (CTV, Czech Republic), Nathalie Biancolli (FRANCE2, France), Olaf Grunert (ZDF, Germany), Carlos Maio (RTP, Portugal), Mar Diaz (RTVE, Spain), Ayela Butt (BBC, United Kingdom).
The President: Veronika Slámová (CTV, Czech Republic)
 

THE WINNER IS:
STELLA (FRANCE 3, France)

Motivations: 
This film draws attention to the strong, appealing subject of child abuse with utmost delicacy. Eléonore Faucher as a director brings to life the heartbreaking character of a little girl whose destiny is revealed in a way that forces you to watch the film without breathing. “Stellaˮ is a .combination of good filmmaking, smart story telling and socially important topic. This is the reason why the programme is a well deserved winner of the TV Drama category.
 

SPECIAL MENTION:
THE SLEEPERS (HBO Europe)

Motivations: 
The Special Mention of the TV Drama category goes to the TV series „The Sleepers“ for creating a chilling reminiscence of the era of the dying Eastern Block. The accurate atmosphere of former Czechoslovakia makes you almost smell the cigarette smoke out of the screen. Direction, performance of the actors, locations and set design are supportive enough to tell a gripping story from times which are not so far behind as we all wish to think. 


 

TV DOCUMENTARY



The Jury: Loick Berrou (France Médias Monde, France), Sophie Chegaray (FRANCE5, France), Takaya Kawasaki (NHK, Japan), Young-Jung Cho (KBS, South Korea), Anna Ferens (TVP, Poland), Alessandro Capicchioni (SMRTV, Republic of San Marino), Živa Emeršić (RTVSLO, Slovenia), Kamonrat Seradee (THAI PBS, Thailand), Neuvides Guerrero (Telesur, Venezuela).
The President: Živa Emeršić (RTVSLO, Slovenia)
 

THE WINNER IS:
UNDERCOVER: INSIDE CHINA’S DIGITAL GULAG (ITV, United Kingdom)

Motivations: 
The ITV documentary boldly reveals a human laboratory where Chinese technology companies have created the world’s most invasive surveillance state. The documentary makers go undercover into China’s secretive Xinjiang region to investigate, taking a risk of being discovered. The mass surveillance system supported by new 5G technologies exported around the world is a threat to human freedom and liberal democracy at large. This is why the Jury found the message of this film so very important.
 

SPECIAL MENTION
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (TV2000, Italy)

 

WEB FACTUAL


The Jury: Gerald Heidegger (ORF, Austria), Jan Macháček (CTV, Czech Republic), Anna Vošalíková (CZCR, Czech Republic), Tanja Iikkanen (YLE, Finland), Katrin Poetzsch (ARD, Germany), Alexander Roehl (ZDF, Germany), Stefania Meneo (RAI, Italy), Mark Ichikawa (NHK, Japan), Seung-Gun Lee (KBS, South Korea), Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland), Alberto Fernandez (RTVE, Spain), Serge Gremion (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Jo Smith (BBC, United Kingdom), Patricia Villegas (Telesur, Venezuela). 
The President: Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland)
 

THE WINNER IS:
SECRETS, DEATH, INSTAGRAM (DR, Denmark)

Motivations
For the exemplary, deep sense of social media communication while touching the difficult and delicate topics of self-aggression and suicides among teenagers. For finding the way to impact on both young audience and corporate policies. 
 

SPECIAL MENTION 
A THOUSAND WOMEN MURDERED (RTVE, Spain)

Motivations
For an outstanding journalism giving visibility to invisible victims and giving access to particular stories about the mechanics of devastating acts of aggression towards women.

 

WEB FICTION


The Jury: Gerald Heidegger (ORF, Austria), Jan Macháček (CTV, Czech Republic), Anna Vošalíková (CZCR, Czech Republic), Tanja Iikkanen (YLE, Finland), Katrin Poetzsch (ARD, Germany), Alexander Roehl (ZDF, Germany), Stefania Meneo (RAI, Italy), Mark Ichikawa (NHK, Japan), Seung-Gun Lee (KBS, South Korea), Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland), Alberto Fernandez (RTVE, Spain), Serge Gremion (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Jo Smith (BBC, United Kingdom), Patricia Villegas (Telesur, Venezuela). 
The President: Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland)
 

THE WINNER IS:
MY JUNGLE (RAI, Italy)

Motivations: 
For the power of comedy with an innovative feeling in the gloomy time of Covid-19 lockdown, that offers relief and a “life goes on” attitude, in a short, uncomplicated, but extremely engaging way.
 

SPECIAL MENTION: 
IAM.MEYRA (ARD, Germany)

Motivations: 
For an innovative, live use of Snapchat and Instagram storytelling that gives a voice to the underrepresented young adults and a platform to engage them.


 

WEB INTERACTIVE


The Jury: Gerald Heidegger (ORF, Austria), Jan Macháček (CTV, Czech Republic), Anna Vošalíková (CZCR, Czech Republic), Tanja Iikkanen (YLE, Finland), Katrin Poetzsch (ARD, Germany), Alexander Roehl (ZDF, Germany), Stefania Meneo (RAI, Italy), Mark Ichikawa (NHK, Japan), Seung-Gun Lee (KBS, South Korea), Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland), Alberto Fernandez (RTVE, Spain), Serge Gremion (SRG SSR, Switzerland), Jo Smith (BBC, United Kingdom), Patricia Villegas (Telesur, Venezuela). 
The President: Zuzanna Pawlowska (TVP, Poland)
 

THE WINNER IS:
EXPERIENCE TOKYO MEGAQUAKE (NHK, Japan)

Motivations: 
For the ultimate, carefully planned mixture of successful social media interaction, power of television, scientifically tested simulations and behavioral patterns at the service of people’s safety during a natural disaster.
 

SPECIAL MENTION: 
BLAUTOPF VR – EXPLORING CAVE WORLD/ THE SECRET OF LAU (ARD, Germany)

Motivations: 
For an immersive cave exploration, that could be “real life”, experienced in couch conditions.



 

SPECIAL PRIZE IN HONOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC


The Jury: Giovanni Betta (President of CRUL, Rector of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy), Nicola Borrelli (Director General for Cinema and Audiovisual – Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism/MiBACT, Italy), Emanuele Isidori (University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy), Mario Morcellini (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), Simonetta Pattuglia (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy), Marta Perrotta (Roma Tre University, Italy), Stefano Ubertini (Rector of the University of Tuscia, Italy), Koichi Okumura (ABU Director of Programming, Japan).
The President: Giovanni Betta (President of CRUL, Rector of the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy)

THE WINNER IS:
FOR SAMA (CH4, United Kingdom)

Motivations
“For Sama”, for the social significance and the relevance of the topic, for the aesthetic merits and the ability to raise awareness among a wider audience by means of the audiovisual language. Indeed, “For Sama” effectively conveys the experience of war as seen through the bond between a mother and a daughter during the five years of the Aleppo revolt.
 

SPECIAL MENTION
LABANOF. NAMELESS BODIES FROM THE BOTTOM OF MEDITERRANEAN (RAI, Italy)




 

STUDENTS’ JURY SPECIAL PRIZE 


The Jury: 35 students from the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Roma Tre University, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Rome Tor Vergata and University of Tuscia.
The President: Flaminia Mazzella
 

THE WINNER IS:
A THOUSAND WOMEN MURDERED (RTVE, Spain)

Motivations:
It is impossible to underestimate the social value and the relevance of this project, besides the importance of the topic. This work gives name and voice to the victims and their families, as well as the perpetrators, treating every one of them as a person in the first place, telling their stories in a balanced, unimpassioned, ultimately fair way. It works both as a piece of investigative journalism, carried out by a team of many different professionals sharing common passion and goal, and as a proactive counselling project, also thanks to its Whatsapp help desk. It’s a truly impressive feature that well deserves our prize.
 

SPECIAL MENTION
REPUBLIQUE (France Télévisions, France)

Motivations:
A beautifully curated piece of non-linear storytelling, that leverages on the power and immediacy of the social platform streaming to tell an all too likely story of three ordinary people facing the shocking event of a terrorist attack. 


 

SIGNIS SPECIAL PRIZE


The Jury: Lukas Jirsa (Czech Republic), Carlos Garde (Italy), Mariachiara Martina (Italy), Andrew Kaufa (Malawi), Clara Planelles (Uruguay). 
The President: Mariachiara Martina
 

THE WINNER IS:
UNDERCOVER: INSIDE CHINA’S DIGITAL GULAG (ITV, United Kingdom)

Motivations:
Despite beautiful landscapes, the Xinjian region in China is revealed in “Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag” as an open-air prison for Uyghur people living there. Thanks to the courage of people involved in this production, viewers learn about the true face of a repressive China regime too often disguised beneath kind and compliant smiles.
This well-crafted documentary, shot mostly by hidden cameras, not only explores the repressive conditions faced by the Uyghur minority, but also examines the major privacy issues related to the use and spread of advanced technology in the name of state security.  Beyond the blatantly violent use of it against Uyghur people in China, can we presume to be safe and free in our western democracies where the same technologies are becoming more and more invasive?  This is a crucial question to keep carefully in mind if we are to preserve and defend human dignity and human rights in our present and upcoming future.

SPECIAL MENTION:
PETROLIO DOC “BREATHLESS” (RAI, Italy)



 

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