Why have a prize for foreign filmmakers in Italy?
For foreign filmmakers or Italian filmmakers of migrant origin living in Italy it is almost impossible to find funding for their work. Cultural policies encouraging film production (on the lines of the Arts Council in the UK) and direct investments by television channels (such as Channel 4, Artè and ZDF) are lacking, and with few exceptions there is virtually no support for cinema from the global South.
“Why support cinema by migrant filmmakers? Think of the “stereophonic” reading skills shown by their filmmaking. With their double vision (coming from one culture and moving towards another) they are able to see and filter reality in a completely new way. Think how they can help Italian cinema get over its current crisis”.
Gian Luca Farinelli, Direttore della Cineteca di Bologna
read the 2020 announcement
The Mutti Prize As from its 12th edition (2020), the Prize has returned to its original name to honour the memory of Gianandrea Mutti. It is addressed to foreign and Italian authors from Asia, Africa, eastern Europe, the Balcans, the Middle East, Central and South Americans who have lived in Italy for at least 12 months. The prize is the only Italian venture of this kind for migrant and/or foreign filmmakers resident in Italy, created to support art and inclusion in the field of cinema. Every year the prize selects a film project presented by a migrant or foreign origin author and awards 18.000 euros to support production of the film, which must be completed no later than 31.12.2020. The Mutti prize is promoted by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Associazione Amici di Giana, Archivio delle memorie migranti, e Fondazione Pianoterra ONLUS
Prizewinning films in previous editions:
2019 (11th ed.): Sono a casa by Maaria Sayed and I figli di Caino by Keti Stamo
2018 (10th ed.): La voliera by Bagya D. Lankapura (Italy, 2019, fiction).
2017 (9th ed.): L’interprete by Hleb Papou (Italy, 2017, fiction).
2016 (8th ed.): Casa sulla nuvola by Soheila Javaheri (Italy, 2017, docu-fiction).
2015 (7th ed.): ex aequo Per un figlio by Suranga Deshapriya Katugampala (Italy, 2016, fiction) and Le ali velate by Nadia Kibout (Italy, 2016, fiction).
2014 (6th ed.): Cittadini del nulla by Razi Mohebi (Italy, 2015, fiction) and I soldi di mia madre (Katada Ayiti) by Suranga Deshapriya Katugampala (Italy-Sri Lanka, 2015, fiction) (prize for creativity)
2013 (5th ed.): Devil comes to Koko by Alfie Nze (Italy-Nigeria, 2015, docu-fiction) and Arcipelaghi di Martin Errichiello (Italy, 2012, documentary) (prize for creativity).
2011-2012 (4th ed.): Va’ pensiero by Dagmawi Yimer (Italy, 2013, documentary).
2010 (3rd ed.): Il debito del mare by Adil Tanani (Italy, 2012, fiction).
2009 (2nd ed.): 18 jus solis by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu (Italy, 2011, documentary).
2008 (1st ed.): ex-aequo Ti ricordi di Adil? by Mohamed Zineddaine (Marocco-Italy, 2008, fiction) and Life in the city by Abdoulaye Gaye (Italy, 2009, docu-fiction).
Download the documents to participate in the 2020 announcement (Italian only):
For information please contact: Cineteca di Bologna: email@example.com Associazione Amici di Giana: firstname.lastname@example.org Archivio delle Memorie Migranti: email@example.com Fondazione Pianoterra: firstname.lastname@example.org