Today ends the 54th edition of the Taormina Film Fest with the prize-giving, by the jury composed by Ferzan Ozpetek (the president), Mirsad Purivatra and Jyette Jensen, of the Golden Tauro for the best film, for the best performance and of the Special Prize of the Jury. This are the prizes and the explanations: SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY TO “SUMMER BOOK” BY SEYFI TEOMAN (TURKEY) The jury wants to award the “special prize of the jury” o the director Seyfi Teoman, because thanks to his first film he proves to be a great rising star for the future of the cinema. BEST PERFORMANCE TO TANJA RIBIC FOR THE FILM “TRACTOR, LOVE AND ROCK N’ ROLL” BY BRANKO DJURIC (SLOVENIA) The jury wants to award Tanja Ribic for her ability in expressing, for the whole film, irony and emotions in different situations. GOLDEN TAURO TO “EYE OF THE SUN” BY IBRAHIM EL BATOUT (EGYPT) Thanks to a new mix of fiction and documentary, this film expresses exactly human universal values and conditions. Also the N.I.C.E. – Intel Centrino Award was assigned for the best Sicilian short film to BAB AL SAMAH by Francesco Sperandeo. The explanation is: This film concentrates in few but intense images the flavor of a whole life and the passion that give this life a sense, and give us the features of a culture where the symbol has a fundamental meaning. The image of the antique door that burns in the desert is particularly pitoresque, a sign of inner redemption that lies outside time and space. The short film will also take part to the shows organized worldwide by N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events).  

Taormina - Deborah Young, chief international film critic of The Hollywood Reporter, directs the Taormina Film Fest for the second time this year. The program of the 54th festival, which runs from June 15 to 21, was announced during a press conference held in Rome on June 4. The Taormina Film Fest is organized by the Taormina Arte Committee, composed of Antonio La Mattina, the special commissioner of Taormina, Salvatore Leonardi, president of the regional province of Messina and Gaspare Sinatra. It is chiefly financed by the Regional Board for Tourism and Culture and by the cinema division of Italy’s Ministry for Cultural Activities. [more...]  

On the 20th of June big gala performance to celebrate Turkey, special guest this year of the Taormina Film Fest. At the gala, presented by Serra Yilmaz, there will be the world premiere of THE TOUCH by Ozay Fecht and the projection of AT THE EDGE OF HEAVEN by Fatih Akin. The night will be animated by the concert of Baba Zula, one of the band that expresses in its music the synthesis between the East and the West. In its music memory and psychedelic sounds of the 60s, a female voice and “Arabian nights” melodies, electronics and classic Turkish instrumentation are blended. [more...]  

After the great success of the meetings with Anthony Lane and Luigi Lo Cascio, tomorrow the famous director and screenwriter PAUL SCHRADER (“Affliction”, “American Gigolò”)will be the guest of the master class, while VALERIA SOLARINO will be the guest of the Campus.The night presented by Lorena Bianchetti will go on at the Teatro Antico with the TAORMINA ARTE AWARD given to PAUL SCHRADER and with the world premiere of the restored version of one of his films: “Mishima”. From tomorrow the Taormina Film Fest will host for 4 days 25 of the most important international operators in the world of cinema in the SPAZIO TAORMINA-SICILIA FILM COMMISSION. It have the aim of making the contacts among Italian and foreign operators in the audiovisual sector more simple, particularly producers, distributors, world sales agents and prominent film festivals. It is sponsored by the Taormina Film Fest, the Sicilia Film Commission and by the Italian Trade Commission (ICE). This industry area has two aims: find new markets for the cinema and audiovisual product and give more visibility to the Italian film commissions and locations, in order to establish a direct contact with the international co-productor. The “spazio” will also be a powerful channel of selling for the films presented in the two sections Mediterranea and Beyond the Mediterranean. [more...]  

Exciting beginning for the cycle of the Master Class of the 54th edition of the TAORMINA FILM FEST with Giuseppe Fiorello that expressed his idea of cinema to the wide audience, and highlighted the importance of professionalism in the job of actor, that many teenagers see as a way to fame. During the meeting there was a surprise for Giuseppe Fiorello: he was asked to bring his film “LA VITA RUBATA” by Graziano Diana to the Italian Film Festival in San Diego.Among the fims projected tomorrow (the 18th of June): “Bes Wakit” (Times and winds) by Reha Erdem in the field of focus on Turkey, the premiere of “Genenet al asmak” (The aquarium) by Yousri Nasrellah for the competition Mediterranea and the premiere of “Divar”(The wall) by Mohammad Ali Talebi for the section Beyond the Mediterranean. [more...]  

The 54th edition of the TAORMINA FILM FEST continues with special guests and premieres. Among the film projected today (the 16th of June)there are: “Takva” (A man’s fear of God) by Ozer Kiziltan in the field of the focus on Turkey, “An Koloub al mouhtariqua” (Burned hearts) by Ahmed El Maanouni for the competition Mediterranea and “14 kilometros” by Gerardo Olivares in the section Beyond the Mediterranean. [more...]  

The staff of the Taormina Film Fest, headed by film critic Deborah Young, wishes to share its satisfaction in the exceptionally high percentage of films presented at the last festival that have been chosen by their respective countries as national candidates for an Academy Award ® as Best Foreign Language Film.Five out of the twenty new titles screened at Taormina this year – chosen by the festival’s artistic director Deborah Young together with programmers Maria Rosaria Cerino and Lorenza Micarelli – will represent Italy, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Bulgaria in the Foreign Language Film pre-selection. Last June, the 53rd Taormina Film Fest presented a compact, highly selected program of 20 new films, of which eight were international or world premiers. [more...]  

Sicilian wines and Sicilian delicatessen are at Taormina Film Fest even this year offered in different events. The Sicilian Agriculture Department, after the success of passed editions, has decided to exploit the chance to promote the Sicilian “excellence” products together with other cultural and touristic valuable resources. After the success of Sunday night at the Excelsior hotel, where a rich food and wine journey through Sicilian products has been presented, the Agriculture Department informs you that some wines and some of the products can be tasted at the stand at the fourth floor of the “Palazzo dei Congressi”, during the Taormina Film Fest. Every night at 7 p.m. in the wonderful frame of the Timeo Hotel a gourmet convention will be offered by the Regione Siciliana, Agriculture Department. In this event it will be possible to taste some of the best Sicilian wines together with sweets, typical cheeses, typical Sicilian salamis and ham made from Nebrodi’s Black Pig, and all the others POD Sicilian products such as the Green Bronte Pistachio. In this event all kind of information on “excellence” products will be provided.  

"Toby Dammit", the middle episode of Spirits of the Dead directed by Federico Fellini and restored by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, has been previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 28 in the "Restored / Rediscovered" section. The restoration - a chromatic recovery of the original film, which in some parts had become almost transparent – will be one of the highlights of the Taormina Film Fest in June. The project was made possible thanks to the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale and the generous contribution of Ornella Muti and KGC. “I think this is the first time an Italian actor has been actively involved in a project aimed at preserving a piece of film history," said Deborah Young, director of the Taormina Film Fest. [more...]  

TAORMINA FILMFEST Where the red carpet is for you
It's time to send a screener of your FEATURE FILM to the Taormina Film Fest 2008, taking place in Sicily from June 15 to 21, 2008. Our deadline for submissions is MAY 9. We are now accepting films for selection in the most exciting summer festival in Europe, a boutique showcase for just 20 new films to be shown to our audiences and distributors from around the world. Once again we will privilege world and international premières, divided into the following three sections: MEDITERRANEA -BEYOND THE MEDITERRANEAN -GRAND CINEMA [more...]