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(from left) Tilde Di Dio, Director The Wedding; Ed Cristin, SFF Juror and Chairman of the Miami Beach Film Society;Jeannette Stark, Founder SunPost and SFF Sponsor;Honorable Salvatore Ferrigno, former member of the Italian Parliament; Emanuele Viscuso,SFF President; and Salvo Bitonti, SFF Artistic Director

The 6th edition of the Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) of Miami Beach closed Wednesday, April 13, 2011 with the traditional dinner held at ‘Villa Viscuso’ – Miami Beach residence of Emanuele Viscuso, SFF President. Reflecting the quality of films and events presented this year, festival administration reported record attendance.

The SFF also continued their partnership alliance with ‘Queer Frame’ (a project initiated by Atlantide Entertainment, Italy) demonstrating a commitment to a program that embraces inclusion and diversity in showcasing two non-Italian feature films “Save Me” by Robert Cary and “From Beginning to End” by Aluizio Abranches.

Winners at the 6th Sicilian Film Festival 2011 are:

Best Film Baaria by Giuseppe Tornatore

Best  Short Film Rita by Grassadonia and  Piazza

Best Documentary Return to the Aeolian Island by Giovanna Taviani

Audience Award for The Trick in the Sheet by Alfonso Arau

Best Actor Davide Coco for Man of Glass

Best Actress Isabella Ragonese and Valeria Solarino for The Sea Purple

Special Mentions:

Maria Grazia Cucinotta as producer of The Sea Purple and The Trick in the Sheet

Tilde Di Dio for: Short film The Wedding

Roberto Damiata for : Documentary  Sicily for Africa

Luigi Valente for: Documentary From Ducrot Workshops  to the National School of Cinema

Lifetime Achievement Award to Claudia Cardinale

Special Award to Beppe Fiorello

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