For the first time, at the 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Australia, will present a competition section with six Italian films in official competition for the Bulgari Critics’ Choice Award.
The 18th edition of the festival has gathered esteemed members to take part on the jury – from film critics, actors and an international director – the jury all have its lust for Italian cinema in common.
An official award ceremony will be held on the 20th September where the winner of the AUD $10,000 Bulgari Cinema Award for best film will be announced.
“Presented by Palace, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is proud to celebrate excellence in Italian contemporary cinema with the inaugural Bulgari Critics’ Choice Awards. This cements the festival’s place on the world film festival landscape,” said Founder and Managing Director of Palace Cinemas and Palace Films, Antonio Zeccola.
“Bulgari has always been a strong supporter of creativity and passion and there is no better medium to express these attributes than through cinema,” said Bulgari Australia Managing Director Brad Harvey. “We are delighted to express this passion in Australia via the creation of the Bulgari Critics’ Choice Award, a first for Bulgari internationally, to encourage the creative art of story-telling always told best in the Italian way.”
The 2017 jury members are (pictured clockwise, from top left):
Greta Scacchi – Italian born Australian actress, has appeared in many films including Presumed Innocent (1990), White Mischief (1987), Looking for Alibrandi (2000) and The Player (1992)
Jason di Rosso – RN’s film critic and host of the weekly film show The Final Cut
Ruth Borgobello – director and 2016 festival guest for her film The Space Between
Daniela Farinacci – with acting roles in film and television including Lion (2016), Lantana (2001), and ABC TV series Glitch (2016 -)
Damian Walshe-Howling – with a 25 year acting career in film and television with credits including: The Secret Life of Us (2001-2006), Blue Heelers (1994 – 2006) and Mystery Road (2013)
Brad Harvey – Bulgari Australia Managing Director. With a career spanning 20 years in luxury jewellery, Brad brings an eye for creativity and detail as well as a passion for Italian design and cinema.