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The Academy announces the winners of the third edition of the NABA Cinema Awards, an event celebrating the finest cinematic audiovisual projects created by students from the Media Design and New Technologies and Set Design Areas of both campus, with award ceremonies held on March 19 at Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in Milan and on March 21 at Cinema Intrastevere in Rome. In Milan, attendees of the NABA Cinema Awards also had the opportunity to immerse themselves in VR experiences by visiting the Lucid Dreams exhibition inside Anteo Rai Cinema Virtual Reality Space, conceived by Michele Aquila (Master of Arts in Creative Media Production Course Leader) and supervised by Martin Romeo (artist and NABA lecturer): eight Virtual Reality projects developed by students during the Multimedia Design course led by Martin Romeo and Marco Secchi (NABA lecturer).

This edition of the short film festival is part of the exceptional "NABA Media Explorer" dissemination schedule, offering numerous events and initiatives to explore the Academy's multifaceted research areas in the world of media and its languages.

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the jury

This year, the winning projects were selected by an internal jury composed of the Academy's faculty members, who awarded the prizes for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best VFX, Best Set Design. An external jury, made up of experts and industry professionals including Beatrice Fiorentino (General Delegate of the Venice International Critics' Week - SIC), Simone Bozzelli (director and NABA alumnus), Davide Gentile (director), Eleonora Giovanardi (actress), Valentina Mazzola (author, screenwriter, and President of ASIFA Italia - Associazione Internazionale Film Animazione), and Paolo Vari (director and creative producer), awarded the prizes for Best Short Film, Best Short Film - Rome, Best Direction, Best Extra-Short Animation, Jury Special Prize, and, as a new addition, the Jury Special Mention. This year's special awards also included the Prem1ere Film Award, presented by Prem1ere Film, the Cinematografo Special Prize, presented by Rivista del Cinematografo for the Rome edition only, and finally the WIFTMI Chantal Award, presented by Women in Film, Television & Media Italia. All awards were created in the NABA Design Lab.

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the winning projects in Milan

In Milan, the award ceremony led by Vincenzo Cuccia (NABA Media Design and New Technologies, and Set Design Area Leader) and Alessandro Bertante (Course Leader of the BA in Film and Animation in Milan) honoured the following projects:

  • Best Screenplay: ex aequo Angelica Alinei for Golden by Angelica Alinei and Sara Crescini for Una Donna Particolare by Sara Crescini
  • Best Cinematography: Matteo Mudaro for L’Otto Nero by Davide Maria Di Chiara
  • Best Editing: Angelica Alinei, Ivan Bertello, Alessandro La Marca for Golden by Angelica Alinei
  • Best Sound: Edoardo Cipriani for La Bussola by Edoardo Cipriani

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the winning projects in Rome

In Rome, the ceremony hosted by Chiara Becchimanzi (actress, author, and stand-up comedienne) and Fabio Capalbo (Course Leader of the BA in Film and Animation in Rome), honoured the following projects in their respective categories:

  • Best Screenplay: ex aequo Golden by Angelica Alinei and Una Donna Particolare by Sara Crescini
  • Best Cinematography: L’Otto Nero by Davide Maria Di Chiara
  • Best Editing: Golden by Angelica Alinei
  • Best Sound: La Bussola by Edoardo Cipriani

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the external jury awards

The external jury then awarded the following prizes in the categories:

  • Best Short Film: Pinoquo by Federico Demattè
  • Best Short Film Rome: La Bussola by Edoardo Cipriani
  • Best Direction: IRUSU by Chiara Delbecchi
  • Best Extra-Short Animation: La rabbia by Eleonora Ceresato
  • Jury Special Prize: Maieti by Daniele Caruso and Matteo Boscolo Gioachina
  • Jury Special Mention: El Cabrer by Irene Z’graggen

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the special awards

The NABA Cinema Awards have conferred even prestigious special awards in this third edition:

  • Prem1ere Film Award: IRUSU by Chiara Delbecchi
  • Cinematografo Special Prize: Golden by Angelica Alinei
  • WIFTMI Chantal Award: Kore by Fabiana Russo

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: partners

A special thanks to all the initiative’s partners —Image&Light, Feltrinelli Librerie, Moovie, Wacom, Prem1ere Film, Il Cinematografo, and WIFTVMI—who generously offered special prizes for the winners in various categories for this occasion.

NABA Cinema Awards 2024: the contribution of students, Alumni, and lecturers

The visual identity for this third edition of the NABA Cinema Awards was crafted by students Bertine Constanse, Emilie Høyerholt, and Sofia Tuscano. The title sequence and animations were created by Alumnae Eleonora Ceresato and Jennifer Galli, under the supervision of Jacopo Martinoni (NABA lecturer) and Stefania Carbonara (NABA Media Design and New Technologies, and Set Design Area Academic Specialist) for motion design and Fabio Sirna (NABA lecturer) for sound design.

Again, this year, all the best student projects from both Milan and Rome have been compiled into a catalogue available during the event days, with the graphic design project managed by Giordano Cruciani.