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Bulgari Critics' Choice Award

Bulgari Critics' Choice Award

The Award

For the first time, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is honoured to introduce the Bulgari Critics' Choice Award; a new prize to celebrate Italian contemporary cinema with an exceptional partner emblematic of Italian excellence; Bulgari. A union with an iconic Roman brand founded in 1884, strengthens the relationship between the Festival, the Italian capital city of cinema and La Dolce Vita.

The jury panel is composed of a selection of renowned cinema professionals and film critics from Australia and Italy, including an International guest star.

Six films are featured in the official competition section, chosen from the most acclaimed and outstanding Italian productions in the last year. These films will be premiering for the first time across Australia as part of the festival.

The winning film will receive a money prize of AUD$10,000 and a tailor designed award by Bulgari, to be presented during a special award ceremony on the 20th of September in Melbourne.

Films in competition

Films in competition

A loveable Forrest Gump-like lead lands in Sicily in this blazing technicolour political satire, At War for Love, from the director of The Mafia Only Kills in Summer.
Jasmine Trinca (Wondrous Boccaccio LIFF15) won Best Actress, Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival 2017 for her role as a single mother fighting for her independence.
A striking vérité debut with echoes of Ken Loach, I was a Dreamer is about an ex-con attempting to save the community he believes he helped destroy.
A 25-time award-winner, and hailed as the film proving “Italian cinema is alive and well”, this mesmerising drama, Indivisible, follows conjoined twin singers in Napoli.
A debut drama from Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Pure Hearts critiques the rise of evangelical fervour and prejudice in downturned Italy through a magnetic love story.
A chilling festival highlight from Critics’ Week in Cannes, from the directors of Salvo this superb film, Sicilian Ghost Story, mixes fantasy with history as a young girl searches for her missing classmate.

Awards Jury

Ruth Borgobello

Ruth Borgobello

Ruth Borgobello is an award-winning filmmaker, whose short films have screened at Tribeca Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Ruth, most notably, created the very first official co-production between Italy and Australia with her 2016 debut feature The Space Between, which was an audience favourite at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. She is currently working on her second feature film.

Jason Di Rosso

Jason Di Rosso

Jason Di Rosso is ABC Radio National’s host of the weekly film show The Final Cut. Jason has been an associate producer and reviewer on Movietime, and has a degree in communications from Perth’s Curtin University. Outside the ABC, his writing on film and popular culture has appeared in GQ magazine and The Australian.

Daniela Farinacci

Daniela Farinacci

Daniela Farinacci is an AFI Award nominated actor (Look Both Ways, Lantana), and award-winner (Lantana), boasting a distinguished career across Australian film, television and the stage, including Lion, Little Fish, My Year Without Sex, House Husbands and Glitch. She’s received Green Room nominations for her stage work including Yellow Moon and The Clean House.

Brad Harvey

Brad Harvey

Brad Harvey is the Bulgari Australia Managing Director, and brings a strong support of and eye for creativity and passion, having spent over 20 years in luxury jewellery. His passion for Italian design and cinema stems from his childhood interest in Italian culture and his extensive travels through Italy and Rome.

Greta Scacchi

Greta Scacchi

Italian-Australian actor Greta Scacchi has garnered an illustrious career, having won Emmy, AFI and Logie awards as well as being recognised with BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Thanks to her fluency in English, French, and Italian, Scacchi has come to occupy a unique place on the international stage, with distinguished roles across continents.

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling is one of Australia’s most accomplished actors, with roles in The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers, Macbeth and Mystery Road. He garnered critical acclaim for his role in Underbelly and currently stars in Janet King. Damian is a fast rising filmmaker, with works headlining local and international film festivals.

About Bulgari

Bulgari

Part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewellery shop and quickly established a reputation for Italian excellence with exquisite craftsmanship and magnificent jewellery creations. The Company’s international success has evolved into a global and diversified luxury purveyor of products and services ranging from fine jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes, with an unrivalled network of boutiques and hotels in the world’s most exclusive shopping areas.