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MIA 2020 Awards

The MIA Market hands out its awards


- Dalva by Emmanuelle Nicot received the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, while the ARTE Kino International Prize went to Ebba by Johanna Pyykkö

The MIA Market hands out its awards
Julie Esparbes and Emmanuelle Nicot, the producer and director of Dalva, receiving the Eurimages Co-production Development Award

The sixth edition of the MIA (Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo) ran from 14-18 October, both physically in Rome and online. The awards ceremony for the event took place on Saturday 17 October, and was introduced by Lucia Milazzotto, MIA Market director, along with Chiara Sbarigia, APA general manager and president of APA Service, and Mina Larocca, general manager of ANICA.

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In the MIA|Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum, the Eurimages Co-production Development Award was bestowed upon Dalva by debutant filmmaker Emmanuelle Nicot, co-produced by Julie Esparbes (Hélicotronc, Belgium) and Delphine Schmit (Tripode Productions, France). The jury was “impressed by the bold and original approach to the topic of incest and was deeply moved by this intense journey of liberation full of hope”. The ARTE Kino International Prize, valued at €6,000, was given to Ebba by Norwegian first-time director Johanna Pyykkö, produced by Verona Meier (Ape&Bjørn).

In the Drama Pitching Forum, the ViacomCBS International Studios Award went to the series Miss Fallaci Takes America, written and directed by Alessandra Gonnella, and produced by Gianluca Curti and Cosetta Lagani for Minerva Pictures, in co-production with Redstring. Incidentally, Miriam Leone has confirmed her interest in playing the role of Oriana Fallaci. In its deliberation, the jury mentioned: “The project stood out on account of its ability to celebrate female empowerment through the story of a woman with a strong and fascinating character, despite her own dispute”. The jury also decided to award a Special Mention to Cult, produced by Notorious Pictures, and created by Francesco Patierno and Sergio Nazzaro.

For the third year running, National Geographic was the sponsor of the main award in the MIA DOC Pitching Forum, and this time, the NAT GEO Award for Best Pitch went to Darkside, The Quest for a Dark Matter Detection by Matias Guerra and Matteo Corbi, as it was deemed to be a project that can combine great artistic and productive qualities and significant commercial potential.

Here is the complete list of awards handed out at the sixth MIA Market:

MIA|Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum

Eurimages Co-production Development Award
Dalva - Emmanuelle Nicot (Belgium/France)

ARTE Kino International Prize
Ebba - Johanna Pyykkö (Norway)

Drama Pitching Forum

ViacomCBS International Studios Award
Miss Fallaci Takes America - Alessandra Gonnella (Italy)
Special Mention
Cult - Francesco Patierno, Sergio Nazzaro (Italy)

MIA DOC Pitching Forum

Darkside, The Quest for a Dark Matter Detection - Matias Guerra, Matteo Corbi (Italy)

Carlo Bixio Award
Taneen - Greta Frontani, Elisa Orrico (Italy)
Il Caso Serena Mollicone - Matteo Bianchi, Raffaele Grasso (Italy)

Società Cordusio - Cordusio per i Giovani Award
Non chiamateci influencer - Susanna Ciucci, Ilaria Polimeni, Elettra Sofia Mauri (Italy)

Lazio Frames Award
The Truth About La Dolce Vita [+see also:
film review
interview: Giuseppe Pedersoli
film profile
- Giuseppe Pedersoli (Italy)

Screen International Buyers’ Choice
Dark Heart of the Forest - Serge Mirzabekiantz (Belgium/France)
The Penultimate [+see also:
film review
interview: Jonas Kærup Hjort
film profile
- Jonas Kærup Hjort (Denmark/Norway)

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