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David di Donatello

David di Donatello Awards
The Italian former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi shows the "David di Donatello" Award received at the occasion of the awards ceremony in 2005.
Awarded for to honour the best of each year’s Italian and foreign motion picture productions
Country Italy
Presented by Accademia del Cinema Italiano (Academy of Italian Cinema)
First awarded 1955
Official website http://www.daviddidonatello.it

The David di Donatello Award, named after Donatello's David, is a film award presented each year for cinematic performances and production by L'accademia del Cinema Italiano (ACI) (English: The Academy of Italian Cinema). There are 24 categories as of 2006. Italy is also famed for its annual Venice Film Festival.

It is the motion picture equivalent to the Premio Regia Televisiva for television, the Premio Ubu for stage performances, and the Sanremo Music Festival for music.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Trophy 2
  • Award categories 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The David di Donatello Awards were first given in Rome in the spring of 1955. Created by a cultural club (then called The Open Gate), the aim was to honour the best of each year’s Italian and foreign films, similar to the American Oscars. Similar prizes had already existed in Italy for about a decade (for example, the Silver Ribbons), but these were voted for by film critics and journalists. However, the Davids have been and are awarded by the people in the industry: screenwriters, performers, technicians, producers and so on.

After Rome, from 1957 to 1980, the ceremonies were held at the Greek Theatre in Taormina, during Paolo Grassi. Currently, it is presided over by Gian Luigi Rondi who has worked with the organization since its inception.

The prizes are awarded primarily to Italian films, with a category dedicated to foreign language films.

Trophy

The trophy is in the form of gold David statuette in the form of Donatello's famous sculpture, on a square malachite base with a gold plaque recording the award category, year and winner.

The 1956 David by Bulgari, awarded to Gina Lollobrigida for Beautiful but Dangerous was auctioned at Sothebys in 2013.[1]

Award categories

See also

References

  1. ^

External links

  • Official website (Italian)
  • Official website (English)
  • David di Donatello Awards at Internet Movie Database
  • Film MovementDavid di Donatello Awards at
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