RiFF20: updates on the awards cerimony

The jury of the 14. River Film Festival will award the following prizes:

  • Best short “Films Schools”
  • Best short “Italian Looks”
  • Best short “International Horizons”
  • Best short “Documentary”
  • Best short “Animation”
  • Best “Queer short”

Two special audience prizes will be assigned to:

  • Best cinema in VR
  • Best short “Film festival in focus”

The award cerimony will take place in an extraordinary setting: we a cerimonia di premiazione si svolgerà in un setting completamente originale: we will board a boat at Portello and travel together to the beautiful Venice, alternating the awards ceremony with moments of reflection and music.

Departure is scheduled at 3.00 pm with meeting point (2.45 pm) at the Scalinata of Porta Portello. On the journey with us, Martino Seniga, special correspondent of Rainews24 and Tgr Lazio and Max Strata, ecologist and writer. They will present a panel on the theme “Communicating ecology”. From 6 pm, we will welcome Jazz Tritones and their concert and every 15 minutes a new award will be announced.

The arrival in San Marco is scheduled for 9 pm, with a final toast.

Please note: to date the available free tickets are sold out, but you can join the waiting list by sending an email to romina.zanon@riverfilmfestival.org

Virtual Reality: six works in competition at RiFF20

Tomorrow it’s going to be the first day for the Virtual Reality section of the River Film Festival 2020.

Created by River College VR – a project by the cultural association Researching Movie – #RiFF20 VR will be with us for 5 days, from September 6 to September 10. Immersive pieces presented at important international festival will compete for the audience vote at Propileo di Porta Venezia, Padua.


Momenti di visione al Riff19


Despite difficulties created by Covid19, the success of the first edition convinced the River Film Festival to confirm this second edition too., thanks to the partnership with HIT (Human Inspired Technologies Research Centre) of the University of Padua.

Here the six works in competition:

ARIPI Dmitri Voloshin

2019 / Moldavia / 7 min.

This story is about an astronaut who, as a child, dreamed of flying and being free. And now he seems to be flying in the sky, but he is actually locked in the capsule of a spacecraft. One day, minor problems lead to bigger problems, causing the spaceship to lose control and collapse on Earth…

VR FREE Milad Tangshir

2019 / Italia / 10 min.

Free Explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying slices of life inside a prison in Turin, Italy. The lm also captures the reaction
of several inmates during brief encounters with immersive videos of life outside of prison.

GO Sandro Zollinger and Roman Vital

2020 / Svizzera / 25 min.

Looking for a break in his life, Peter Thaler ventures on a hike in the mountains from which will never return. From an unprecedented symbiosis between literature and virtual reality, emerges a completely new experience taken from a story by Klaus Merz…


2019 / Nigeria / 11 min.

In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) the terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at
night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of
gender rights and the right to education.

AFTER THE FALLOUT Sam Wolson and Dominic Nahr

2019 / Svizzera-USA / 15 min.

After The Fallout pushes past traditional documentary tropes to evoke the reality and emotional gravity of life in Fukushima, ten years after the 2011 nuclear disaster. The film is an immersive mosaic that takes us through surreal environments in the exclusion zone…

LIFE-GIVER Petter Lindblad and Alexander Rönnberg

2019 / Svezia / 12 min.

In a near future the environment is destroyed. Evacuation of the planet begin, but only a few are chosen to leave. “Life-giver” follows a mother’s struggle through an abandoned Stockholm to save her family. With only a few hours before the last evacuation ship leaves, she ends up sacrifying herself.


Meetings_Connections: the new section of the 14. River Film Festival

This year a new section joins the River Film Festival.

“Meetings_Connections” proposes three events of scientific dissemination aimed at bringing to the public issues related to the seventh art: contamination between documentary cinema and politics that characterized the history of “real cinema”; film narratives and methods that characterized the path of some of the most important documentary filmmakers; and the various applications of virtual and augmented realities, not only in the world of cinema, but also in the medical, scientific, and cultural fields.

A moment for the study days of the River College VR 2019

The first meeting will take place on Friday, September 4. The panel “Contaminazioni tra cinema, neuroscienze e nuove realtà del virtuale” (Contaminations between cinema, neurosciences and new virtual realities) will be presented by Luciano Gamberini and by HIT researchers. The Human Inspired Technology Research Centre of the University of Padua will be our partner for the VR section of the River Film Festival.

Next, on September 5, Mirco Melandro will present his new book “Cinema tra contaminazioni del reale e politica” (Cinema between contamination of reality and politics). The author will tell us all about the subtle border that exists between politics and cinema, referring in particular to the historical sectors in which films were produced, made and “contaminated”.

The final meeting on September 6 is “Virtual Reality_Real Virtuality” and it will be part of the River College Virtual Reality project. The association Researching Movie, creator of the River College, will present its development. The project rises from a suggestion: the desire to find, in the present time, a bridge of the imagination that can connect the past with the future. On one side there is the city of Padova, a place of knowledge and beauty, which aspires to be selected as an Unesco World Heritage Site. On the other side, there is the most innovative and engaging cinematic technology of the moment: Virtual Reality.

“River College Virtual Reality” is sponsored by the Fondazione Institution Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (Culturalmente 2017), and by the Municipality of Padova, in cooperation with the Culture Department and with the University of Padova.

During this event, the VR shorts in competition at RiFF20 will be presented and discussed together.

Riff Awards


During the final period of the Venetian Republic the monetary system was no longer based solely on the “zecchino”, the famous gold coin minted without interruption for five centuries and accepted as a mean of international exchange  throughout the Mediterranean world. The gradual decline of Serenissima, in fact, had caused a shortage of this coin and in its place was created a complicated system of monetary division composed of “denari”, “bezzi”, “soldi”, “lire”, “lirazze”, “ducatoni” and “scudi”.

The coin that Barovier&Toso reproduce in glass is a “twelvw penny” piece of Marco Foscarini (who was Doge in 1762-63) and carries the inscription “S(anctus) M(arcus) V(enetus) M(arcus) FOSCARENUS”. The Doge, as was the custom, is shown kneeling in front of the Lion of St. Mark. The coin is gilded by firing the exterior in 24 carat gold is, understandably, much bigger in size than the original.