Roberto Rossellini was a renowned director of Italian neorealist cinema. The Roberto Rossellini Awards were set up by the Fondazione Roberto Rossellini (Roberto Rossellini Foundation) at PYIFF. The awards aim to convey Rossellini’s humanitarian spirit, encourage and reward outstanding new filmmakers and their works, and motivate the development of film art.
It selects recipients for Best Film and Best Director from among the titles in the “Crouching Tigers” section. The Best Film winner will receive US$20,000, with half given to the director for use in the development of their next film, and half given to the distribution company in China. The Best Director winner will receive US$10,000 for use in the development of the director's next film.
Fei Mu is one of the most respected and influential directors in Chinese film history. With the authorization of Fei Mu's family, the Fei Mu Awards were launched at PYIFF. They aim to carry on Fei Mu’s aesthetic legacy, support up-and-coming filmmakers from Chinese-speaking regions, and encourage the development of Chinese language films. Recipients for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress award and Best Producer are selected from among debut or second-feature Chinese-language films in the “Crouching Tigers”, “Hidden Dragons” , “Best of Fest” and “Nocturne”sections.
The Best Film winner will receive RMB¥120,000, with half given to the director for use in the development of their next film, and half given to the distribution company in China. The Best Director winner will receive RMB¥60,000 for use in the development of the director's next film.
The awards are given to
outstanding projects from Work-in-Progress Lab Screenings, an extended program
of PYIFF that screens unfinished projects only to industrial professionals. The
program only includes Chinese projects with legal scripts and shooting permits.
and the award aim to bridge young filmmakers and established industrial
professionals, and to provide more opportunities for the up-and-coming talents.