Director: Gianni Amelio
The main competitive section of the festival is reserved to directors making their first, second or third film and this year presents 16 newly produced films that have not yet been presented in Italy. As always, the festival concentrates on ?young? cinema and focuses primarily on searching out and discovering innovative talents that express the best contemporary trends of international independent cinema. Over the years, the festival has awarded prizes to the debut works of filmmakers like Tsai Ming-liang, David Gordon Green, Chen Kaige and Lisandro Alonso. These works belong to the cinema ?of the future? and represent a variety of genres, languages and trends. Thus, documentaries will not only participate in the competition that is reserved specifically to Italian documentaries but also in the main competition. In 2009, La bocca del lupo by Pietro Marcello (Italy) won Best Film, Crackie by Sherry White (Canada) and Guy and Madeleine on a Park Bench by Damien Chazelle (USA) received the Special Jury Award ex aequo, Catalina Saavedra in La nana by Sebastían Silva (Chile) won Best Actress, Robert Duvall and Bill Murray the award for Best Actor for their portrayals in Get Low by Aaron Schneider (USA).