Taormina Film Festival

Taormina Film Festival

The Taormina Film Festival (Taormina Film Fest) is an Italian film festival that takes place every year in Sicily, in Taormina, in June. It is organized as part of Taormina Arte
The festival is born in Messina in 1955, and in 1957, he becomes Rassegna Cinematografica Internazionale di Messina e Taormina (international film Meeting of Messina and Taormina) 1 and Cariddi of argento (Charybdis of money) is established. Between 1957 and 1980, he accommodates almost continuously the prize-giving David di Donatello.

In 1970, the meeting is divided into halves, and the Internazionale del Cinema di Taormina festival is created, with a competition, a Gran premio delle nazioni (Grand Prix of nations), which takes place in parallel of the event. This price is attributed this year in Sydney Pollack for the movie We finish well chevaux2.

The event, which takes place exclusively in Taormina from 1971, welcomes over the years in the Ancient theater of numerous International film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Tom Cruise, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas…

From 1981, the first three films received the Charybdes of gold, silver and bronze, while the best performers received the Masque de Polyphème (Maschera di Polifemo) of gold, silver and bronze. In 1984, the Silver Ribbons awarded by the film journalists’ union were awarded.

It is curious that, for many years, the Rassegna Cinematografica Internazionale di Messina e Taormina and the Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Taormina have kept their own separate numbering. While the Rassegna continued to have the same name, the festival changed several times: from 1983 Taormina Filmfest (as part of Taormina Arte), then from 2002 BNL Taormina Film Fest, and finally Taormina Film Fest, while maintaining consistent numbering. In 1997, the XLIII Rassegna Cinematografica Internazionale di Messina e Taormina or XXVII Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Taormina was renamed TaoFest.

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