The non-profit organisation "DONNE NELL’AUDIOVISIVO" – Women in Film Italy- founded in 1996, has organised over the years many conventions, film festivals, meetings with female directors and screenwriters as well as the renowned “PREMIO AFRODITE” (Afrodite Awards), this year at its its 20st edition. The Prize has come a long way since its first edition in 2001 held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome when Claire Peploe received the award for her film “The Triumpph of Love”. Since then the Prize has expanded both in size and scope, choosing bigger venues involving prominent hosts and giving multiple awards to a growing number of artistic and technical professionals in the field.
PREMIO AFRODITE has become a reference point for women working in the entertainment industry, drawing to the attention of the media and its ever-expanding audience, the best female protagonists of our national cinema. Among many others we mention: Cinzia TH Torrini, Roberta Torre, Giovanna Gagliardo, Clare Peploe, Francesca Archibugi, Cristina Comencini, Virna Lisi, Donatella Finocchiaro, Claudia Gerini, Eliana Miglio, Andrea Osvart, Laura Morante, Alessandra Martines, and also Stefania Rocca, Elena Sofia Ricci, Laura Chiatti, Maria Sole Tognazzi, Margherita Buy, Carolina Crescentini, Fiona May, Micaela Ramazzotti, Nicole Grimaudo, Tea Falco, Sandra Milo, Monica Guerritore, Michela Andreozzi, Maria Pia Calzone, Serena Dandini, Violante Placido, Paola Cortellesi, Matilde Gioli, Vittoria Puccini, Chiara Francini, Piera degli Esposti, Matilda De Angelis, Maria Chiara Giannetta, Ilenia Pastorelli, Ludovica Martino, Giulia Steigerwalt and, last but not least, among the professionals working on film sets, Laura Muccino and Annamaria Sanbuco for casting, Francesca Neri as producer, Ludovica Rampoldi among the screenwriters, Cecilia Zanuso for editing, Nicoletta Ercole for costumes, the pop singer Noemi, Vania Traxler as distributor, Eleonora Andreatta as media executive.
After all there are more than 2000 women working in all the audio-visual fields in the Lazio region alone. These are the women the Association addresses, aiming to stand as a point of reference for them both nationally and internationally thanks to its long-established link with the “Women in Film and Television International” network which comprises more than 65 chapters scattered all over the globe and to which Donne nell’Audiovisivo is affiliated.
THE OBJECTIVES: The non-profit organisation has the two-fold aim to promote both the professional advancement of women working in the entertainment industry and to advance the interests and culture of an occupational and technical sector which has been expanding over the years as is the visibility of initiatives connected to AFRODITE.
Women have been deprived for centuries and when they finally had access to culture they were starved; and food is more useful to one who is starving than to one who is already full.
Rita Levi Montalcini
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cristina Zucchiatti and Paola Poli
It is so fascinating being a woman, it’s an adventure that requires incredible courage, a challenge that never tires