'Canvas,' 'Pride' earn Rome fest's Alice nods


ROME -- The first major awards from this year's RomaCinemaFest were handed out Friday as the three top prizes from the Alice in the City sidebar for young moviegoers were announced.

Alice in the City is the only competitive sidebar at RomaCinemaFest, which will announce its prizes for best film, actor, actress and other categories Saturday.

The main competition prize was given to "Canvas," from Florida-based director Joseph Greco. The film tells the story of a young boy who unsuccessfully tries to hide his mother's mental illness.

Zimbabwean director Sunu Gonera's "Pride" -- an exploration of racial tolerance using sport as a metaphor -- was awarded a prize from a children's jury.

The six-minute-long "Tu Sarai" (You Will Be), a tribute to grandparents made by the Montefalcone Elementary School in the city of Benevento, near Naples, won the prize for best short film.

The Alice in the City event included 15 films.