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ROME – The fifth edition of the RomaFictionFest drew to a close Friday with Romanzo Criminale 2 (Crime Novel 2) winning festival’s screenwriting prize and Riccardo Milani taking home three major awards for Atelier Fontana (Atelier Fountain) miniseries, while RAI Cinema — which co-produced Atelier Fontana — took home a total of seven awards, more than any other production company.
The six-day festival, which focuses on television fiction, gives competitive awards only in the Italian section. But the overall lineup of the festival was covered the globe, with productions and co-productions from six continents and nearly two-dozen countries.
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Among the international highlights, the international premiere of the pilot of the newest incarnation of the Charlie’s Angels franchise, from Sony Pictures Television for ABC, Terra Nova, the 20th Century Fox-Dreamworks-Kapital Entertainment project produced by Steven Spielberg, and Sword Heroes’ Fate, a 33-episode series from China’s Hubei TV will be the first Chinese television production to air on Italian television when it is broadcast by Babel TV starting in November.
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The festival also included a industry event that drew a record number of participants and screenings and featured three well-received Master Class discussions. In one class, actor Jim Belushi attacted headlines locally when he admitted he went into acting only in order to meet women.
Romanzo Criminale 2, based on Michele Placido’s successful 2005 film Romanzo Criminale, won the festival’s Francesco Scardamaglia award for best script. A jury of screenwriters selects the prizewinner.
And Atelier Fontana won the Best Director prize for Milani, Best Actress prize for protagonist Anna Bonaiuto, and the audience award.
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