Solinas script award finds home at Rome fest


ROME -- The fledgling RomaCinemaFest will become the permanent home to one of Italy's best-acknowledged screenwriting prizes, plaudit organizers said Monday.

The second annual festival will lend the backdrop to this year's Solinas Awards for screenwriting, which will be dished out Oct. 24 during the Rome event.

Founded in 1985, the Solinas Awards -- named after Oscar-nominated Italian screenwriter Franco Solinas, who died in 1982 -- have been presented in several locations around Italy throughout their 22-year history. But organizers said they have found a home for it at the RomaCinemaFest.

The Rome festival runs Oct. 18-27.

The Solinas Awards are presented each year to honor excellence in Italian screenwriting. The two main prizes are the Story Award for original screenwriting and the Leo Benvenuti prize for comedy writing.