Prix Italia 2017

We hosted the 69th Prix Italia, titled “Back to Facts”. The international competition is organized by RAI to reward quality programs on Radio, TV and Internet.

To those who say that talking about facts is out of time, that everything is subjective and that in our liquid society you have to cope with the post truth, Prix Italia replies that without the facts the media no longer make sense.

Fake news have besiege information and monopolize the public debate. Journalists against social networks, traditional media against Internet platforms, politicians against TVs and newspapers.

Over 200 products presented this year in competition. Music, television series, documentaries, choosing for our jurors was not easy.

The workshops were accompanied by readings and events, during which the various speakers from all corners of the world exchanged opinions and presented their ideas.

The Secretary General of the prestigious award said: "We chose Milan to enjoy, during these days of discussion and work, the energy of a city in full European development, having at our side in the preparation process, with conviction and generosity, the institutions of the city and the Region".

This year there were 47 public and private broadcasting organizations, representing 31 countries from the five continents.

History of the Festival

The first edition of the Festival was held in Capri in 1948, originally dedicated only to radio transmissions, and in 1957 it was also extended to television programs. It was then organized in many of the most renowned Italian art cities, soon becoming one of the most important of its kind in the world.

The idea of ​​an international radio award was proposed in spring 1948, during a meeting between Rai's Chief Operating Officer, Salvino Sernesi, Director of Programming Giulio Razzi, Director of Drama and Magazine and the playwright Sergio Pugliese.

September 13 of the same year was the date chosen for gathering in Capri the delegations of fourteen radio authorities representing Austria, the Vatican State, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Italy, Monaco, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Trieste, which was then a free territory. On that occasion, a regulation was drafted and the internationally awarded prize was officially established.

One of the prerogatives of Prix Italia, still in force today under the existing regulations, was that the amount of winnings was the result of the contribution that each broadcaster had to pay each edition to the Secretariat, a body that was set up since inception. A democratic mechanism that allowed the same broadcasters to take responsibility for their own actions.

Since then, the appointment with the Prix has led the community of international broadcasters to gather in some of the most beautiful Italian locations. In 69 years of history, the Prix has involved in the discussion on new communication products every corner of ​​the national territory.

Participation and awards

Throughout the various editions, artists among the most renowned on the international scene have presented their work, such as:

  • Berthold Brecht, Riccardo Bacchelli, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Eduardo De Filippo, Françoise Sagan among the writers
  • Ermanno Olmi, Francesco Rosi, Krzysztof Zanussi, Sidney Pollack, Roberto Rossellini among the directors
  • Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna, Flavio Emilio Scogna, Lorenzo Ferrero, Krzysztof Penderecki among the composers.

International stars such as Ingmar Bergman, Harold Pinter, Daisy Lumini, Eugène Ionesco, Federico Fellini, Samuel Beckett, René Clair, Werner Herzog and many others have won awards in the Festival.