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NYFA ALUM WINS ‘BEST FEATURE FILM’ AT VISIONS DU RÉEL COMPETITION FOR HER FILM ‘PUNTASACRA’

May 29, 2020 New York Film Academy (NYFA) alum Francesca Mazzoleni’s documentary film, Puntasacra wins the ‘Sesterce d’or la Mobilière’ (Best Feature Film) award at the 2020 Visions du Réel competition. Due to the current global climate, the film festival was held online from April 17 to May 2, 2020.

New York Film Academy Named by Variety as a Best Film School of 2018 Mazzoleni on the set of her first feature film ‘Succede’

Mazzoleni graduated from New York Film Academy in 2017 after completing a 4-Week Music Video Workshop at NYFA’s New York City campus. In addition to Puntasacra, Mazzoleni has directed feature film Succede and short films 1989, L’etoile de Mer, Lo so che mi senti, Nowhere, and Il Premio.

‘Puntasacra’ (Directed by Francesca Mazzoleni, courtesy of True Colours)

Her latest success, Puntasacra, is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the inhabitants of Idroscalo di Ostia, a coastal outer district of Rome and the last portion of habitable land at the mouth of the Tiber, Punta Sacra. The film follows the community through the eyes of charismatic matron Franca, and her all-female family, as they navigate life on Idroscalo di Ostia since half of the community’s houses were destroyed by a fire in 2010. The documentary examines the daily lives of these individuals and naturally portrays the conversations between neighbors surrounding communism, familial secrets, and community altercations.

The film was one of 14 feature-length documentaries that were selected for main competition in the prestigious Swiss festival, Visions du Réel, in Nyon (this year online). After winning the Sesterce d’or la Mobilière with a cash prize of CHF 20,000 (£16,657), top Italian sales distributor, True Colours, acquired sales rights for the film.


Mazzoleni, who could not be there in person to accept her award since the ceremony was held online, made her own award from the items in her home and thanked her ten-person team, with whom she “shared a very complicated and wonderful adventure”. She also thanked the community of Idroscalo di Ostia who gave her the confidence to make her film. She closed her Instagram acceptance speech by telling her followers, “our journey begins today, be patient, the cinemas will reopen.”

Francesca Mazzoleni behind the scenes of her film ‘Succede’

New York Film Academy would like to congratulate Francesca Mazzoleni on the success of her latest documentary film and her recent win at Visions du Réel, and encourages everyone to check out Puntasacra when it becomes available in theatres or online.











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