History

Rome Independent Prisma Awards was founded by Stefano Perletta in 2018. Hosted by Cinema Azzurro Scipioni, in its first year it saw Silvano Agosti as the president of the jury, a legendary italian director that has worked alongside the greatest italian professionals like Storaro, Morricone, Piovani and many others. Over the course of its second year it moved to Cinema dei Piccoli, one of the oldest movie theaters of Rome in the heart of Villa Borghese park since 1934.

 

Our film screenings never stopped and we kept sharing independent cinema also during the Covid-19 pandemic, when we opened our Twitch channel where we spread independent films worldwide and for free every month. During the course of the years we have received more than 8500 films from 150+ countries in the world and we’ve been reviewed more than 500 times with 5 star on FilmFreeway, thus becoming the #1 and reviewed film festival in Europe.

 

Our winning films have gone all the way to A-tier festivals like May Day, 1st annual awards winner and Oscar-shortlisted film, Alien by Yeon Je-Wang that got into Cannes Cinefondation, Pierdete entre los muertos by Ruben Gutierrez that was showcased into the feature films at Rotterdam Film Festival and many others.

 

We never stop collecting the best of independent cinema from all kinds of budgets, genres and nationalities, proposing a selection of the most unique films among those we receive every month.

 

In September 2020 we embarked on a new path under the curatorship of a new art director, Marcello Di Trocchio. Now we can’t wait to see, day after day, more interested viewers and more stimulating authors to join us in this beautiful, creative journey.

 

These are the Rome Independent Prisma Awards. We look for meaning, we look for unity, we look for balance.

Timeline

2018

 

The Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards are founded by Stefano Perletta
May 2018

 

First screening in Caffè Letterario
May 2019

 

First screening at Cinema Azzurro Scipioni with Silvano Agosti
September 2019

 

First screening at Cinema dei Piccoli in Villa Borghese
October 2019

 

Prisma Independent Film Awards become the #1 most reviewed FilmFreeway festival in Europe
March 2020

 

First monthly streaming and award ceremony on Twitch
September 2020

 

Beginning of Marcello Di Trocchio’s art direction
October 2020

 

Birth of the Prisma Authors Community on Patreon and of the Prisma Awards Hall of Fame