UNIMED Award at the Venice International Film Festival

The UNIMED Award, collateral prize of the Venice International Film Festival, results from the collaboration between la Biennale of Venice, the International University of Rome – UNINT and UNIMED. This annual award, launched in 2017, is assigned by a jury of international students coming from UNIMED associated universities to the competing movie that best reflects the value of cultural diversity, promotes freedom of artistic expression and cultural exchanges.

The award was established in memory of Prof. Franco Rizzi, former Secretary General and founder of UNIMED, for his lifelong and career commitment to improve cooperation between Euro-Mediterranean universities.

Indeed, since its foundation, UNIMED has always been committed to use education as a global force and a mutual understanding vehicle. For that purpose, the UNIMED Award promotes the understanding between peoples of different cultures and religious beliefs, it fights racism and discrimination, revealing the complex causes of violence and demonstrating the successful mastering of conflicts.
The aim of the UNIMED Award is to encourage cultural exchanges among students and highlight the value of cultural diversity in art.

We have collected students’ testimonials and experiences over the different editions.

The next edition of the Venice International Film Festival (and of the UNIMED Award) will be held from August 28th to September 7th, 2024.

8th Edition of the UNIMED Award 2024: Call for applications // Deadline 15th March 2024

Past Editions

7th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2023

Venice International Film Festival: the winning films of the UNIMED Award 2023

6th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2022

Venice International Film Festival: the UNIMED Award 2022 goes to “Bardo, falsa crónica de unas cuantas verdades” by Alejandro González Iñárritu

5th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2021

Venice International Film Festival: the UNIMED Award 2021 goes to “E’ stata la mano di Dio” by Paolo Sorrentino

4th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2020

Venice International Film Festival: the UNIMED Award 2020 goes to “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić

3th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2019

Venice International Film Festival: the UNIMED Award 2019 goes to “Ema” by Pablo Larraìn

2th Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2018

The UNIMED Award 2018 goes to “A Tramway in Jerusalem” by Amos Gitai

1st Edition of the UNIMED Award, 2017

Venice International Film Festival: The UNIMED Award 2017 goes to La Villa by Robert Guédiguian