NEW YORK and Venice, Italy, August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cultured Focus Magazine will host its annual Cultured Focus Awards Ceremony and Diversity in Film Symposium in 2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italyon Monday, September 5, 2022.

Italian actor Calabrian Pino will receive the Cultured Focus Lifetime Achievement Award to celebrate a distinguished 50-year career in theatre, film and television. Mr. Calabrese began his artistic career in 1972, working first in theater with actors and directors such as Massimo Troisi, Gigi Proietti, Enrico Montesano, Pippo Delbono and many others, ranging from cabaret to dramatic theatre, from musicals to comedies, to theatrical productions with a social and political perspective.

In the cinema, he made his debut in 1983 with Valerio Zeccathen working with Italian and international directors such as Pappi Corsicato, Roberto Faenza, Daniele Vicar, Giuseppe Tornatore, Puppy Avati, mario martone, Paolo SorrentinoGoran Paskaljevic, Alicia Scherson, Bruno Saglia. On television he has participated in productions such as “RIS – Crimes Imperfect”, “Incantesimo”, “A Doctor in the Family”, “People of the Sea”, “Police District” and “I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone”. For several years, he has devoted himself to civil theatre, directing “L’Ombre de Aldo Moroand “Tortora, a simple story”, and performances in the form of readings by Patrizio J. Macci. For her performance in the 2018 film “Breaths” Calabrian Pino was awarded at the Sorrento Film Festival 2019.

The Excellence in Film award will be given to the Oscar and Emmy nominated director and producer Yevgeny Afineevsky known for his highly acclaimed documentary films such as “Winter on Fire”, “Cries from Syria” and “Francesco”, on the life and teachings of Pope Francis. The long-awaited “Freedom on Fire” by Afineevsky: Ukraine Fight for Freedom” will premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. Afineevsky is a master at his craft, telling untold stories of war, the struggle for freedom and dignity through the personal stories of ordinary people.

Famous Italian actress and director Daphne Di Cinto will receive the Cultured Focus Visionary in Film Award. A former student of the Actors Studio Drama School, she played the Duchess of Hastings in the Netflix series Bridgerton. Di Cinto is the screenwriter, director and producer of the short film “IL MORO” (THE MOOR), which will be screened during the program. Since its inception, “IL MORO” has received great recognition and success. Named winner of the best Italian short film at the Fabrique du Cinéma Awards at the end of 2021, the short film went on to win the prize for the best short film at the 2022 Integrazione Film Festival in Bergamo, ItalyItalian Black Movie Awards 2022, Madrid Film Awards 2022 and Best Director of a Foreign Short Film at Madrid 2022 International Film Festival. “IL MORO” was also screened as part of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival’s “Short Film Corner”. Di Cinto’s a deep understanding and connection to the historical material saw her praised for her “accurate and self-conscious filmmaking style”.

The Cultured Focus Innovation in Film Award will be presented to new media artist Ainslee Alem Robson for her amazing contributions to emerging entertainment technologies. Robson has already won the Special Jury Prize for Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR from the New Images Festival at Paris. The film was also an official selection at the 2020 Kaohsiung, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals. For Robson’s latest project “KANDAKA”, she received the honor of being selected as one of 16 immersive projects from around the world who will participate in the 9th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market organized as part of the Venice Production Bridge which will take place during the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

The awards will be held in conjunction with the Cultured Focus symposium on diversity in film hosted by the award-winning actress and writer Francesca Van Horne. Journalist Ekaterina Shevliakova will be the master of ceremonies.
Film producer Taylor Re Lynn organizes the event.

Cultured Focus is an entertainment news magazine that provides the latest in art and culture within United States and globally. Since its inception in 2016, the magazine has interviewed top talent from around the world, from A-list celebrities to business leaders and others making a positive impact.

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