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Winning Film Projects 2020

The finalists listed below were selected to receive $8,000 each to fund their film projects. The selection committee believes each of them presents a specific vision for the exploration of truly interesting and dynamic themes. Previews of the three finalists were screened during a Virtual Film Festival in 2021.  The winner “Yes Chef” by Amy Campione was announced during the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Amy Campione
Yes Chef
Yes Chef creates the story of an award-winning chef who struggles to define her identity
Laura Caparrotti
Tutti in Scena
First Runner-Up
Tutti in Scena documents the history of Italian American theater
Charles Marsala
Who Killa Da Chief?
First Runner Up
Who killa da Chief? provides a plausible explanation as to who killed the police chief whose death resulted in the unjust lynching of eleven Italian immigrants in New Orleans in 1891

Additional Grant Recipients

Giovanna Capone
Finding the Italians: A Granddaughter's Journey examines the importance that Italian American social clubs have in maintaining the Italian American cultural identity
Tony De Nonno
Due Capi Comici – Two Top Bananas explores the birth and life of Italian American comedy
Valarie D’Elia
Saving Southern Italy tells the story of Italian Americans going back to their roots to buy and renovate a home in Italy