The Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award

The Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award was created in 2001 from an idea by the artist, who was always attentive to the world of cinema, which constituted the theme of a number of his masterpieces, enriching the link between the visual arts and cinema.

Rotella himself said: “I still remember when on seeing The Big Sleep, for example, and other wonderful films, I said to myself: ‘Well, this is true art; along with painting, this is art!’”.

The Award, the artistic direction of which was entrusted to Gianvito Casadonte in 2014, is awarded annually to a person who, over the course of their career, has distinguished themselves as a major protagonist in the world of cinema, leaving an indelible mark on the medium, just as Rotella did with his art.