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fanheart3 awards 2021

Collateral Award at the 78. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica de La Biennale di Venezia

To celebrate movies and immersive experiences at Venezia78 that can potentially impact fan culture and the production of fanworks

The Awards 2021

Golden Clip
for best movie

To the film that has the highest potential to become a cult movie among fans

Silver Ship
for best OTP

To the couple of characters (actual or potential) that is most interesting for the narrative dynamics that characterize their interactions.

fan experience

To the work in virtual reality closer to fan culture’s themes and contents

In the third edition of the fanheart3 awards, the jury awards the following prizes:

fanheart3 awards 2021 freaks out

Freaks Out

directed by Gabriele Mainetti​

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Mona Lisa / Fuzz

in Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

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Knot: a trilogy

directed by Glen Neath & David Rosenberg

For the 2021 edition, the fanheart3 jury also awarded a honorable mention to Old Henry, directed by Potsy Ponciroli, for presenting many of the stylistic features of fanfiction, drawing on American history and myth to set up a “what if?” that unravels in a slow crescendo, while building in the audience an intense empathy for the main character, struggling with his own destiny.

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Old Henry

directed by Potsy Ponciroli

Third edition at the 2021 Venice Film Festival

The Graffetta d’oro and Nave d’argento awards was assigned on a selection of 12 films among those presented in the sections Venezia 78, Fuori Concorso, Orizzonti, Orizzonti Extra, Giornate degli Autori, Settimana della Critica, chosen by a group of selectors expert in fan culture and participatory dynamics.

The VR Fan Experience  awarded one of 10 works in XR selected among those presented at the 2021 VeniceVR Expanded.

Nominations 2021



The 2021 Jury

Agnese Pietrobon

President of fanheart3, fandom studies researcher, XR explorer

Susanna Norbiato

Founding member of fanheart3, fandom studies researcher, documentarist

Cristina Saccon

Founding member of fanheart3, fanwriter and fanartist

Francesca Bulian

New media researcher, writer, art and cinema critic

Antonino Crisafulli

Theatre actor and communication expert

The prize of fanheart3 awards 2021

Biorfarm - Adopt a tree and start creating your own digital field

Fanheart3 decided to adopt three fruit trees on behalf of the winners of fanheart3 awards 2021.

"Freaky" for FREAKS OUT: Mela Golden Delicious (postion #90), adopted for the 2021/2022 campaign, Azienda Agricola Mirko Bezzi a Urbana (PD)

"Monalisa" per MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON: Limone di Calabria (position #222), adopted for the 2021/2022 campaign, Azienda Agricola Arangara di Giovanni Zappavigna a Ardore (RC)

"Knot" per KNOT: a trilogy: Castagna Palummina (position #41), adopted for the 2021/2022 campaign, Azienda Agricola Hirpinia Ortofrutta di Alfredo Di Cicilia a Montella (AV)

Visit biorfarm website to find out how to create your favorite bio tree and to support Italian farms

Download the press material

"When we talk about “movies for fans” we are not reducing the inner quality of these movies, nor are we simply calling them “mainstream”. On the contrary, we want to emphasize that these movies have something more, a potential, which goes beyond even their artistic value. Some of these movies could be noticed beyond film festivals and the cinephile niche. Their characteristics transform them into potential cult movies and therefore allow them not only to influence the cinematographic production for years to come, but also to do something that beautiful but less fan-oriented films are unable to realize: to have a 360° impact on our culture and hopefully move younger people (and not only) to a better awareness of our society and of the challenges it’s facing."

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