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History and winners

Prix Italia was founded by RAI in 1948 on the island of Capri. Its 63rd edition will be held in September 2011 in Torino.
It has been staged in almost all important cities of Italy, a fact which has greatly contributed to its extraordinary international prestige. Prix Italia’s long list of winners includes names of writers, directors and producers who make up the history of international television.
Among the innumerable personalities who over the years have entered their works are writers such as Jean Anouilh, Riccardo Bacchelli, Heinrich Böll, Bertolt Brecht, Italo Calvino, Jean Cocteau, Eduardo De Filippo, Marguerite Duras, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Umberto Eco, Max Frisch, John Osborne, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Françoise Sagan; directors such as David Attenborough, Ermanno Olmi, Sidney Pollack, Francesco Rosi, Roberto Rossellini, John Schlesinger, Andrej Wajda, Krzystof Zanussi. Among the winners are equally illustrious names such as Samuel Beckett, Ingmar Bergman, Peter Brook, René Clair, Federico Fellini, Werner Herzog, Peter Greenaway, Eugène Ionesco, Kean Loach, Harold Pinter, Dylan Thomas.

The membership

Prix Italia's partners and permanent members are made up of 87 public and private Radio and Television companies, representing 46 countries from all five continents. Only Prix-members can enter programmes into the competition. The organisational and decision-making structure is unique among the many international prizes and festivals in as delegates of all member organisations meet twice a year for a General Assembly to take strategic decisions and elect the President.


The festival is held each year during the second half of September and is accompanied by a series of major cultural events and performances. Attending are high-ranking representatives from the media world such as directors, producers, writers, as well as Italian and foreign press. RAI ensures wide radio and TV coverage on its channels and is responsible for the prize-awarding ceremony. Prix Italia particularly caters for good relations with the local area by widely promoting all events and providing full information for both the general public and special interest groups. During the Prix Italia-week, RAI presents its major previews of its autumn-season with the participation of the respective main actors.