Today, during the Conference bringing together professional players from 14 countries, the awards were presented for the first edition of MAS, Mallorca Arts on Screen Festival. Organized in four categories - Opera, Theatre, Ballet, Art - they were voted by a jury of experts and by the audiences attending the screenings hosted in Palma de Mallorca between the 2 and 6 April.
Giovanni Cozzi, Director of MAS, emphasised the fact that this first edition of the Festival has succeeded in bringing to the big screen 16 productions by Europe's and the world's most prestigious cultural and artistic institutions, from the Scala Theatre to the Opera of Beijing, the Comédie Française to the Bolshoi, and the Gran Teatre Liceu to the Opéra de Paris. The film's producer and director, Patricia Wheatley, received the award assigned to "British Museum presents Hokusai", stating that the Museum is honoured to receive this acknowledgement, which recognizes the commitment to making collections and exhibitions accessible to a worldwide public. Wheatley added that, “digital cinema has proved to be an exceptional ally in achieving this objective. I trust many other spectators will take advantage of this film for learning about the life and works of Hokusai, presented in the words of keen scholars and highly effective images.”
Commenting with great satisfaction on the award to the opera “Andrea Chénier”, Rita Lombardi, of Rai Com, stated that the MAS Festival has the merit of offering an international spotlight on artistic and cultural content for the big screen. By assigning an award to the opera that opened the season at the Scala on 7 December 2017, MAS also recognizes the efforts of RAI Com, which has been bringing the best of Italian opera to the world for over ten years now.
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