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The Italian Film Festival USA believes that the audience's judgment of films is very important. Thus, we provide our spectators with a ballot before each film where they rate the feature films from 1 to 5 stars (5 being the highest). After the film screening, the ballots are collected and an average rating is calculated. At the conclusion of the festival, the film with the highest score is announced as winner of the Best Feature Film Award.

The spectators select the best short film presented in the Short Film Program.

2019: Quanto basta (As Needed) by Francesco Falaschi  
2018: Tutto quello che vuoi (Friends by Chance) by Francesco Bruni  
2017: Un paese quasi perfetto (An Almost Perfect Town) by Massimo Gaudioso  
2016: Noi e la Giulia (The Legendary Giulia) by Edoardo Leo  
2015: Il capitale umano (Human Capital) by Paolo Virzì  
2014: La migliore offerta (The Best Offer) by Giuseppe Tornatore  
2013: Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese  
2012: Benvenuti al sud (Welcome to the South) by Luca Miniero  
2011: 18 anni dopo (18 Years Later) by Edoardo Leo  
2010: Si può fare (We Can Do That) by Giulio Manfredonia  
2009: La giusta distanza (The Right Distance) by Carlo Mazzacurati  
2008: Rosso come il cielo (Red Like The Sky) by Cristiano Bortone   
2007: Alla luce del sole (Come Into The Light) by Roberto Faenza  
2006: I cento passi (The Hundred Steps) by Marco Tullio Giordana  
2005: La meglio gioventù (The Best of Youth) by Marco Tullio Giordana  
2019: Il Mondiale in Piazza (The World Cup in a Square) by Vito Palmieri  
2018: Il tratto (The Line) by Alessandro Stevanon  
2017: Bellissima (Beautiful) by Alessandro Capitani