ANIMATION, CINEMA AND GAMES
Great success also for this XIX edition of Romics which ended on Sunday 10 April.
Over 200.000 visitors have taken part in the spring edition of the International Festival of Comics, Animation, Cinema and Games which took place from 7 to 10 April 2016 at the New Trade Fair of Rome. Go Nagai, the creator of Grendizer was the guest of honour of the event; a great exhibition and numerous initiatives was dedicated to his extraordinary artistic production and to his timeless characters. The Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism, Dario Franceschini awarded master Go Nagai with the Golden Romics. For the first time a Ministry of Italian Republic has acknowledged to comics, animation and games high value of cultural activities. After the award ceremony Minister Franceschini said: "We have a huge resource of young talents, creativity, great masters who are a necessary part of cultural world and part of the great investment we must do. The sector of comics and animation is a sector in which we must recover what it is not been done in the past years’’. During the same award ceremony, Gabriele Mainetti and Claudio Santamaria, respectively film director and leading actor in the blockbuster movie “Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They called him Kotetsu Jeeg)” went on the stage to pay homage to Go Nagai, the creator of Kotetsu Jeeg.
The Golden Romics was also assigned to William Simpson, leader storyboard artist on the Game of Thrones and to Averardo Ciriello who with his pencil has accompanied several generations. Many others events characterized this edition of Romics: the traditional Cosplay contest, the Movie Village, the Comic-books competition, meetings with great authors, great music of the sector, all the news and all the most recent protagonists in the world of games. A lot of interest also for the Regione Lazio area entirely dedicated to creativity, work and innovation, a space designed for the youth and their future.
The appointment with the next edition of Romics is from September 29 to October 2, 2016.