Sapienza and the Prix Italia 2020

From September 24 to 26, Rome will be hosting the 72nd edition of the Prix Italia, the international competition organised by the RAI Network for quality radio, TV and web programmes, with the participation of Sapienza students

From September 24 to 26, Rome will be hosting the 72nd edition of the Prix Italia, the oldest international competition organised by the RAI Network for quality radio, TV and web programmes and aimed at broadcasters from all continents. The most important change of this year's PRIX, marked by the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, will be the use of physical locations, used only for a few events and, in particular, for the opening and final ceremonies, as well as online spaces, which have become increasingly used by people and professionals during the emergency. However, this change becomes an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the collaboration between Italian Universities and Rai, the public service Media Company, started in previous editions of the Award.

Sapienza has once again been invited to be a partner in the initiative and participate in the Young Laboratory - YLab of this 72nd edition of PRIX Italia, an Educational Platform for young women and men from Italian universities. Its aim is to stimulate debates and meetings between young people and international experts, inviting them to actively participate in the conversation and propose their multimedia projects. University students are invited to make short videos or radio promos for Prix Italia aimed at showing the rich heritage of Italian scientific production to international broadcasters. Ninety seconds long clips will tell the story of the Roman and Lazio territory, but also that of Italian universities and research in their most positive and engaging cultural aspects, helping reunite the world of Universities and Science with the world of media communication. Students' audio and video products will be uploaded to the Award website and shared with international broadcasters.

Students will be also asked to participate in the panel of judges and evaluate the projects.

The contributions will have to talk about the cultural diversity, history and identity of Rome and the Lazio region, as well as traditions, archaeology, art, and the "experience" of young university students, even during the pandemic period.

How can you participate?

Students are invited to present a ninety-second mp4 audio or audiovisual clip which shows an aspect of Rome, of its territory, of the life of young university students through an original point of view and a personal story. The student will be free to express him/herself through any modality and in any place. The audio and video clips, to be sent by July 31 2020, will aim to present the territory and its people to international broadcasters. The products will also be uploaded to the Prix Italia website and broadcast in a special session during the event.

How to make and send your contribution:

  • The deadline for final delivery is July 31 2020;
  • To be accepted, the products must not exceed 90 seconds
  • Music and images to be used as soundtrack must be original or royalty-free;
  • Videos must not contain brands or products directly related to specific brands;
  • The clips should be subtitled and presented with abstracts and presentations in Italian and English;
  • The audiovisual/multimedia clips' initial and final signs must comply with the indications provided by the Sapienza team: the pre-established formats with logos will be uploaded to the following Radio Sapienza's link;
  • The products must be mailed, via WeTransfer or other file transfer services, at and cc to
  • Registration and consent forms, provided by Prix Italia 2020, must be filled out.
  • Sapienza University of Rome will keep a copy of the products and may use them for cultural and educational purposes, excluding any commercial use.

Students who want to participate in the Prix can also contribute as reporters through the social media channels coordinated by Tutor RAI within the YLab newsroom.

This is an important opportunity for everyone interested in working with audiovisual and multimedia productions, meeting professionals from around the world, creating new communities, and attending screenings.

All students who are passionate about video making, television, radio and digital communication and who are interested in an immersive experience with the oldest and most prestigious Award in international broadcasting can apply by sending an email to




Monday, 06 July 2020

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