|When Italian director Federico Fellini died in 1993, UNESCOís Member States had just adopted a General Conference resolution calling for the safeguarding of the cinematographic heritage. An appeal was launched to the international community inviting governments, industry and the public to participate in a campaign to keep the seventh art alive. Activities were also earmarked for UNESCOís participation in the forthcoming cinema centenary celebrations in 1995.
The Fellini medal, unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1995, therefore had a double significance: to honour the directorís tremendous contribution to film as an art form and to commemorate the centenary of the birth of cinema (1895-1995). The medalís design of fragmented, interlocking images is the work of Italian painter Valerio Adami.The obverse side features a profile of Fellini with his signature hat, facing the inscription 8 1/2, the title of one of the most famous films in the history of cinema. The reverse is inscribed Fellini (1920-1993) UNESCO. French sculptor Robert Michel created the model and the medal was struck by the Paris Mint.
Available in gold, silver and bronze
Photo © UNESCO/N. Burke