The Il Cinema Ritrovato – DVD Awards aims to encourage and give visibility to DVD and Blu-ray editions of important films from around the world that were originally produced more than thirty years ago. The awards are presented annually at the Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna, Italy. A panel of international archivists, historians, scholars and filmmakers carefully considers the DVD/Blu-ray entries, and then selects the award winners in each category. These include the Best DVD/Blu-ray (The Peter von Bagh Award), Best Single Release, Best Series/Best Box Set, Best Rediscovery of a Forgotten Film, Best Special Features (bonus), Special Mention, and Personal Choices (selected by individual jurors). The first awards were presented in 2004. Since then, the distinguished jurors have included, among others, Peter von Bagh (Finland), Jonathan Rosenbaum (United States), Paolo Mereghetti (Italy), Philippe Garnier (France), Pamela Hutchinson (Great Britain), Shivendra Singh Dungapur (India), Miguel Marias (Spain), Lorenzo Cadelli (Italy), Alexander Horwath (Austria), and Mark McElhatten (United States).
The Il Cinema Ritrovato award winning DVD editions available from GME include such acclaimed recipients as Dziga Vertov’s 1930 ENTUZIAZM (2006 - Best DVD), Josef von Sternberg’s 1925 THE SALVATION HUNTERS (2017 - Peter Von Bagh Award), GEORGE MÉLIÈS: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913) (2008 - Best Box Set), Michael Snow’s 1970-74 RAMEAU'S NEPHEW' BY DIDEROT (THANX TO DENNIS YOUNG) BY WILMA SCHOEN (2013 - Best Special Features on DVD), Germaine Dulac’s 1927 THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (2010 - Best Critical Research on a DVD).