Take a step back in time with us: back to the early 1900s, when the Manhattan Bridge was still under construction.

In those years, like many other immigrants, a young mason, Giorgio Bonomo, left his small town in Sicily in search of fortune in the United States. Giorgio grew up in a very poor family and America was the land of great opportunities. With only a tool bag, he arrived in New York and was hired among many other workers for the construction of the Manhattan Bridge foundations. The fortune he earned would allow Giorgio to come back to his little town and buy the land that would become his family’s home for the next 4 generations. The tool bag that made it all possible went down to his son, a stonecutter.

Sculptor Elisa Corallo received a very old box 

from her grandmother: inside of it, her great-grandfather Giorgio’s tools were waiting to be used once again to create the Grand Bridge Award.

This unique trophy is carved out of different materials every year.

The 2023 GBA was handmade out of Sicilian ash tree wood recalling once again the iconic shape of the Manhattan Bridge!

The 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 GBA were worked out of Sicilian walnut wood. carob wood, olive wood and white stone.

This Award is for the Best Film of the Year, chosen among all finalists, and it’s assigned by the panel of Jurors and the board of directors.


Six exclusive glass trophies are assigned during the live event to the best films representing each of the six categories:

Narrative Feature | Documentary Feature | Short Narrative | Short Documentary | Experimental | Animation

Jury: This award is assigned by the panel of Jurors.