Rome Film Festival raring to go

Press conference for the 11th Rome Film Festival. Photo Credit: Gianfranco Nitti

 ROME -- The 11th Rome Film Festival will take place from Thursday to Oct. 23, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and in other venues in the city of Rome.

 The building complex designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano will host screenings, exhibitions, onstage conversations, events, conferences, and panels. The 1,300 square metres of the avenue leading to the Cavea (an open-air theatre square) will become one of the largest red carpets in the world.

 The audience will have a choice of several movie theatres: from the “Parco della Musica” (Sinopoli, Petrassi, Teatro Studio Gianni Borgna, Studio 3, Mazda Cinema Hall, AuditoriumArte), to the MAXXI Auditorium at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, the Casa del Cinema, the Cinema Trevi, from the Rebibbia Prison to the Scuola Di Donato and the Mazda MX5 Drive In, to the movie theatres Farnese Persol, Broadway, The Space Cinema Moderno, and the Ostia Cineland Multiplex. Next to the Auditorium, the Cinema Village will feature pavilions and stands made of steel, glass, and wood, created specifically for this event and its visitors.

 The Official Selection of the Rome Film Festival is composed of 44 films, with the aim of offering quality and excellence in film: from independent to genre productions, from renowned auteursto emerging talents, experimental cinema and films with a clear vocation for entertainment, animation, visual art, and documentaries. This year the Tributes, the Retrospectives, and the “Close Encounters” will play an important role, offering onstage conversations with actors and protagonists of the Italian and international cultural panorama.

 The parallel and independent sidebar ‘Alice nella città’ will present a selection of youth-oriented films, following its own regulations.

 The 11th Rome Film Festival is produced by Fondazione Cinema per Roma. Piera Detassis is the President of the Fondazione and the Board of Directors is composed of Laura Delli Colli, Lorenzo Tagliavanti, Roberto Cicutto, and José R. Dosal.

 Francesca Via is the General Manager, Antonio Monda is the Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival, supported by a selection committee coordinated by Mario Sesti and composed of Richard Peña, Giovanna Fulvi, Alberto Crespi, Francesco Zippel, and Valerio Carocci.

 The event is promoted by Roma City, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicrafts, and Agriculture of Rome, the Regione Lazio, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Istituto Luce Cinecittà (representing the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism). The Main Partner is BNL BNP Paribas Group.

 The Institutional Partners are the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Ministry of Economic Development, ICE - Italian Trade Agency. The Rome Film Fest takes place with the support of Creative Europe, and in collaboration with Alice nella città, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale (Experimental Cinematography Centre – National Film Archive), MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts, and SIAE. The official sponsor is Mazda. Pino Chiodo is Technical Partner supplying projection equipment (film and digital). ATAC is the Eco Mobility Partner. Rai, Rai Movie, Rai News 24, Rai Radio 2, Rai Radio 3, Getty Images are media partners.


 The Rome Film Festival’s social commitment continues in 2016 in collaboration with Telethon, Cesvi, Migrarti, Azione contro la fame (Action Against Hunger). Once again this year, Fondazione Cinema per Roma shows its commitment to provide people with visual and hearing impairments audio description and subtitling services for some of the Rome Film Festival’s reruns. By promoting fundraising activities, the Cinema Village, Fondazione Cinema per Roma is joining the IO CI SONO project launched by actors, filmmakers, producers and musicians for building the permanent and multi-purpose facility named "Sorriso", in agreement with the Mayor of Amatrice and the Italian Civil Protection.


 The MIA, the International Audiovisual Market (20-24 October 2016), is a brand of ANICA (National Association of Film, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries) and the APT (Association of Television Producers). The driving force behind the MIA is the Fondazione Cinema per Roma. Within the Editorial Committee of the MIA, associations 100 Autori, ANICA, APT, Cartoon it, the Italian Film Commissions and UNEFA help to communicate the needs of and knowledge on the international market to the MIA, to make it into a flexible and effective tool for meeting the current needs of the Italian industry. The MIA is held with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ICE – the Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalisation of Italian companies, co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and Luce-Cinecittà, and supported by the Rome Lazio Film Commission. Partners of the MIA include the Boscolo Exedra Hotel, Rai Com and WCP Media Services through the Video Library project. The MIA is an ambitious project that aims to put Italy back on the European and world audiovisual industry map and, at the same time, offer the biggest stakeholders all over the world an effective marketing tool.


 The 11th Rome Film Festival celebrates the grace, the liveliness, and the imagination of dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer Gene Kelly, twenty years after his death. The American artist, whose immense talent and incredible versatility left an indelible mark in the history of cinema, will be the protagonist of the new poster for the Rome Film Fest. The image, by LIFE Magazine photographer J.R. Eyerman, captures a magical moment on the set during the rehearsals of one of the most memorable scenes of ‘Singin' in the Rain.’ During a party, Gene Kelly imagines that he is dancing with Cyd Charisse, and the photo portrays the grace and harmony of their oneiric encounter. The photo is used with the kind permission of the Gene Kelly Image Trust and Time Inc.


 The audience will be the protagonist of the 11th Rome Film Festival and will award the BNL People’s Choice Award, in collaboration with the Main Partner BNL BNP Paribas Group. The audience will be able to cast its votes thanks to myCicero, the official Rome Film Fest app by PlusService, and on the fest website


 44 films and documentaries in the Official Selection

 Of which 4 in the “Everybody’s talking about it” section and 3 in collaboration with Alice nella città

 4 Special Events

 14 Conversations

 5 Preopening screenings

 3 Retrospectives | 10 Tributes

 11 documentaries in the Reflections section | 7 Films of our Lives

 17 other events at the Festival

 26 Countries in the Official Selection: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestina, Perù, Poland, United Kingdom, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.






Auditorium Parco della Musica -- location of the Festival. Photo Credit: Gianfranco Nitti