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International film festivals in Italy

Italy is the birthplace of many great film directors and the setting for numerous Italian and foreign movies and therefore annually hosts several international film festivals.
The most important is certainly the Venice International Film Festival which takes place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in the Lido of the enchanting town of Venice. The festival takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September and is the second oldest film festival in the world after the Academy Awards (the first edition was held, in fact, in 1932).Red Carpet di una delle edizioni del Festival di Venezia

The Turin Film Festival also takes place in another beautiful Italian city. This exhibition was born in 1982 in the town housing the Mole Antonelliana and the Cinema Museum and is devoted primarily to independent movies and art and cult films, also taking into account foreign cinema and video productions.


The Eternal City City has also had its own film festival since 2006; this is the International Film Festival of Rome which is held in the autumn at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. A festival dedicated to the Seventh Art is of course a must in the city considered to be the capital of Italian cinema and of the film industry, a location chosen by great directors and headquarters of the so-called "dream factory", Cinecittà.
RIFF The Rome Independent Film Festival also takes place in the same town. Born in 2000, it aims to promote the independent film circuit, with particular attention to early Italian works. The festival is held at the new cinema Aquila, the Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese and the Kino.

There are also very interesting smaller film festivals that receive a certain response from the public and critics alike and that are held, inter alia, in beautiful holiday resort areas.
A point in question is the Ischia Film Festival which is held in the Castello Aragonese of Ischia in July.
This event presents awards to the works, directors, cinematographers and set designers who promote Italian or foreign "locations" and also organizes the National Conference of film tourism.

Then there is the "Taormina Film Fest", a historical international film festival that takes place in the charming Teatro antico of Taormina. This festival has also hosted the award ceremony of the "David di Donatello", the Italian film award par excellence, and the Nastri d'argento (Silver Ribbons) conferred by the film journalists’ union.
Finally, the International New Cinema Festival of Pesaro is another important film exhibition founded in 1964 and held in the beautiful coastal town of the Marche.
A special mention for the Giffoni Film Festival, a film festival for children that has been taking place in Giffoni Valle Piana, in the province of Salerno, since 1971.  The Festival Juries are composed of young Italians and foreigners staying with resident families of Giffoni and its surroundings, who hold discussions with the directors, writers and performers in addition to watching movies. Great names participate every year in this exhibition of which the director François Truffaut, in 1982, wrote: "Of all the film festivals, the Giffoni one is the most needed."